Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas is on its way.

It is getting close to Christmas, just 17 days away. If you are like me, there are many things left to be done. My family just put our tree up over the weekend. The library is well decorated with the Festival of Trees here at Main, but if you get a chance come visit one of our other locations and see the Festival of Tree entries out at the branches.

I have been enjoying all the new Christmas books that have been coming into the library. We have both fiction and nonfiction Christmas books that will be coming into the system clear though and probably even after the holidays. So stop in and see what’s new or check out the Wowbrary scroll at the top right of our webpage. I personally can say that I love the new cookbooks with all the candy and cookie recipes. I often find new things to make or should say want to make. Time is always running out for me. I have been making candies, but haven’t made any fudge yet. I need to get going with a few batches of cookies also.

My family looks forward to all the baking and homemade goodies they get each year. I am not the shopper, but I do enjoy making small presents that are useful and I try to make something that each person on my list will like. I get some ideas from the internet, but I also use books to find the majority of my new projects and patterns. A few weeks ago I had 10 books come in from other Evergreen libraries just for that purpose. If you enjoy crafting or making treats, then surf our catalog and get some new ideas. If it is too late for this year, then start planning for next year. I have.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas at the Library

The Christmas season is coming into full swing for most of us. Whether you're looking for a new recipe, fresh decorating ideas, craft projects for the family, or books and DVD's to get into a celebration mood, the library has a wealth of materials to meet those needs. You will find displays of seasonal titles at all of the Morgan County Library branches, and the catalog should help you find almost anything else you're looking for.

The Festival of Trees is underway. The theme this year is Songs and Carols. Most branches have trees on display that have been decorated by local groups (classes, scout troops, businesses, etc.) with a wide range of styles and materials. The Wamona Girl Scout Troop 2371  decorated the tree shown above and on display at the Waverly Branch. Trees will be on display throughout the month of December. Patrons may vote for their favorite trees for 25 cents per vote, or 5 votes for a  dollar.

Be sure to check out the library calendar for craft programs and activities at the branches this month.

Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks (for books!)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and it is also one of my favorite holidays.  Of course the food is awesome, but what I really enjoy is the time spent with those that I love.  It is also a good time to remember all that we are thankful for.

As I got to thinking about gratitude, I realized how thankful I am for the gift of reading, and those who fostered my love of books!  Some of my earliest memories are of my Mom reading aloud chapters of Superfudge, The Indian in the Cupboard, and the Little House on the Prairie series to my brother and I before we went to bed.  I remember the sense of wonder and excitement I felt the first time I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe all by myself.  New worlds were opened to me, and couldn't get enough.

My elementary school had a program where 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders could read books from an approved list and take quizzes on them at the end. It was a precursor of the "Accelerated Reader" or "AR" program that most schools participate in now.  The ultimate prize was a $50 savings bond that could be earned by reading 100 books and passing the quizzes by the end of 5th grade.  And these weren't just tiny picture books, they were actual CHAPTER books (that was a big deal in 3rd grade!).  I made it my mission to get to that 100 book mark and with the encouragement of my teachers and parents, I am happy to say that I made it!  I read my way to that savings bond! 

 As I grew older, I continued reading anything and everything.  I finished high school and college with a book either in my hand or at my bedside (I had to sleep sometime!).  Then, I got a job at the library, and finished my graduate degree in library science.  It was such a great fit!  Now, unfortunately I don't get to sit at the library and read as part of my official duties, but I do get to lead a wonderful book club and I am surrounded by folks who have made reading a major part of their lives.  And for that, I am grateful.

**Here's an interesting follow-up story-- Not long after I started working at the library my Mom was cleaning out some old paperwork and found my original savings bond.  I had never cashed it in, so I deposited my first professional paycheck and my savings bond at the same time!**

Happy Reading,


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winter (Reading) is Coming

SNOW?!?!  Yes, we've had snow flurries on and off all day!  It may not officially be Winter, but there are lots of signs that it will be here very soon.   Here at the library, we have our own ways to tell that Winter is coming.  The Festival of the Trees will be starting soon (groups who have signed up for trees can begin decorating on November 22nd) , and it's time to start preparing for our Winter Reading Program. 

