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.

WI Digital Library Survey

Wisconsin libraries provide ebooks and audiobooks to every library card holder in the state for FREE! Help us improve your digital collection.
 
The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) seeks your valued feedback on the collection of materials available in Wisconsin's Digital Library.  Your input will help guide us as we continue to grow and develop the collection of digital materials so it is most relevant and useful to Wisconsin library patrons. The survey will take an average of 10 minutes to complete, and we thank you in advance for your time and feedback.
 
 
The survey will be open through February 11th.
 
Thank you!

A Blast from the Past

Library staff are constantly reviewing the condition, age, and relevance of library materials in order to keep our varied collection current, clean, and interesting to people of all ages. Every once in a while we come across items that have had a very long life at the library. One such item came across my desk this week, and it was fun to see the old stamps and cards that used to be used before everything was managed through a computer system.

Check-outs from the 60s & 70s are shown on the card. Can some of you remember when you just checked out with only your card number like this? Similar to today, though your card number has had a lot of digits added to it and it's all online. 

This particular item had a broken spine and yellowed, brittle pages, so it was removed from the collection. But what stories could it tell of all the homes it visited and people that lovingly turned its pages in order to learn something on a topic they valued? The library is The People's University. Come and discover a new topic, treasure a new title or an old one, and celebrate this free community resource that enables anyone to learn and grow. 

National Novel Writing Month

Keep Calm and Write On

[This is a guest post by Library Assistant, Bethany Huse.]

Come write in! Join us for this year’s NaNoWriMo – the National Novel Writing Month! Every November the online writing community celebrates NaNoWriMo with a challenge, try to write a novel in a month. This year, Kimberly-Little Chute Library will be joining the challenge and offering writing space every Wednesday 10-2 in Little Chute and Thursday 6-8 in Kimberly for the month of November. Work with fellow writers, brainstorm ideas, or just enjoy the company!

Starting in 1999 with 21 people in the San Francisco Bay area wanting to get together, NaNoWriMo has undergone many changes over the past 16 years. In 2013, NaNoWriMo counted 310,000 adult novelists with an additional 89,500 young writers. Becoming an international nonprofit novel-writing organization took a lot of work and growth over the years, but with support from writing lovers, NaNoWrimo has become an annual event that numerous people have participated in.

Beyond NaNoWriMo, the organization also has created The Young Writers Program that promotes “writing fluency, creative education, and the pure joy of novel-writing in K-12 classrooms (http://nanowrimo.org/about).” Camp NaNoWriMo is another program from the organization, this being a virtual retreat that offers tools, resources, and a community for any writing project. Finally, the Come Write In program is designed to encourage writing spaces around local communities. Libraries, coffee stores, and bookstores are the target locations for this program. Being a registered Come Write In location provides writers to come together and work, brainstorm, and write with a community and support.

Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library is happy to say that this year we will be a Come Write In location and invite all writers to join us. If you’d like to participate as a NaNoWriMo member, sign up at http://nanowrimo.org, however, you do not need to be a member to attend the Come Write In dates. We hope to see you soon, pen (or laptop) in hand! Let the writing begin!

Wisconsin's Digital Library

Digital content has taken the world by storm and continues to increase in usage every day. As people embrace smart phones, tablets, and e-readers as part of their lives, it becomes more convenient to access digital books, audio and video on the go.

The Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library has provided digital content for many years now and continues to develop digital collections collaboratively as a part of the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC). WPLC provides e-books, downloadable audiobooks, and streaming videos via Wisconsin’s Digital Library available at http://dbooks.wplc.info/.

Missed watching Silver Linings Playbook or The King’s Speech? Stream it tonight! Looking for some great books to load up your e-reader for vacation? Download free e-books and audiobooks! Your Kimberly-Little Chute library card gives you FREE access to all of the materials in Wisconsin’s Digital Library.

And here’s more good news – the Digital Library recently added 87 digital magazines to the online collection. Now you can download titles such as HGTV Magazine, Outdoor Life, Taste of Home, The Family Handyman, Martha Stewart Living, The New Yorker, Popular Science, Field & Stream, O Magazine, Fine Gardening, Mental Floss, and many more. The digital magazines work with the OverDrive and Nook apps. More details can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/po49nf5.

While access to digital content continues to grow, the library still recognizes the need for print collections to be developed and sustained. E-content isn’t everyone’s cup of tea & not everyone has access to devices that allow the use of online content. Even more so, some people just love the feel (and yes, even the smell!) of a printed book in their hands. And there is no greater pleasure than sitting with a child in your lap and a book out in front of you as you read and enjoy a fabulous picture book.

Whatever your cup of tea, the library strives to provide materials in a variety of formats so the reader in you is inspired to continue to learn and grow.

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.