Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Paper or Digital?

Hello everyone,

I heard a discussion recently about publishing houses losing money with the rise of online competitors. Some readers have switched from traditional paper books to e-books, such as Kindle.

We're all pretty used to seeing people come in to the library to use the public computers for research, entertainment, whatever. Now imagine that where the circulation desk is, there is a coffee bar. Imagine the familiar stacks, the rows upon rows of so many books - gone. Now imagine that in their place are clusters of computer work stations and a limited number of e-books for patrons to borrow with downloaded text.

It might sound a bit far fetched but that's just what one private school library did. The story aired on NPR's "All Things Considered" on November 9.



December Activities

We have a number of library programs scheduled for December. Here is the current list:
  • Dec. 3 - John Englert Fine Forgiveness Day. All materials returned that day will carry no fines.
  • Dec. 3 - John Englert's birthday. In memory of Mr. Englert's dedication to the library, we'll serve cookies and beverages from 2-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 - The library will host Game Night from 4-6 p.m. Teens are invited to bring games & systems or use the library's Wii.
  • Dec. 5 - The library will host Santa & a Movie. The day starts with seasonal movies for children at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., jolly old St. Nick will make his appearance. Kids will have an opportunity to read to Santa and tell him their holiday wishes. Cameras are welcome.
  • Dec. 15 - Fantasy Fiction book discussion group will meet from 5-6 p.m. The group will discuss Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. This event is open to anyone with an interest in this genre. It is not necessary to read the book to attend the meeting.
  • Dec. 15 - Ford City Library Book Discussion Group will meet at 6 p.m. The group will discuss The Liars' Club by Mary Karr. The group is open to new members.
  • Dec. 15 - Ford City Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Summer Music

Yeah, I know. It's only November. But, I thought we might start thinking about some programs for summer 2010.
For a while, I've been kicking around an idea that involves musicians performing at the library. If the weather is foul, they can perform inside. But, if we have fair conditions, we could use this program to show off our new courtyard.
When I talk about musicians, I'm thinking of professionals or amateur, electric or acoustic, individuals or groups.
I'm hoping for input on this. What days or times would be the best for attendance? Does anyone know musicians who would be interested in doing this sort of thing for free or really cheap?
-- Anita