Thursday, April 05, 2007

April 2007

Homeschool Book Talk on Tuesday April 17, 11:00 will focus on Earth Day related topics and activities. The emphasis is on grades one through six but it’s a good socializing opportunity for older students. All homeschoolers are welcome.

Craft Night on Thursday, April 12, 6:30 - 8:00 will follow the Earth Day / recycling theme. Craft nights are usually a family affair and everyone is invited. There will be opportunities to recycle clothing including some projects suitable for Mothers’ Day presents plus materials for cards. Bring your old T-shirts, jeans, and sweatshirts and transform them into fashionable clothing. There’s even a plan for old shoes.

National Library Week is April 15 - 21. It’s a reminder to take time to think about what libraries mean to you personally and to the community. Along with materials to check out, libraries make copies, send faxes, provide Internet access, host meetings, subscribe to numerous magazines and newspapers, and maintain community information.

Patron Recognition Week should be a corollary. We’re a team. There’s a very valid argument for preservation but the real function of a library involves the people of the community.

Location changes to note. The bookcases are in place in the juvenile room and we’ve shifted here and there providing a little extra room for juvenile fiction and non-fiction. We’ve lost the small table
but opened up the big table for more use. It’s a bit easier to move around in the juvenile area and feels less cluttered. Please ask if you can’t find specific materials. A new library map will be available.
* Located on the new bookshelf under the west
window in the juvenile room are : Dinosaur Books, Graphic Novels and Comic Strips (such as Garfield), and Collective Biographies.
* New Juvenile Non-fiction is on the bookshelf across from the drinking fountain.
* Audio Books are in the east back room adjacent to the Large Print books.
* The “younger” juvenile paperback rack has been moved in front of the southern west window.

My Library Info is a segment of our online catalog that tells you what books you have out. You can even print out a list at home. All you need to know is your library card number and your last name!! Before you make a trip to the library you can check to see what books and movies are available to check out AND what books and movies you need to return.

Youth Trout Fishing Tournament at the Newman Park Reservoir in Ashley is free to all youth up to age 16. That’s Saturday April 14 11:00 - 3:00 with registration starting at 10:00. You can borrow a pole but need your own adult supervision.

Lincoln Library of Sports Champions has a new edition which should provide helpful sports biography information for reports. The 2007 Sports Biography Today annual is also available.

New juvenile non-fiction is displayed opposite the water fountain. It is more accessible than the boxes (we think) and we hope that will encourage use. There is more to reading than just stories.

Sets for Sale. The Lincoln Library of Sports Champions is a 20 volume set (c1981) featuring 4-8 page biographies of sports figures, illustrated with photographs. The New Book of Knowledge is a 21 volume encyclopedia (1990). Both sets are complete and can be seen at the library. Bids will be taken until the end of April.

Flyers on local activities and a variety of issues are usually available on a rack inside the front entrance. Tax forms have been taking their place since the first of the year but will be replaced in mid April. Take time to see if there is something of interest.

Spring weather for spring break. It was a busy time for the library with a fairly steady stream of students in and out (and in and out) throughout the day. Internet use was substantially and some took advantage of the board games that were available. It’s been good skateboarding weather and the parking lot has served double duty which can work as long as skateboarders are considerate of patrons and the primacy of its parking use. Kids are kids as we once were and one of these days they will be us.

National Poetry Month is April. So is Keep America Beautiful Month , Arbor Day and Library Week. Everyone should go to the library and read “I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree”. Billy Collins remains one of our favorite poets and for the younger set there is Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. The Katz/Catrow Take Me Out of the Bathtub books would work well during Karaoke week. Reread your own favorites, write a limerick, try an anthology. Keep poetry alive.

4-H clubs are getting started and participants can find plenty of information about horses, calves, small livestock, gardening, sewing, and carpentry projects at the library. The American Standard of Perfection for chickens and for rabbits and cavies is available plus a video on starting chicks. You don’t have to be a club member- or a student - to enjoy a summer project.

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