Be Careful ~

Good Thursday evening!  For anyone planning on coming down to the library tonight please be extremely careful.  The rain has made the sidewalk and the metal steps that lead up to the libraries front door are very slippery.

Thanks,

Lee

Your Chance to Meet Judith Miller! An Amazing author who is from Kansas

What an exciting opportunity we have. On Thursday, April 12th at 2:00PM we will have the author Judith Miller, who is from the great state of Kansas at the library. She has authored or co-authored more than twenty five books just since 1996. Please read that attached flyer and we hope to see many of you come out to meet Judith.

 

 

New Literary Club

Hello Waterville Library Patrons and members of the community.  The Friends of The Waterville Library will be starting up a new literary club called, “Last Page Literary Club”.  It’s first meeting will be held at the Waterville Public Library on Thursday, May 3rd at 7PM.  They will begin exploring Mark Twain both as one of our countries classic authors as well as an almost mythic presence in our cultural life as a nation.

One of the main goals of learning about Mark Twain will be to learn how to appreciate the achievement of his best, most representative works.  By using The Great Courses dvd’s we will learn “The Life and Work of Mark Twain.”  30 minute lectures by Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Professor Stephen Railton.  Followed by questions to consider and discussions.

This is open to for all ages and we hope to see you there.

Keep Reading

Lee

Library Happenings

While I know it is only the middle of March, summer will be here before we know it. It seems each year goes a little faster than the last year.
The reason for this post is to find out how many families with kids that might be interested in attending a once a week summer reading program? I’m thinking of having my 16 year old daughter come in once a week, day and time yet to be determined, to do a story time where she reads to the kids for 15-20 minutes. Each week would most likely be a different book. I’m not quite sure about what the age group would be, but as of right now, I was thinking maybe somewhere between 3-9 years of age.
As for the older kids/teens, I was thinking of doing some kind of trivia game once a week where they will try and answer trivia questions and at the end, the winning person or team would receive some kind of prize (most likely candy).
So, the next time you are in the library and think this might be of interest to you please let me know. I want to make sure I have enough interest to do either one of them or both of them.
Keep Reading,
Lee

Here’s What’s Happening at the Library

Good Saturday morning.  I want to spread the word that the high school currently has several art projects on display at the Waterville Library.  I’m hoping that all our patrons will take the time to stop by and look at all the wonderful art and then vote on the pieces they like the most.

We have also received some great new books and new movies over the past month and if you haven’t had a chance to come down and look around, this coming week would be a great time to do so.

Please keep in mind that while the weather has not been very good for the better part of two weeks, the library has remained open.  However, we do ask that all our patrons and the public, that if you are going to come to the library, to please be extremely cautious as it can be very icy out there on both the roads and sidewalks.  SAFETY if of the utmost importance and want to make sure all of our patrons and the citizens of Waterville be as safe as possible, even it that means putting off coming to the library until the conditions have improved to a point where it is safe for you to both drive here and then be able to make it up the front steps of the library.

Everyone have a great weekend and remember, Keep Reading!

 

Here’s What’s Happening at the Library

Good Saturday morning – I just wanted to remind everyone that the library offers several services that the community can take advantage of for either free or for a very low cost.  We have 6 computers that are available for use along with free WiFi.  We also offer making copies and sending faxes and a very reasonable price.  We have both the latest Marysville Advocate as well as the Telegraph.  Also, we offer complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate.  We just ask that while drinking them you stay in the sitting area where the Keurig is located.  Another thing we offer is magazines that you are either free to read here or check out and take home.  Lastly, in about a month or so for those who might need documents or papers notarized, I will soon have the capability to do so.  So come on down and hang out and keep in mind the library offers much more than just books to check out.

Fun Facts About the New Library Director

Good cold Tuesday morning!  I thought for my first post, I would provide some fact about myself.  Whom are some of my favorite authors?  Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King, John Gresham and Tom Clancy.  I can say without a doubt, that Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell are by far my two favorite authors of all time.

What kinds of movies do I like?  I would say, that I really like thrillers, action, drama’s and comedies.  I know that sounds like most categories, however, I am not a big fan of romantic films.

In my younger years, I was a bit of a technology freak and even today I still like to keep up with everything that is new.  However, I am not nearly as fanatical as I use to be and I no longer go out and buy the newest and greatest things the moment they are available to buy.  I have learned to take a step back and rationalize with myself if it’s something that I really really want.  If not, I’m perfectly fine now not buying it.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends or just catching up on my many television shows.  As much as I enjoy reading, I am sure that I watch more television than the average person.  Let’s just say that at any given time my family has anywhere from 30 to 50 shows ready to be watched on our DVR.

Lastly, my family and I came to Waterville from Riverside California.  For those of you not familiar with California, Riverside is in Southern California.  It’s located about 45 minutes east of  Los Angeles, and 35 minutes west of Palm Springs.  In my opinion, we lived in the perfect location for 3 reasons.  First, 45 minutes from the mountains and snow skiing.  Second, 45 minutes from the beach.  Third, and certainly not last, we were 45 minutes from Disneyland.

I look forward to getting to know all of the library patrons as well as the new patrons I hope will join.

Sincerely,

Lee W Jones

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

What will the New Year bring?
     This past year brought increased checked out items with both movies as well as books.  The number of card holders increased.  An increased number of patrons coming into the library was seen.  The “passive” summer program went well.   New computers, new bathroom remodel, and numerous new titles in movies as well as books, helped bring patrons in.  Twenty-five community members were thought about monthly and on their birthdays.
     2018.  Think of the possibilities.  What will you try?  Maybe a new genre of books, a new author.  Maybe your interests lies in starting a new hobby. The library has books to help you on your way to that new pastime like cooking, painting, knitting, or crocheting.  Think of the possibilities!  Never miss the opportunity to exercise the mind.
     As was said in the last library article, repeat patrons become members of an extended family that you get to know and care about as in a church community, co-workers, or close neighbors.  You get to know what they are interested in and the chances that come to them.
     As for me, the chance to teach for the next five months was one I could not pass up.  The teacher bug got into my blood 34 years ago at a parochial school in Hanover, KS and for the next five months I will be back where I started 34 years ago.  I am excited to “go at it” again and take advantage of this given fortuity.
     What will the 2018 year bring?  Who knows?  But if given any happenstance of your liking, take it, because,
     Knock, knock.
     Who’s there?
     Opportunity.
     Don’t be silly-opportunity doesn’t knock twice!
So, don’t let those opportunities/resolutions go in one “year” and out the other!
Happy Reading in 2018!