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March 2012 Library Links

George tiptoes through the posies, Ashley makes new signage, and more!

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Deb Halverson

Spring is truly here. George was spotted tiptoeing through the daffodils by Fearless Director, who knows how to herd her crickets.  Rather than take him to task, or tie him to the flagpole as I would have done, she just asked him politely to weed around them while he was there. We are finding the gardening books again leaving our shelves for a visit to someone’s home, and the lilacs are scenting the parking lot so well, we are reminded of what Heaven must be like. Got to love this time of year!

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Just as with baby critters and new flowers everywhere, we have some great new arrivals in your library, and Ashley has  a listing of some of our new materials in this very paper. Come check out the Harry Potter video collection! We have seriously cool holograms on the covers, almost as entertaining as the movies themselves! We have been cleaning up our collection like mad people, making room for more new arrivals, and that means lots of things in the book sale, to boot.

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Ashley came up with some fun, easy-to-see signage for our shelves, so it’s going to be much easier to find each section. I about fell over when I saw what she came up with for “General Fiction”, you’ll just have to pop in and see for yourself. Ashley has a real knack for coming up with information that’s easy to get and fun to behold. The Red Dot Alley for all new materials seems to be working out very well, and the turnaround is still for special interest, such as new Inspirational Fiction,  Adopt-An-Author books, Iowa Authors, and Book Party reads.

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New stuff  is getting put on the website that is timely and great information to have access to. Kids.gov has the winning poster and flow chart for “How Do I Become President?”, showing the process in an interactive manner, letting the complicated process be more understandable. That site also has other great things like NASA for kids, an online newsletter for educators, games, and so much else done in a safe online environment. Even though it’s for “kids”, I love going there myself. And not just because I’m still juvenile, either.

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Some of you know I work at Stateline Conoco also, so I have had to watch with pain as gas prices go up. And up. For those of us who do not have the money of an oil baron, the EPA has a site you can find the link to on our website, also: fueleconomy.gov. There is an updated  listing of passenger vehicles going back to 1984, giving approximate gas mileage figures. Being able to compare fuel economy when trying to find a new or new-to-you vehicle is one more step to making a smart choice. There is much more information there, too. Great site!

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For those preparing for college, the Federal Student Aid site has updated information to help you navigate the process of paying for it. I am currently trying to get the linkable banners on the home page of the site, but am having a bit of a challenge there. Bear with me, I’m not giving up. The poor fellows at the help desk for SILO websites are ready to run screaming from their office every time they hear “Hi, it’s the deb from Leon Public Library. I know you’re not a psychiatrist, but I really need some help”, but they are still plugging along with me. In the meantime, we still have the links in the site. Just go to the “Information Links” tab at the top of the homepage.

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Well, am out of time again. Will be back with more updates on the happenings and coming events soon. As always, am proud and pleased to bring you the Library Story!. Thank you for your time.