Wow! Summer just flew by and fall is upon us. We had a great Summer Reading Program. 127 patrons turned in reading cards, which translates into over 5,000 hours of reading. Good job everyone. Did you know you can keep on reading? The fall reading contest has been in full swing for almost a month now and will continue until the end of November 2015. Whether you are young or old, it is never too late to start reading and turn in reading cards.
Maybe you don’t know what to read, or maybe you just need a few suggestions. Then we have just the thing for you…a customized reading list. The first thing to do is fill out a survey on our website at emcl.info. Click the reading recommendations link and answer as many of the questions as you can. In a few days’ time you will be emailed a personal list of books to try. Once you return the books, let us know what you thought about them. Let us know when you are ready for a new list.
So, really there is no excuse for not reading. We have reading contests for all ages and even your very own customized reading list. Have fun reading everyone.
Life was much easier when apples and blueberries were just fruits! Now we have to know what whether to eat it or read it. East Morgan County Library can help you with that! Tuesday, May 19th we are hosting our Adult’s Only Programming entitled Treats and Technology. You bring your technology questions; we provide some help and answers for your questions. We will have 3 tech-savvy staff members that will be available to work with you on a one-to-one basis. E-readers, notebooks, and phones are welcome. The non-techie staff member will man the desk and make a treat for you! For more information, contact the library at 842-4596.
Deb Johnson has now officially retired from the East Morgan County Library after 24 years. In those 24 years Deb served as a clerk, then the assistant director and then as the director. I only knew her as my director. I started working 3 years ago when she hired me as a clerk. The past 3 years, Deb has been kind, encouraging and a great example of a good leader. She always took time to help and to listen and put a lot of effort into hiring and training the wonderful crew we have working here now. The library to her was a place of community and information and her leadership saw us through some major changes. From going from card catalogs to computer automation, to the campaign for the mill levy increase which allowed the library to remain open and expand its offerings to the community, to the addition to the library in 2010, to adding electronic books to our collection, to the most recent Carnegie updates – she has always looked toward the future of the library and tried to make it a welcoming, informational and social place for people to visit in Brush. All of these things and more she worked on while taking the time to help patrons and staff and still complete regular “library business.”
When Deb had her accident last October, because of her leadership skills, we were able to continue with library business. We missed her, of course, but she had done such a good job showing us what to do before, we were able to carry on. Now, as May approaches we are carrying on. Deb has done a wonderful job training Laura McConnell who is taking her place as our fearless leader.
Deb will be missed greatly, not only by us as staff but by those in the community and even by other directors in the northern part of the state. Deb will still be around the library for a few months here and there because she has so kindly taken on helping direct the finishing of the Carnegie remodel. We will be having a “going away party” sometime this summer when the Carnegie room is completed. So, if you see Deb around be sure to thank her for being a part of the East Morgan County Library history since 1991.
If you want to send retirement cards or well wishes to Deb, you may send them to or drop them off at the library and we will collect them all and give them to her at her retirement party!
Kay Copple, who has fond memories of the East Morgan County Library, recently donated the Blue Rose afghan to the Friends of the East Morgan County Library. The afghan was inspired when Kay learned about the “Roses are Blue” written by Zelda Bates who the librarian from 1952-1977.
The Blue Rose afghan will be on display at the East Morgan County Library until the drawing that will take place in July of this year. On July 4th the Friends will draw a name for the afghan. You may put your name in for the afghan for every dollar’s worth of books purchased at the July Book Sale and the books on the Friends of the Library carts in the building.
The idea of coupons started in 1887 when the Coca-Cola Company decided to try different advertising techniques. Asa Chandler, a partner, encouraged employees and sales representatives to give out coupons for free drinks. The coupons were also mailed to costumers and placed in magazines. Coupon use became more widespread in 1909 when C.W. Post distributed coupons to help sell breakfast cereals and other products. In September 1997, the U.S. celebrated the first National Coupon Month.
Today customers can get coupons from various sources, including newspapers, the internet, web sites. Mobile phone coupons are becoming more widely popular, especially since 2010 when Target became the first national chain to put out mobile coupons. But maybe some have missed one of the sources of coupons—East Morgan County Library.
At East Morgan County Library we subscribe to an assortment of newspapers and magazines. In the newspapers and magazines is usually a generous supply of coupons. Instead of throwing them away, we pull them out and put them by the front desk. Anyone can come in and take any of the coupons. You don’t have to wait for National Library Month in September, feel free to come check out our coupons anytime we are open.
Adults Only Programming is coming soon. Starting in January 2015, we will host programs every 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00 and the first Saturday of the month. This month’s program is “Making Ruffled Scarves” hosted by our very own librarian, Lori. This program is free, all the supplies are included. Reservations are encouraged. You can register by calling 970-842-4596, going to emcl.info, or stopping by the front desk. Karen is also hosting an applique class which you can register for. The class will be held Thursdays, January 15th & 22nd @1:00-4:00. You can pick up the supply list at the front desk. We look forward to seeing you this coming year.
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.