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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Celebrate National Library Week and Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Celebrate National Library Week and Poem in Your Pocket Day!

April 14th through 20th is National Library Week, when US libraries nationwide celebrate the unique "freedom to read" that public libraries represent. By encouraging and supporting literacy and providing open access to all kinds of information, both traditional and digital, public libraries enable people of all ages to develop skills, gain knowledge, pursue interests and engage their world. From engineering to poetry, Internet to encyclopedias, DVD movies to Civil War newspapers, free access to  information gets people thinking, supports democracy and fuels the kind of dreams that can make the world a better place. If knowledge is power, your library card is the fuel!. Stop by today to learn more and get started on your next adventure. 

  April is also National Poetry month and this week we'll be celebrating "Poem in Your Pocket" day on April 18th. Patrons who bring in a poem this week can have up to $5.00 in fines waived. Kids who bring a poem  in their pocket get to pick a free gift from our surprise basket.  Stop by with the kids to check out our poetry bookshelf and try out the "Poetry Beats Studio" computer station: anyone can create a poem then make a sound recording of it complete with background music to share online and an illustrated poster to take home! "Poetry Beats Studio" is sponsored by Carolyn Kennedy, go to http://dep.disney.go.com/poems/ for more information.

Here's a pocket poem we wrote at the library for people to cut out and carry with them or bring in for fine forgiveness:

"We think that we shall never see, 
  a sight so lovely as our library. 
With kids and readers gathered 'round, 
hear us make a joyful sound. 
Check out some books, test drive a Nook,
The future's here, just take a look!"

Our Library's now on Soundcloud, listen to a spoken word version of the poem.!

Summer Library Program, "Dig Into Reading!" begins June 19th. Activities, adventures, reading prizes, special guests and more will be offered for children and adults of all ages. Special programs include the library's 100th Anniversary Celebration, July 1st through 5th. From literacy opportunities in the past to envisioning the future of information in the present, the Boscobel Library has faithfully served the reading, entertainment and educational needs of our community and the surrounding areas for more than a century. Stop by the library to enjoy stories from the past and test drive some of the latest technology rich services leading us into the future. Watch this column for additional information about all that we'll be offering @ Your Library this summer. 

Library Booksale Donations, Legos and Craft Tins Wanted!

Our library is seeking  donations of clean, gently used books, movies and audio CDs for our annual July booksale. Our booksale is the library's biggest fundraiser of the year and provides us with funds for special programs and collection items we might otherwise not be able to afford. Whether it's just a couple of books or a boxful, your library can make good use of your old books while at the same time providing great deals on good reads to everyone in our community.

 Donations may be dropped off inside the rear entry of the library during regular hours Please let the staff know when you drop something off.  If you have a large number of items to donate, please call first so that we can make room. An important note: Although we value and appreciate every donation, unfortunately we can't make use of old encyclopedias or of some common magazines (Time, Good Housekeeping) if they're more than a year old. If you have these items or if you're uncertain about a donation, please give us a call and we'll be happy to help you. 

This year we are also seeking Summer Library Program donations: small to medium sized clean tins (no plastic please)  with lids to be used for  craft projects. Altoids mint tins, old kids watercolor sets,  and the like are just right and very much appreciated. Reduce, reuse, recycle here!

LEGOS help to teach kids important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts, including counting, sorting, geometry and construction. In 2013 your library is participating in a federal LSTA grant program to teach STEM skills to very young children. We're planning  summer and fall activities for both children and parents. The library has currently purchased several LEGO DUPLO (ages 1-5) sets for this grant; however, older children have noticed and now want us to get regular "big kids" LEGOS for them to use. One enterprising 3rd grader even presented a list of signatures from classmates who want to see LEGOS in our library! As parents know, LEGO sets can be quite expensive, so we're turning to our community for help with this request: if your kids are grown or you otherwise have unused or extra LEGOS gathering dust, please consider donating them to our library. The library will be able to make plenty good use of them putting smiles on kids' faces while building their brainpower.

Saturday Hours Have Changed!
Eighty percent of library users surveyed during the months of February and March told us they'd rather have the library open on Saturday mornings, than in the afternoon. They spoke, we listened! New Boscobel Library Hours: Saturday, 10am -1pm.  (old hours were from 1 - 4 pm)

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