Tell A Story Day

A few days ago my 3-year-old daughter told me a story before I left for work.

The way all good fairy tales begin
The way all good fairy tales begin

“Once upon a time, there was a witch. She lived in a house. There were ghosts. Then there was a BIG storm (she even spread her arms wide to show how big)! Then they all lived happily ever after.”

They way they all end
They way they all end

Today is Tell a Story Day! This day is meant to celebrate the art of story telling. Please share a story with us. You can share it with us in our comments, make your own blog post (and tell us), or even post it to our Facebook page. Either way, it doesn’t have to be some big thing. Just tell a story today. It could be yours, it could be real events, it could be someone else’s story, it could even simply be your favorite story you’ve read. Just take the time to tell a story.

You can also make sure to go to your local library or a bookstore to get a new story. Talk to an employee, and try to get something you’ve never read before.

Happy Tell A Story Day!

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How-tos: Online Catalog

We have had lots of questions over the years asking for help with the online catalog. So I though I would write a post showing you how to use this great resource you have from the Library.

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What is an online catalog?

Our online catalog is the “one-stop shop” for everything you have access to at the Library. It simply looks different from all the lovely faces you get to see when you come in the library. On our catalog you can see what books and movies the library has, access all of the online databases we have, and even manage your own account online (e.g. renew your items, place items on hold, or update your contact information). You can get to our catalog by visiting our website, and clicking on the button “Search Our Catalog”.

Getting a look around

I’ll just warn you right now. We are going to be looking at lots of pictures, so you know exactly what I am talking about.

First up is the search bar!
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The search bar is probably the tool you will use most frequently. When you are looking for something, or simply want to browse; type in a search term (just like on Google) and watch as you are exposed to all of our materials that match your terms.

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Without logging in, all you can do is look at our materials. If you wish to actually access anything, you have to login. Simply fill in the information and click the “LOG IN” button. You will need your Library card number (which you will find on your card) and your phone number (don’t worry about the area code if it is “765”). Our system also allows you to set up a password, if you don’t want to use you phone number.
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Curious about what we have new? You have a couple different areas to figure that out. First is the New Items carousel (we’ll get to the other in a minute). It’s right up front, and you probably noticed this first. It moves pictures of book jackets around to display what we have recently added into our system. See one that looks interesting? Click it and it will take you directly to the item.

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If you want to know what are the most popular or newest materials in the Library, visit the “What’s Hot” section of the catalog. The “Most Popular” tab gives a display of the items that are currently being searched for, placed on hold, and checked out most frequently. The “What’s New” tab is the other way for you to see what’s new. However, this allows you to look back even farther than the carousel does (up to 2 months!).

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The last section that you will notice is a list of all the available online resources, you have access to from the library. You must be logged in to use any of these databases, but they do offer a wide range of information.

Searching for an item

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When you are looking for an item, simply go to the search bar. Once you are there, type in what you are looking for. The system will then search over all of our records to find items that fit your search terms (like a Google for the library!). You will probably see a whole list of items, some you may not think fit. If you have a little more of a specific vision for what you are looking for, you can use the drop-down menu to search by: “Title Starts With”, “Title Phrase”, “Author”, or “Subject”. Another post will be coming later to show you how to get better results.

I’ve found it, now what?

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When you find an item that you want to get, you will notice that it is highlighted in either green or pink. If it is green, that means that we have a copy available here at the library. If it is pink, that means that all of our copies are checked out. Either way, click on the item and it will give you all the information about it. Click on the “Reserve this item” button, and we will get it ready for you as soon as possible.

Check out this video walk-through of the online catalog:

Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library

It’s National Library Week this week and do you know what that means? It’s a time for us to get together to celebrate libraries and promote using the library! This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library”. So make sure to get into your local library and discover all the information and programming that is available to you, with a simple piece of plastic in your pocket/wallet.

History

In the late 1950s, the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers (ABP) realized there was a decline in how much money people were spending on books. Fearing a decline in how much people were reading, they formed the National Book Committee who’s sole purpose was to get Americans excited about reading again. So in 1958, the Committee set up the first annual National Library Week (the theme was “Wake Up and Read”). The idea was to get people excited about reading again by getting the enthused about the library. People began to use libraries again!

Today, National Library Week has taken on more than simply getting people reading again. They even introduced three special celebration days within the week to help celebrate different things that libraries do.

National Library Workers Day

On the Tuesday of National Library Week, we take a day to celebrate all the staff, administrators and Friends groups that help our libraries run. If you want to make a special recognition to someone at your library, the site for National Library Workers Day takes recommendations for “Stars”. These “Stars” are featured on their website along with the great things you have to say about them. So you can celebrate this day, by nominating someone from your library to be a “Star”!

The YPL Staff celebrating Halloween 2014
The YPL Staff celebrating Halloween 2014

National Bookmobile Day

On the Wednesday of National Library Week we celebrate the mobile service that many libraries use called the Bookmobile. Bookmobile services take books to the people, instead of making people come to the library. You can see them at community events, traveling to schools and daycare centers, and even to nursing homes. Some libraries do not have a “Bookmobile” but do have a service to bring materials to their patrons who are homebound.

Weapon of Mass Instruction created by Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff
Weapon of Mass Instruction created by Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff

Celebrate Teen Literature Day

The Thursday of National Library Week is Celebrate Teen Literature Day. This day was set up as a way to show that Young Adult literature is a strong, vibrant, and growing genre with a lot to offer today’s teens. Many of us are familiar with this genre, if for no other reason than Hollywood keeps making movies based on these books. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and the Twilight series are all examples of popular Young Adult books. However, there are still plenty of great books that have not been made into movies (yet). Need help? Ask you Youth Librarian for help finding these!

Bookends painted to depict Young Adult book covers. Done by our Teen Scene group
Bookends painted to depict Young Adult book covers. Done by our Teen Scene group

With this week upon us, make sure you get into your library to see what they offer! Even bring in someone new to get them a library card. If you visit your library regularly, on behalf of all libraries, we thank you for your support. You are why we continue to be great community assets all over the world.

If you want more information on National Library Week, check out the ALA website, and if you want to know what your library is doing make sure to contact them.

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Spring Food For Fines

National Library Week (April 13th-18th) is upon us!

During this time we like to try and celebrate by giving back to both you (our patrons) and the community. We will be having a week long food drive called Food for Fines. All you have to do is bring in any non-perishable food item, and we will take off $1. If you bring in more than one item, we will take off more than $1! So if you have found yourself not in our good graces, this is a way to correct that. However we cannot accept everything. Here’s a list of things we can’t take:

  • Kool-Aid packets
  • Individual drink mixes
  • Seasoning packets
  • Expired/Out-of-date food

All the food that will be collected will stay within the community. We will be donating it to the REACH ministry in Yorktown. They specialize in distributing food, laundry detergent, personal hygiene items, and more to needy people and families in the Yorktown community. All they ask is that you bring a valid ID showing you live in the area to one of their monthly distributions. The one for April will be on Saturday, April 18th from 9 till 11. For more information, check out their Facebook<add link> page.

So help us support this great community outreach for this year’s Spring Food for Fines.

Holiday Closings

The Library will be closed on December 24th and 25th to give the staff time to celebrate Christmas with their friends and families. We will be opening back up on December 26th at normal hours starting at 10.

The Library will also be closed on January 1st so the staff can celebrate the New Year. We will reopen on January 2nd at normal hours starting at 10.

We hope everyone has good and safe holidays and we will see you all when we are here!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
-YPL Staff