Tidbits, Tips, & Tidings

Summer Reading Program

[Guest post by Angela Schneider, Programming & Adult Services Librarian]

It’s that time again! Time for the library’s Summer Reading Program for ages 3 and up. This year's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set--Read! The focus is on sports, health, and fitness--perfect for the upcoming Summer Olympics. Registration for this year’s program will begin Tuesday, May 31st. Stop by the library to sign up and pick up your materials.

Summer Reading Program isn’t just for kids and teens. Adults can get in on the fun, too! Participation is easy. Read two hours each week – books, audiobooks, e-books, magazines, or whatever format your like – and earn a grand prize entry slip for each week completed. Grand prizes this year include tickets to The Trout Museum of Art and Heritage Hill, passes to The Escape Room, a summer picnic set, creative coloring packs, and a variety of gift certificates! Visit the library each week to challenge yourself with the weekly trivia question for a chance to win additional prizes!

Need even more incentive to read this summer? Each hour you read will help raise money for Special Olympics. Vanderloop Shoes is our matching donor, so we will donate more money the more you read. The goal is to have kids, teens, and adults reach 25,000 hours of reading this summer which will earn $600 for Special Olympics. We need to reach 15,000 hours to give $200 and 20,000 hours to give $400. Let's go for the gold and reach that top mark for the highest donation!

The Summer Reading Program is designed to be fun, but it’s much, much more than that, too! The main reason to have a reading program at all is to prevent “summer reading loss.” Studies have shown that children who don’t read over the summer lose three months of reading comprehension. Be a model reader for the kids in your life and help them stay on track for next school year -- On Your Mark, Get Set… READ!

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. 

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.

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.