Meet and Greet: RCPL Executive Director Candidates

Hello to Our Rowan County Community,

On behalf of the Rowan County Public Library Board of Trustees, I am excited to invite you to participate in the hiring process for the new RCPL Executive Director.  As many of you know, Helen Williams, our outstanding Executive Director for the past 18 years, will soon be retiring.  We are excited for her future endeavors but are sad and nervous to see her go.

In an effort to find the most qualified and best-suited person to be the new Executive Director, the Board hired the Miller Consulting Group to assist in the process.  The Executive Director position description was written, the position was advertised nationwide, and applications from several states were received.  The Board met this week to review the applications, to select the top candidates, and to invite them for interviews.

We are inviting you to assist with the selection of the next RCPL Executive Director.  We are grateful for your ongoing support, and we value your opinions.  Please join us on Wednesday, March 21, 4:15-5:15 p.m. for an opportunity to “meet and greet” our top candidates.  They will share their visions for YOUR Library’s future, respond to your questions, and listen to your suggestions.  Refreshments will be served, and a very brief survey will be distributed for your written comments.

The Board and Library staff are excited about your meeting the Executive Director candidates.  The Board members are eager to receive your input as they make this important decision.  We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday.

 

Sincerely,

Catherine D. Smith, President

RCPL Board of Trustees

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Playaways @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

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While talking with one of our Library patrons a few days ago, I was reminded that my staff and I too often fail to remember that people truly are “creatures of habit.”  So many times people have told me, “I use the Library all the time, but I didn’t realize you had ­­­­­­___________” (you fill in the blank).  If you come to the Library for books, you go directly to the books;  if you use the Library for DVDs, you go directly to the DVDs; if you use the Library’s computers, you go directly to the computers, and so on.  The person I was talking with shared that they check out books “all the time.”  So I asked if they had considered borrowing a preloaded Kindle—maybe one with best sellers on it, or, if they had “read” a Playaway.  No, they had not.  Just in case you haven’t “read” a good Playaway lately, let me tell you what you are missing.

               According to the folks at Findaway, a “Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audiobook.  Unlike CDs, Playaways do not need a separate player.  Playaways are pre-loaded and ready to use.”  Each tiny Playaway holds an entire book, is powered by an AAA battery (included in the case), and works with almost any headphone (also included in the case).  You can select from five narration speeds and set the volume.  The device remembers where you stopped listening and bookmarks it automatically, and, it weighs only 2 ounces.  The Playaway lets you “read” wherever you are—walking, hiking, sitting in a waiting room, working out at the gym, and even driving.

               YOUR Rowan County Public Library has Playaway collections for adults, young adults, and juvenile readers.  Our younger readers like to listen to the Playaway and follow along with the actual book—a great way to develop reading skills and an excellent aid to folks whose first language is not English.  If you go to rowancountylibrary.org and search the word “Playaway,” the result will be 130 screens of titles!   You may choose from:  fiction, nonfiction, or biographies; bestsellers; classics; series; favorite authors, and various genres.  If we don’t have a title you want, place a request for the title on Playaway in the suggestion box; if it is available in Playaway format, we will order it. 

               A sampling of Playaway titles added during the last six months includes:

ALI:  A LIFE by Jonathan Eig (Playaway New, PA B ALI)

DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton (Playaway Best, PA F CRIC)

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:  A BIOGRAPHY by Mary V. Dearborn (PA B HEMI)

FIRE AND FURY:  INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE by Michael Wolff (Playaway Best, PA NF WOLF)

THE FIX by David Baldacci (PA F BALD)

GUIDE TO POLITICAL REVOLUTION by Bernard Sanders (PA YANF SAND)

THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood (PA F ATWO)

HILLBILLY ELEGY:  A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS by J.D. Vance (Playaway New,

               PA B VANC)

THE HOUSE OF UNEXPECTED SISTERS by Alexander McCall Smith (PA F MCCA)

HOW DARE THE SUN RISE:  MEMOIRS OF A WAR CHILD by Sandra Uwiringiyimana (PA YANF

               UWIR)

