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.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Teen Services

At the end of the summer I said goodbye to my position as Teen Librarian with the Morgan County Public Library.  I started working with teens here at Main back in October 2009 and it was a wonderful four and half years.  During the course of that time I’ve meet some absolutely delightful teens.  I’ve seen them go from mousy sixth graders to towering high school students, from outsiders to best friends, from high school to college, from shy to outgoing, from non-readers to readers and so much more. 

Here are a few of favorite things from my time as a teen librarian…

·         Summer Reading – Back in 2010 when I planned my first summer reading program I was terrified.  We had 110 participants and they read well over 450 books.  Summer Reading has grown a lot, and I’ve learned a lot, since that first year.  363 teens signed up this past summer.  Alyssa and I’s whole year pretty much revolves around summer reading.  It’s what we’re working on from about November to June.  Then it’s time for the big two month long event to actually begin.  We have worked so hard to improve the program every year and I hope you think it’s as wonderful as we do!   

·         Working Outside the Library – Some of my favorite times at the library have actually been when I’m not in the library!  Community events and school visits have given me unique opportunities to meet patrons on their turf.  For much of my time as the teen librarian I spent one day a month at West Middle School hanging out with students during their lunch period.  We’d discuss upcoming library events, what they were reading and I’d give booktalks to introduce new titles.  I got to partner with school librarians and teachers on lots of special events.  More than once teachers and their students created videos promoting summer reading and other special events.  Luckily, outreach is something I’ll still get to focus on in my new role.

·         After-hours Events – At the end of May 2011 we cautiously planned out first ever after-hours event for the library.  Pizza, photo ops, games and a movie were all on the agenda and pretty much have been for every after-hours event since then.  I’m not sure why but there’s just something magical about being in the library after it closes.  Dance parties, life-size games, movie nights, and even crafts just seem to double in excitement when you know the library doors are locked to everyone but you. 

·         Meeting Mike Mullin – The Indiana author, Mike Mullin, who penned the Ashfall trilogy, visited our library in December 2011.  This was the first author event I ever planned which was a little scary and very exciting.  We pulled out all the stops for a complete Ashfall themed night including a themed Christmas tree, volcano cupcakes, a martial arts demonstration and Mullins’ engaging presentation.  One of my, and Mullins’ favorite stories from the night is what will forever be known as “the bloody book signing.”  Mullin ended his demonstration by chopping a concrete block in half with his hand.  Not realizing he’d cut himself he began signing books.  The first book he signed belonged to a young girl.  He thought she would be mortified by the blood he’d accidently left on the title page along with his signature.  Once he realized what had happened he was apologetic and offered her a new book.  She’d hear nothing of it.  In fact she made him note something along the line of “this is my blood” and was even more excited than if she’d just gotten his signature.

·         YA Lit – I read a little YA lit before I became a teen librarian and it hadn’t been that long since I’d actually been a teen but I really got into it the last few years.  Here are just some of the YA authors that have had me laughing, crying, sitting on the edge of my seat, bursting with excitement and just generally loving reading.
Jay Asher                                                       Jo Knowls
Natasha Friend                                               Jordan Sonnenblick
Barry Lyga                                                      Nancy Werlin
Katie McGary                                                  Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Raina Telgemeier                                            Sonya Sones
Helen Frost                                                     Ellen Hopkins
Wendelin Van Draanen                                    Rainbow Rowell
David Levithan                                                Laurie Halse Anderson
Gordan Korman                                               John Green
Ruta Sepetys                                                  Neal Shusterman

·         Volunteers – As I’ve mentioned I’ve met some absolutely lovely teenagers in the last few years and some of my favorites have spent time volunteering or job shadowing at the library.  It’s so awesome to see teens that truly love the library and want to do whatever they can to help out.  I know I can count on our volunteers for anything from updating booklists, creating displays, making popcorn, cleaning up, and just generally assisting with whatever we need.  One of my goals in my new position will be to find a few volunteers as sweet and dependable as those I’ve meet here at Main.

·         Game Truck Parties – The last two years during Teen Tech Week we’ve had Jason Green bring out the Game Truck.  It is awesome.  Up to sixteen people at a time can go into the luxurious “truck” to relax on plush couches while playing the latest and greatest video games on flat screen televisions.  This program always brings in a swarm of teens who are just as excited about our life-size Pac-Man game and fuse bead crafts as they are about the truck.

I will truly miss working with teenagers on a daily basis but I’m so excited for my new position with the library, Monrovia Branch Manager.  Get to know my new library, position, community and coworkers in my next blog post, later this year.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Library + Your Classroom = A Perfect Match!

Teachers of Morgan County, the library wants to help you and your classes!  Many of you know that you can send your students here to find information for school projects or books to read, but did you know that we can do much more than that?  I can break down our special school services into two categories: We Come to You and You Come to Us.

We Come to You
-Storytime- We can come to your classroom for Storytime.  We currently provide this service for two Kindergarten classes and three fifth grade classes.  The program lasts around 30 minutes and we can tailor our reading selections to what you're going over in class.

