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Tammy Bass, Christy Bellis, Julie Vannoy
As some of you may know, we have currently employed a new Teen Librarian: Tammy Bass. Tammy was born and raised on a farm north of Snyder for her 30 some years. She started her schooling at Prairie School in New Raymer, CO, but completed most of her secondary schooling and graduated from Brush High School. She worked as a CNA at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center and helped provide care for some of the elderly around Morgan County. Some of her hobbies include reading her favorite genre of inspiration/suspense, youth group activities, and hanging out with her dog Sasha.
Tammy enjoyed taking care of the elderly, but wanted to do something else with her life as well and so she moved to Bolivar, MO to attend Southwest Baptist University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in youth. She moved back to the Brush area and began working here at the East Morgan County Library in May of 2014.
During her time here at the library, Tammy learned how to shelve, work the front desk and perform many other tasks important to our “library world”. However, recently in April she became our new Teen Librarian. Laura McConnell was formerly our Children’s/Teen Librarian, but Tammy has bravely stepped into those shoes and has done a great job. Tammy has helped with the Summer Reading Program and has planned the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) activities this summer (which by the way, have been fun). The next TAG event will be in August. If you are interested in participating in TAG we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
So, when you come in, say “hi” to our new Teen Librarian.
Have you ever heard of the TumbleBook Library? Not tumbleweeds, but Tumblebooks. The TumbleBook Library has books that are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic book. On the Tumblebook Library there are over 540 titles with additional books being added continuously.
There are different categories of items:
Story Books which are animated talking picture books which allows the pages to be turned automatically or manually.
Chapter Books/Read-Alongs are narrated early chapter books for older elementary readers.
Videosfrom National Geographic! range from 2-7 minutes on various topics.
The Featured tab is where a book can be recommended.
Puzzles & Games accompany each book and reinforce concepts from the books.
Language learning is an easy way to access our French and Spanish titles.
Non-Fiction contains a growing collection of non-fiction titles.
Playlist lets you access a pre-loaded playlist.
If you are a parent, a grandparent, a child, a teacher, a librarian or any patron, click on the browse online tab on our website and scroll down until you find TumbleBook Library for eKids and sign in with emclas the username and libra as the password.
Start enjoying your electronic picture books today.
We have done some more moving around in the library. (I know, I know, enough already) We are getting to the end of our rearranging. Yeah! The Young Adult section is very similar, except for a change that I am excited about. We have put the audio books next to the book on the shelf. For example the audio version of 39 clues Beyond the Grave is next to the book on the shelf. So, whether you are looking for the book or the audio they are together.
The juvenile section has changed slightly as well. The Juvenile non-fiction begins on the shelves under the windows and continues along the back wall. The Juvenile series are located on the new shelves in the Juvenile section. The audio books are located next to the books in that section as well. (Cool, huh?)
As always, if you need help, we are willing to help you find those items you need or want.
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.
Have you noticed some authors are releasing their books only as an electronic book, or known as an eBook?
Is there a title you would like to read that we have in our collection, but only as an eBook and you don’t have a way to read it?
Have you been thinking about trying a tablet to buy, but aren’t sure which one you would like?
Variety of tablets
Well, we have a solution for you.
Starting October 14th, we will have three tablets available for you to check out and take home with you. Take your pick between a Google Nexus, iPad Mini and a Kindle Fire. Each device is preloaded with specific apps for you to use. You are also able to check out and download eBooks and Audio eBooks to enjoy from our online collection.
Cool huh??? Maybe a little scary?
All you need is a library card in good standing that has been active for a minimum of 60 days. Each account can have one tablet checked out at a time, and you must be over 16. We have a loan agreement to sign, (so please allow a little extra time during the check out process) and then you can take the device home to try for 3 weeks. Need a little help? That is okay too. We can help you get more comfortable with the device before you leave.
The staff here is pretty excited about this new addition to our collection, and we hope you are too.
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.”
Did you know September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month? The American Library Association named September with this title to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply a child can have! What is so important about a library card? At the East Morgan County Library, with parent permission, a child over eight may get on the computers with their library card. If they need to work on homework or just want to play games, they can access our computers for free. Of course, there are thousands of books to choose from that a person can check out with a library card. The East Morgan County Library also provides free Wi-Fi (wireless internet) in the library and throughout the park. Anyone 16 years and older with a library card may check out video games and movies. Do you have an electronic device such as a smart phone, tablet, or iPod? Did you know you can download books to your devices with your library card? You can download audio books to listen to in the car or through your headphones. You can also download eBooks to read on your smart phone, tablet, or e-reader.
Do you know what is best about having your own library card? All of these services and items are free – no charge to you! If you need to FAX or print something at the East Morgan County Library, there is a small fee. If you keep your items too long without renewing them, there might be a small fee. But, to check out our items or use our services, there is no charge to you! If you download audio or eBooks with your library card, you don’t even have to leave the comforts of your own home! Stop by the library this month to get your or your children a library card. If you have lost your card, the cost is usually $2.00 to replace it. However, all overdue fines and card replacement charges are forgiven for the month of September. Stop by the East Morgan County Library to see what we can do for you!
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 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.
As I look at my schedule for the next month, I feel overwhelmed by the full calendar. However, when I look at the individual activities, I become excited. I have a month full of kids, reading, and fun – all things that make a nerdy children’s librarian’s heart sing! As the East Morgan County Library gears up for the annual Summer Reading Program, Christy and I will finish out May having talked to nearly every child in the Brush School District from Preschool through 8th grade. We visited Thomson Primary at the end of April reading to all the Head Start and Thomson Preschool students, presenting each student with a free book.
For May, every class will visit our library to tour the library and hear about “Fizz, Boom – Read!” This theme is a S.T.E.M. related theme. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. All our activities for the summer will cover this theme. The activities are mainly for Kindergarten through 5th grade, but we will also have our regular Story Times and teen TAG Team meetings. We will have some building and demolition games, some Lego activities with the Lego Guy, some rocketry, the Big Bubble Circus, and visits from the fire department and city. As it is the 100th year of 4-H, we will also combine some programs with the Morgan County Extension Office.
We hope to see many children throughout the summer as they have fun and learn about books and reading. We will encourage them to broaden their horizons through reading and learning. Sign-ups are easy and will start the week of May 27th. We will have a kick-off event the evening of June 4th, which will include a visit from the Brush Fire Department and stories and snacks around campfires. The remainder of our events will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in June and July. We hope to see you there!