INK by Alice Broadway (Playaway New, PA YAF BROA)

THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZ by Antonio Iturbe (Playaway New, PA YAF ITUR)

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Playaway Best, PA F NG)

LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Playaway Juvenile New, PA JF WILD)

MAKE YOUR BED:  LITTLE THINGS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE .  . . AND MAYBE THE WORLD by

               William H. McRaven (PA NF MCRA)

THE MYSTERY OF THE MUMMY’S CURSE by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children Series,

               Playaway Juvenile New, PA JF WARN)

THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham (Playaway Best, PA F GRIS)

UNBOUND by Stuart Woods (Playaway Best, PA F WOOD)

UNDER THE BOTTLE BRIDGE by Jessica Lawson (Playaway Juvenile New, PA JF LAWS)

WHAT HAPPENED by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Playaway Best, PA NF CLIN)

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn (Playaway Best, PA F FINN)

THE WONDERLING by Mira Bartok (Playaway Juvenile New, PA JF BART)

March Moons @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

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Can you believe it?  We have two full moons in March after just having two full moons in January—the only times in 2018 that we will experience two full moons in one month.  A full moon, when the side of the moon that faces the earth is fully illuminated, occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the earth from the sun—about every 29.5 days.  The first full moon this month was March 1 and was called a “full worm moon” by Native Americans according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac (because the ground begins to soften enough for earthworms to appear, thus inviting the robins –a true sign of spring).  When we experience two full moons in one month, the second full moon is called a “blue moon,” not a common event, hence the expression “once in a blue moon” for something that doesn’t happen often.  There will be no more blue moons in 2018.

               We suggest you use the March full moons as an opportunity to teach your children about the fascination folks have with the moon.  Talk with them about the moon and its phases, visit MSU’s fabulous planetarium, and check out some of these great children’s books from YOUR Rowan County Public Library:

AND IF THE MOON COULD TALK by Kate Banks (E BANK)

ARE YOU SURE, MOTHER BEAR? by Amy Hest (E HEST)

BEAR’S ALL-NIGHT PARTY by Bill Harley (E HARL)

BEAUTIFUL MOON, BELLA LUNA by Dawn Jeffers (E JEFF)

BUENAS NOCHES, LUNA by Margaret Wise Brown (E BROW)

CITY MOON by Rachael Cole (E COLE)

DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Joanne Ryder (E RYDE)

THE DARKEST DARK by Chris Hadfield (E HADF)

THE FULL MOON AT THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood (E WOOD)

GRANDFATHER TWILIGHT by Barbara Berger (E BERG)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOON by Frank Asch (E ASCH)

IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MOON by Faith McNulty (E MCNU)

MANY MOONS by James Thurber (E THUR)

MAX AT NIGHT by Ed Vere (E VERE)

MONSTERS ARE AFRAID OF THE MOON by Marjane Satrapi (E SATR)

MOON DREAMS by Ruth Martin (E MART)

MOUSE’S FIRST NIGHT AT MOONLIGHT SCHOOL by Simon Puttock (E PUTT)

MY MOMMY HUNG THE MOON by Jamie Lee Curtis (E CURT)

PAPA, PLEASE GET THE MOON FOR ME by Eric Carle (E CARL)

LA PRIMERA LUNA LLENA DE GATITA by Kevin Henkes (E HENK)

STELLA, PRINCESS OF THE SKY by Marie-Louise Gay (E GAY)

Dr. Seuss Night @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

 

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Theodore Seuss Geisel, known to us as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904.  Come celebrate his 114th birthday with us at the Rowan County Public Library.  Our Annual Dr. Seuss Night is Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. and Library staff members have planned a fun evening of games, prizes, and refreshments.

               Why not celebrate Dr. Seuss throughout the month of March?  YOUR Rowan County Public Library has a large collection of books, CDs, DVDs, and electronic resources just waiting for you to check them out to enjoy with a child.  From old favorites to some titles you may not be aware of, take some of these home after you’ve enjoyed next Thursday’s Dr. Seuss Night:

BOOKS–EASY

AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET

THE BIPPOLO SEED AND OTHER LOST STORIES

DID I EVER TELL YOU HOW LUCKY YOU ARE?

