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New Fast Facts Survey: BookMyne

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Anyone using BookMyne as your mobile app?

"We are exploring mobile app options other than LibAnywhere (what we currently use) or Boopsie. If you are using BookMyne from Sirsi as your mobile app, I'd love to hear about it! Thanks."

Please respond to my questions by visiting the list of Fast Facts surveys on the RAILS website, at http://www.railslibraries.info/fast-facts/list (Login required.)

Thank you.

Penny Ramirez
pramirez [at] clpl [dot] org
Crystal Lake Public Library

N.Y.Times Bestselling Author Mary Monroe to Come to P.J. Night Read

          

Make Reservations Now for Pajama Night Read

with Bestselling Author Mary Monroe

 

            Peoria Public Library Read-On Book Club will host the Reaching for New Horizons Literary Event and “Pajama Night Read” with N.Y. Times Bestselling Author Mary Monroe on Saturday, June 7 from noon to midnight at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria.

            Mary Monroe is the award-winning author of the well known, God Don’t Like Ugly that created memorable characters from the small town environments in which she grew up. She received the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Award, 2001, for God Don't Like Ugly; as well as the Best New Southern Fiction Award, and the Memphis Black Authors Group in 2004 for Gonna Lay Down My Burdens. Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985 and reprinted in 2001.   Mary Monroe has written 15 novels with a new novel coming out in June 2014, titled Family of Lies.

            The event includes the author luncheon, book sale and signing, fashion show, a local speaker on women’s health, the “Pajama Night Read,” and music with a DJ. The cost is $30 per person and registration runs through May 30 with registration forms available at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org>Events>BookClubs>ReadOn Book Club or at any library location. Those who wish to spend the night can reserve a discounted hotel room at the Par-A-Dice through Friday, May 16 by calling 1-800-438-6777.

            Mary Monroe said, “I am the third child of Alabama sharecroppers and the first and only member of my family to finish high school.  I never attended college or any writing classes.  I taught myself how to write and started writing short stories around age four.  I spent the first part of my life in Alabama and Ohio and moved to Richmond, California in 1973.  I have lived in Oakland since 1984.”

            She earned her first money writing for Reader’s Digest while still in high school. The author says that she loves to travel and meet other authors. Writing in Black Issues Book Review, Robin Green-Cary commented that the author "does [an] artful job of fleshing out intriguing, complex characters."

“I am divorced, I love to travel, I love to mingle with other authors, and I love to read anything by Ernest Gaines, Stephen King, Alice Walker, and James Patterson.  I still write seven days a week and I get most of my ideas from current events, the people around me, but most of my material is autobiographical. As far as readers are concerned, an author never really 'finishes' telling a story. After the release of each of my books, I receive e-mail and letters from dozens of fans demanding to know, 'What happens next with these characters?’ ” Monroe said.

A complete biography and description of all her works appear in the Peoria Public Library database Contemporary Authors under the Research tab at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org. For more information call (309) 497-2601.

 

 

New Fast Facts Survey: Disposal Policy

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Disposal Policy for print, non-print, equipment, and supplies

"Mainly interested in dollar amounts and who makes the final decisions."

Please respond to my questions by visiting the list of Fast Facts surveys on the RAILS website, at http://www.railslibraries.info/fast-facts/list (Login required.)

Thank you.

Richard Lee
richardlee [at] waukeganpl [dot] info
Waukegan Public Library

New Fast Facts Survey: Staff Evaluation Software

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

Staff Evaluation form software

"I'm curious what program you and your staff use to complete staff evaluation (word, adobe, etc.) We're currently using InfoPath, but since it won't be supported much longer, we're looking at other options. We've tried MS Word in the past, but found it clunky - there was a significant tradeoff between being able to lock down parts of the form you didn't want anyone to change and being able to effectively spell check. We've experimented with Adobe forms, but text boxes won't print an expanded box if someone writes beyond the initial allotted space. The workaround seems to involve a seperate Adobe program we don't have. We're back to trying Word 2010, which doesn't seem to have the issues its predecessor had, but I'm curious about what other libraries use. "

Please respond to my questions by visiting the list of Fast Facts surveys on the RAILS website, at http://www.railslibraries.info/fast-facts/list (Login required.)

Thank you.

Alex Todd
atodd [at] phpl [dot] info

New Fast Facts Survey: ID Requirements for Library Cards

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

ID Requirements for Library Cards

"All about ID requirements for issuing library cards!"

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Stephanie Carlile
scarlile [at] northlakelibrary [dot] org
Northlake Public Library District

Little Trivia on the Prairie 2014 CANCELLED

Prairie Trails Public Library will be hosting the LITTLE TRIVIA ON THE PRAIRIE on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at our library.  We are encouraging you to inform your staff and trustee members of the contest and urge them to create a team and participate.

For those of you who have never participated, teams are composed of four (4) members from your library (staff and/or trustee members).  A moderator reads the questions using the Trivial Pursuit® game format. Your team captain provides the final answer to the moderator, and the judges approve or disapprove the answer as necessary.  The play-off games are played against a time format – whoever is in the lead when ‘time’ is called enters the final round.  The winning team is awarded a plaque to display permanently in their library; and the individual team members will be given trophies.  All participants are given a token gift.

