Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Preparing for the Dash: Then and Now

First, let me start off this entry with a confession-- I love my job!  There, I said it!  I get the opportunity to plan all sorts of fun library programs/ activities, and I seriously enjoy it.  My favorite event to put together as of late has been our family 5K run/walk that we call the Dewey Dash.  But it didn't start out that way...

Last year was our first race, and boy were there a lot of details to sort out!  Even though I had ran quite a few 5Ks, I had never planned an event on such a large scale that depended on so many different things coming together at once.  One thing I knew I couldn't plan for was the weather.  When I woke up at 5:30 that Saturday morning, it was gray and drizzling. Ack!

I was really worried that folks wouldn't bother coming out in the nasty rain and would rather just roll over and sleep in.  I was also worried that the course would be full of mud and puddles and might be hazardous.  In a nutshell-- I was a little freaked out.  My husband did his best to reassure and calm me down (God bless him for always trying), but I was still nervous. 

When I arrived at the library, I was soon greeted by the smiling faces of our race volunteers and library staff members who graciously offered to help out.  They didn't seem worried-- why should I?  I've never been so happy to be a part of a team!  Even though the rain kept falling, the enthusiasm of the race participants and volunteers never waned.  It turned out to be a great event, and I think that everyone had a good time. So this year, when the time came to start planning the Dewey Dash, I felt nothing but excitement.  I have accepted that I may not be able to prepare for every little thing and assure that everything will turn out perfect. But, I can be sure to make it a fun day and a wonderful fundraiser for the library! 

This year's dash will be held Saturday, June 7th (8 a.m. for registration, 9 a.m. for race start)!  You can register now on the Mag7 Race Series website: http://mag7raceseries.com/?event-tags=register-now.  The price is $18 if you register before May 23rd, and you can save 10% by entering the promo code "Mag7Voucher".  You will also be guaranteed a t-shirt!  One cool new thing we've added this year is a costume contest.  You can run or walk the race dressed as your favorite literary character and we'll award prizes for the best overall costume, and the fastest runner & walker in costume. All proceeds from this program benefit the library.  Join us!  I'll be the one with the bullhorn and (hopefully) a calm demeanor.

Happy Reading,



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

March Madness

If you ambled around Main, or just wandered past, during the month of March you might have noticed a growing display in the big windows upstairs in the teen area, a bracket of sorts.  We might not go mad over basketball but we sure get a little wild over books.  Young Adult March Madness was back at MCPL again this year with some heavy hitting contenders in the sweet sixteen.  Each week teens could vote for which titles they wanted to send to the next round.  Not only were they pushing their favorite books to the top they were also competing for a prize of their own.  Every time they voted we put their name into a prize drawing.  There were 37 votes and Kira W. is taking home a cup-o-goodies.  

Sidewalk View of Bracket

Lucky Voter's Cup-o-Goodies

 The Sweet 16
Dare You To – Katie McGarry
The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
Gone – Michael Grant
How to Save a Life – Sara Zarr
Uses For Boys – Erica Lorraine Scheidt
I Hunt Killers – Barry Lyga
Butter – Erin Jade Lange
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan
If I Ever Get Out of Here – Eric Gansworth
Ketchup Clouds – Annabel Pitcher
Love in the Time of Global Warming – Francesca Lia Block
Shelter – Harlan Coben
Boy Nobody – Allen Zadoff
Period 8 – Chris Crutcher

But here’s the real question…Which book took home the top spot?  The gold medal?  The big prize?  Winner, winner, chicken dinner?  First place?  Big kahuna?  Well it was a close race but a champion was finally crowned…How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr just barely beat out EricGansworth’s If I Ever Get Out of Here.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

 YA March Madness is over but the fun isn’t!  We periodically offer activities similar to this in the teen area so stop by often.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Cleaning

Tis the time of year when many people do a thorough cleaning of their house.  I'm not really a big "spring cleaner" (actually, I'm not a big cleaner at all but that's another story), but it is nice get rid of the extra clutter around the house.

Speaking of getting rid of extra clutter, I need your help!  I'm gathering up some materials that the library needs for different Summer Reading project.  While you're Spring Cleaning, please look around to see if you have any of the following items to donate to the library:

-LEGOs.  I'm looking for both regular LEGOs and for LEGO Duplo.  Please make sure they're clean and in good condition.

-Empty 2 liter bottles.

-Empty baby food jars/containers.  

-Empty cereal boxes and oatmeal containers.

This seems like a rather strange list, doesn't it?  What could all of these things possibly be used for?  You'll have to come to some of our Summer Reading programs to find out how we will use them!