  1. SEUSS’S ALL ABOARD THE CIRCUS MCGURKUS!

THE FOOT BOOK:  DR. SEUSS’S WACKY BOOK OF OPPOSITES

HORTON AND THE KWUGGERBUG AND MORE LOST STORIES

IF I RAN THE CIRCUS

IF I RAN THE ZOO

  1. BROWN CAN MOO! CAN YOU?

THE SNEETCHES, AND OTHER STORIES

THERE’S A WOCKET IN MY POCKET!  DR SEUSS’S BOOK OF RIDICULOUS RHYMES

WHAT PET SHOUD I GET?

 

DVDs

THE BEST OF DR. SEUSS

THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT:  WINGS AND THINGS

  1. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO!

THE LORAX

SEUSS CELEBRATION:  9 FAVORITE TELEVISED TV CLASSICS

THE WUBBULOUS WORLD OF DR. SEUSS:  THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR IN HERE

 

JUVENILE EASY BOOKS FOR BEGINNING READERS

BARTHOLOMEW AND THE OOBLECK

THE CAT IN THE HAT

THE CAT IN THE HAT COMES BACK

COME OVER TO MY HOUSE

THE FOOT BOOK

FOX IN SOCKS

GREAT DAY FOR UP!

I HAD TROUBLE IN GETTING TO SOLLA SOLLEW

OH, THE THINKS YOU CAN THINK!

YERTLE THE TURTLE AND OTHER STORIES

YOU’RE ONLY OLD ONCE!            

2018 Award Winners @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

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On February 14, the American Library Association announced the 2018 award winning titles for children and young adults.  The ALA press release states: “Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth.”   For detailed information about the award categories, the award winners, and the honor books, visit http://www.ala.org/yma.

               To check out the available award winning and honor titles, visit the special display in the Children’s Area of YOUR Rowan County Public Library.  You may place a hold on titles that are checked out or that are on order by logging in to your Library account or by asking a Library staff member to do it for you.   Titles currently available include:

JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL:  CROWN:  AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James (E BARN); LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds (YA REYN).

RANDOLPH CALDECOTT MEDAL:  WOLF IN THE SNOW illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell (E CORD); BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper (E COOP);  CROWN:  AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes (E BARN).

CORETTA SCOTT KING BOOK/ILLUSTRATOR AWARDS:  CROWN:  AN ODE TO THE FRESH CUT illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes (E BARN); LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds (YA REYN); THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas; OUT OF WONDER:  POEMS CELEBRATING POETS, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth (J 808.1 OUT).

MICHAEL L. PRINTZ AWARD:  THE HATE YOU GIVE by Angie Thomas (YA THOM); LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds (YA REYN); STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor (YA TAYL); VINCENT AND THEO:  THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS by Deborah Heiligman (YA 759.9492 HEIL).

ODESSEY AWARD:  THE WIZARDS OF ONCE by Cressida Cowell (Playaway JF COWE; Book J COWE).

STONEWALL BOOK AWARD—MIKE MORGAN & LARRY ROMANS CHILDREN’S & YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE AWARD:  THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee (YA LEE).

WILLIAM C. MORRIS AWARD:  THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas (YA THOM); DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone (YA STON).

YALSA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS:  VINCENT AND THEO:  THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS by Deborah Heiligman (YA 759.9492 HEIL).

Searching and Researching Has Never Been Easier!

We are excited for all genealogy and historical researchers.  We have a new microfilm reader/printer that is AMAZING!

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The ST ViewScan III microfilm reader/printer is a new high resolution tool for researchers that can do so much more than the typical microfilm reader/printer. Users can quickly scan the newspaper’s masthead, headlines, and folio (page’s number, section, and date).  Users can zoom in tight for details of the article, and even crop the images and save for later at the bottom in the Image Bin. The images can be saved in many different formats to multiple locations including, email, Google Drive, Dropbox, and USB.  And you still have the option to print it if you prefer.  And just like a car, you can set the View Scan III to cruise control and sit back and let it save all the images on one whole roll of film to the Image Bin and then save all of them to your device.  Or clean out the ones you do not want before saving.

