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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Morgan County Public Library Databases

Did you know that if you have a Morgan County Public Library card you could access the databases the library has?  We have databases to can help you find people, work on your car, look up your ancestors, find legal documents, and more!  To find the databases we have go to our homepage and look at the left hand side of the screen. Click where it says: Electronic Resources & Databases and from here you will see a list of databases.  
Here is a list of some of our databases along with YouTube videos that explain how to use them.

The first is the A to Z Database.  Using this database you can look up a friend or relative, look for a job, create a mailing list or find a business.  You will need to have a library card to access this database.  Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to use the database:

The next database you see is ChiltonLibrary.com.  Again, you will need a library card to get into this database.  From there a search box comes up and you can search by year, by make, or by model.  This site offers step by step instruction, with pictures, on repair and maintenance for your vehicle.  You can also print out instructions if you need them. Here is the video tutorial which explains how to use the database.

Cypress Resume will help you create a resume for free, for real, no credit card required!  You will need a library card to use this database.  After you log in, Cypress Resume will walk you step by step through the resume process.  If you have struggled to put a resume together this database is the answer you’ve been seeking.  It is free with no credit card information required, unlike the supposedly "free" resume websites you may have tried in the past. 

Heritage Quest will help you find your ancestors and all you need to access it for free is your library card.  With Heritage Quest you can access US Census information from 1790-1930, the Periodical Source Index, and the US Serial Set, along with other genealogy resources.  There are several YouTube videos on how to use Heritage Quest.

INSPIRE is free to all Indiana residents and is the virtual library for many of your research needs.  You can access academic and newspaper databases from INSPIRE.  INSPIRE has “Kids Search” for younger students, “Student Research Center” for older students, TeachingBooks.net, Indiana Memory, Indiana History, the Indiana State Library,  and the GALE Testing & Education Reference Center to name just a few of the resources this database has.  Muncie Library has created a great tutorial on INSPIRE:  

Gale Legal Forms requires a library card to access.  The Gale Legal Forms database has Indiana legal forms such as:   divorce, power of attorney, bankruptcy, name change, wills and estates, and much more.  Click here for more information about what Gale Legal Forms has and to get started.

The Mango database has 63 languages to choose from and all you need to get started is your library card!  Here is a YouTube video to tell you how Mango works.  Mango is a great website for learning  a language because you will practice by hearing, reading, and speaking the language. 

These are just some of the databases we have for your use at the Morgan County Public Library.  Stop by the reference desk and ask for Lorie if you need further information on how to access and use these databases.  I will be happy to help!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brooklyn Branch Library

     Welcome to the Brooklyn Branch Library! We are one of the 3 Minibranches that serve the outlying areas of the county. Brooklyn Branch is open four days a week. We have over 10,000 items available:  books, DVDs, and audio CDs for all ages. There is a free community magazine exchange as well as special book collections each week for both children and adults.
     One of our favorite times is Thursday evenings, when the Yarn Group meets at 6 PM. Needleworkers of all types are welcome. If you want to learn to knit, crochet, or tat, there is usually someone here who can teach you. There are four public computers, and test proctoring is also available. Our staff is fun and friendly and always willing to help you. We are open Tuesday and Thursday from 12-7, Friday and Saturday from 9-4:30. Stop in and see what we have to offer at the Brooklyn Branch.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What did you read this summer?

I'm still having a hard time not putting on a Summer Reading Program t-shirt before coming to work. While I'm still adjusting to life after the SRP, I've been looking over the book reviews that were entered at the Waverly Branch by teams Curie and Einstein. The branch had 41 adults sign up for the SRP, and they entered 214 reviews. Each form asked the reviewer to assign a rating of 1 to 4 stars for each item. The breakdown was: 106 four-star (Loved it!) ratings, 80 three-star (Liked it) ratings, 25 two-star (Just OK) ratings, 2 one-star (BOO!) ratings, and one entry with no stars chosen.

The four-star reviews covered a wide range of materials, ranging from both adult and children's classics to the library's Facebook page, blog, and Freegal music download service. Multiple books by Gillian Flynn and John Green (and the movie of The Fault in Our Stars) made the list, as did one by local author (and branch patron) Nancy Paul. I thought it might be interesting to post a few random examples of the top reviewed items.

Frantic/by Mike Dellosso-Quite the page turner! This is the first of this author I've read. I plan to now read others. I will never look at a dropped note the same!!

Smoke/by Ellen Hopkins-Sequel to Hopkins' book Burned. It follows 2 girls struggle with dealing with abusive relationships. this story is written in poetry but also a narrative.

The Fault in Our Stars/by John Green (one of six reviews)-So well written. Joyful and tragic. Story of 2 teens dying of cancer. Revolves around the story told in a favorite book of the character, Hazel Grace. (Another review)-Finished in one day because there is no way not to fall in love with the characters. Green is able to weave comedy & tragedy as if they are complementary instead of opposites.

Nubby/by Nancy Paul- Good storyline but at times I got a little lost in the transitions. Suspense with a good ending. Christian fiction with Indy author.

Gone Girl/by Gillian Flynn- Love her style. A twist with every chapter. Excited for the movie to come out. Only disappointed in the last few pages - can't all end the way you want.

Dad is Fat/by Jim Gaffigan (audio)- When I read this book the first time, I remember thinking this could only be better if it was an audiobook. This year I found it as an audiobook and I was not disappointed.

Just One Thing/by Holly Jacobs- Loved this book! About just one thing that leads to many great things. Love these feel good books.

Facebook page- I just found out through the FB page that our team "Einstein" is down by 19 reviews. I just handed in two more. Hope it helps!

These are just a few of the reviews, but I hope they give a little of the flavor of the larger community of shared ideas and opinions that they represent. I've even had one patron ask if we could have a square on next years record sheet for books that received four-stars in previous years.

Keep reading,