Winter Reading Returns!

Join us for the annual Winter Reading program at RCPL! Winter Reading is a three-month program for ages 12 and under. Registration begins on December 11 and will continue until the end of the program. The kick-off event is on December 16 at 1 pm. Participants may register in the Children’s Area of the Library. Story Time and themed crafts will be every Monday & Thursday at 4 pm. Children will keep a log of books read from December 11 (registration) to February 17 (finale) for free prizes! The finale event is February 17 at 1 pm.
For more information visit: Winter Reading at RCPL

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~ Dawn Sargent

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Reading Challenge Feedback

  • Have you read a classic before?
  • Do you read other genres or just stay in one type of fiction?
  • What about a biography? Is there someone you would like to learn more about?
  • Have you listened to an audiobook or read an ebook?
  • Have you read nonfiction? You know facts! Reality….the truth

Maybe now is the time to try one or all of these.  Expand your horizons…….push your brain envelope 🙂

The Rowan County Public Library’s first Reading Challenge is two months away from being complete!  Did you participate this year?  How did you do?  What would you like to read that you have not read before?

The 2017 RCPL Reading Challenge was coordinated by staff member Deborah Smith after she discovered a reading challenge on Tim Challies blog page.  Challies is a blogger, author, and book reviewer.  The reading challenge was designed to inspire patrons to read more and to broaden their scope of reading.  In addition to physical books, patrons could check out books on Kindles, Audio CDs, MP3s, and Playaways.  Ebooks and audiobooks may be downloaded via OverDrive and hoopla using their library card number.

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If you were a participant, we want to hear from you!  A brief survey will be available at the circulation desk to fill out for an opportunity to win a prize!

Also, be on the lookout for the 2018 RCPL Reading Challenge.  That’s why we want your feedback.  Tell us how we can make it better.  What can we change?  The new Reading Challenge will be available during the last week of December 2017 so you can start your New Year off right!

~ Julie Carroll

Drop Your Drawers @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

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Make your next visit to the Library a brief one, for a good cause, as part of your Rowan County  Public Library’s Drop Your Drawers campaign.

Drop off packages of new underwear for boys and girls, preferably sizes 4-16, from November 1 through December 31, at the Library or with the Rowan County Bookmobile. Donations will help replenish Rowan County elementary schools’ supplies of emergency underpants and provide direct assistance to each school’s Family Resource Center.

The need is great. Schools are handing out many pairs a month to children who need clean underwear due to accidents at school or issues at home. Because parents often are unable to bring fresh underwear to their children during school hours, children can miss valuable learning time in the classroom.

The Library’s goal is to receive at least 500 pairs. Underwear will be distributed evenly to the elementary schools in Rowan County: Clearfield, McBrayer, Rodburn, and Tilden Hogge.

The Drop Your Drawers campaign is easily recognizable by the popular character of Captain Underpants by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.

Visit the “Drop Your Drawers” page! http://rowan.boundless.ly/drop-your-drawers-rcpl/

Grandparents Day!

Grandparents Day 2017Grandparents are special to the family unit.  They play a vital role in the lives of the generations that follow them—their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren.  We honor our grandparents on the first Sunday after Labor Day by celebrating National Grandparents Day.  Although there is some question about its actual beginning, most agree that a housewife from West Virginia, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, is the person responsible for the observance.  It is not a holiday invented to sell cards and flowers.  Rather, Mrs. McQuade worked from 1970 to 1979 to establish a day to honor grandparents.  Her efforts came to fruition when President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day by signing Proclamation 4679 on September 6, 1979.  It read in part:  Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affect our lives and the world around us.  Whether they are our own or surrogate grandparents who fill some of the gaps in our mobile society, our senior generation also provides our society a link to our national heritage and traditions.

We invite you to join the celebration of National Grandparents Day at YOUR Rowan County Public Library on Saturday, September 9, at 1 p.m.  There will be stories, crafts, refreshments, and fun for children, grandparents, and grandfriends.  You are always invited to Mother Goose Time on Tuesday mornings, Story Time on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 4, as well as special programs throughout the year.  Whether you are the primary caregiver for a grandchild, you take care of your grandchild after school until the parents get home from work, you care for your grandchild during the summer until the new school year begins in the fall, or, you spend some time with your grandchild on Sunday afternoons, every day is Grandparents Day at YOUR Rowan County Public Library.  Whenever you have an opportunity to come to the Library with your grandchild, we suggest you check out some of these titles (or the many, many more on our shelves) about Grandmas and Grandpas:

