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Nursery Rhyme Time


Row, Row, Row, Your Boat cover

For a fun activity you can do at home, take a classic nursery rhyme like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and turn it into your own. All you have to do is alter a few words to the tune of the song.

 

The original:

Row, row, row your boat

Gently down the stream,

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily

Life is but a dream.

 

Try swapping locations and actions with words to match whatever activity you have planned for the day.

"Ride, ride, ride your bike

quickly down the street,

 

or

"drive, drive, drive the car

quickly down the street" 

 

or

"eat, eat, eat your lunch

slowly at the table"

 

For extra lyrics along with a funny story, check out Iza Tripani's book rendition of this classic song.



February 2014: Top 10 Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction Checkouts


It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for February. Here's the previous lists for December and January. Enjoy! 

 

Top Fiction

  1. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  2. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  3. Inferno by Dan Brown
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  5. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  6. Fables by Bill Willingham
  7. The Racketeer by John Grisham
  8. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  9. And The Mountains Echoed by Hosseini Khaled
  10. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Top Non-Fiction

  1. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  2. Lao Fuzi by Ze Wang
  3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  4. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
  6. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
  7. David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  8. What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
  9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  10. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell


Thursday Night Insight: Making Treasure Out of Trash


craft projects made from trash paperHave you ever wondered what you could make out of old or damaged books and magazines?

 

Books that you’d otherwise have to throw away?

 

Cards, envelopes, gift bags and more!

Let us show you how at the Joyce Ellington Branch Library.

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:00-9:00 p.m.

 

This event is intended for adults. All supplies provided.

 



UPCYCLING: Making Treasures Out of Trash


recycled bagHave you ever wondered what you could make out of old or damaged books and magazines?

 

Books that you’d otherwise have to throw away?

 

Cards, envelopes, gift bags and more!

Let us show you how at the Bascom Branch Library.

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

 

This event is intended for adults. All supplies provided.

 



January 2014: Top 10 Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction Checkouts


It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for January. Here's the previous lists for November and December. Enjoy! 

 

Top Fiction

  1. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  2. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  3. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  5. Inferno by Dan Brown
  6. Fables by Bill Willingham
  7. The Racketeer by John Grisham
  8. And The Mountains Echoed by Hosseini Khaled
  9. The Forgotten by David Baldacci
  10. Mistress by James Patterson

Top Non-Fiction

  1. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  2. Lao Fuzi by Ze Wang
  3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  4. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  6. What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
  7. The Muslim Next Door by Ali-Karamali Sumbul
  8. What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
  9. David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  10. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg


New to the Library Catalog - "Freeze" Your Hold Requests


New Library Feature: Freeze HoldsA new feature has been added to our Library Catalog - the ability to "Freeze" your hold requests.

 

"Freeze Holds" essentially allows you to "pause" the progress of a hold request and let others "cut" in front of you in line for an item.  It's useful if you won't be able to pick up a hold that might be fulfilled during an inconvenient time. You can avoid both potential fines for not picking the item up and losing your place in the hold queue.

 

To Freeze a Hold:

  1. Login to My Account and views your existing holds. 
  2. You'll see a "Freeze" column with check boxes to the far right of each request.  Check the box(es) and hit "Update List".  Then confirm your decisions.

A frozen hold will look like this in our Library Catalog:

frozen hold in library catalog

And like this in our "Classic Catalog":

frozen hold request in Classic Catalog

 

Holds remain frozen until you choose to remove the freeze through My Account.  A hold cannot be frozen if it is already on the hold shelf, in transit, is a Link+ item, or otherwise paged to fulfill your request.




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