As I celebrate the end of my second year as Director of this great library system, I am very happy about how far we have come. People are discovering the riches that the library has to offer, and circulation is increasing by leaps and bounds. Not only do we have two locations to serve TLC (technology, literacy, and community building), but we also have a virtual branch that is booming as well.
We have recently purchased a database of over 1200 juvenile and young adult e-books and audio books which can be accessed simultaneously by anyone with a Jackson-Madison County Library Card. Go to the databases link on our website and scroll down to “One Click Digital.” If you need any assistance, please give us a call, and someone will be glad to help you.
During January, we will be offering classes on how to read e-books on your Apple and Android devices. Call the library for times and locations. On Saturday, January 10, our reference librarian will also be teaching a session on “Keeping that Resolution: Apps to help you on your way.”
Our children’s librarian will be holding her regular programming for the kids in January: story times at the Main library on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30, story times at our North Branch on Thursdays at 10:15 and 11:00, and Library Club at 2 PM on Fridays.
Our community game days are becoming a big hit. Once a month, we schedule a time for about two hours when our program center is opened to the public. This month it will be on Wednesday, January 21 from 2:00-4:00 PM. We will have board and card games available, and light refreshments will be served. Please join us for this time of community building.
As always, please let us know if there is a specific book you would like to read, class you would like to have taught at the library, or service we might be able to add. We are here to serve you!
As we go through November and December, we have lined up several programs for your holiday enjoyment. At the first of November, we had a session on “How to make Chicken and Dressing.” December will feature a session on “How to make Holiday Sweets.” Tom Shortess will be showing us how to make holiday ornaments on Saturday, November 15th, at 10:30 am. A community holiday party has been set for December 17th from 2:00-4:00 pm. We will have refreshments and be playing games. Please join us for this time of community togetherness. Be sure and check our calendar of events for a list of all programs being offered through the end of the year.
Also, please be sure and check out our new database which contains over 20 full-text magazines. These can be downloaded to your computer, laptop, smart phone, or tablet. Choices include the following: Allrecipes, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Gardens, ESPN The Magazine, Family Fun, Field & Stream, Fitness, Food Network Magazine, Glamour, House Beautiful, More, Mother Earth news, National Geographic, Newsweek, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World, Smithsonian Magazine,The Writer, WIRED, and Working Mother. If you have a particular magazine you would like for us to add to the collection, please let us know, and we will see if it is available.
Have you ever wanted to print a document or picture straight from your phone, tablet, or laptop? The library has now provided a way for you to do this. Whatever you wish to print can be uploaded to a website, sent to an email address, or printed through an app. We are so excited to be offering this service to our guests!
Self-service scanning is also available now at the library. Since there is no cost to the library, we are not charging our guests for this service.
Should you have any comments you would like to share with me, please feel free to email me at email@example.com or give me a call at the library 731-425-8600.