The ViewScan III can be controlled by either the film control keys on the carrier or by a standard mouse. The keyboard is handy with the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capability, which makes it word-searchable.  This is exciting because you can now search an entire roll of microfilm for one family surname, for example.  No more scrolling forward, reading up and down the page of the newspaper for the family surname, scroll forward again, etc.

There are three levels of operation: Simple, Standard and Advanced. Simple will let the user view and print images. The Standard will view, scan, simple editing, email and print. The Advanced does everything – view, scan, print, advanced editing such as cropping and image adjustments, annotations, email, and scan to USB.

The optional Research Assistant tools (included in the Advanced option) let you further edit captured images and add notes and highlight information.  There is also a tool in the Advanced option called ClipMerge.  If you have ever had an article continue to a second page of the microfilm roll, you can now combine two or more scans together onto one page using this ClipMerge tool.

Please plan on coming in to see the ST ViewScan III in our Kentucky/Genealogy Room and while you are here make sure to look at all of the wonderful resources we have available in our Kentucky/Genealogy collection.  If you need assistance, please ask for the staff that are trained on the ST ViewScan III to help you.

 

Take Your Child to the Library Day

TYCTL DAY

 Saturday, February 3, is “Take Your Child to the Library Day.”  YOUR Rowan County Public Library is proud to be one of more than 1,000 public libraries throughout the United States observing the special day.  According to the Connecticut Library Consortium web site, the event was “the brainchild of retired Waterford children’s librarian Nadine Lipman.”  The event was developed to spotlight libraries as vital community resources that enrich, educate, and entertain, as well as to encourage families everywhere to take their children to their local libraries.

RCPL staff members at YOUR Rowan County Public Library have been working hard to make sure you and your child will have some fun things to do when you visit the Library this Saturday.  They have put together a free activity packet that includes fun activities and crafts (pick your packet up in the Children’s Area).  Then receive a freebie if you can find the missing animal that is hiding somewhere in the Library.

               The Children’s Area of YOUR Rowan County Public Library is a fun place.  There are books aplenty, of course.  But there is so much more:  puzzles, coloring sheets, a boat where children’s imaginations can let them be pirates or can take them fishing or scuba diving, Izzy (the bearded dragon lizard), AWE computers loaded with games and stories, magazines, fish in the aquarium, a tree to sit under and read, a collection of children’s DVDs available for checkout, and even their very own family bathroom.   Library staff members offer lots of great programs, too.   As one source said, “When you take your child to the library, expect to return frequently as it is a treasure trove for all ages.  Priceless.”

               Please include a trip to the Library in your plans for this Saturday and bring a child (your child, your grandchild, your foster child, your neighbor’s child) with you.  Then make sharing time together at the Library part of your regular Saturday routine!

               DID YOU KNOW?  According to information from the American Library Association:

               –Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries more than three times as frequently as they go to the movies.

               –There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the United States—a total of 17,566 including branches.

               –In 2013, there were 1.5 billion in-person visits to public libraries across the U.S., the equivalent of more than a million visits each day—more than 2,854 per minute.

               –There were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013—more than all Major League Baseball and NBA games combined.

               –Libraries strengthen local economies:  68% (including RCPL) help patrons with free access to databases to find career openings; 73% of public libraries (including RCPL) provide connectivity and access to job applications and interviewing skills resources.

               –Libraries transform:  public libraries offer 4.3 million programs per year; 95% of public libraries offer summer reading programs

National Hobby Month @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

A hobby, according to my Webster’s New World Dictionary, is something that one likes to do or study in one’s spare time.  January is National Hobby Month, a great time to become involved in a new pastime.   Why?  Being involved in a hobby is a great stress reliever because you focus on the hobby rather than your problems.  A hobby challenges your brain and, according to some research reports, reduces the risk of dementia.  Some hobbies include becoming involved with groups who share the interest, thus broadening your circle of acquaintances.  

