Thursday, February 26, 2009

Read Across America

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading to a child? On March 2 (Dr. Seuss’s birthday), Random House and the National Education Association urge you to participate in Read Across and read to a child .

Why Celebrate Dr. Seuss?
Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. Also, his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is fun and important.

So have some fun. Pick out a good book and Read Across America.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Computer classes in April

Another series of basic computer classes for adults will be held in April. Here's the schedule.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How much is your library worth to you?

How much is your library worth to you? Use this handy online calculator to find out how much money you save by using the library.

This was developed for us by the State Library of Florida based on a similar calculator for the State of Maine. Costs used are statewide averages in 2007.

Monday, February 16, 2009

February is Library Lovers' Month

Who doesn’t love libraries? Research has shown that everyone loves libraries, but no one thinks about them very much. That's where you come in. You don't have to be an expert to promote your library. You just have to talk about it.
Here are some suggestions:

· Write letters to the editor of your local newspaper supporting libraries.

· Attend local government meetings or talk to local elected officials and make your support of libraries known.

· Do the same with elected officials at the state and national level.

· Talk about libraries to various groups that you belong to...service clubs, church groups, school organizations.

· Volunteer at your library.

· Make a donation of a book in memory of a loved one or in honor of an event.

· Donate a magazine subscription to the library. Libraries have wish lists of things they would like to provide but can’t afford.

· Become a member of the library’s Friends group.

· Use your library. We have so much to share.

Your library is a valuable community resource. Citizens love libraries and we love our library users too!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Computer classes

Union Co. Public Library and New River Public Library Cooperative have hosted a series of computer classes for adults. This is a photo of some of our evening class and instructor. We also have classes in the morning

We are working on another series of classes for April. Check back for a schedule.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Learning Express

Are you looking for a job? In this economy many people are.

If it's been awhile since you applied for a job, or interviewed for one, take a look at Learning Express. It's linked from our webpage. You can use this service in the library or from home. (It is one of several subscription online services that the libraries subscribe to for your benefit.) You set up an account, using your library barcode number, and your own PIN. You can log in and save your work and return to it later.

There are many practice tests on many subjects for both children and adults. One section of particular interest to job seekers is Job Search and Workplace Skills. Included is information on improving writing and communications skills, resume and interviewing tips. Good information whether you are new or already in the workforce.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Money, money, money

Do you follow economic news closely? These days, most people do. The economy affects us all.

A new website aims to track federal subsidies. Take a look at

It is an initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts and says it ' aims to raise public awareness about the role of federal subsidies in the economy. This new project, launched by The Pew Charitable Trusts, plans to create a searchable database of federal subsidies and publish the data online. Over the next few years, the project will build this subsidy database industry sector by industry sector." The first entry is on TARP funds.

Libraries provide books and periodicals on family budgeting and financial planning. Check the 330 non fiction section or ask a staff member for help.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

What others are reading.

What are the most popular books?

With our updated catalog webpage, we can generate information on what are the most popular titles, authors and subjects.

If you like to see what others are reading and viewing look at the catalog webpage under what others are reading. You can click on the item link and place a request so you can read that book too. You'll need your library card number and PIN (obtained at the library) to place a request online.