August Library Links Part 2
Now that the summer reading pandemonium is over, it’s time to return to our normal pandemonium. The garden is going on autopilot, except for some good harvest. The summer games are over, and we are sending our kids safely to school for some reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic. Have the last hurrah of summer on Labor Day, and then… Let’s do some library partying!
Fearless Director and Deb went to Osceola to learn more advanced customization for the website. The Deb is all fired up, and if you tune in to the website, you might even be able to see her new attempts to make our website supremely uptown as they happen! Yes, that does mean my blunders, too, like putting a clickable logo for EBSCOHost in the same box as a picture of the Blank Park Snake. You’ll have to be quick, though, before I fix it. However, among the many cool things happening, we have an online request form for getting materials from other libraries, so named on the website left-menu. Here again, you have to be quick, but you can see one of my blunders for a short time. I was supposed to make a couple of places on the site “string fields”- just one line for you to enter, say, your name. Instead, I made them rich text fields. So, instead of one neat, nice, one- line box for your name, you are faced with this big box in which to enter your name, personal history, and essay of what you did this summer. I just know some smart-aleck is going to have more fun with that than they deserve if I don’ get it fixed before you find it. There are going to be surveys, easy clickable links so you can find what you want faster than a speeding turtle, places for you to send us suggestions. Just in case you plan on sending the suggestion that Deb be replaced by a trained baboon, you’re out of luck. At last count we already had over 75 self-same requests, and there is not a baboon within 5 states, trained or not, willing to take my place. Visit www.leon.lib.ia.us. to keep up with my progress, or keep track of tease fodder.
Now that the days are getting shorter, the evenings more conducive to relaxing inside with a good read, and the nonstop activity of summer is slowing down, it’s time to think about some get-together time for discussion and parties. Book Parties, in particular. They used to be called Book Talks or Book Discussions, but I’m of the mind that a book worth talking about is a book worth having a party for. As I get the nuts and bolts together, will keep you informed, but here is one thing I’d love from you: Input. On the website, and also printed out for those who prefer paper and pen, I am going to put out some choices, both stand-alone books and series, for you to choose from. Some are going to be popular books we’ve had for a while, and some will be new ones. If you have a book you feel worth having a party for –either because it’s so good it’s worth celebrating, or so bad you figure you should at least get something good out of it, like a nice dessert and some good company for a while- let me know.
Darlene is starting Preschool Activity Time again, the second Tuesday of September. Just like before, it will be from 9:30 to 10:30 each Tuesday at Family Place. So bring the kids, and help them get their best start to literacy. Even infants get great benefits from the time. The reading and activities all help their brains and bodies work together to do their best learning generally, and specifically for learning to read, communicate, and comprehend. We have more information at the library about the effects of Early Literacy Skill building and the many ways it helps kids develop their best potential. It’s also a good time to be around other adults who share that particular status known as “Parenthood”, that confusing, fun, nerve-wracking, exhilarating time: think of it, have an hour you can have some real adult sharing and commiserating, that you can even feel noble about! Call the library for more information or come on up to Family Place the 13th of September.
We are in desperate need of help with the Satellite Runs after Gail goes to Scotland. I just knew I should have installed those chains and shackles in the back room! She’s leaving us, and there’s not a blamed thing we can do about it! The Satellite Runs are the book runs out to Westview Acres and Terrace Park, with some in-home visits now and then. Everyone who does it loves it. It’s common to hear statements such as, “It’s the best way I can think of to spend an hour on Saturday morning (or Tuesday afternoon, or…)”. So, stop by and find out if this is something you can do to help us, and those who rely on us.
Wow. I sure can yak, can’t I? That’s what happens when you have plenty of library story to tell, and are proud-n-pleased to tell it. Go ahead and rest your poor eyes, and Thank You for your time.