Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Wealth of Resources, All Free

I do work at a library and I love what I do, but I am also a huge advocate for all the great, free things a library offers.  Across the country, each library is different as staff evaluates the needs of a community.  Our library carries a wide array of DVDs and blu-ray movies to borrow at the cost of zero dollars and zero cents.  The cost is the same for borrowing new cooking books, biographies, and fiction titles.  Perhaps you have a New Year's resolution that involves shedding a few pounds.  With more than 100 exercise DVDs we've got you covered.  There is always a chance that there is a new tablet, Kindle, Nook, or Fire under the tree eagerly waiting for you.  In that case, we have free ebooks available on our website.  What's that?  You're more of a music person?  Freegal is a free database that allows you to download three songs per week with your library card.  Both ebook and music databases have apps that you can download on your smart phone or tablet, giving you or a loved one a great opportunity for portability during the holiday season or any season.  Trust me when I say I could go on and on and if you have seen the lady with the purple hair, you likely have been on the receiving end of one of my long speeches (in case you did not know, we also offer great programs for teens, including Kitchen Sink Crafts and a first ever Count Down to Noon Years).  We hope to see your smiling faces soon and while all of our staff is more than happy to assist you, you can always ask for the Teen Librarian.  I am the only one and I would be happy to help you.

Evergreen Upgrade and Downtime

Beginning the evening of December 23rd the Evergreen Indiana online catalog system will be shut down for maintenance and upgrades; it will be back online on December 28th.  

To accommodate our patrons during this downtime, all checked out items will have extended due dates during this period,with nothing due Dec. 24 - Dec. 28! Plus, anything returned during this time will be handled as if it were returned on Dec. 23rd.  We do ask that you be patient during that time as it will likely take a little longer than usual to get all items checked in.

This downtime also means that from the evening of the 23rd through the 28th you will not be able to access your regular library account to place holds, renew items, check due dates, or pay fines.

Regarding your Overdrive account; if you have set up your account prior to the Evergreen system shutting down on the 23rd, you will still be able to access that account to download eBooks and audio books. So, if Santa will be bringing you an e-reader for Christmas and you want to be able to borrow electronic items right away, be sure that you have signed into Overdrive and set up your account before the 23rd. You can sign-in using your library card number and PIN HERE.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Include Fitness in Your Holiday Plans

The last thing we are apt to think about this time of year is fitness.  Then when January comes, we groan and moan about the weight we gained and the energy we lost during the holidays.  The November/December issue of "Pilates Style" magazine has some tips for us to maintain our fitness routine during this busy time of year:

Do Some De-Stressing:  "Putting your fitness routine first will help you manage all the stress that comes this time of year."  What better way to beat stress than yoga? 

With all the mindful breathing and slow poses, one of these routines will get you relaxed in no time.

Stay Ahead of the "New Year, New You" Game: "Getting back into shape is so much harder than maintaining your exercise routine."  We say to ourselves that we'll get back to it when life slows down.  But when does that happen?   If walking is your choice, walk with one of these DVDs.  We have several choices for you by Leslie Sansone and others.  One mile is only 15 minutes.  Get the family off the couch and get walking.

Every Good Plan Has a Backup: "Whether you skip class for holiday shopping, eat too much fudge, or snooze through your morning class, don't panic."  Just get to your library.   One of the most popular classes is Zumba.  We have a great option, a 7 DVD set that will keep you dancing all December long.  You'll feel great when you say hello to 2015.

And don't worry, if you skip these guidelines from "Pilates Style", we'll still be here in January to help you with those New Years Resolutions!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tandem Read Book Club

The Tandem Read Book Club is back! This Parent/Child book club will meet on the second Monday of each month from January to May.  Parents and children can spend quality time reading together and talking about children’s literature.  During our Book Club meeting we have a pot-luck dinner so we can eat while we discuss the book of the month--it is always very tasty!

We are hosting a Tandem Read Book Club Kick-off Party where we will provide PIZZA and discuss the upcoming books we will be reading.  You will also get to pick up the first book so you will have plenty of time to read over winter break!  The Tandem Read Book Club Kick-off Party will be Mon., Dec 15 at 6:30  PM.

The books we will be reading are listed below.  You register for each meeting individually.

January 12: Whittington by Alan Armstrong
February 9: Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

March 9: Gregor the Overlander By Suzanne Collins

April 13:Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

May 11: Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck

Thursday, December 11, 2014

That's a Wrap!

"Thank you so much for the free wrapping station!!  Total home run!"  

Today is the fourth day of our first ever free wrapping station and it is already a huge hit.  Simply pack gifts to be wrapped into the car and head to the Library.  From wrapping paper, to tape, scissors, gift tags and bags, we have everything you need to wrap your gifts.  Did we mention it is free?  With too many tasks calling your name at home, be sure to steal some time away for yourself, grab a hot cocoa and head to the Library.  You are welcome to wrap whenever the Library is open and we will keep the fun going until we run out of supplies.  Gift wrapping, just another way the Library is here to help.

Hilarious Author Coming to the Library

Next Tuesday, Dec. 16th at 6:30 PM, syndicated columnist and WISH-TV feature reporter Dick Wolfsie will bring his unique outlook on life to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. Join us to hear him talk about his latest collection of essays, The Right Fluff. You'll discover why he has only round numbers in his check book, stole another man's underwear, and is listed as a female with Medicare, among many other hilarious insights. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.   To make sure you get a seat, register ahead of time by clicking  here or calling the Library (317) 873-8341.

See you at the Library!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Picture an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Step inside the Library’s Fifth Street lobby this Christmas season and you’ll be greeted by a towering old-fashioned Christmas tree and a friendly wooden Santa.  It’s the perfect spot to bring your family for a low-stress, tear-free picture with St. Nick!  This year, members of the Circulation Department helped decorate for the season by stringing popcorn, spraying snow on pine cones, creating paper snowflakes, and wrapping "presents" to go underneath our tree.  If you look carefully, you may find old-fashioned red toy ornaments scattered on the tree.  The result is a beautiful, picture-worthy tree all residents can enjoy. Share your photos with the Library on Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag: #ZPLAmazing!