RCPL Newsletter Issue 06

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Be in the know of Library news and special events! Sign up for the Rowan County Public Library Quarterly Newsletter by sending an email to marketing@rowancountylibrary.org or by signing up at rowancountylibrary.org for digital issues. You may also download the newest issue below! Or pick up a printed copy at the Library.



Library Happenings – April

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There is lots to do at YOUR Rowan County Public Library- take a look for yourself!

Our programming coordinators have been working diligently to offer unique and fun events for you and your family. Download or view the attached PDF titled, “Library Happenings – April” to be in the know about what we are doing at the Library.

Next time you stop by the Library to check out a movie, book, magazine, or even a dulcimer, ask our staff for a copy of our “Quarterly Newsletter” and a printed copy of the current “Library Happenings.”

CLICK HERE –>  Library Happenings-April-2019

We hope to see you at the Library!


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Dawn Sargent 

We Have A New App!

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There are lots of changes taking place at the Library for your enjoyment and benefit! We have recently switched Library systems that control our cataloging and catalog for browsing through our inventory. This new system will offer many features that we didn’t offer before, such as, text notifications for holds and notices, “Book Bags” for future reads (similar to a wish list,) Reading Lists, a “Watch List” for your favorite authors, and a new Library app!

Text Notifications
Text notifications are now available for hold and due date notifications. Tell circulation staff to add this feature to your account!

Book Bags
Take advantage of this new feature in the catalog! Now you can make book bags (wish lists) for trips, school semesters, topics, or whatever you like!

Reading Lists
Reading lists will be available for suggested readings and special Library book displays.

Watch List
Do you love reading from the same author? Get notified when items are available from your favorite author!

Our New App, Librista!
The old app, RCPL2GO, is no longer accessible for patron use. We are migrating to a new app that will sync with our new system called Librista. Download it onto your iPhone or Android device and take the Library with you wherever you go!

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CLICK BELOW for instructions on how to use our new app.

Morehead is on the Map! PBS Great American Read Series at YOUR Local Library

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When the Public Broadcasting System, which KET is our local affiliate, began a program in May of this year, the Rowan County Public Library decided to jump on board of the Great American Read train!

The Great American Read was an eight-part series that explored the power of reading and highlighted America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  As part of the series, all were encouraged to vote nationwide and choose America’s best-loved book.

If you visit the website of the Great American Read https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/ you can read about the series and view (by streaming) all of the episodes.  There is also a list of the 100 books in the order they were voted upon nationwide.  To Kill a Mockingbird was voted as the number one best-loved book!

Little did we know at RCPL when we started planning the events, that we would be recognized in the finale which was televised on October 23rd.  But yes, indeed, Morehead made the map!

The Rowan County Public Library decided to participate by having a kick-off program prior to the first PBS episode on September 11th.  We then held Monday Lunch Bunch programs every Monday for the next six weeks prior to the Tuesday PBS episode.  Food was provided by the RCPL Friends of the Library and we discussed every genre and more!  It was a two-hour long program for anyone to drop in at their leisure, but many had such a good time they stayed for the whole two hours.

After our kick-off program on Friday, September 7th, a producer from PBS contacted our Community Relations Coordinator, Dawn Sargent, because they had viewed our Instagram post with their hashtag #GreatReadPBS.  The producer asked Dawn to send her everything that we were doing and that we may be included in the finale!

When the finale was telecast on October 23rd on PBS, they did highlight two libraries and their programs, but they also highlighted public libraries across the United States that had participated on a national map and we made the map!

If you want to see that part of the finale episode it is at the 13:55 mark, with the map with Morehead, KY pinned at the 14:28 mark.  Of course, you will enjoy it so much more if you watch the whole episode!


This program and series has spurned interest in starting book discussion groups in the future and the library is looking forward to getting the ball rolling for their patrons.  Also, to help encourage the purpose of the Great American Read, RCPL is offering for any patron to stop by and fill out a checklist of the 100 books they have read to receive a free book.  Stop by and ask at the circulation desk for details between now and December 31st!

Stay up to date on all of our events and programs:

  • by visiting our website at rowancountylibrary.org
  • download our app RCPL2GO
  • follow us on Facebook, Rowan County Public Library
  • follow us @RowanPublicLib on twitter
  • follow us rowancountylib on Instagram

Julie Carroll, Assistant Director, who coordinated the programs for the Great American Read would like for all residents of Rowan County to know what a treasure awaits at YOUR public library.  Yes, we made the national map, but remember we are right in your backyard!  Come see us and don’t miss out!


Article by Julie Grannis Carroll
Graphics by Dawn Sargent

Stay Warm & Cozy at home with YOUR RCPL!

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No need to get out when you can stay warm and cozy at home in your pajamas, right?

Take advantage of your Rowan County Public Library card to access FREE digital services in your home or anywhere! Simply log in with your library card number and PIN to stream movies, music, audiobooks, and to read eBooks, graphic novels, eMagazines, craft eBooks, and more! Visit rowancountylibrary.org/research and click on the tab labeled with the type of service you are looking for.

Use hoopla for streaming movies, music, audio books, reading eBooks, and graphic novels.

Use OverDrive for reading eBooks and eMagazines, Perry Ellis Collection (Local Historical Documents,) and listening to audio books.

Use Freegal to stream and download the latest hits!

Use RBDigital to download popular eMagazines.

Use Tumblebooks for children’s eBooks, audiobooks, games & activities for Juvenile, JE, and Easy

Use Mango for learning a new language! Interactive learning classes in 70+ languages.

