Friday, February 03, 2012

February 2012

Storytime: (Thursday morning at 10:00)


Groundhogs & Shadows Feb. 2

Be My Valentine Feb. 9

In the Arctic Feb. 16

Leap Day is Coming Feb. 23

Pig Day Mar. 1



Movie night commentary. Something new to do in Ashley: save a night once a month for movies at the library. Thursdays are good for us. An earlier time, at least now, seems better for family schedules. Attendance has been small but worth the effort. We’d appreciate your suggestions and comments. Come Feb. 16 at 5:00 to see Real Steel.



The Bookmark Society (book club) will meet on February 23 and is reading Same Kind of Different as Me : a Modern Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall & Denver Moore.



What do you Geek?? It’s a county wide library campaign aimed at people’s real interests. What’s your passion? What makes your eyes light up? We’d like to know. Wornstaff Library staff geeks include cooking, geography, jewelry, and organic sustainability.



Free tax preparation for low to moderate income people will be available at the Wornstaff Library on Saturdays February 11 and 18 from 10:00 - 2:00. Call 211 to schedule an appointment. Delaware County VITA provides this service. Other Vita sites are Woodward Family Resource Center in Delaware Wed. 5 - 8 and Sat. 10 - 2 and 7991 Lewis Center Road Tue. 5 - 8 and Sat. 10 - 2. The Council for Older Adults (363-6677) schedules AARP volunteers for seniors Wed & Thu. 9 - 3 February, March, and April..

New DVDs have been ordered including The Big Year, The Big Lebowski, Spy Kids 4, Cowboys & Aliens, Dolphin Tale, How Beer Saved the World, Gnomeo & Juliet, Jeff Dunham, Jesse Stone, Prohibition, Midnight in Paris, My Life as a Turkey - there should be something for everyone.

The COOL cooperative has received its funding grant and is becoming a reality. Sunbury Community Library is in the process of migrating to the Evergreen open source library program and should “go live” early in March. Cardington, Chesterville, and Mt. Gilead libraries will soon follow. We hope to join the group within the year.



The Wornstaff Library has been fortunate in being able to provide a computerized, now web accessible, catalog at extremely low cost over the past 15 years. Our library program is no longer being supported by its current commercial owner. The options of either migrating to another commercial vendor or joining available consortiums (which also involves migrating to another commercial system) are very expensive and leave us similarly dependent.



The State Library of Ohio proposed a pilot program of the Evergreen open source system but was unable to follow through - after producing some real interest in this possibility. Chauncey Montgonery, the Community Library director, became one of the strongest advocates. His leadership and ample help from OhioNet are making a practical solution for small libraries a reality. The open source program provides more local control and bypasses the commercial vendors. By sharing equipment and technical support a combined group of small libraries can provide advanced, reliable digital services that would be difficult for those libraries to provide on an individual basis. There will be additional benefits shared by patrons.
 
Newbery and Caldecott winners are Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, a depression era story, and A Ball for Daisy illustrated by Chris Raschka, a wordless book with a dog and a ball. Buckeye Book Awards (given by children) were Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, Chalk by Bill Thomson, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, and The Exiled Queen by Cinda Chima. Our library’s top children circulations were Go Dog Go, Waddle, A Balloon for Isabel and Ten Friendly Fish. Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Suzanne Collins distopia series were YA tops along with graphic novels..



Magazine giveaway time has arrived. Requested discards have been pulled and requesters called. Others are available for the taking. Catch up on recipes and articles at leisure. Revive your picture file for crafts and reports. Create clever valentines.



Thank you, thank you, thank you to Larry Rossiter for remaking the old into wonderfully workable. Our circulation desk built in 1928 by inmates at the Mansfield Reformatory has gone through various permutations in use - recently including housing the DVD discs (more or less). Mr. Rossiter installed modern glides and made both drawers accessible AND created a more functional and ergonomic computer desk. We love it.



Statistics 2011 : It’s time for all those reports.

Receipts $215,458               Expenditures $167, 457                        Patron visits : 18906

Total circulation 33117         Reference questions 1277                     Internet use 4916                       

Books added 1420              Total books 39, 245                              Audiovisuals 161

Total audiovisuals 4806        Meetings held 244                                 Attendance 3577