 So come and join in the fun!  Help us promote what librarians are known for – being information specialists.  Bring a cheering section and root for your team.  It truly is a fun and rewarding experience – one that you shouldn’t miss!

To register, contact Mary Ann Lema, Adult Services Department Head at 708-430-3688 (mlema [at] prairietrailslibrary [dot] org).

Library Hopes to Spark A Budding Interest in Gardening

As a way of cultivating interest in gardening – and to beat what seemed like a never-ending winter -- the Mount Prospect Public Library’s Green Committee introduced a seed-starting project in March.

The seeds first sprouted under grow lights in the lobby near the Registration Desk.  The committee planted the first flat using all heirloom pepper and basil seeds.  Pepper varieties include Long Cayenne, Miniature Chocolate Bell, Alma Paprika, Kalman’s Hungarian, Santa Fe Grande, and Tequila Sunrise. Basil varieties include Genovese, Purple Dark Opal, and Thai.

The flat benefitted from a heat mat to help promote germination.  The grow-lights ensured the seedlings got enough consistent light. Soon, the peppers and basil will be joined by tomatoes and cucumbers.

When the seedlings have their second set, or “true” set, of leaves, they will be transplanted to individual pots. In the pots, they will continue to grow and mature so that later in May (when the nights warm up and are consistently above 50 degrees) they will be transferred to Earthboxes  and moved outside to a protected area. Earthboxes are containers that are great for growing vegetables in small spaces or gardens with poor soil.

The Green Committee’s role is to promote and develop green initiatives within the Library and in the community. The seed-starting excitement extends to patrons through programs during the spring and summer that will highlight the various stages of growing vegetables in backyards.

“We hope that the seed-starting project sparks an interest in patrons to begin growing more of their own food,” said Librarian Julie Collins, the chair of the Green Committee. Ultimately, she would like to see an organic gardening group start up in Mount Prospect. 

Schaumburg Twp. District Library Features Human Trafficking Programs in April

Throughout April, the Schaumburg Township District Library will focus on drawing awareness to the global crisis of human trafficking. Anyone interested in learning more about sex exploitation and other forms of slavery is welcome to attend the following free events.

“Modern Day Slavery” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in the Rasmussen Room of the library, 130 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. Nearly 30 million people are enslaved throughout the world. Presenter Susan Miura will explain more about this crime, what is being done and what you can do. Speakers include two Chicago-based FBI agents and representatives of Bright Hope and the Dalit Freedom Network. Information packets will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. To register, call (847) 923-3347 or stop by the Information Desk on the library’s second floor.

The library’s non-fiction book club, Second Floor Reads, will discuss Half the Sky, Changing Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, from 6:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, in the library’s Rasmussen North Room. Visit the Information Desk on the second floor to register. Loan copies of the book are available on a first-come, first-served basis upon registration. For more information, contact Anna Pederson at apederson [at] stdl [dot] org or (847) 923-3326.

Movies featuring the theme of human trafficking will be shown in the library’s Audiovisual Theatre. The documentary “Half the Sky” (NR) will be shown in two parts at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14 and Thursday, April 17.  “Half the Sky” urges people to bear witness to the plight of the world's women and help to transform their oppression into opportunity. The movie “Trade of Innocents” (PG13) will be shown at 7 p.m., Monday, April 21. The story takes place in present day Southeast Asia, where children are for sale in dark alleys and secret rooms. Twists unfold against the backdrop of the dangerous human trafficking world, in a story of struggle, life, hope and redemption. Registration is not required for the documentary or movie.

Electronics Waste Recycling and Paper Shred Event at Waukegan Public Library

To celebrate Earth Day, the Waukegan Public Library’s Off the Grid (OTG) team is hosting a free recycle event for paper and electronic waste on Saturday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the library on the corner of Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

Electronics and computer equipment to be collected include wires & cables, circuit boards, monitors, VCRs, DVDs, cameras, gaming consoles, modems, and telephones. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified most electronic scrap as hazardous waste. Improper disposal adds dangerous amounts of heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, and toxic chemicals into the country’s landfills. Electronic and computer items will be collected by Midwest Computer Recycling, Inc., and broken down into components for reuse and/or refurbishment.

Up to 9,000 pounds of paper will be shredded by a mobile truck run by Opportunity Secure Data Destruction (OSDD). The truck has a camera so that you can see the shredding in action. Paper can have staples, regular paper clips and rubber bands, but no large metal, plastic, x-rays, or batteries. OSDD takes all shredded paper to the paper mill for pulping and recycling.

OTG is a committee of Waukegan Public Library employees who meet monthly to discuss green initiatives in the library, such as implementing recycle drives for the needy in the community, developing Earth Week activities for staff and patrons, coordinating field trips to organizations who practice environmental initiatives, and planning an annual staff farm-to-table luncheon and bake off.

This will be the first recycle event at the Waukegan Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

New Fast Facts Survey: E-Learning Tutorials

I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:

E-Learning Tutorials and Training

"We would like your input regarding e-learning tutorials or training sites that your library provides access to."

Please respond to my questions by visiting the list of Fast Facts surveys on the RAILS website, at http://www.railslibraries.info/fast-facts/list (Login required.)

Thank you.

Patricia Naisbitt
pattin [at] ippl [dot] info
Indian Prairie Public Library District