38 WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR GRANDPARENTS by Dette Hunter (J 793 HUNT)

ALL ABOUT GRANDMAS by Roni Schotter (E SCHO)

BECAUSE YOUR GRANDPARENTS LOVE YOU by Andrew Clements (E CLEM)

BUTTERFLY HOUSE by Eve Bunting (E BUNT)

EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT AT NONNA’S HOUSE by Caron Lee Cohen (E COHE)

GOD KNOWS GRANDPARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE by Dette Hunter (J 793 HUNT)

GRANDMA ELEPHANT’S IN CHARGE by Martin Jenkins (E 599.67 JENK)

GUS AND GRANDPA GO FISHING by Claudia Mills (JE MILL)

HOORAY FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY by Nancy L. Carlson (E CARL)

JUST FISHING WITH GRANDMA by Gina Mayer (E MAYE)

LLAMA LLAMA GRAM AND GRANDPA by Anne Dewdney (E DEWD)

MY GRANDMA IS AMAZING by Nick Butterworth (E BUTT)

MY GRANDPA IS GREAT by Gaby Goldsack (E GOLD)

OUR GRANDPARENTS:  A GLOBAL ALBUM by Maya Ajmera (E 306.87 AJME)

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GRANDMAS AND GRANDPAS by Sally Lloyd-Jones (E LLOY)

WHAT GRANDMA’S CAN’T DO by Douglas Wood (E WOOD)           

Library Card Sign-up Month 

 

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This September, libraries across the United States will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month.  Honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans, are teaming up with the American Library Association to promote the value of a library card.  These crime fighting Super Heroes will work to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library card is an important step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

The value of today’s libraries goes beyond books.  Library staff members are helping the people in their communities by providing resources they need to improve their quality of life.  Libraries build a foundation for children’s future success beginning at the earliest stages of development.  Libraries play a key role in helping children develop the basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of early literacy.  Older students also find tools for success at the library where they can access high-speed internet and digital tools.

As new technologies evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing equity of access to digital tools and media.  Close to ninety percent of libraries offer digital literacy training; many also offer high-tech innovations such as 3D printers and laser cutters, making it possible for children to have hands-on opportunities for creative exploration.  YOUR Rowan County Public Library provides access and programs for students of all ages, from early childhood to GED resources for nontraditional students.

During September, children who sign up for a library card will also receive a take-and-make library card holder kit.  Everybody else who signs up for a library card will be invited to participate in our RCPL Library Trivia contest.  There are more than 23,000 people living in Rowan County, and we want every person to be a library card holder and user.  Come see us this September, get your library card, and join the thousands of folks who use YOUR Rowan County Public Library each month.

    ~ Article by Helen Williams, Library Director            

 

 

New Faces at YOUR Library

During the past few weeks, we have had the pleasure of welcoming three new members to YOUR Rowan County Public Library team.  At the July Board meeting, Sarah Dailey and Peg Jones were sworn in as new members of the Library Board of Trustees, filling vacancies created when Kay Freeland and John Ellis left the Board after each served two four-year terms.  Julie Carroll became a team member as the Library’s first ever Assistant Director.

Born in Shelbyville, Kentucky, Peg Jones grew up on a 400-acre farm in Eminence, Kentucky.  She came to Morehead in 1965 as a college freshman, and she completed three degrees:  Bachelor of Arts in English & Journalism, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Higher Education.  Following a 23-and-a-half year career at Morehead State University, Peg retired and dedicated herself to serving others.  So far, she has volunteered at the People’s Clinic, Christian Social Services, the Community Soup Kitchen, and in the Oncology Department at St. Claire Regional Hospital.  She is currently the Co-Chair of the Citizens Foster Care Review Board and serves as a Gateway House Board member.  Peg served on the Morehead State University Retirees Board for eight years, two of those years as President.  She is a member of the Morehead First Baptist Church where she has been a Deacon, worked in Vacation Bible School and Children’s Church, and served on various other committees.  Peg is the mother of Daniele Hunter and Rob Cornett.  She is married to Eric R. Jones.

