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Library News

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Okay. it' s 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, and I just realized that I have a column due at the newspaper office at noon. What to write? What to write? Usually I would review books in a pinch but I did that last time, so I will do an update of some things happening at the Cherokee Public Library.

Probably the biggest news is that Amazon has hopped on the WILBOR bandwagon and agreed to let their Kindles access free downloadable ebooks from that database. We have seen a lot of excited Kindle users as they stop in to pick up instructions and ask questions. WILBOR is sponsored by a consortium of libraries and until last week had not been compatible with Kindles. In order to access ebooks an account must be set up with WILBOR using a valid library card number. So anyone who does not have a card at our library or who has lost their card needs to stop by and take care of that first.

This also seems to be a good time to remind people of the free EBSCO database that is available to library patrons. The database has several components including a periodical search with complete magazine and newspaper articles, some fun things for kids, small engine repair information for everything from snowmobiles and motorcycles to lawnmowers and automotive repair covering all kinds of cars and trucks. It's a wonderful source and can be used from home computers. Bookmarks with passwords are available at the circulation desk.

Children's programs are well underway. Storytime happens each Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. It's a fun way to introduce small children to the library so we hope parents and grandparents will mark it on their calendars. In addition, this month's Terrific Toddlers program is at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. Designed for 1-3 year olds, it's a great sharing time for parents and children. For the older bunch a special program inviting kids to report for super hero training is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at 3:45 p.m. Anyone with questions is welcome to call Peg at 225-3498.

And last but certainly not least, is a new addition to our staff. Marilyn Reitsma is in her second week of working with us and we are very pleased to have her. Many people in the community will recognize her from the years she worked at the former Hallmark store and with the Red Cross.

The library will close briefly on Friday, October 7 for the WHS homecoming parade. Otherwise, it's business as usual which can be a little bit of anything and everything.

Mary Jo Ruppert
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