Show Your Library Love

Have you noticed the red Library Lover signs sprouting throughout the county?

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Unfortunately, the worth of our libraries is being attacked by the Marion County Commission and we, Library Lovers, need to show our support of this essential county service. Let the commissioners know that you value the Marion County Public Library, their staff and services. Contact commissioners, attend meetings and plant a Library Lover sign in your yard. (If you need help getting a sign, leave a comment and I’ll get you in touch with a member of the Friends of the Library.)

10. Provide genealogy help centers.
9. Access the online resources from the comfort of your home. Use the online catalog, reserve materials, and complete research by accessing one of the dozens of databases.
8. freegal provides more than a million songs that can be added to your music library at the rate of three songs a week
7. eAudio with One Click Digital
6. Special events offered for children, teens, and adults. Check the here for the calendar.
5. eBooks can be downloaded using Freading, Open Library, OverDrive and Project Gutenberg (more than a million titles)
4. Collection contains more than 549, 000 volumes.
3. Zinio lets you download over 100 electronic editions of popular magazines.
2. Open 7 days a week.
1. Best of all – it’s free!
And as a bonus, the building is decorated with mosaics illustrating the Dewey Decimal classifications as well as what makes Marion County special.

Can’t wait to post my signs tomorrow!

What have you read lately?

This question made me take a serious look at my priorities. When asked,”What have you read lately?” I could only respond, nothing.

That was a hard admission. I consider myself a reader, but I’ve been too busy to read. What does that really mean? It means I’ve found other ways to spend my time.

I don’t regret wedding planning instead of reading. Bike riding, traveling, hiking, outdoor activities, writing…all good uses of my time.

However, there’s been plenty of time to waste on Facebook. Time to waste watching television. Time to play games online…but no time to read?

After admitting I’ve read no books recently, using that busy excuse, I did say I’ve become a magazine reader…and that’s true. Thanks to the Marion County Public Library and the Zinio app, I’ve discovered and read magazines I’d have never tried, and since I access the magazines on my phone or iPad, I don’t have to deal with all of the paper magazines piling up.

I’ve read Backpacker, Handyman, iPhone Life, Mother Jones, Outdoor Photographer, Writer and Yoga as well as the more traditional “women’s” magazines I’d read in the past. I’ve found I really enjoy magazines, but since my admission of taking a break from reading, I’ve taken action.

I dusted off the books on the nightstand by my bed, charged my Kindle and downloaded the audio book, The Boys in the Boat, for a Spring Break trip. Does that count?

Busy is no excuse. It’s time to get my priorities straight. Thanks for asking what I’m reading.

 

 

 

Top Ten Things About the Marion County Public Library

To celebrate National Library Week, I want to share the top ten reasons I appreciate the Marion County Public Library.

  • 10. Provide genealogy help centers.
  • 9. Access the online resources from the comfort of your home. Use the online catalog, reserve materials, and complete research by accessing one of the dozens of databases.
  • 8. freegal provides more than a million songs that can be added to your music library at the rate of three songs a week
  • 7. eAudio with One Click Digital
  • 6. Special events offered for children, teens, and adults. Check the here for the calendar.
  • 5. eBooks can be downloaded using Freading, Open Library, OverDrive and Project Gutenberg (more than a million titles)
  • 4. Collection contains more than 549, 000 volumes.
  • 3. Zinio lets you download over 100 electronic editions of popular magazines.
  • 2. Open 7 days a week.
  • 1. Best of all – it’s free!

And as a bonus, the building is decorated with mosaics illustrating the Dewey Decimal classifications as well as what makes Marion County special.

Not in Marion County? Make your own Top 10 List based on the resources available in your public library.

Show a Little Library Love

April is School Library Month and next week is National Library Week, the perfect time to show a little love to a library.

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Each of you enjoyed the library media centers while you were in school. Learning to care for books, story time with felt boards, author studies, and weekly visits to check out books helped you develop a love of reading. Participation in library sponsored reading programs and competing on Book Bowl Teams created fond memories for each of you.

In addition, we spent many days at the Marion County Public Library checking out items, using research materials, and participating in events. We’d leave the building with bags of books providing hours of fun and then spend many more hours trying to locate all of the items we checked out. And despite the fact, we paid many fines for missing due dates, I never looked at “fines” as negative. We just made regular donations to the library…required donations, but ones put to good use.

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One way you can show a little library love is to sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries which recognizes ten benefits of libraries.

  1. Libraries empower  the individual.
  2. Libraries support literacy and life long learning.
  3. Libraries strengthen families.
  4. Libraries are the great equalizer.
  5. Libraries build communities.
  6. Libraries protect our right to know.
  7. Libraries strengthen our nation.
  8. Libraries advance research and scholarship.
  9. Libraries help us better understand each other.
  10. Libraries preserve our nation’s cultural heritage.

In celebration of National Library Week, library lovers are being asked to tweet about how the library has changed their life using the hashtags #Lives Change and #NLW14 or snap a library selfie to post. You can even win a Kindle Fire if you participate!

To be entered in the grand-prize drawing your text or photo library story must be posted to Twitter, Facebook or Flickr using the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14 or added to the @ your library story collection between 9:00 a.m. CDT Monday, April 14 and and noon CDT on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Visit the library or click here to sign the Declaration for the Rights to Libraries or post your story or photo or better yet, do all three! Show a little library love!

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