The staff at East Morgan County Library would like to start offering regularly scheduled adult programs. As we start planning for this change we would like patron input regarding best day of the week, best time of day and program ideas. Please let us know of any programs or events you would like to see @ your library. There is a survey to complete, either on our website , by clicking the survey icon, or at the front desk of the library. We look forward to seeing your ideas.
You know how you get cabin fever and just have to move things around? Well, if you have been to East Morgan County Library lately, you will see that we have moved things around. Starting in February of this year we began putting “tags” in all of our items in preparation for our self-checkout machine. We ordered shelving in anticipation of moving the young adult section and the juvenile section around to make more room for the books, audio books, movies and games.
Finally, we have completed our job of tagging, our shelving has arrived and our self-checkout machine is installed (we did have some issues with the shelving and the shipping care, so it isn’t completely done yet). So, things have changed and I wanted to tell you about them. First, the young adult items are in the same general location. The book bins have been placed in a “u” shape with the board books with the LEGOS inside the “u”. The roost and puppets have been moved back toward the windows and the level reader books and puzzles are back by the window as well. Juvenile non-fiction is now on the back wall in the juvenile section and the juvenile series are on the spinning shelves. (They might not stay there.) All new items, except for movies and games, are at the beginning of their location. Science fiction has moved to the other side of the library and genealogy, Colorado collection and reference have moved to the beginning of the adult non-fiction area. If you need any help, we are always happy to help you find what you are looking for.
The self-checkout machine is now here as well. All you need is your library card and your 4 digit pin number. Don’t know your 4 digit pin number? Well no fear, we librarians are here. We can set that up easily for you. If you still like the old way of checking out, we are more than happy to check out your items for you.
Stop by and have checking out the new changes.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 is the first day of fall. With fall come many fun activities to do at the library and around the town of Brush, CO. This weekend is the Oktoberfest festivities. The library will be closed on Saturday, September 27th; however the Friends of the Library will be hosting a book sale Friday, September 26th and September 27th. The book sale on Friday is 10am-1pm for members only. Not a member? That is okay because you can become a member at the door. Then on Saturday, from 10am-2pm, the sale is open to the public. Come to the book cellar and check out the great selection. We look forward to seeing you there. Would you like more information on the Friends of the Library? You can check out their Facebook page at Friends Organization for the East Morgan County Library. We also have a survey on-line that you can fill out.
This week is also “Banned Books Week”. It is quite amazing which books have been banned from libraries and what they are/were banned for. Just a few titles are… 1984 by George Orwell, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Animal Farm by George Orwell and many other books. We have a list at the front desk if you are interested in seeing more titles. Just a side note, the Teen Advisory Group, known as TAG will be talking about some of these banned books on Wednesday, September 24th @ 3:30PM.
Story Time has also resumed and will be Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is in full swing. If you want to sign up your child come in and we will help you get going. Kids Activity has been a lot of fun and will continue every Wednesday at 3:30 pm except the last Wednesday of the month, which is TAG Team.
Like I said, there are lots of things to do as fall starts, but the most fun I think I will do is “fall in love with a book.”
The Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program of 2014 is coming to an end. We enjoyed programs, reading and fun. The reading part of the Summer Reading Program is still going on, so continue to turn in those reading cards. Here are some pictures from the last 2 programs we hosted here at the Library. Enjoy.
The Big Bubble Circus came to Brush, CO on July 9, 2014. A good time was had by all from young babies under 1 years old to residents from Eben Ezer. There was a lot of laughter and “oohhs” and “ahhs” heard throughout the program. Thank you to everyone who joined us. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures that were taken.
The Summer Reading Programs are going great. Wednesday, June 11th and 18th the Morgan Extension Office hosted our Summer Reading Program. Janice Dixon and Rich Guggenheim showed the kids how to draw topographical maps. On the 18th Janice Dixon showed the kids how to make helicopters and kites out of card stock. Everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you to all who helped and participated. Enjoy the pictures taken from the programs.
Are you curious about your family background? Do you want to learn more about your family tree? Maybe you have hit a brick wall and have run out of ideas of searching possibilities? Come join the Morgan County Genealogical Society. The group meets every 3rd Monday of each month at the East Morgan County Library in the Carnegie Room.
Every month we host programs about how to research your family history. If you have exhausted all your resources, join us. The group may have additional ideas and suggestions. The group is great for beginners or pros at genealogy. We would enjoy new perspectives and ideas. So, whether you are just starting or have been at it for a long time, you are welcome.
The membership is $10.00 a year for individuals or $15.00 a year for two people from the same household.
For more information you may call Karen at 970-842-4596.
The Summer Reading Program started Wednesday, June 4th at 6:00 PM. To get things going, the Brush Fire Department brought their firetrucks for an evening of fun. Even though it rained, the Firemen were able to give rides, talk about how the fire trucks work and their equipment, and even let people shoot the hose. The programs for the Summer Reading Program will be Wednesdays at 3:00 PM. Check out these pictures.
What is your first memorable experience with a book?
I remember mine vividly. Reading was always something I enjoyed, but my first memory of reading was sitting in a rocking chair by my open bedroom window; the breeze blowing my white curtains, cooling me off from the summer heat. On my face, I wore my “reading glasses,” which were just kid sunglasses with the dark lens popped out. I don’t remember my exact age, probably around 7 or 8 – and the book I was reading was “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
These were favorite books of mine, revisited several times throughout my childhood, and enjoyed each time I read them. Even as an adult, they still hold a special spot on my bookshelf and in my heart.
Growing up, books were my comfort, my entertainment, my friend. So one of the hardest things I do at my job at the library is to take books off the shelf, and try to decide what we are going to keep, and what will be taken down to the book sale to sell.
Some books are easier than others – pages falling out, poor condition…these have had a full life and been read by many. Others can be trickier. So what do we do with those books that have just gotten lost in the stacks? The books that just need us to put on our reading glasses and give them a second chance?
Well, at the library, we put them on our “Last Chance” display. If you stop in, right to the left of the door, the display area there has a selection of books that you could help save.
If you take one and you enjoy it, let us know. We want to know that it mattered to you. You might not enjoy it as much as your first book, but you gave it a second chance and maybe someone else will too.