Just because you’re an adult or a young adult doesn’t mean that you’re too old to use children’s books as a resource for yourself.
Juvenile nonfiction can be a great source of information if you want to learn some basics about a new or unfamiliar topic. Juvenile books are generally well-researched and written to present information in an understandable & straightforward format.
When planning to travel to another country or state, looking through a juvenile book on that place can give you a good idea of what you’ll find. Most of this information will be found in the j900’s
If you’re befuddled by technology, but need to understand some terms, the books in the j600’s (applied technology) can help you understand how something works or what a term means.
Want to know more about your neighbor’s new pet? The children’s collection has many books on dog & cat breeds, as well as assorted pets, mostly found in the j600’s. But if you want to know more about the raccoon that keeps raiding your garden, look in the j500’s for information on wild critters.
The list could go on and on. Just search in the catalog for the topic under ‘subject’ or ‘keyword’ and the library’s materials on that topic will pop up for you. Those with a call number beginning with a ‘j’ will be found in children’s.
Of course, you can always ask for help. The staff is here to do just that.
The Indiana online library, INSPIRE, gives any Indiana resident access to a wealth of information from magazine and newspaper articles to the Gale Testing and Education Reference Center. Hidden behind the link to Other Databases is the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center, a database bursting at the seams with full text arts and crafts magazines, full text books, and videos. You can browse by category: Arts & Crafts, Collecting, Home & Garden, Indoor Recreation, Kids Crafts, Model Building, Needlecrafts & Textiles, Outdoor Recreation, Performing Arts, Science & Technology, and Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts. You can also search by Publication (I did a search for Spin-Off magazine, and they have several years of full text issues!). If you’re searching for information on anything from juggling to fly tying to model rockets to spinning, you will find it. It is fun to browse and easy to search for specifics, and you can print, e-mail and save any of the articles you find. Hidden in the Other Databases with the Hobbies & Crafts you’ll also find the Home Improvement Reference Center and the Health & Wellness Resource Center, both useful databases. To access INSPIRE and all its databases from home you will have to create an account from the INSPIRE home page. You can access INSPIRE directly from the library using our computers or your own. So next time you are in need of crafting inspiration, take a look at INSPIRE and the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center.
GO is the world’s oldest strategy board game and one of the most widely played in the world today. It originated in China over 4000 years ago. GO is one of the simplest games in the world, but it can also be very complex. Two players play on a board of intersecting grid lines, with black and white “stones.” The object of the game is to build territories and to capture your opponents stones. The game takes only 5 minutes to learn. The library has started a GO Club, which meets on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Join us to learn more about this popular game and to try your hand at playing it. If you already know how to play, join us to teach others. Meetings are in Room A or B, depending on the week. There will be no meeting on Thursday, May 29.
Some of us still call the facility the Care Center, but it is officially the Brown County Health and Living Community. Many in Brown County may be unaware that the library provides services to the residents of the “Care Center.” Each week on Friday morning one of our staff members visits the Care Center to take materials (books, audiobooks, DVDs, magazines, etc.) to the residents there, many of whom formerly were long-time library patrons. The staff member who goes each week also stays to lead a program of reading stories, articles, jokes and anecdotes, talking about the news of the day, celebrating holidays, reminiscing and generally having a good time. If you or a friend or relative lives there or are in rehab at the Care Center, please take advantage of this opportunity to have library materials each week and to participate in the activities on Friday mornings at 10:00.
Did you miss us? Yes, the entire staff was away on Thursday the 13th of March. The library was bravely run by the library board members while we all went up for a day of the national PLA (Public Library Association) convention in Indy.
While our librarians were able to attend the entire conference, the rest of us could not resist a day trip up to join them. Most of us had never had a chance to attend a library convention before. We are so grateful to the board members for volunteering to keep the library open for us and our patrons