Sarah Dailey grew up in Rowan County and is a graduate of Rowan County Senior High School.  She attended Butler University in Indianapolis and has a Law Degree from the University of Louisville.  After law school, Sarah returned to Morehead to work for the Department of Public Advocacy where she has been a public defender for the past ten years.  In addition to being a Rowan County Public Library Board member, Sarah currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for Morehead State Public Radio where she worked during summers while an undergraduate student, as well as following graduation.  Sarah enjoys singing and spending time with her two dogs and three cats.  Her favorite books are the Harry Potter series, Freakonomics, and Crime and Punishment.  Sci-fi/fantasy fiction and current events are her favorite genres to read.   Sarah says she “is honored and excited to have this opportunity to work with the Library staff and Board members to further serve the people of Rowan County.”

Julie Grannis Carroll has been on the job for several weeks, so many of you have had an opportunity to meet her.  A native of Fleming County, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Morehead State University and a Master of Science in Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky.  Prior to joining the Rowan County Public Library team, Julie served as the Director of the Powell County Public Library.  She is married to Thomas Carroll who works in the Testing Center at Morehead State University.  She has two sons, Nathan and Ian Ray, and, two stepdaughters, Brandi and Macy Carroll.  Taffy and Callie, “two very spoiled rescue dogs,” complete the family.  Julie enjoys working with Rowan County Public Library patrons, and she totally loves sharing books, activities, and songs with the children who attend Mother Goose Time.  She is passionate about library services for all and “believes wholeheartedly that reading begins in the womb.”  Her energy and enthusiasm make her a valuable addition to the staff at YOUR Rowan County Public Library.

National Parks and Recreation Month @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

 

LIBRARY HOURS CHANGES:  Because of equipment installation that will affect access, YOUR Rowan County Public Library will open at 12 noon on Friday, July 14, and will remain open until 8 p.m.  CAMBO THE CLOWN will be performing at 5 p.m. on Friday as scheduled.  On Sunday, July 30, the Library will be closed so that the Library’s ILS vendor can move data.  As always, no fines are assessed for the day the Library is closed.  Any items returned through the drive-through materials drop between 5 p.m. on July 29 and 9 a.m. on July 31 will have a return date of July 29.

July is the nation’s official Parks and Recreation Month.  There are more than 400 national parks to visit.  They were created to give people a place to appreciate nature, to exercise, to socialize, and to have fun.  Various studies have shown that parks and recreation, green space, and time outdoors are critical for creating healthy, active, and sustainable communities.  In 2017, to celebrate the beginning of the second century of the National Park Service, sites that charge an entrance fee are offering free admission on:   August 25—National Park Service Birthday; September 30—National Public Lands Day; and, November 11-12—Veteran’s Day Weekend.  Go to the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass web page for more information about available discounted passes.

Prominent national parks in Kentucky include Mammoth Cave National Park, the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site.  Mammoth Cave National Park highlights the caves of the ancient times which reflect the lifestyle of the indigenous inhabitants of the site.  The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site is spread over a total of 116 acres.  One of the most interesting tourist destinations in Kentucky, the Site shows the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.  The Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area offers the tourist a plethora of adventurous sports and activities.  Situated in the Cumberland Plateau, it covers a total area of 125,000 acres.  The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is known for its picturesque landscape.

To learn more about our nation’s national parks, we offer the following for checkout:

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK by Amy Graham. (J 974.145 GRAH)

AMERICAN LEGACY:  OUR NATIONAL FORESTS by Kenneth Brower (333.7516 BROW)

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL:  CELEBRATING AMERICA’S HIKING TRAIL (917.404 APPA)

BEFORE THEY’RE GONE:  A FAMILY’S YEAR-LONG QUEST TO EXPLORE AMERICA’S MOST ENDANGERED

NATIONAL PARKS by Michael Lanza (333.7209 LANZ)

BEST EASY DAY HIKES, GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK by Randy Johnson (917.6889 JOHN)

BUILDING THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY by Karen J. Hall (625.7 HALL)

CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE by Jennifer Reed (J 975.6175 REED)

THE COMPLETE GUDE TO THE NATIONAL PARK LODGES by David Logan Scott (647.9473 SCOT)

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE by David Aretha (J 979.83 ARET)

DISCOVER USA’S BEST NATIONAL PARKS (downloadable electronic resource)

THE EMERALD MILE:  THE EPIC STORY OF THE FASTEST RIDE IN HISTORY THROUGH THE HEART OF THE

GRAND CANYON by Kevin Fedarko (979.132 FEDA)

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK by Susan Jankowski (J 975.939 JANK)

THE FLOYD COLLINS TRAGEDY AT SAND CAVE by John Benton (B COLL)

