Bookstores.

readsWe have a wonderful local independent bookstore called Read’s Book Shop. On any given day, they have fun drop-in clubs (knitting, book clubs etc), delicious treats and homemade soups at their counter, cute gift items and of course, lots of wonderful books for purchase. I’d like to think this is a bookstore that will continue to go the distance, but we all need to make it work.

Like the future of libraries, bookstores depend on people coming in and purchasing books and other items. They need to remain vital parts of our main streets, and have programs running that will bring in shoppers as well as readers. They also need to be able to provide friendly staff, quick turnaround for book requests, and incentives to get customers to come back. Read’s does this and much more, very similar to a library’s goals, I think.

Did you know that our library and Read’s Book Shop work together at times? You might think we’d be on opposite sides, but we’re not! Our library tries to use the local bookstore for small book orders we might need on a quick turnaround, we encourage people to shop there if they’re looking for something we might not carry at the moment, and we also try to participate in programs they support, such as Free Comic Book Day. In return, they offer us fantastic support, whether it’s through program advertisement, inclusion in special book fairs, and even spontaneous author visits!

Libraries and book stores should do more of this. We are important to each other in different ways, and especially in small communities, vital to the survival of books in our town. Make sure you visit both….your public library and your local book shop. Without you, we might not be around forever.

March 2015 at the Library

Photo by Danist Soh, courtesy of UNSPLASHMarch is here and whether it comes in like a lamb or a lion, we have plenty of great things going on at the library. After the cold stretch in February,  please remember that the library is a warm spot to visit, especially if you are in need of some shelter. We’re open Monday to Thursday 1:30 – 8pm, Friday from 9:30 – 5:30pm, and Saturdays from 10am until 5pm. Drop by during those hours and find a cozy spot to sit. We’d love to see you here!

If you’re looking for things to do this month, we have lots going on. We’re well into our new Toddler Time sessions on Thursday mornings at 10am, and we also run a regular storytime on Wednesday mornings, either 9:30am or 10:15am. Please call the library for more information and to register.

Forest of Reading continues this month, and our young readers are really racing through their books!  We have several readers who have completed their category, and have moved on to another. Who will read 30 books this time? It’s up for grabs!

Of course, the BIG thing happening this month is March Break, which takes place from March 16 – 20. We’ll have all kinds of fun events for the little ones, school age, teen and even a few things for adults! Please see our earlier post for the complete schedule, or drop by the library to pick one up. We’re going to be busy!

As usual, we’ll be having our monthly Craft Club meeting on Monday, March 16th from 6-7:30pm. This is a great session for adults who like to knit, crochet, or do any number of crafts. Bring along your work, and plan on meeting up with new people who also like to craft. Refreshments provided!

Have you taken advantage of our Ancestry Database training? If you haven’t, there are still slots available for anyone who wishes to know a little bit more about how to use the service and start researching your family tree. These are one-on-one sessions, and you do need to have some computer skills in order to get started. Call us to make an appointment!

To finish up this month, we’re getting ready to write books again in April. Join us on Tuesday, March 31st for the Camp NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party!  We’ll talk about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), discuss our plans for the month of April, and give writers a few pointers to begin writing. If you’ve been taking part in our sessions which began last year, this is a fun event, and one that gets our creative juices flowing. If you haven’t been writing, but think you might have a novel in you, join us from 6-7pm to find out how we can help you write that novel in April.

We hope to see you this month. Happy March!

Winners

After the Oscars this past weekend, a lot of people will be flocking to rent or buy some of the winning movies they didn’t manage to see last year. Did you know that we carry many of the most current DVDs and also a great assortment of the books that the movies were based on? You can drop in and pick up a DVD at the library using just your library card, and keep it for a week. Isn’t that a great deal? We think so! These are just a few of the movies that won or were nominated for Oscars this year, and we have them here. If they aren’t available when you come in, put one on hold.

availableTake out a movie today!

Welcome Back!

welcomeDuring the March Break, we’re doing something special….welcoming people BACK to the library! We realize that sometimes fines can be intimidating. Really, we just want our books back so that other patrons can use them, too. But we understand that it might be difficult to pay a fine that has grown quite large.

Come back to the library during the March Break (March 16 – 21), bring your LONG overdue items back (movies, books, magazines), and we’ll wipe the fines clean. (And we promise, we won’t scold you!). Are other large fines preventing you from coming in? We don’t want you to feel like you can’t use all of the fantastic resources the library has to offer, so bring us a few donations for our local food bank (non-perishables or money), and we’ll wipe those fines away, too!  It’s a win-win situation……we get our items back, and you can start using the library again!

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 257-2702 for more information.

We want you back at the library! Drop in and say hello!

Voice Choice

Tonight, we’re offering up a fun writing workshop at the library, geared toward beginning or early writers, and those who might just want a bit of a boost to their writing. We’re covering the scary concept of “voice” tonight from 6-8pm, in our “VOICE CHOICE” workshop.

Voice Choice workshopNo registration is required, but this is geared toward mature writers, not children. Bring along a piece of your writing if you want some advice….we might have time at the end for a bit of a critique/help session.

Call us at 257-2702 for more information!

Hey, Teens! Are You Out There?

We’re hoping to have some teens sign up for our Teen Book Club beginning this week. So far, the response has been rather weak, but maybe you know a teen or two who might like to attend? We’ll be talking about great teen books, selecting some choices to read over the next few months, and probably eating some snacks. Okay, we definitely will be eating some snacks!

Teen posterWe’re looking at meeting once a month, on the last Wednesday from 4-5:30pm. It’s open to ages 12 and up, so the books will be of interest to everyone involved. If you can’t make it this month, drop by the library or give us a call to see what book we’re reading.

Did I mention we’ll have SNACKS???

Calling All Toddlers!

We’re finishing up with our first babytime session of the year, and gearing up for Toddler Time starting next week. If you have young ones aged 1-2 years of age, drop by on Thursday morning at 10am for the first in our six-week session! It’s going to be a fun time, filled with songs, stories and much more.

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No registration is necessary, and your child can be a little older (or a little younger), if you think they’re ready for this session. We do a bit of baby-sign, and the format is quite different from babytime, so it might be a great cross-over before they’re ready for storytime.

Each Toddler Time is about 25 minutes long, and you have plenty of time to chat with other parents, choose books, and let the children socialize. It’s a great chance to get out of the house and do something a bit different. All of our children’s programs are quite popular, so we’re hoping this session will be as much loved as some of the other ones. Yay, Toddlers!