Here’s what’s happening at the library!

The library hours are Tuesday 10-1, 2-6, Wednesday 1-6, Thursday 5-8, Friday 1-6, Saturday 9-1, closed Sunday and Monday. (See how those hours got slipped in there again?)
     Being closed on Monday and open late on Thursday allows me to substitute in the nearby schools.  I always start my substituting day by asking a “nosy” question of the class.  I made a silly mistake of asking a 6th grade class about the recent Presidential candidates. I did get their opinions!
     To calm things back down, I then asked them about favorite times and places to read.  Out of the 13 sixth graders, most preferred afternoon to evening reading times with one not having a preference at all, and the other, ONLY during school.
     The places they chose to read varied a lot from reading in bed, to Alcove Spring, on the trampoline, just out of the shower, their room or a quiet room, on a back-road after a bike ride, in a rocking chair, only in school, or Florida. Interesting.
     I recently attended a library workshop in Manhattan and found THERE ARE NO EXCUSES for not reading, except for the one 6th grader that said she “just don’t like to read”. I told her, “It will come.”
     Along with this library’s huge selection of Large Print books, which makes the stress on the eyes less for younger and old alike, we have a nice selection of Audio Books and many more titles available through ILL (InterLibrary Loan) for your listening pleasure.
     I also learned about the Talking Books Library Services available through the State Library of Kansas.  Through this service thousands of titles are possible or can be requested to listen to.  Braille editions are also attainable.  Check out kslib.info/talking or KTB@ks.gov..
     Don’t let eyesight, hearing, or any other physical impairments keep you from enjoying the world through books.
     A man named Kyle Lippert was quoted as saying, “Sure reading a book under a tree is peaceful, but imagine how stressful it is for the tree to see a bunch of its dead friends in your hand!”
 Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

Where does the time go? Some things you don’t mind the quick hands of the clock – elections, dentist visits, harvest time.  Dismantling the “book ghost” window display for a “book turkey”?  Too fast!
     Late summer Halloween exhibits went up in local stores ridiculously early.  Halloween, now, has come and gone and before it left, those displays were pushed aside for the Christmas array.  There is a hint of Thanksgiving mixed in the tinsel and lights, but very little.
     And what about Veterans Day, November 11? The glass library case is dedicated to our veterans with books and a few movies pulled from our shelves for the military display.
     Where does the time go?  By the time you read this, we will have gained one hour of sleep, but also, one hour of darkness coming quickly after getting home from school or work.  We will have elected a new President. No comment. And your 2 week book  or  1 week movie loan will have passed with a 10 cent per day fine attached.
     There are no patron book reviews due to the lack of time between reading their selection, writing their review, and returning the written review back to the library.
     I, personally, have no reviews to fill that space, but the veteran genre of books available from this library are aplenty.  Author Brad Taylor has written Ghosts of War and The Forgotten Soldier.  Laura Kaye has steamy, purely fictional books.  Other intriguing titles include, War Hawk, Trust No One, or Among Heroes.  More sentimental titles?  How about Home to Seaview Key, Hearts Made Whole, The Pieces We Keep, or Everyone Brave is Forgiven.
     Come on in!  You have time before the “book turkey” becomes a Christmas……..
     Last time I got caught stealing a calendar, I got 12 months!
     And,
     Take time to relax, especially when you don’t have time for it!
Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

I was wondering the other day, as I was putting some of the new “older” books on the shelves, if a person’s reading tastes change very much as they go through life.  I think I already know the logical answer, but would like to hear from you, as readers out there.
     My tastes have been forcefully changed over the years. Mother Goose and all of the Little Golden Books were favorite reads with my Grandma Nanny when I was very young.  Flush Grade School introduced me to Tip and Mitten, Jack and Janet, and my first hard cover basal reader with stories like “The Lost Kitten” and “The Little Calf Who Cried”.
     Westmoreland High School reading is all a blur except for the “short stories” that were strongly suggested we read and I grew to appreciate.
     Cloud County Community College and Kansas State University required that we read the assigned course reading – ho, hum.
     Then came my chance to read and have my students read stories that were fun, whimsical, and used such descriptive language that you didn’t need pictures.  For 32 years, these picture books, juvenile fiction, and young adult fiction books have been a big part of my life and I have loved every one of them to read aloud or have as class discussion.
     I told the library board that my reading tastes have to grow up to fit my job here…nah.  Everyone that comes into this library has their “go to” section or author that they enjoy, are happy and comfortable with. Don’t I get that same choice?
     I don’t know how this idea with go over, like some of my other well intended ideas go, but I would really like patrons young and old to write a mini book review of their book to be put into the Telegraph.  I’ll have the paper format here.
    Remember the Halloween party at the library on Saturday the 29th from 11-12 for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
     Also, if you are in the neigh-BOO-hood of the library on Halloween, stop by and get a ghost that was made by our library patrons.
     Fun Fact:  Do you know the library is the tallest building in Waterville?  It has the most stories!
Happy Ghastly Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

