Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Book Sale

The library is holding a Summer Book Sale from now until July 30th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every Monday through Thursday. This is a great time to find some gently used books for reading at the beach or pool and save some money in the process. The environment, your wallet, your mind, and the library's budget will all benefit from this sale. The variety changes daily and there are some great bargains, so stop by frequently. The sale is being held in the Gallery behind the library on sunny days and in the library's garage off Walnut Street on rainy days.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June Activities

June 1 - Job Training in Computer Room 10:00
June 12 - Job Training in Computer Room 10:00
June 15 - Registration Begins for Summer Reading Program
June 16 - Business After Hours 5:00. Library Closes at 4:00.
June 17 - Small Group Meeting 1:00
June 19 - Small Group Meeting 10:00 Cancelled
June 29 - Library Closed
June 20 - WV Day
June 22 - NCOA Meeting 10:00
June 22 - Summer Reading (7-13) Meets 1:00
June 24 - Summer Reading (3-6) Meets 1:00
June 29 - Summer Reading (7-13) Meets 1:00


If your kids get the school's-out there's-nothin'-to-do summer blues, have them get creative at the library. The library's summer reading program begins soon and this year's theme is based on creativity. Six weekly sessions will be held from June 22nd to August 7th for children from 3 to 13. The children are divided into 2 age groups. The older children, ages 7-13, meet on Mondays from 1:00-2:00. The younger children, ages 3-6, meet on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00. Preregistration is required and will begin on June 15. To register your child, bring your library card and your child's card to the desk in the Children's Department and fill out a short form. It's fun and best of all, it's free!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy 51st Anniversary!

Today is the library's 51st Anniversary! After last year's big 50th celebration, this anniversary is a little more subdued. If you read the library's history on the web page, the roots of the library go back much further than 51 years. However, until 1958, the library was funded by donations and much of the work was done by skilled volunteers. After E. T. Weir donated the current building in honor of his wife, Mary, the library began to receive public funds, came under the guidance of a Board of Directors, and became managed by a MLS Librarian.

As with any 51 year old, our building requires more than a little upkeep. In 1958, no one could foresee the need we currently have for electrical and network wiring. I doubt if the staff in 1958 ever thought there would be one computer in the building, let alone the 50 some we now have. We also have people who bring their own laptops in to use. After 51 years of heavy use, other items start to wear out in a building. Even though they last a long time, items like laminate counters, floor tile, faucets and locks eventually wear out.

Each year we try to make some improvements to the library. This year, we installed new handicapped accessible automatic doors. They have been a great improvement! Before they were installed, we actually had some patrons tell us that they thought we were closed because the door at the top of our side entrance was so stiff and heavy that they couldn't get it open. Now the doors open easily for anyone - even someone whose arms are full of books.

This next year will be an exciting one. Our next project, made possible in part by an LSTA Grant, will be to install a new projector, screen, and sound system in the Activity Room. This will make the room much easier to use and will improve security and safety. The equipment will be in a locked box, and we will no longer have to run cords along the floor. In the next year we also plan to add some new services. Look for those announcements sometime soon. We may be getting older, but there's always something new at the library.

Business After Hours at the Library

The library will be hosting a Business After Hours for the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce on June 16, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a new event for us, and we are looking forward to it. The library will close to the public at 4:00 on that day.

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