Tidbits, Tips, & Tidings

About the Blog

Tidbits, Tips & Tidings is a blog from Library Director, Beth Carpenter. Tidbits will share info about library services, helpful tools & websites, answers to patron suggestions, tips & tricks on how to use different library resources, and more.

Time for a Big Library Read!

This month's Big Library Read features two Young Adult novels:

  1. The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
  2. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Both titles will be available in digital format from OverDrive from October 7th through the 21st with no waiting lists during the program. All you need is your library card to get started! Read the books and join the conversation by using the hashtag #BigLibraryRead.

Learn more about the Big Library Read at biglibraryread.com.

Suggestion Box: Hours

We get requests about the library's open hours fairly often. Some people want earlier, some later, some more hours on the weekends. Here's the latest:

For the record, we would love to be able to open earlier in the day (and every night of the week)! However, we only have funding to support a certain number of hours per day/week/month, and the current funding won't support adding hours. In fact, at the beginning of 2015, the library had to cut hours of service because approved staffing levels couldn't support the number of hours the library was open. This is further complicated by the fact that we have two locations to service rather than one.

When we made the change in January of this year, we examined traffic patterns - both in check outs and in door counts, providing service to people of all ages, and how to keep both library locations open as much as possible. While some might want the library open earlier in the day, traffic use also indicates that use in the evening is as strong as morning activity. We also need to be available at hours when students may be coming in to find homework resources. In addition to those factors, we need to be cognizant of library programming - when do we offer story time and how long do evening adult programs typically run. It's no easy feat to figure out the ideal schedule for all people, and we realize that we won't be able to make everyone happy.

We appreciate the input, so keep it coming! If there's a big push for earlier open hours, we can re-examine our current schedule to see if there's any way to accommodate the requests. Not all things will be possible due to our budget constraints, but we are willing to constantly review and ponder different solutions.

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. Celebrate the freedom to read what you want, and the library’s promise to help make that possible, during Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3, 2015. Visit the library to check out a frequently challenged title, now on display.

New InfoSoup Coming Soon!

We are excited to announce a new upgrade to the InfoSoup Catalog. The official launch date is September 14th, but you can start using the New InfoSoup now. We hope you'll like some of the new features, especially having related journal articles appearing in search results and the ability to check out digital materials without having to leave the catalog. 

Give it a try at http://search.infosoup.org and learn more about the changes at http://infosoup.info/new.

As with anything new, there may be a few kinks to work out as we settle into the new catalog. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions!

How to Keep Track of Library Events

The library has wonderful, FREE programming for all ages available year 'round, and it can be hard to keep track of it all in the midst of other opportunities that are available in the Fox Cities. We have a few different ways for you to stay informed about library events and hope you'll take advantage of them.

  1. Like the library's Facebook page and subscribe to our events. You can subscribe to our events by scrolling down on our Facebook page and looking for "Upcoming Events" in a box on the left. Simply click on the Subscribe button, and you'll receive our event posts in your feed.
    subscribe to upcoming events
  2. Twitter user? Follow our Twitter feed for posts about upcoming events, library tidbits, and more.
  3. We also have an email newsletter that is sent out biweekly. It includes events, book club selections, and other highlights about library services. Sign up here if you'd like to give it a try.
  4. Watch the library's website homepage for program highlights or check the website calendar.

If you have suggestions for programming you would like to see at the library, please post in the comments and we'll see what we can do!