            You may choose from a huge number of hobbies—some have been around for hundreds of years, others are new on the scene.  Possible hobbies include:  working puzzles (Sudoku, crosswords, and word searches); hiking; quilting, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching; gardening (with the extra benefit of fresh vegetables); learning a new language (YOUR Rowan County Public Library provides Mango Languages, a free language-learning online resource); playing chess or checkers (Chess Club meetings are held at the Library; you may check out game pieces and use the game tables at the Library, too.); researching your family history (Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest software are provided by YOUR Rowan County Public Library.); and, of course, reading (A great way to begin is to participate in the 2018 RCPL Reading Challenge!).  Volunteering is a fantastic hobby.  Both you and those you help benefit from your involvement.  Consider helping at the soup kitchen or the animal shelter; joining STAR; participating in a Habitat for Humanity build; or becoming a Friend and working in the Friends of the Library Bookstore—the list of organizations that need volunteers is a long one.

            So, what would be a good hobby for you?  There is actually a tool available online that is “designed to match your personality with a list of hobbies.”  Seriously, just search for Hobsessment.  Of course, reading about hobbies is a great way to learn more about them.  The books listed, and many more, are available at the Library:

 AMERICAN FOLK ART by William C. Ketchum, Jr. (745 KETC)

ANIMATED ANIMAL TOYS IN WOOD:  20 PROJECTS THAT WALK, WOBBLE & ROLL by David Wakefield (745.592 WAKE)

THE BUSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY by Lorna Yabsley (770 YABS)

CLOCK REPAIRING AS A HOBBY:  AN ILLUSTRATED HOW TO GUIDE FOR THE BESGINNER by Harold Caleb Kelly (681.113 KELL)

THE COMPLETE PHOTO GUIDE TO CAKE DECORATING by Autumn Carpenter (641.8653 CARP)

EXTREME ORIGAMI by Kunihiko Kasahara (736.982 KASA)

HOBBY FARMS (Magazine, P HOBB)

KENTUCKY BIRD WATCHING:  A YEAR-ROUND GUIDE by Bill Thompson (598.072 THOM)

 THE ORGANIC ARTIST:  MAKE YOUR OWN PAINT, PAPER, PENS, PIGMENTS, PRINTS, AND MORE FROM NATURE by Nick Neddo (702.84 NEDD)

ORGANIC HOBBY FARMING: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EARTH-FRIENDLY FARMING IN ANY SPACE by Andy Tomolonis (631.584 TOMO)

ROCKIN’ CRAFTS:  EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME A ROCK-PAINTING CRAFT STAR! by Diana Fisher (J 751.4 FISH)

STRAY SOCK SEWING:  MAKING UNIQUE, IMAGINATIVE SOCK DOLLS STEP-BY-STEP by Dan Ta (YA 745.5924 TA)

 

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2017 Outstanding Books At YOUR Rowan County Public Library

People often ask the staff members at YOUR Rowan County Public Library to recommend “a good book.”   Many of our users pick up the latest issue of BOOKPAGE, the free monthly book review magazine that is a guide to the best new books published every month.  Our regulars also enjoy selecting titles from the RCPL Staff Picks located on the browsing shelves near the bestsellers.  Others use their library card to take advantage of the free access we offer to THE NEW YORK TIMES and browse the weekly best seller listings.  Another great way to find book reviews is to go to our magazine shelves and look at BOOKLIST.   Published by the American Library Association, BOOKLIST provides reviews “for librarians, book groups, and book lovers.”  The Adult Book editors of BOOKLIST recently compiled a list of titles published in 2017 “that combine literary and intellectual merit with popular appeal.”  Stop in YOUR RCPL and check out some of these:

NONFICTION

AN AMERICAN SICKNESS:  HOW HEALTHCARE BECAME BIG BUSINESS AND HOW YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK by Elisabeth Rosenthal (362.1097 ROSE)

DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS:  THE DEEP HISTORY OF THE RADICAL RIGHT’S STEALTH PLAN FOR AMERICA  by Nancy MacLean (320.5300 MACL)

