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April 29, 2010

One Book, One Twitter

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Social networking has just expanded into yet another area–book discussions groups.  Librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl began the “One Book” reading movement in 1998 when the Seattle Public Library initiated the “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book” program featuring “The Sweet Hereafter” by Russel Banks.  Since then, communities all over the US have followed her lead in choosing and promoting a book in an effort to encourage community-wide reading and discussion.  Locally, the Sullivan Free Library and the Chittenango Central School District sponsored a “One Community, One Book” discussion of “Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie in 2008. The MidYork Library system has coordinated two “Regional Reads” featuring “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury and “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman.

A few weeks ago, editor of Wired Jeff Howe initiated a campaign to have Twitter users choose one title for a discussion this coming summer–over Twitter.  His blog caught the interest of NPR  who included it on “All Things Considered”:

Today, he announced that the winner is “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman:

Gaiman, a British author, is popular among adults and children.  He wrote the book “Coraline” which was made into a 3-D movie in 2009.   In “American Gods”,   an ex-con who is offered a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, a trickster and a rogue. Shadow soon learns that his role in the man’s schemes are far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined.

If you are interested in reading this book along with the Twitter community, you can join the group by searching twitter for: #1b1t

The book is available in both print and audio format in libraries throughout the Midyork system.

Karen Fauls-Traynor, Library Director


April 27, 2010

The Future of Libraries

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I am often asked what role libraries will play in the future as more information is available in electronic format.  Some experts predict that books and libraries will go the way of the dinosaur as ebook technology, and mobile web devices improve.

In my opinion, as long as public  libraries continue to evolve and keep up with emerging technologies,  they will continue to be a vital part of their communities.

Libraries equalize the playing field in our society.   It doesn’t matter how much information is available on the internet if you don’t have a computer or internet access at home or don’t know how to use one.    The availability of books in e-format is irrelevant if you can’t afford the device.

Libraries are good for the environment.   A best-selling novel may circulate 30 times in a year and circulate  until it falls apart.  When an individual buys the same book, it  often read once and placed on a shelf to gather dust.

This article on CNN makes some great points:

What do YOU think?  Will libraries as we know them become obsolete?

Karen Fauls-Traynor, Library Director

April 24, 2010

Volunteers Appreciated!

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Libraries seem to bring out the best in people.  As I write this, a group of volunteers from the Chittenango Lions Club are outside pruning bushes and doing a spring clean-up as part of the village-wide Community Betterment Day.

The front of the library is a delightful panorama of daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths, thanks to the members of the Chittenango Garden Club who planted and maintain the bed of flowers.  The planters of pansies that flank the parking lot entrance are also a project of the Garden Club.

The windows of the library are sparkling clean, inside and out, thanks to the efforts of the Leos Club, the Youth division of Chittenango Lions Club.  A group comes twice a year to tackle this thankless project.

Soon the Genesee St entrance will be graced with the addition of four beautiful flower pots, donated by a local Girl Scout Troop last year.

At the back of the library is our brand new Gazebo/Outside Reading Area, built by Jason Cocca as his Eagle Scout project last fall.   We are ordering permanent tables for the Gazebo and will have a grand opening in late June.

Some of the flashing around the top of the library came loose over the window.  No problem–long-time library supporter Don Runkowski brought his ladder and put it back up for us.

At Bridgport, a patron noticed that the trim around the front of the building needed washing and painting and has offered to do volunteer his services for that task.

We have a variety of volunteers of all ages who come in every week and help with putting books away and straightening the shelves.  They volunteer in the library store, sorting the thousands of books that are donated to us every year.  They help us organize, set up and take down our Annual Book Sale.   Our Friends of the Library group runs the Annual Silent Auction in Bridgeport every year, in addition to other fundraisers and activities.

Volunteers, many of them students, helped put together our mailing last fall asking for financial support for the library.  That mailing brought in over $3,500 in donations.

The library is fortunate to have so many people who realize that the library is a community asset and are willing to give support in such tangible ways.  Every volunteer effort helps us save money on operating costs that can then be used to buy more books and materials and support programs.

To all who are generous in donating your time to help us in so many ways, we thank you!

April 23, 2010

Jumping on the Bandwagon

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Sullivan Free Library has decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon. As a public library, we try to reach our patrons through every means possible, in the ways that are most relevant to our users . Since many people enjoy following blogs, we hope to keep followers  informed about library events and news through this format.

So, what is new at the Sullivan Free Library?  We are currently gearing up for the Annual Book Sale which will run from Saturday, May 15th through Sunday, May 23rd at the library in Chittenango.  There will be a Preview Sale on May 15th from 8:00 am until 10:00 am.  People can pay $5 to come in early and browse the collection before the actual sale begins at 10:00 am.

The book sale will offer used books, videotapes, DVD’s, audiobooks & magazines.  Prices will range from $.25 to $3.

Friday, May 21 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm will be a Half-Price Sale.  Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and Sunday, May 23rd from Noon until 4:00 pm with offer a Bag Sale where buyers have two options:

1) fill a paper grocery bag (provided) with books for $2

2) buy a Sullivan Free Library Tote Bag for $8 and fill it with books at no cost.

The Annual Book Sale is one of our most successful fundraisers. Proceeds are used to supplement the library’s budget for books and programs.

As the book sale approaches, people often ask about our Donation Policy.  The library will accept donations of gently used books and materials at any time throughout the year with the exception of the month of MAY as we prepare for and dismantle the book sale.  Books must be in good condition, clean and odor-free.  Books that have been stored in garages and damp basements are usually musty and must be discarded.  It is a great burden on staff to have to sort through and discard musty books, so we ask that you please inspect all items before bringing them to the library.  We also ask that you bring donations directly to the circulation desk and not leave them outside the library or put them through the book drop.   We do not accept donations of encyclopedias or textbooks more than two years old.

Donations are  generally sorted into three categories:

1) items  we can use in our collection

2) items we can sell online or in our Library Store

3) items for our annual book sale

Occasionally, we offer items in excellent condition to other libraries in our system.

We are happy to provide an Donation Acknowledgment for tax purposes.   We leave it to you to estimate the value of items donated but will sign a receipt describing the items.

If you have any questions, feel free to call me at: 687-6331 ext 302

Karen Fauls-Traynor, Library Director

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