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.
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.
Videos from 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 emcl as the username and libra as the password.
Start enjoying your electronic picture books today.
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.