I’ve said it before, since writing these articles for the library, and I’ll say it again.  I am so proud of readers! But let us focus on our male readers this week.  This library has a few brave men that walk through those library doors and exit with chosen reading materials.  Others send wives or significant others to do the choosing-no matter.
     It was “worth a Google” to find the following fun facts about our male bookworms out there, but females and everyone of all ages take heed.
     These facts are in no particular order of importance, but as interest grew reading each fact, they were jotted down.
     Fact 1 – The more he reads, the more he listens. (Wouldn’t we like to see that developed in everyone!)
     Fact 2 – He finds out that the book is always better than the movie. Duh! (Remind me to get out the book/movie combos and we’ll see.)
     Fact 3 – Male readers are adventurers.  All of his senses are heightened when engrossed in a book.  Reading uses the same regions of the brain as when people  use their senses on an actual adventure.  A patron came in after reading a book to the end and said, “I just didn’t like how that book made me feel.”
     Fact 4 – Gift giving for the male reader is a lot easier. Buy him a book!
     Fact 5 – Studies have shown that reading or staying mentally stimulated can slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  It improves the memory and who wants to lose those precious thoughts.
     Fact 6 – Reading can reduce his stresses and provide an inner peace.  We lead such busy lives – Keep Calm and Read On.
     Fact 7 – He develops knowledge and his vocabulary expands. (Chatting with those “higher-ups” becomes a self-esteem booster.)
     Fact 8 – He can develop writing skills. (What woman wouldn’t love to get a handwritten love letter from their “well read” significant other?)
     Finally, he realizes it’s free entertainment. Come on in to the library, choose a book, make your own couple’s book club, and talk.
A lady was heard in the library happily saying, “He asked me out in the nonfiction section of the library……..so I know he’ll be true!”
Happy Reading, fellas!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

I love Saturdays, but Saturdays are taking on a whole different look for me nowadays.
     I was told one day a few weeks ago that a tour group was coming through Waterville (and I admit to not listening to what day they would show up).  I was told that about 20 people would be walking around in the morning and the other 20 in the afternoon.  It really didn’t matter to me because Sunday and Monday, we’re closed, Tuesday 10-1, 2-6, Wednesday 1-6, Thursday 5-8, Friday 1-6, and Saturday 9-1 and my attendance record has been nearly flawless. (There’s the schedule again if you’ve forgotten.)
     Back to the tourists, I was pretty excited when I arrived at the library ready to face the day and saw small groups wandering around town. I quickly crammed some reading of the library’s history in my head like a college kid before a final.  I ran off the library pamphlet I had found(one side was printed upside down in my rush) and was fairly confident in being able to answer any routine tourist’s questions that might be asked.
I’ve become very proud of representing this library and was ready to show it off. I waited for those 20 something tourists.  I waited some more. Not one had stopped in.  Maybe the next tour bus, huh?
     Saturday.  When the board had made out the new schedule for the library and announced that 9 to 1 time on Saturdays, I admit, I did not grab onto the idea with a lot of enthusiasm.  Nine Saturdays have come and gone and I should have kept a journal on the people I have met and the “happenings” in the library on those Saturdays.
     It will be be my 4 month anniversary here on Saturday, the 8th.  I’ve grown to love them.  It used to be that with teaching all week, Saturdays couldn’t get here soon enough.  Now it’s for a different reason.
     I had a couple of patrons come in last Saturday, look at the books, and say, “I don’t like this!”
     Uh-oh, what did I do now?
     They said, “Too many choices!”
     What a great problem to have!
When you need to make a hard decision, flip a coin.  Why?  Because when that coin is in the air, you suddenly know what you’re hoping for.
Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!
     Attending or spectating the Homecoming parade a couple of weeks ago brought back a lot of memories from the Westmoreland High days, especially seeing the different decades represented on their designated floats.  It also brought to mind many “fads” that were forgotten about and thankfully so after seeing Principal Green’s outfit!  You tend to put some of those once “groovy” things out of your mind.
     Saying that, it’s also fun to relive a few of those crazes.  Many new books, movies, even fashions have made a “come back”, with a few added tweaks.
Movies like True Grit from 1969, 101 Dalmatians from 1961, or Red Dawn from 1984. Books like Cinder from the Cinderella fairy tale, Dorothy Must Die from the Wizard of OZ series, or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from, yes, the Pride and Prejudice classic. Colorful hair, fanny packs, flannel shirts, and even overalls have made their way back.
     Many people are worried about books being a thing of the past, and with iPads, e-readers, downloadable books, and books online, you can see their concern.  As I have been in this library business for almost 4 months now, I really don’t see that happening.  People enjoy the convenience and status of their tech-no books, but still come back to the feel of that physical book and its pages in their hands. There are no battery or connection worries either.
     We have some Die Hard readers here in Waterville (that from the 1988 movie and the 1979 book, Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp).  The proof comes when 358 patrons have used this library in the month of September.
     Books on the way out?  I don’t think so.  Come in and see the Fall themed books, craft a leaf, and help contribute to the Book Comeback Revolution!
Check out these groovy titles: Downpour by Wayne Dwops, House Construction by Bill Jerome Holme, or a soon to be classic, Come On In by Doris Open.
Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

