F.A.B.L.E., the Alice Baker Library's Friends group is planning to hold a book sale on Monday, November 2, Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4 during library open hours. A wide variety of books, as well as audios and videos, will be available. All proceeds will benefit the library. Wednesday will be Buck-a-Bag Day.
This morning's New York Times explores the phenomenon of downloadable books and audio as provided by the public library. Seems the Times has decided that this is an idea that's taking off!
Eager to attract digitally savvy patrons and capitalize on the
growing popularity of electronic readers, public libraries across the
country are expanding collections of books that reside on servers
rather than shelves.
The idea is to capture borrowers who might
not otherwise use the library, as well as to give existing customers
the opportunity to try new formats.
“People still think of
libraries as old dusty books on shelves, and it’s a perception we’re
always trying to fight,” said Michael Colford, director of information
technology at the Boston Public Library. “If we don’t provide this
material for them, they are just going to stop using the library
Waukesha County public libraries have offered these services for years. More and more library patrons are discovering the convenience of services such as NetLibrary which allows the download of books for conventional reading, and OverDrive, which offers downloadable audio.
Interested in NetLibrary? It's a great source of research material and other non-fiction. Ask any librarian to set up an account for you, which can then be accessed from your own computer.
OverDrive requires the download and installation of a media console on the user's computer--a quick, easy operation. Once that's done, the world of downloadable audio (and video) is at your fingertips.
Ask any librarian for more information on these two services.
Alice Baker Library announces an overdue fine amnesty which will run from Monday, October 19 through Saturday, October 31. We will waive the fines on any overdue Alice Baker Library items returned during this time period.
We ask that patrons taking advantage of this amnesty donate to the Eagle Food Pantry. The holidays are coming and we'd love to give the Eagle Food Pantry a boost as they prepare for the time of year when their resources are most heavily called upon.
This amnesty applies only to overdue items owned by Alice Baker Library. It does not cover lost item fees or fines already charged.
In the late summer, we put out feelers to gauge interest in a fall series of Intro to the Internet classes and were swamped with requests. As a result, Lynette is currently running two sections of basics classes, and Ronald will begin another series for beginners this Saturday morning. The classes include topics such as turning on a computer, terminology, and basic internet navigation. Students spend some time with mousing exercises, to improve eye-hand skills. The classes are small and include lots of individual attention.
Lynette is happy to work with students on a one-to-one basis. Know a potential student? Have them call the library at 262-594-2800. We'll have them surfing the net with aplomb in short order.