Thanks for the help and happy spring cleaning!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Free passes to the Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis is testing out a new program of providing local libraries with free passes that we can check out to patrons.  Beginning April 1st, you will be able to come to the Library and  check out a pass that gives you FREE general admission for up to four people plus discounted parking. Special exhibits and the IMAX theater are not included.    You can keep the pass for one week, and you can place a hold on them if all of the passes are currently checked out.  

Uncover Indiana's secrets at this world-class institution, featuring unique exhibits and hands-on experiences that showcase the unique stories, events and characters that have helped shape Indiana's history. Located in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum brings the best of the museum world to Indiana. Spanning three floors of Core Galleries, the museum tells the story of the Hoosier state, and features a year-round calendar of exhibits that dive deeper into Indiana art, science and culture. Constructed completely from Indiana materials — including limestone, sandstone, steel, brick and glass — the building itself is a work of art, with icons representing each of Indiana’s 92 counties integrated into its exterior walls. Step inside, and you’ll be invited to explore Indiana’s past, present and future through scientific, cultural, historical and art exhibits that help define our place in the world.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How to properly remove a book from a shelf....

The majority of the books on the Morgan County Public Library's shelves are in good condition.  Every once in awhile, though, we find a book that has the top part of the spine missing or damaged.  You can help us take good care of library books by viewing the following 45-second video that demonstrates, "how to properly remove a book from a shelf."


Books you own will last a lot longer if you practice the technique demonstrated at home.  Before long it will become second nature to you.

And just one more thing...

All of the library employees certainly understand that accidents will happen.  When something happens to a library book you have at home (such as a torn page, chewed corner, something spilled on the cover, etc.) please do not be afraid to tell us about it.    The library has invested in special acid-free tape and book cleaner that you will not find in your own home.   Often we can fix the problem with little or no cost to you!  All we ask is that you do not try to "fix" the problem yourself. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Let me convince you to try a foreign film!

As I considered what to write about in my first opportunity to participate in the library's local blog postings, I remembered a recent passage in a letter I had written to a friend I correspond with.  In the passage I described a film I had recently seen.  Here is what I said about the film:

"It is a German film and is called Barbara.  It is about a doctor who lived in East Germany in the 80's, who had been banished to a rural hospital as punishment for requesting to leave East Germany... 

I was surprised at how beautiful the countryside is in that part of Germany.  I had not known that.  The filming location was on the coast of the Baltic Sea, and it seems to be very windy there.  There are all of these beautiful scenes with the main character zipping along on her bicycle in wonderful wild winds, next to the trees lining the coast.  I think that was my favorite part of the film!  It prompted me to go on-line today and look at the area.  It is so beautiful!"

The film I was describing to my friend is a recent foreign film purchase, added to the Waverly branch collection. 

I have been a foreign film fan for a long time, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about one when given the chance.  I love the pacing and quiet, thoughtful feel to many of the films I have seen.  I know these qualities aren't among those that people always look for in films, but a slower pace does allow you to pay attention to some things we don't always pay attention to.  Watching a foreign film is a great way to learn about another culture or another time in history.  Watching a foreign film might prompt you to learn about another part of the world, just like watching Barbara prompted me to do.  And all of this you can do from the comfort of your own home!

I know that folks don't always enjoy foreign films because they dislike subtitles.  But if you have never given a foreign film a try this might not be a bad first choice!  This film is rated PG-13, so it is not suitable for young children.  While a bit more care could have been taken with the choice of text color for some of the subtitles, those in this film are not lengthy and are not difficult to keep up with.  Make no mistake, this is not a lighthearted film.  I don’t wish to mislead you in that regard.  But this film does give viewers the opportunity to consider the ethics of the situations many people found themselves in during a particular time and place in history. 

The film can be placed on hold and sent to any of the Morgan County branch locations.  To place this video on hold click on the link to the catalog entry for the film:

If you find you like this film and would like to try some others, there are a number of other foreign films available for check out in the Morgan County Public Library system.  Happy viewing!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New! Video Games at Monrovia!

The Monrovia Branch has recently added video games to the collections at the branch.  We have a variety of games available for checkout for these gaming systems:  Nintendo Wii, Play Station, and Xbox.  Games check out for one week with one renewal.  There is a limit of one game per patron.  Come check out our selection today!  

Oh, and if you do not find the game you are looking for, use our library catalog to see what the main branch, in Martinsville, or our others branches have and put a game on hold.  Altogether, we have hundreds of video games from which you can choose!