We have been busy here at the library, trying to make our patrons’ lives easier. First, we have instituted a longer check-out time for all items except DVDs. Books, audiobooks, music and magazines now check out for three weeks. Movies remain at one week. The limit of items a person can check out has been raised to 50. Included in that number is a limit of 10 DVDs (for adults) rather than the old limit of 3. Items may still be renewed twice, as long as no one else has placed a hold on the item.
Also new is our Teen Card. With permission from a parent or guardian, a teen aged 13-17 may now check out up to 3 DVDs from the adult or children’s area. These DVDs include those rated G, PG, PG13 and all non-fiction.
Our new books have a new location. As you enter the library through the front door, the new books can be found on the shelves on the right side of the building. They are in front of the large print editions. Look up for the library sign saying “New Books”. You will find fiction and non-fiction. Enjoy!
You have probably noticed the names carved high up on the back of the library: Hubbard, Riley and Pyle. You may not know much about these three famous Hoosiers, especially if you are new to Indiana.
Kin Hubbard (1868-1930): Abe Martin was the main character of Hubbard’s “Abe Martin of Brown County” cartoons, which ran in U.S. newspapers for 26 years. Some other characters are: Miss Tawny Apple, Young Lafe Bud and Constable Newt Plum. These and others are found in The Best of Kin Hubbard, IND 741.5 HUB.
Example of Abe Martin’s wisdom: “We’d all like to vote for th’ best man, but he’s never a candidate.”
Ernie Pyle (1900-1945) was probably the most famous war correspondent during WWII. He wrote often about the regular soldiers, letting their families know how things were going in the war. The library has 10 books and 2 DVDs by, or about, Pyle. Two of them are: Brave Men, 940.542 Pyl and “Unsung Heroes, Ernie Pyle: The Voice of GI Joe,” DVD 921 Pyle.
James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916): “The Hoosier Poet.” We all know “Little Orphant Annie” and “The Frost is on the Punkin’,” two of his most loved poems. The library has 30 of his books, including: James Whitcomb Riley: Young Poet, jFIC MIT; and The Best of James Whitcomb Riley, IND 811.04.
Check out something by or about these well-known Hoosier writers. You will have fun and learn some history at the same time.
Download audio books on your home computer.
If you are browsing the card catalog and the Call # is Download you can download the audiobook to your computer at home and on your portable device.
Step #1: Type the word “downloadable” into the search field of the card catalog.
Step#2: Click on keyword. A list of downloadable audiobooks will be displayed.
Step#3: Choose a title by clicking on that title.
Step#4: Scroll down until you see a “blue” link and click on it. This link will take you to
ONE CLICK DIGITAL website.
Step#5: Set up an account under “register”. You will be prompted to save the file on your computer and from there you can download it to your device or just listen from your computer.
You can also listen to books on CD and MP3. These are available for checkout at the library.
A Novel Bunch, the library’s book club, is reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. The book is a fictional account of a real person, Mary Anning.
Struck by lightning as a baby, Mary wasn’t an ordinary child. Though poor and uneducated, she had a rare talent for spotting fossils on the beaches of Dorchester. At 12 she discovered the first specimen of an ichthyosaur (a 200 million year old marine reptile) Confounding the religious community, while admired by some in the scientific world, she was supported and befriended by Elizabeth Philpot, a spinster with an interest in fossils. The strong bond between Mary and Elizabeth helps them with struggles against poverty, narrow-mindedness and leads them to exciting discoveries in the 19th century!
A Novel Bunch meets July 15, Wednesday, from 2:00-3:30, at the library. Everyone’s welcome!