FROMMER’S NATIONAL PARKS OF THE AMERICAN WEST by Don Laine (917.8 LAIN)

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK by Nate Frisch (J 976.889 FRIS)

HIDDEN HAWAII by the National Geographic Society (eVideo)

THE KENTUCKY CAVE WARS:  THE CENTURY THAT SHAPED MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK by

David Randolph Kem (976.9754 KEM)

KENTUCKY’S LAND OF THE ARCHES:  A DESCRIPTIVE GUIDE OF KENTUCKY’S RED RIVER GORGE IN THE

DANIEL BOONE NATIONAL FOREST, NATURAL BRIDGE STATE RESORT PARK AND VICINITY by

Robert H. Ruchhoft (917.695 RUCH)

MAMMOTH CAVE TRAIL GUIDE by Jerrell Goodpaster (917.6975 GOOD)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE NATIONAL PARKS OF THE UNITED STATES (917.304 NATI)

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC:  50 STATES, 5,000 IDEAS:  WHERE TO GO, WHEN TO GO, WHAT TO SEE, WHAT TO

DO by Joseph R. Yogerst (917.304 YOGE)

THE NATIONAL PARKS, AMERICA’S BEST IDEA:  AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY by Dayton Duncan (333.78 NATI)

SECRETS OF THE NATIONAL PARKS:  THE EXPERTS’ GUIDE TO THE BEST EXPERIENCE BEYOND THE TOURIST

TRAIL (917.304 SECR)

TRAVELS IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE by Jack Turner (978.752 TURN)

THE ULTIMATE FLY-FISHING GUIDE TO THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS by Don Kirk (799.1109 KIRK)

THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR:  THEODORE ROOSEVELT AND THE CRUSADE FOR AMERICA, 1858-1919 by

Douglas Brinkley (B ROOS)

WILDFLOWERS OF MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK by Randy Seymour (582.13 SEYM)

Gracias, Merci, Grazie, Mahalo @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

No matter what language you use to express it, today’s article is about saying “Thank You” to Kay Freeland and John Ellis.  On June 30, Kay and John will be leaving the Rowan County Public Library Board of Trustees after serving two four-year terms.  How library Board members are chosen, as well as the length and number of terms they may serve, are governed by Kentucky Revised Statutes.  The quality of that service, however, is determined by the individual who serves.  Be assured that you have had been represented on the Library Board by two outstanding individuals who have spent eight years working to offer nothing less than outstanding library service to Rowan County.

When Kay and John joined the Board, construction on the new library building at Beacon Hill Drive had just begun.  Library boards are required to meet once monthly; they can tell you that during construction there were more called meetings than regular meetings, and most of those meetings went really long.  Regardless of the decision to be made, the overriding guideline was to stay true to the Library’s mission of providing lifelong learning opportunities, materials, programs, and resources.  Opening Day on Beacon Hill, August 30, 2010, was a major milestone in the history of library service in Rowan County.  Rowan County folks discovered and rediscovered their Rowan County Library.  During the eight years Kay and John have been on the Board, the Library moved to RFID technology for patron self-checkout and materials inventory and security.  Items, including “Infinite Knowledge,” a marble sculpture by Stephen Tirone, have been added to the Lucille Caudill Young Art Collection.  Library service was enhanced with purchase of an outreach vehicle which makes it possible for staff members to share information about the Library at community events and to attend each of the annual back-to-school events in the fall where every student is given a free book donated by the Friends of the Library.  In 2014, RCPL began issuing online access cards to all elementary and high school students, making it possible for them to use and download electronic materials remotely.  In addition to the annual eight-week Summer Reading Program, the Library began to offer an annual Winter Reading Program. 

Kay has been the Board President and John has been the Vice President since 2012.  Board oversight and decision making has resulted in tremendous growth and improvement of services to Rowan County.  Library collection statistics show increases in all areas with the addition of more than 18,000 books, 5,000 DVDs, and 22,000 eBooks; available public computers increased from 31 to 61; new circulating materials formats of Playaways, preloaded Kindles, video games, and hot spots have been added; interlibrary loan transactions grew to 1,347 annually; circulation of materials grew from 108,818 items to 217,321 items; attendance went from 103,655 annually to 181,386 (over 15,000 visits each month!), and, incredibly, there are 20,482 folks out there with RCPL library cards!

