Activities This Week
Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Hour in Kid's Place multi-purpose area
Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. Galapagos in Community Room
Preschool Story Hour this past week featured Sheila O'Neill who told Irish tales to the wee ones. Her story included the leprechauns she could see with her special glasses.
Wednesday, too but at 6:30 p.m. Knitting & Needlecraft group meets
Thursday April 18, 10:30 a.m. Going Further with Your iPad
Friday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. Windows 8
Tuesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. Healthy Eating
Tuesday April 23, 6:30 p.m. Library Board Meeting
Travelers and those eager to learn more about the unique places on our planet can consider the journey to Galapagos as shared by Miffy Greer.
Anyone using the Windows 8 operating system can learn some features about how the latest layout is organized. Those buying a new computer will find that this system is automatically a part of the setup. Pre-register.
Healthy Eating explores topics relating to how what we eat and how we eat contributes to or takes from health. All of the topics are covered in the books in our collection so there is wonderful opportunity after the session to explore the ideas and discussion in more depth. Pre-register.
The Library Board meets in its regular monthly meeting to celebrate both the end of construction and to look at upcoming issues. The various updates enable one to get a better grasp of what goes on behind the scenes and how much is involved in many of the tasks and activities in serving the community.
We're pleased that the drawing classes have generated such interest. Because of the special interest, sessions are being added this month. If you've wanted to try your hand in drawing or going further on a project or a particular favorite, know that drawing classes are scheduled for April 22 and 29, both at 10:30 a.m. on the respective Mondays. Pre-register for the session.
We were happy that local artist Don Musto exhibited paintings in the Library Commons last month. This month we are excited with his donation of nine paintings as a lifetime gift to the library. If you haven't already noticed, note the hanging of six of them on the second floor as you exit the elevator and head toward the display of seashells. Three hang in Audio Avenue adding color and vibrancy to an area that truly invites it. Hope you enjoy the journey of the paintings and our thanks to Don for this gift to be enjoyed many times over.
Library of Congress
In 1800, President John Adams approved an act of Congress that established the Library of Congress. The act also established the Joint Committee of the Library to purchase library materials. During its first 14 years Congress appropriated funds to keep the collection growing.
In 1814, the British burned the Capitol, and with it the Library's fledgling collection. Congress once again supported the Library by appropriating funds to purchase Thomas Jefferson's personal collection of 6,487 books. Thus the foundation was laid for a great national library.
Today, with a fiscal year 2012 appropriation of almost $630 million per year, the Library of Congress sustains a growing collection of more than 155 million items.
If you haven't stopped by the Friends of the Library bookstore on the third floor, consider doing so this month. There are many treasures to be found and discoveries that await discovery. We receive book donations on nearly a daily basis and those that cannot be added to the collection receive a home in the bookstore ready for your review. Prices are so minimal that one can take a bag home and then pass on a title or two to others.
We celebrated a grand thanks to the volunteers who have added so much to the library during the last year during a sit-down dinner last Friday. Attended by 53, the evening was a time for volunteers to meet and hear from others who work different days than they might, and get a good feel for the completed construction and upcoming plans. If you have not volunteered, summer may be a good time to get started. Fill out an application available at the Staff workstations on the first and second floors. One can concentrate on landscaping, greeter, maintenance or circulation tasks. Fill out the application that covers your particular area, and we'll get in touch with you.
On the second floor on the bulletin board stand near the elevator and stairs is a listing of magazines we are seeking sponsors for. Many magazines in the Living Room are sponsored by businesses and individuals who enable us to stretch the budget a touch further. The magazines need a donor of between $12 and $40. Business cards and donor name in memory of can be placed on the binders. Donations can be left with a staff member and just mention the magazine and any business cad or donor info that should be included. Thanks for considering this gift.
A recorder at 765-8162 gives the hours we are open if you call in when we are closed. Open hours are Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 to 5; and Saturday 9 to 4. We look forward to seeing you.