-Book Talks- Book Talks are commercials for books!  We come in and tell your students about different books and why they should read them.  This is a super quick program that can be done in 15 minutes.

-Special Collections- Have a special project coming up?  The library can work with you to put together a collection of books on a special topic and deliver them to your class.  The collections will check out to your library card for three weeks.

You Come to Us
-Storytime and Check-Out- We can set up a time for your class to come to the library for a story and to check out books.  There are three classes who come to the library for this program and we love having them!  Please note, children will need to have their own library card in order to check out books.   

-Field Trip- Bring your class for a tour of the library and a chat about all the cool things going on at the library!  This is a very popular program with many preschool classes, but we even have fifth graders come for their own tour.

Ready to schedule a visit?  Have questions or other ideas on how we can work together?  Please contact me at alyssam@mail.morg.lib.in.us or at 765-342-3451 ex16.

Looking forward to working with you,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Art, Dancing, Stories, and Guitars. . .

Where can you go to hear a story, play a game, create some art, and sometimes even do a dance, all without spending any money?  Well, your local public library of course!  All library locations in the county library system offer some kind of children’s programs at their location.  Many locations offer a weekly storytime activity, as well as other programs intended for children. 

Here at the Waverly branch we offer a preschool storytime on Wednesday mornings at 10:30.   During storytime we read a story, do a dance or some other kind of activity, and create a simple craft.  We also offer a children’s art program every Thursday afternoon at 3:30.  This program is for children in grades kindergarten through the sixth grade.  We create many different kinds of art on Thursday afternoons.  This allows us to learn about a variety of artists and other cultures around the world.  So we get to learn and have fun at the same time!  Registration is not required for either of these programs.  We would love to have you join us for a story or art activity this week! 

This month we have a special program intended just for music lovers.  On Saturday, September 27th, the Waverly branch will host the Beatles' Memories and Memorabilia program.  All ages are welcome to attend this program that starts at 2:00.  Ron Hawkins from the Reporter Times will share memorabilia he has collected over the many years that he has been a Beatles fan.  There is even a rumor that Chuck, our branch manager, may bring his own guitar!  There is no charge to attend this event, and registration is not required.  Please join us on the 27th and see what Chuck will do with that guitar!

We are always open to adding new programs for all age groups, so if you have some particular activity that you would like to see offered here at our library branch please let us know!  We are here to serve you and we love to try new things! 

Check the library’s event calendar posted on our website to see the specific programs that are offered at each library location.  We have a lot of fun things going on for all age groups at our library and we hope to see you soon!    


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Smartest Card

A library card is your child’s ticket to academic achievement 

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Morgan County Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card. 

Resources at the Morgan County Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.  They can access databases packed with reliable information, use the computers and wireless internet access, or get  help from our librarians to locate the information they need. 

Students can use their library cards from home, too.  Our library offers access to important educational resources, like ebooks through our Overdrive program,  or Mango Languages to learn a foreign language. 

Our library provides all types of students a welcoming atmosphere where they can explore, discover and create Students learn in a variety of ways, thanks to the resources available at the library we can meet the needs of all ages and types of learners. Whether that is through the internet or access print and e-books, the library has something for everyone – all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is most important school supply of all.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Morgan County Public Library in person or visit the library online at http://morg.lib.in.us. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Desk and Books!

A New Desk in Genealogy and New Books, too!

Yes, there is a new desk in Genealogy.  (Sorry, no picture of me this time!)  Most of the time you will find me here and I will be working on family history requests.  I am always available to help with other kinds of questions as well.

Recently the library has received several new genealogy books. Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places by Laura Szucs Pfeiffer (GEN 929.1072 PFE)  has information listed alphabetically from Admiralty Court Records to Works Progress Administration.  Certainly these are two sources where most of us wouldn't have thought to look.  Other interesting topics included in the book are: Adoption Records, Motor Vehicle Registration Records, Native American Records, Name Change Records, State Censuses and Voter Registration Records.  Included in many of these topics are internet resources where you can look online for more information about your family history.  

Another book added to the collection is the 4th Edition of Unpuzzling Your Past (GEN 929.1 CRO) by Emily Anne Croom.  This book is a basic guide to genealogy.  Although it contains information about how to start researching your family history, there are several chapters that would be useful to anyone who has been searching their family's history for some time.  "Where Do I Look For That?" is just one of the many chapters that seasoned family historians might find interesting.  It also has a good chapter on deciphering dates from different time periods, too.

Last but not least, is the latest version of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy (GEN 929.1072).  This 3rd Edition includes articles by various genealogists about everything from the basics to specific record searching.   If you are wondering where to write for further family history information this book has a section in the appendix to get you started.

Genealogy books, such as the ones listed above, do not check out of the library.  However, the last two are updated versions of books we already had.  What we have done is made the earlier versions available for you to check out.  So look for these in the non-fiction with books whose call numbers are 929.1.

Hope to see you at the library soon.  Be sure to look for me in my NEW SPOT!

submitted by Miss Janice on 9-2-2014