November 11-17 was Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. Mrs. Paula Stafford of Thayer Christian Preschool was kind enough to share her preschoolers with the library. I was able to share the book, Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn with them. The children were also given a leaf to bring to the library with their name and one thing for which they are thankful. The leaves will be displayed on our Tree of Thanks here at the library. It should be interesting to see what is going on in the minds of our youngest community members.
The library is also offering home delivery of books to residents of Thayer who can’t make it in to the library to check out or return books. Books would be delivered or picked up on Thursdays between 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Please call the library to make arrangements. With winter weather fast approaching, we don’t want anyone to go without something to read. Remember we also offer magazines, DVD’s, VHS tapes, CD audiobooks, and children’s books.
October also turns our thoughts to Halloween. This year the library is sponsoring a pumpkin-carving contest! The will be two categories; one for children ages 12 and under (parents may assist) and another for people over age 12. The top three in each category will win cash prizes, $30 for 1st place, $20 for 2nd, and $10 for 3rd. Citizens of Thayer will have the chance to judge the jack-o-lanterns and vote for their favorite. All entries need to be brought to the library Saturday, October 28th. Check at the library for full details. This should be great fun!
With the return of cooler weather and blustery days, now is a great time to visit the library. We have many new books to offer our patrons. Some of the recent titles include; Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs, Mad River by John Sandford, Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb, The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Pulitizer Prize-winning author Katherine Boo.
All preschoolers and their families are invited to attend Story Time every Wednesday at 3:00. Come listen to fun stories, do a craft, and enjoy a snack. Stories and activities will cover the “6 X 6” skills program developed by the Johnson County Library. This is a state-wide early literacy program. Parents will also receive information on how to help children acquire skills needed for success at school. Sign up today for Fall Story Time. Space is limited to ten children.
The library is now offering pretty, purple totes with the library name, logo, and new slogan printed in white for only $10.00! These totes are sturdy canvas with an easy-clean vinyl interior. They also have a side pocket for a water bottle or maybe a folding umbrella. There are two interior pockets that are just right for keys, flash drives, change, or pens. These totes are perfect for carrying books back and forth to the library. Buy yours today!
Thanks to all who made the homecoming book give away a success. It was great to see so many people in the library. Hopefully, people will come back to check books out now. We have such a variety of services available to offer. We have computers with internet access, free wifi, copy machine, fax machine, magazines, DVD’s, VHS movies, a community meeting room, and SRS information. We try hard to meet the needs of the community. Let us know if there is a service you need.
We will many books availbale for the book give-away this year. Come and take as many as you want. We will also have Thayer totes for sale. They’ll be perfect to haul home all of those free books!
With our new automation process in full swing and going smoothly, some people are worried about being charges fines for overdue books. WE DO NOT CHARGE FINES. When you check out a book, you have it for 14 days with one renewal. If the book is not returned, you will recieve a notice, either by mail or e-mail. After three notices about a week apart, you will be charged for the price of the book so that we can replace it. The same is true for DVD’s and VHS tapes except that they are checked out for 7 days with one renewal. Remember, we are your library, and we will work with you to make your use of the library enjoyable.
Several exciting events are happening in August! The library is joining the Seknfind system, the summer reading program is wrapping up, and we will be choosing our new slogan.
The library has been working for months to get ready to join the automated Seknfind system. All of our collection (books, movies, and magazines) has been added to the online catalogue and barcoded. Patrons who have filled out information forms have been issued new library cards that contain a barcode. We have joined the courier service that links us physically to the other libraries in the system. We are all set and ready to go for August 14th! Beginning on that day, books will be checked out using a scanner that reads both the book barcode and the library card. Patrons won’t have to sign their name to each individual card and have each book stamped. Once the books are checked out, the patron receives a receipt that lists all materials checked out and the due date. People also have access to any book owned by any other library in the system. Anyone can go online, in the library or at home, and place a “hold” or order for any book. The book is brought to our library on the courier service within the next couple of days. This is a tremendous advantage to the new system.
The summer reading program is ending August 9th. The kids will be heading back to school. We had over 20 kids sign up for the program, with about half of them actively engaged in reading and earning prizes. Several have reached the goal of 20 books or 20 time units. We will have our final celebration August 9th at 2 for all participants. We will have a make your own sundae party and will be awarding the larger prizes for those who made the goal of 20 books. We hope everyone can attend.
Finally, our contest to find a new slogan will end at the library board meeting Monday, August 6th at 5:30. The library board members will read the entries and choose one for our new slogan. Plans are to put the new slogan and logo on gift items that can be purchased at the library to raise money for more materials. We have had so many entries. We would like to thank everyone for their participation and ideas.
August promises to be an eventful month. Don’t forget we always have computers, free wifi, copier, fax, and air-conditioning!