Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Anime Club

The first meeting of our new anime club will be tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the library. We will be watching disc #17 from Anime Advocates. The program should last about an hour and a half. There will be lots of snacks and we will ask each participant to fill out a survey at the end.

Too Quiet at the Library Blog?

Well, our egg hunt is over and was quite a success, but then things at the library got a little crazy which led to less time for the blog. Thank you for your patience and I hope you will keep checking in with us. In a library of our size it is sometime hard to do everything we want. I have been busy teaching a blogging workshop for other librarians and then being involved with a new online course called Library 2.0. The blogging workshop was quite successful and hopefully more libraries in our area will be starting blogs. Take a look at what the director at Eureka Public Library is doing. It will be fun for people in their community to follow the construction of the library on the new blog. How about a blogging class for people who want to start their own private blog? Yeah, it is on my mind. I hope to offer a class as soon as my schedule is a little less full.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Last Egg Hunt Clue (Friday)

Today is the last day for our egg hunt. There will be a new clue for today and also Wednesday's egg (Day 8) has still not been found.

Today's clue:

To find the egg look in a book with the call numbers REF 820.3 D756.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 9 (Thursday)

Today's Clue:

Discover the next egg inside the latest Discover magazine.

Good luck.

Anime Club

An anime club will be starting at Parsons Public Library this month. Our club will be through Anime Advocates and we will meet monthly to view new anime episodes and trailers. All of the epsidoes are rated for ages 13 and up so the club will only be limited to teens from ages 13 to 18 and we need at least 10 participants. If you are interested contact us here at the library to sign up. We also would like to know if you prefer meeting after school, week-day evening or on a Saturday.

Library Egg Hunt

Yesterday's egg has not been found, so keep looking. I worked last night and did not have time to post the clue until late and then we were so busy that there was no time to encourage people to check out the library blog. If you have already found the egg encourage your friends to try this.

I received a comment earlier this week about having a contest just for teens and that is on the backburner. We already have plans for a fun blog and search event that ties in with our summer reading program and will be open to all ages. Please keep checking back here for more information.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 8 (Wednesday)

Today's clue:

Today's egg is in a book by Kathleen Norris that has the word Dakota in the title.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 7 (Tuesday)

I am busily preparing for tonight's board meeting which occurs the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in the board room at the library. The public is always invited to attend. We have a wonderful board of seven dedicated and supportive members. If you have an interest in serving on the library board, applications can be picked up here at the library or at the city offices in the Municipal Building.
Now, on to:

Today's Clue:
There is a book in our library entitled Entertaining. The egg can be found in-between the pages on making omelets.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 6 (Monday)

Our egg hunt is really catching on. I worked this last Saturday and had several disappointed kids stop by wanting to participate. Sorry about that. We will have to plan to do this on Saturdays too in the future!

Today's Clue:

YA means "Young Adult" in library speak. Look in the dictionary near the YA section under the word "egg".

Summer Reading for Teens

This afternoon we made our final plans for some special summer programs for teens. The teen reading program theme this year is "Creature Feature". We will be showing movies, having special craft days, starting an anime club and wrapping everything up with a special event to be announced at a later date. All teens ages 12 to 18 are welcome to participate in these events. Look for complete calendars of all summer library events to be available at the library or on our website in early May.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 5

Here is today's clue:

We have lots of plants in our library. Check around the plant stand for today's egg.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 4

As our egg hunt becomes more popular I need to add one rule and one suggestion. Our rule is that if you have already found an egg then please give someone else a chance (i.e. if you have already received a prize then you are not eligible to win another prize during this contest). My suggestion is that if you have been one of our winners then we would love to have you post a comment on our blog. It helps us know if our blog is being read, if it is helpful and it is a place to add your suggestions for improvement.

Here's today's clue:

The egg can be found in a biography about Dinah Washington.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Think Spring!

Here at the library we've been thinking about spring and what type books and other materials our patrons might be in the mood to read and enjoy. For the sports fan, there is a display of baseball books and some on Nascar. The coin club has put collectable coin and currency into the cases that they will leave until the end of May. Also in the cases is a collection of miniature watering cans from one of our patrons. Still to come is a group of miniature windmills. We pulled out some artists in fiction titles and several Sherlock Holmes books for your enjoyment. There is a table full of jazz books and CD's since April is Jazz Appreciation Month. As always, feel free to check out any of the items that we have on display in the library. If you can't find what you're looking for, we'd be glad to help you find it.

Egg Hunt, Day 3

Our egg hunt contest is going great with eggs being found on both Monday and Tuesday. Today we will try a little harder clue:

Who wrote The Sixteen Pleasures? Find another book by this author. The egg is in-between pages 30 and 31.

Kansas Carnegie Libraries

The other library staff member who helps me with this blog has started her own personal blog about her current passion which is questing. She has already gone on one quest and will be doing more in the future. Follow her progress and read about all of the delightful things she discovers about Carnegie libraries in Kansas at Congratulations Julie on joining the blogosphere!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 2

Yesterday's egg has been found. Here is today's clue:

Lots of things get lost in the library couch. Check there today for an egg.

Wondering why your kids keep bugging you to buy?

I read an interesting post this morning from Boing Boing about kids, advertising and screen time (television, video games and movies). One book we have at the library on children and advertising is Consuming Kids: the Hostile Takeover of Childhood by Susan Linn. Here is more information about this title.

On the other side of th coin we have a couple of good titles by Paco Underhill including:
Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping
The Call of the Mall: A Walking Tour Through the Crossroads of our Shopping Culture.

Underhill spoke at the Public Library Association conference I attended in Boston. Libraries are very interested in this topic and the way that people decide to buy or in our case check-out materials. In many larger communities libraries must compete with bookstores and often merchandize (promote the selling of a product through placement or displays) the library. Some very interesting reading on psychology, the media and consumers.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Egg Hunt, Day 1

Today we will start our egg hunt with what we think is an easy clue. If you find the egg then just bring it to the main desk to receive your prize.


Todays egg is in the last book on the shelf in the adult fiction section.