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Blakesburg Public Library news briefs
Library awarded The Libri Foundation Grant for children's books
The Blakesburg Public Library was among 72 libraries nationwide to receive a Libri Foundation grant, which will provide new children's books for the library. Thank you so much to the Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library, which is providing our portion of the matching funds grant ($350), and The Libri Foundation, which is is doubling our portion with a $700 contribution. This will purchase $1,050.00 worth of new, hardcover books for our children's and young adult book collections. The library joins nine other Iowa libraries in being awarded the Library Foundation grant this cycle, and 13 more Iowa libraries that are 2014 Libri Foundation grant recipients. Grant documents will be arriving at the library during the week of Sept. 22, and the new books will be ordered shortly thereafter. To learn more about the Libri Foundationand its Books for Children Program which provides grants for children's books to small, rural libraries across the United States, check out its web site at http://www.librifoundation.org .
Library Board to meet October 20th
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees for the Blakesburg Public Library will be at 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 20, 2014, at the library.
Friends of the Library group schedules next meeting
The next meeting for the Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 29th at the Library. All Friends members and anyone interested in joining the organization are invited to attend.
Computers/wi-fi available at the Library
The library now has seven public access computers for patrons to use following the purchase of three computers with funds from the Wapello County Supervisors, and a donation of two more computers to go along with an existing computer. The donation from the county supervisors was to help provide youth with internet access on the computers for educational and recreational purposes. The library has six computers in the main library space, and one computer in the quiet area of the library. In addition, the library has a new wi-fi printer. The printer software has been installed on each of the new computers so patrons will be able to print from any computer. Scanning, photocopy, and FAX service is also be available.
Use the following link to download audio books and e-books to your Nook, Kindle, I-pad or other portable device: http://wilbor.lib.overdrive.com You will need your library card number to log in. The program is easy to use, and can save you a lot of money over purchasing the books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. The e-books are perfect for those who like to listen to a book while walking, working out, commuting, or those who have vision problems and are unable to see text very well. Be sure to ask about the WILBOR program the next time you come into the library.
The Blakesburg Public Library has received the gift of a dozen magazine subscriptions. Some of the titles have already been arriving in the library's mail. A variety of interests, genders and ages are included in the gift subscriptions. New titles include: Automobile, Boys Life, Country Living, Girls Life, Good Housekeeping, Jack & Jill, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Outdoor Life, Prevention, Redbook, Scholastic Parent and Child, and Woman's Day.
Bored? Check out the many board games available to play @ the library
In addition to great books, magazines, and DVDs, the library has jigsaw puzzles, children's puzzles and a collection of board games for patrons to play at the library. Come check out the library -- where there is something for everyone !
If the library doesn't have the book you are looking for, we can order it for you from participating Iowa Libraries through the Inter-library Loan Program. Through this sharing program, Iowa libraries are able to offer patrons a wide variety of materials, and share costs.
Learning Express Software Available
Milestone reached: More than 2000 books now listed in library's online catalog !!
More than 2000 books were added to the library's catalog between April 1st and August 2nd !! The adult fiction and young adult fiction collections are now in the catalog. Next up will be the children's resources. The library's card catalog can be accessed at the following web address: www.librarything.com/catalog/BlakesburgLibrary. Patrons can search by subject, author or title to see what books the library owns. In addition, the results can be listed in a variety of ways, and books can be sorted by the year of publication. The catalog also provides book reviews and recommends read-alike titles/authors. Be sure to check out the catalog, which is available on the web 24/7.