No doubt, one of the most appreciated Board accomplishments during Kay’s and John’s tenure has been the addition of a new 37-space parking lot.  Thanks to the involvement of Rep. Rocky Adkins and the cooperation of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, Library patrons have much-needed parking space, and we no longer have to lease parking space for Library staff members.

Personally, I have been blessed and privileged to work with outstanding Board members during my entire seventeen years as Library Director.  So I will simply say to Kay and John, in my Eastern Kentucky way, “Thanks, y’all!” thank-you-clothesline-752x483

“Rural Free Delivery” Mural Ceremony @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

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After hanging in the old Morehead Post Office building for 78 years, the historic 5’ x 14’ mural “Rural Free Delivery” by artist Frank Weathers Long has a new home in YOUR Rowan County Public Library.  We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 25, at 11 a.m. for a celebration commemorating the addition of the painting to the works of art on display at the Library. 

Frank Weathers Long was an American artist and craftsman who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1906.  He lived at Berea, Kentucky, from 1934 to 1962, then moved to New Mexico.  Mr. Long died in Diamondhead, Mississippi, in 1969.  In addition to operating his own art studio in Berea, Mr. Long worked for the Section of Fine Arts, a program that was part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal cultural programs.  The program sponsored murals and sculptures to be completed within post offices across the nation.  In his nine years with the Section, Mr. Long created twenty-one murals including “Rural Free Delivery” at the Morehead Post Office.  The mural depicts a scene of a family sharing mail that has just been delivered by horse and buggy.

The mural was taken down and restored by Steven Rogers Graves and Sam McKinney who operate McKinney Graves Art Restorations.  The mural was created using egg tempera; Graves and McKinney used egg tempera for the restoration.

You can hear more of the fascinating details about the mural’s creation and renovation during the gathering on Thursday.   
~Helen Willams
RCPL Director

So Much To Do @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

 

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Boredom is out of the question at YOUR Rowan County Public Library.  Of course, you may choose to borrow materials from thousands of books, magazines, books on CD, Playaways, preloaded Kindles, computer games, DVDs, and even mobile hotspots.  But there’s so much more.  Our event calendar is packed with programs and activities.  There is something happening every single day of the week—and you’re invited.  These are just a few of the things going on in May:

May 1-7:  Children’s Book Week—an annual celebration of children’s books and reading.  This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories.”  Stop in and vote for your favorite books to receive the 10th Annual Children’s and Teen’s Choice Book Awards.

May 6, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.:  Open Technology Forum—Every Saturday, the Library’s technology staff members are available to answer your technology questions.  Even if you aren’t currently experiencing technology issues, you can definitely learn from the questions of other folks attending.

May 6, 3 p.m.:  Adult Book Discussion Club—The title being discussed this month is The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  If you haven’t read the book, come and hear the discussion and then check out a copy of the book that will be discussed in June.

May 9, 2 p.m.:  Art for Beginners—join a group of budding artists.

May 9, 5 p.m.:  Chess Club—learn to play or challenge Phil!

May 10, 5 p.m.:  Teen Game Night—If you are between the ages of 15 and 25, enjoy an evening of gaming and refreshments.

May 11, 11 a.m.:  Friends of the Rowan County Public Library Meeting—The RCPL Friends meet once a month to discuss ways to support the lifelong learning mission of the Library.  The State Friends of the Library group have been showing their support of public libraries by wearing bright yellow stickers that say, “Kentucky’s Public Libraries Have Friends.”  YOUR Rowan County Public Library NEEDS Friends.  Why not join?  Additional information is available at rowancountylibrary.org and membership brochures are available at the Library.

May 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.:  Creative Coloring & Coffee for Adults—Drop in any time during the two hours to color and chat with the group.

May 20, 1-3 p.m.:  Minecraft Club—Use the Library’s license to join your friends (Grades 1-8) and play Minecraft.  Please call 784-7137 and preregister.

May 26, 12:30-3:30 p.m.:  Paper Quilting Class—That’s right . . .PAPER Quilting!  You never know until you try, so stop by and enjoy the experience.

May 30:  Registration for Summer Reading begins!  The 2017 SRP theme is, “Build a Better World,” and the staff at YOUR Rowan County Public Library have been planning for a super summer filled with reading, programs, activities, and tons of fun.

Go to rowancountylibrary.org for a complete list of programs and activities.  Follow us on FaceBook.

~Written by Helen Williams – RCPL Director

~Graphics by Dawn Sargent