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.

Movers for Moms

The library is working with Movers for Moms to collect donations for local women's and family shelters to be delivered for Mother's Day, May 8. Consider bringing a donation of blankets, gas gift cards, diapers and wipes, pajamas (children and women), slippers, robes, new soaps, hair styling products or non-perishable foods. Bring in your items by Friday, May 6th. Thanks for supporting this wonderful program! 

Return on Investment

We believe we offer a BIG bang for the buck at your local library. Where else can you pick up books, movies, CDs, audiobooks, magazines, and a host of other materials, ask a question concerning an interest you have, use a study room for quiet study or meeting, attend programs for all ages, use an Internet computer, and all for free?!

Have you ever considered how much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?

Try out this ROI calculator and see how you would answer that question. The answer just might surprise you!

Fox Cities Reads Announces 2016 Pick!

Beautiful Boy

Fox Cities Reads is happy to announce that Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by best-selling author David Sheff has been selected for the 2016 one book, one community reading program. Readers are encouraged to pick up a copy of the book and participate in discussions and events leading up to the author’s visit to the Fox Cities on April 18-19, 2016. This year’s program is supported by Fox Cities Reads partner, Fox Communities Credit Union.

Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole and lived on the streets. Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir told by Nic’s father and his haunting journey through his son’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery.

David Sheff's books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying. His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and elsewhere. His piece for the New York Times Magazine, My Addicted Son, won an award from the American Psychological Association for Outstanding Contribution to Advancing the Understanding of Addiction. It led to his #1 New York Times Best Seller, Beautiful Boy, which was named the best nonfiction book of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Beautiful Boy was also an Amazon Best Book of 2008. Sheff and his family live in Inverness, California.

Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library will have the honor of hosting Sheff for a public presentation at the Little Chute High School Auditorium on Monday, April 18th at 6:30PM. Please pick up a copy of this important book and participate in discussions leading up to the author's visit. The community that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony!

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.