Attending or spectating the Homecoming parade a couple of weeks ago brought back a lot of memories from the Westmoreland High days, especially seeing the different decades represented on their designated floats.  It also brought to mind many “fads” that were forgotten about and thankfully so after seeing Principal Green’s outfit!  You tend to put some of those once “groovy” things out of your mind.
     Saying that, it’s also fun to relive a few of those crazes.  Many new books, movies, even fashions have made a “come back”, with a few added tweaks.
Movies like True Grit from 1969, 101 Dalmatians from 1961, or Red Dawn from 1984. Books like Cinder from the Cinderella fairy tale, Dorothy Must Die from the Wizard of OZ series, or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from, yes, the Pride and Prejudice classic. Colorful hair, fanny packs, flannel shirts, and even overalls have made their way back.
     Many people are worried about books being a thing of the past, and with iPads, e-readers, downloadable books, and books online, you can see their concern.  As I have been in this library business for almost 4 months now, I really don’t see that happening.  People enjoy the convenience and status of their tech-no books, but still come back to the feel of that physical book and its pages in their hands. There are no battery or connection worries either.
     We have some Die Hard readers here in Waterville (that from the 1988 movie and the 1979 book, Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp).  The proof comes when 358 patrons have used this library in the month of September.
     Books on the way out?  I don’t think so.  Come in and see the Fall themed books, craft a leaf, and help contribute to the Book Comeback Revolution!
Check out these groovy titles: Downpour by Wayne Dwops, House Construction by Bill Jerome Holme, or a soon to be classic, Come On In by Doris Open.
Happy Reading!

Here’s what’s happening at the library!

     If you didn’t get to see the Peterson Brothers at the Opera House last Sunday, you missed out on a nice afternoon’s entertainment.  They didn’t claim to be professional singers and dancers and the few little glitches in their routine added a little boyish humor to the act.  They did display a real passion for agriculture and the rural life.  The library received a poster from them exclaiming “Farming Grows Readers”.  Check it out.
     Speaking of autographs, two books out of several are now on the shelves and are signed by their authors. One, a cowboy poetry book, and another from a Kansas author taking life one “cow pie” at a time.  Check them out.
     The apple themed glass display case will be replaced by the Fall season subject this week as Autumn arrives on the 22nd.  Inside and on top of the case are many fall related books and movies. The apples were all made and now displayed in the library window.  How about crafting an autumn leaf?  They are there to be checked out.
     Did you ever have so much you needed or wanted to do that………nothing gets done?  Spring cleaning is done in the Fall at the Pralle house.  My way of thinking is I want the house clean after the months of opened windows and screen doors. By the time that cooler fall weather and cold winter weather comes and I lock up those windows and screen doors, I want to be enjoying days of binge movie watching and good book reading in a near spotless house. I said near spotless.
     The library continues to receive donated books and movies, as well as several more “found”  ones, and I’m getting brave enough to buy new books and movies.  Come in and check them out.
     Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall?
     To make up for his miserable summer.
And, a little food for thought.
     If money really did grow on trees, Fall would be everyone’s favorite month!
Happy Reading!