ENDURANCE:  A YEAR IN SPACE, A LIFETIME OF DISCOVERY by Scott Kelly (B KELL)

THE EVANGELICALS:  THE STRUGGLE TO SHAPE AMERICA by Frances Fitzgerald (277.308 FITZ)

GRANT by Ron Chernow (B GRAN)

HUNGER:  A MEMOIR OF (MY) BODY by Roxane Gay (306.4613 GAY)

I CAN’T BREATHE:  A KILLING ON BAY STREET by Matt Taibbi (363.2308 TAIB)

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann (976.6004 GRAN; CD NF GRAN; Playaway NF GRAN)

THE RADIUM GIRLS by Kate Moore (363.1799 MOOR; LP 363.1799 MOOR)

YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME by Sherman Alexie (B ALEX)

FICTION

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (F AUST)

DARK AT THE CROSSING by Elliot Ackerman (F ACKE)

DAYS WITHOUT END by Sebastian Barry (F BARR)

EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (F HAMI)

THE FORCE by Don Winslow (F WINS)

THE GOLDEN HOUSE by Salman Rushdie (F RUSH)

HUCK OUT WEST by Robert Coover (LP F COOV)

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (F SAUN)

A LINE MADE BY WALKING by Sara Baume (F BAUM)

MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan (F EGAN)

MARLENA by Julie Buntin (F BUNT)

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS by Arundhati Roy (Playaway F ROY)

MY ABSOLUTE DARLING by Gabriel Tallent (F TALL)

THE NINTH HOUR by Alice McDermott (F MCDE)

SAVAGE COUNTRY by Robert Olmstead (LP F OLMS)

SOME RISE BY SIN by Philip Caputo (F CAPU)

STRANGE WEATHER:  FOUR SHORT NOVELS by Joe Hill (CD F HILL)

THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck (F SHAT)

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The 2018 RCPL Reading Challenge

2018 RCPL Reading Challenge lobby display

The staff at YOUR Rowan County Public Library challenge you to participate in a year-long reading challenge for 2018.  If you are like many of us, the books you read are from one or two genres.  Maybe you prefer to read books about true crime, travel, or money and finance.  If fiction is your choice, perhaps you prefer fantasy or inspirational romance.  For me, my preference is historical fiction.  Many of our RCPL patrons want to read everything written by a specific author—James Patterson, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, or Louis L’Amour.

The 2018 RCPL reading challenge is a fun way to “read outside your box”—whether you read physical books or read electronically using Kindles, smart phones, or other devices, or, you listen to books in various formats such as CDs, Playaways, and MP3s.  (Thousands of titles are available for free downloading from OverDrive and hoopla by going to the Library’s website and using your library card number.)

RCPL staff member Deborah Smith was originally inspired to create the 2017 RCPL reading challenge while she participated in a 2016 challenge by Tim Challies, an avid reader and blogger.  She was an “obsessed reader,” reading 104 books during that year!  She says, “I wasn’t sure I could do it, with my busy schedule, but, with the help of audiobooks from the Library, and (downloading books from) OverDrive, I was able to listen to quite a few of the books in addition to physical books which I read.  It’s been a very enjoyable experience, and I’ve learned so much from reading nonfiction and many classics.  I plan to do the challenge again in 2018!” She participated in The 2017 RCPL Reading Challenge and plans on also participating in the new 2018 challenge too.

Stop by the Library and pick up the 2018 RCPL reading challenge brochure, or, print a copy:  The 2018 RCPL Reading Challenge Website Brochure

You decide which of the four levels of the challenge will work best for you.  From the “Light Reader” level to the “Obsessed Reader” level, you determine the specific book you want to read next, for example, “A book with a one-word title” may be the ninth challenge listed, but you may choose to read it before “A book based on a true story” which is the sixth book on the list.

Please send an email or drop a note in the suggestion box during 2018 and tell us how you’re doing.  At the end of the year, we will have a survey about the reading challenge and will draw names for a prize!

Enjoy the challenge!

 

Article by Helen Williams
Graphics by Dawn Sargent