Winter Reading will go from January 2, 2015 to February 13, 2015 (yes, 2015 is almost here!).  We encourage patrons of all ages to "Resolve to Read" and join us for six weeks of reading fun.  Just stop by any library branch on or after January 2nd to sign up.  Children and Teens will keep track of how many minutes they spend reading; Adults will keep track of the number of books they read.  Everyone will have a chance to earn a prize and entries for our grand prizes, a $50 gift card for each age group!

We'll have more information about Winter Reading in the coming weeks.  Until then, stay warm!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let's Go Googling!

For the past month I have been busy at least an hour a day taking an online class called, "Google for the Wise Genealogist."  The course is offered by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (NIGS) and can be taken by anyone for a fee.  For a list of courses NIGS offers online, go to their website http://www.genealogicalstudies.com/.

The first lesson was an overview of Google products.  Some of them I had used before like Google Maps, Google Earth and Google News.  But there were a couple new ones that I learned about that will help me organize my genealogy research.  One of these is Google Keep which allows you to take notes and store them so that you may access them again by signing into your Google account.  Another is Google Bookmarks.  This allows you to bookmark your frequently used websites and be able to access the bookmarks from any computer anywhere at any time.

The next lesson was about how to make the most of your Google search.  I was able to set up a Google alert so that when something new about the surnames I am researching is added, I will receive an e-mail notification.  So far I haven't received any alerts.  But hope springs eternal, as they say.

Another lesson taught me how to "map my ancestors."  Since I didn't have any addresses for my ancestors, I used all the locations I have lived in my lifetime.  I was dismayed to find out that one home I lived in is now a parking lot.  I don't think I have a picture of that home at all.  So go out and take pictures of your home right now because 40 years from now it might not be there!

This week's lesson was all about Google Books.  Many books that were published years and years ago are now digitized and available online for free.  If the book isn't available for free you might be able to find it at a nearby library.  Unfortunately, the books I would like to borrow are books that must remain in the library.  This means I'll have to plan a trip to go to that library to do some further genealogy research.  Some titles may be purchased online using Google Play.  However, I chose to save the titles I found using the "my library" feature of Google Books.  Now when I do have an opportunity to travel those titles will be "on the cloud" and fairly easy to access.  This is great for me as I often lose track of slips of paper, notes, etc.

But wait that's not all!  There is more to come in the weeks ahead.  Feel free to stop by my desk and ask about the latest "Google for the Wise Genealogist" lesson any time.

Genealogy Librarian

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book a Librarian

Do you want more help with a technology question but don't know where to start?  We have a new service that can help you with your questions called Book a Librarian.  Book a Librarian can help you learn: 
  • How to set up and use email
  • eReader questions & how to use OverDrive
  • Internet basics and internet safety
  • How to use the library’s databases & catalog
  • How to place holds on items
  • Microsoft Office programs
  • Resume creation & job searching using our databases
  • Internet Social Platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Blogger, etc.
The "Book a Librarian" service is designed for those requiring one-on-one instructional or research assistance on using library resources. Half hour sessions are held in the library at a time determined by you and the librarian giving the session. Reservations require 48 hour advance notice and are dependent upon staff availability, excluding weekends.  Fill out a request form at the library during normal business hours and the reference librarian will contact you set up an appointment. Valid Morgan County Public Library card holders in good standing are eligible for this new service. Genealogy assistance is covered by the Genealogist Librarian and not part of “Book a Librarian”.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Fun Afternoon at the Waverly Branch

I want to thank Ron Hawkins for presenting a wonderful program at the Waverly Branch on September 27. Ron brought a generous sampling from his memorabilia collection for a display in our study rooms. He also brought videos from his recent trip to England, including his visit to the Cavern Club, ground zero for Beatlemania.

After showing a number of videos and sharing memories and information, Ron changes shirts and gave a guided (magical mystery?) tour of his collection. He explained where and when many of the most interesting items came into his possession, providing a trip down memory lane for the attendees.

Then Ron changed shirts a final time and presented a trivia challenge with posters, buttons, post cards and other items for the first correct answer to each question. Who was the bass player preceding Paul's assumption of that role? What German bass-playing artist provided the cover illustration for Revolver? The questions and answers were great fun for all.

Everyone was pleased to receive their prize.

Some were ecstatic to receive their prize.

Be on the lookout for your next opportunity to catch Ron as he continues to make presentations around the area.

And be on the lookout for a wide variety of programs at all of the library's branches.