Saturday, September 29, 2007

October 2007

Home School Book Talk is scheduled for Tuesday morning, Oct. 16 at 10:30. In recognition of United Nations Day (Oct. 24) this program will feature international books, crafts, games, and food. Programs are geared for first through sixth graders and all home schoolers are welcome.

Chess starts Saturday September 29 at 2:00 and will continue on an every other weekly basis. (Oct. 15 and 27) All ages and abilities are welcome.

Family Craft Night had twenty attendees. The sewing project was a hit and a good way to introduce this revived skill to a younger age group.

Hooked on Phonics (4 sets) and Hooked on Math (3 sets) are popular learning aids that help younger children understand basic reading and arithmetic concepts. Help your children at home. Check the library for the tools you need. There are Home Learning Media manipulatives and other books on math and reading.

Ashley area resident, Ronald Ray, led an exciting life as a Fort Lauderdale special police officer, revealed in Badge 149 “Shots Fired” by Gary P. Jones. A signed copy was donated to the library. Check out the book - and your neighbor.

Mr. Etch A Sketch will star in a library program on Thursday, October 25 at 6:30. All ages are welcome. Autographed books are available for $10. This man is amazing and the library is delighted to have him here for an evening. You won’t believe the pictures he can create even as you watch him at work. There’ll be prizes.

Fall is official. Days will be getting shorter creating more time for reading. The county fair has come and gone. Leaf identification, bird feeding, and craft projects should be popular. Check the new fiction list for a different author to try. Hope for cooler weather and some needed rain. Nominate a Delaware County Hero (forms available). Attend a Perkins Observatory astronomy program, listen to the Central Ohio Symphony opening concert. See Giraudoux’s Madwoman of Chaillot at OWU or walk through the Haunted Palace in Marion.

The School Halloween Parade will be Wednesday October 31, 2:30 or thereabouts. The library has front row seating and parking for spectators. It’s your small town working hard to entertain you. You can dress up, too. We do.

HEAP forms are available at the library or can be downloaded from the Internet. This is a federally funded program designed to assist eligible lo-income Ohioans with their winter heating bills. Information on other programs is included.

MORE report. Since going live with this interlibrary loan system our patrons have received 31 items they requested from other libraries and we have supplied 102 requests. During September our patrons received 24 items from other libraries. This is in contrast to an average of 100 interlibrary loans a year. And we have always tried to really promote the possibility of getting books from other libraries. Originally we were most excited about other libraries being able to request material from us as we’ve been on the receiving end only for years and years. How wonderful that our patrons are also benefiting. Audio books and videos are available. Just be polite. We’ve received a number of requests for very popular new titles, some before we’ve had time to process the item. That doesn’t seem right.

Sharing the library isn’t always easy. Sometimes a group - such as story timers on Thursday mornings - seems to take over the library. Sometimes teens don’t realize and aren’t concerned with how overwhelming their presence can be. Sometimes the staff gets frustrated trying to maintain fairness and order. The library is for everyone, especially in a small town where there aren’t very many places to be. Sometimes politeness and tolerance help.

Reader’s Advisory “New Book” displays provide an easy to browse mixed selection. That’s the place to look for that book you heard mentioned on TV. Other display areas can highlight second tier authors, make it easier to sort through a hot topic, or present a random grouping. (Books less than seven inches tall, or ones that are purple.) Ask the staff for suggestions. We’ll gladly supply a slip for your recommendations or encourage you to post something on the web site. You’re the readers. We just try to keep you supplied - and provide basic information. Maybe occasionally we’ll try to nudge you in a new direction.

Look for dinosaurs in the display case courtesy of the Layman family.

Banned Book Week & Teen Read Week are October events.

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