Wednesday, December 13, 2006

December 2006

Story time :
Rudolph & Friends Dec. 7
Christmas Dec. 14
No Storytime Dec. 21 & Dec. 28
Unbirthday Party Jan. 4

Evening Storytime will be held Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30. Storytime will take a break over the holidays. There will not be a Storytime on December 21 and 28. The new year will begin with the traditional Unbirthday Party on January 4.

Home School Holiday Workshop will be held Tuesday December 12 at 10:30. The book talk and crafts are geared for 1st through 6th grades.

Game Day for all ages is scheduled for Dec. 28, 2:00 - 4:00. The library will probide snacks and some games. Bring a friend and maybe your favorite board or card game.

Share the Spirit of the Holiday ! Cards and ornaments are holiday workshop craft options. Families are welcome and pre-registration is helpful. Join us and make a craft, Thursday evening, December 7 from 6:30 - 8:00.

An autogyro, piloted by an OSU bear, is on desplay in the juvenile room. A drawing and basic operation information are posted nearby.

Pooh Bear in a multiplicity of manifestations is now occupying the display case. The collection is on loan from our page, Megan.

The library will be closed December 25 and 26 and January 1, 2007.
Happy Holidays to all.

Construction update. The ramp is complete except for some final brickwork touches. New angle parking on the side plus handicapped parking and well defined space in back with curb stops are in place. The library and Hickory Knoll are looking forward to their visit upstairs in the children’s room in December. Stegal Construction also reset the railing on the basement ramp in time for voting.

“No room! No room !” they cried..and the Hatter interrupted, “Let’s all move one place.” That’s what shifting in the library feels like. Current “moving one place” includes moving the rest of the Western collection to the basement. These books are still available for circulation and we encourage anyone interested in older westerns and mysteries to avail themselves of that availability. This made more room on adjacent shelves for Inspirational Fiction, Biographies, and Large Print.

Together at Last. Western fans should also note that space was made for a Louis L’Amour section. L’Amour books which were previously located in the regular fiction, the Western collection, the paperback westerns, AND the Large Print are all in one place adjacent to the paperback westerns.

“No Room” stage 2. Juvenile audio books have been moved to the audio shelves opposite the water fountain. Older adult audio tapes have been relocated to the end of the enlarged Large Print section. This provides more room for the high school fiction area.

Staff Picks :
Barbara recommends Christmas Letters, a fun holiday story by Debbie Macomber. Katherine O’Conner loves Christmas so much that she has turned her ability to write charming Christmas letters into a second job.

Warrior Heir by Cinda Chima is Vicky's pick. Jack lives an unremarkable life in Trinity, Ohio until he discovers he is one of the last warriors of the Weirland, an underground society of magical people. This is a great read for teens and adults. Look for the sequel in May 2007.

Karen's recommends a picture book by Mike Reiss with David Catrow illustrations, Merry Un-Christmas. What is Christmas was everyday?? Going to school could be exciting.

Truck : a Love Story by Michael Perry is Liz's choice. Take one 1950 International Harvester truck, add a literate guy to tell the story of its restoration and his ongoing life, and there’s one enjoyable read. Plus, there are two previous collections Michael Perry’s observations on life.

Manspace : a Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory by Sam Martin struck the right note with at least one man. It’s gorgeous pictures of clubhouses for the older boys with the bigger toys.

Beside our Springs and Streams: stories of the Native Americans and early settlers of Delaware County, a DVD conceived by Delaware historian Brent Carson is available. A group of young people tour locations of various historical events and listen to stories of earlier times in this local production.

Popular video/DVD additions for the year will end with the arrival of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and The Devil Wears Prada. Several documentaries are also on their way: Eminem, Model Trains, Cemeteries, and Country Boys.

New audio books are being selected as we get close to the end of our fiscal year and still have funds in the materials budget. We’re looking primarily at family interest read-alouds to insure use over a period of time and a wider range of patrons. Your suggestions are always welcome.

Magazine subscriptions don’t roll over until July but our renewal list should arrive any day. Plans are to not renew Teachers’ Helper (but those back issues and all the old Copycats will always be here). Mailbox will probably be added. One computer magazine should be sufficient and there may be another look home school materials. Your recommendations are appreciated. Don’t forget that you can recycle and share current issues of your magazines here at the library.

Inside upgrades: We’re working toward a web accessible catalog, participation in the statewide interlibrary loan program, MORE, and some better Internet access for the public. InfoCentre, an enhanced library program similar to the current one, has been purchased and will be installed by Level 9 Networks. Patrons and other libraries will then be able to check our holdings over the internet. It’s a first step toward sharing our collection with other libraries and sharing more local library information (such as this newsletter) electronically.

Inventory is in process in the meantime. We don’t want to frustrate people (including ourselves) by listing materials that are long overdue or otherwise unavailable. Volunteer Jane has printed out a bulky list of all our materials. Angel is hard at work on the preliminary shelf checking. Both are revealing database errors that need to be corrected. We’ll all be better off in the end.

Happy Holidays Christmas stories and movies, reindeer food, craft workshops, game days, cookies to and from patrons are all part of the holidays, and an especially enjoyable part of the library year.

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