Use Cypress Resume for help with writing a resume.

Driver Test practice classes & more!

Want the physical book instead? Our bookmobile will come to your house! Call and ask for Donna to schedule an appointment!  (606) 784-7137

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4 Million Americans served in World War I: Was Your Ancestor One Of Them?

Join us on November 6th from 6:30 to 8pm for a class on how to research your WWI veteran’s military experience. Bet Ison will show us how to use Library, community, and internet resources to discover our ancestors’ stories and to link those personal stories with the “Big Picture.”

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Send us your family story!
November 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of the “Great War.” Commemorate it by discovering your ancestor’s story and sharing it with the library. Email it to marketing@rowancountylibrary.org by December 15 for a chance to be featured in our Genealogy edition of the Library Newsletter this spring.


Graphics by Dawn Sargent

Who says you can’t get a free lunch? @ Your Rowan County Public Library

TGAR Monday Lunch Bunch

At the Rowan County Public Library lunch IS FREE!
We invite YOU to the Great American Read Monday Lunch Bunch book discussion program beginning on Monday, September 17 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Every Monday through October 22 the ‘Lunch Bunch’ will meet in the Community Room of the Library to discuss a genre of books from THE GREAT AMERICAN READ series on PBS. You may come on your lunch break and enjoy a FREE catered lunch, join in on the discussion, or simply listen. Also, we would like to know which are your favorites from the list- tell us at the Monday discussions!

Make lunch FUN and FREE!
Each week discussion will be over a genre of books –see list below.

September 17 – Coming of Age and YA Literature
September 24- Adventure and Contemporary
October 1- Mystery and Horror
October 8- Romance
October 15- Science Fiction and Fantasy
October 22- Literary and Classic


Visit the TGAR (The Great American Read) page on the Library website for more details about everything we are doing for this great series from PBS – THE GREAT AMERICAN READ

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, September 11 – October 23


is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey)*. It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

YOUR Rowan County Public Library will be participating in this exciting campaign from PBS. There will be programs and book displays available for the public. One of the displays will be all 100 of The GREAT American READ titles. Program information will be posted on the Library’s website at rowancountylibrary.org/the-great-american-read




Two Important Words @ YOUR Rowan County Public Library

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As I sit here writing my final Library article, the two most important words I have to say are, “Thank you!”  My heart is filled with gratitude for the thousands of people who have touched my life with love and support, beginning, of course, with my parents and my husband.   During my 18 years as your Library Director, there has never been a day without positive input and assistance from the people of Rowan County.  You folks are awesome!  What a blessing it has been to work with dedicated Library Board members, staff members, and volunteers—individuals and groups focusing on literacy and access to lifelong learning opportunities.   I deeply appreciate the school personnel (public, private, and home school), business owners, civic groups, newspaper and radio professionals,  volunteers, and parents, grandparents, foster parents, and others caring for the young people in our community—so many who contribute to the Library’s mission.   Our city and county government officials, city police, state police, and emergency services personnel have always responded to our requests for their assistance.   Our State Representatives and Senators and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives personnel have been major players in the growth and success of the Library.  When I pause and focus on all the people who are and have been involved in the Library’s work, I am so very thankful for each one.  The somewhat worn expression is really true—it does “take a village.”

               I close with these quotes that express my appreciation for your gifts of guidance, encouragement, time, and thoughtfulness:

               “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”—Marcel Proust

               “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”—Leo Buscaglia

               “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.  And, let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”—Maya Angelou

               “When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”—G.K. Chesterton

Helen Williams

Rowan County Public Library

Executive Director

Hello, my name is….

Hello My Name Is…

“Call me Ishmael”, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, and my personal favorite “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” All great books have a memorable beginning, and these are just a few of the more famous first lines from the books: Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

As I start my time here at the Rowan County Library I hope for a memorable beginning, because a good start sets the tone for the whole story. Beginnings are a magical time. Everything seems fresh and exciting, and the possibilities are endless. I look at the Library and I see great things and unlimited potential. I see an excellent staff that works hard and offers great service. I see a supportive community that is engaged in what the library has to offer. I see strong leadership in the local government officials who understand and support the library’s goals and mission. Finally, I see a great library board that is dedicated to making Rowan County the best library it can be.

When contemplating my future at the library I am ever mindful of the library’s mission and vision statement:

“The Rowan County Public Library exists because of the citizens of Rowan County. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for those citizens by providing materials and information for their leisure and lifelong learning needs.

The library will serve as a focal point of the community by rendering exceptional service and an inviting, comfortable environment for reading, research, meetings, programs and activities.”

My goal as the director is not just to continue offering the excellent service that the library has always provided but to expand it. We need to look for opportunities to increase our offerings to children, the elderly, and the disabled. I want to find the holes in our service and fill them with quality programs. In addition to what we already have in place I want to explore new and emerging technologies that will continue to move the library into the future. I want the Commonwealth to view Rowan County as a hub of forward thinkers, innovators, movers and shakers and I believe that the library plays a pivotal roll in creating that culture.

I look forward to this next part of my life and I am very excited to get started, all things have a starting point and this just happens to be one of mine.

As my chapter begins, the chapter for another is ending. Helen Williams has written a great story, the Rowan County Library has flourished under her guidance and she will be greatly missed. We all wish Helen the very best as she closes this chapter and starts another. I am reminded of the final lines of the Virginia Wolfe novel To the Lighthouse: “Yes, she thought, laying down her paint brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.”