Monthly Archives: October 2012

ARSL Conference Celebrates Libraries

What a joy to recently attend my first Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the theme of “Celebrate Libraries!”, the tone was set for a learning and sharing experience for nearly 400 who attended, including 215 “newbies” like me. Also of note, several state libraries awarded grants to library staff to cover registration and travel expenses. This was a celebration in itself for grant recipients, many of whom felt that the value of their library work was reconfirmed by this state level financial support.

The general consensus of participants regarding the value of the conference was overwhelmingly positive. No complaints heard; how refreshing! First-timers resolved to attend the 2013 in Iowa because what they gleaned this year was so hands on and focused; many remarked that they could utilize session content immediately upon returning home. Many ARSL “veteran” attendees stated that they try to participate every year, when possible.

In addition to four top-notch keynote speakers, including Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Service, the scheduling by ARSL planners allowed me to attend eight workshops. A college professor presented tips during “Celebrate a Successful Family Literacy Event”. “Surviving (and Thriving) During Challenging Times” reminded us to continue to focus on our individual community’s needs, then look at what we can stop, so we can plan to start new programs or services. The “DIY After School Programs (for K-5th)” presenter handed us a terrific list of book titles, craft ideas, and other resources to use with this age group. A Louisiana speaker showed awesome photos during his “Razzle Dazzle em: the Glitz, Glam and Gusto of Material Displays”. “Signature Events for Small Libraries” highlighted ways to raise funds and make friends. The remainder of the workshops were also helpful.

Coming Soon…………

Cinema...

………the movie of your choice. You asked and we listened. Beginning November 5th, you will be able to place a hold request on that movie or television series you have been dying to see.

To browse the DVD collection or search for a sought after title, visit the library’s online catalog from home. You may browse the DVD collection by genre or search for a specific title. Click on the request button next to the desired item. You will need to authenticate you account by entering you library card number and password. Don’t know your password? Contact the library at 984-8200 to have it reset.

You may choose up to six items at a time  to place on hold; these items may be any combination of print or audio books, nooks, music CDs and DVDs. Please note: we continue to ask that you limit the number of new items placed on hold and checked out to 3 to allow everyone a fair chance to access new items. You will be able to pick up and return requested materials at the branch of your choice.

Thanks for your patience as we attempt to add more convenience to you. You only have to provide the popcorn and sodas. And now…….enjoy the show.