Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Beginnings @ the Library

New Beginnings at Your Library:  We ring out the old this week and ring in the new this week.  Libraries are the original Do-it –Yourself place and the original self-help place.  Start something new by stopping by the library this week.

The Siouxland Blood Bank will be at the library on Wednesday December 28th form 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m.  The holiday season is a time in which blood is in greatest need.  Give the gift of life.  Give blood.

B Movie Night at the Bijou Start your holiday celebration by joining us for an old-fashioned creature feature on Thursday December 29 at 6pm.  In our feature:  A scientific expedition ventures into the upper regions of the Amazon and discovers a "Gill Man," a living amphibious missing link.

Developing Strong Readers:  Literacy is one of the keys for a successful, happy life.  Reading to children helps them to develop their vocabulary before they begin the process of learning to read.  To aid in this process we offer the following story times each week:  Preschool Story Time Tuesday @ 10am & Wednesday @ 4pm; Pat-a-Cake Story Time on Thursday @ 10am; Family Story Time Thursday @ 6:30 pm; Toddler Time Friday @ 10am.

Computer/ Technology Classes the beginning of a new year is a great time to learn new computer/ technology skills.  We are offering the following classes during this week.

Windows Basics (Tuesday December 27th @ 6pm) We will start at the very beginning of Windows 7 with an introduction to the Desktop, Start Menu and the all new Taskbar

QR Codes (Wednesday December 28th @ 11am) Discover how to read and use those funny looking new codes that are coming up everywhere.

Facebook Basics (Wednesday December 28th @ 2pm) Facebook Basics:  This class will help you get up to speed on how to create, use and maintain a Facebook page of your own and understanding the privacy policies and settings.

Favorite Authors of 2011 The end of the year is accompanied by the obligatory “best of” lists for the year.  The following are the ten favorite authors by circulation at the library.

1.  James Patterson is a perennial favorite among adults with his Alex Cross series, but he has also made inroads among teens of late.  Examples of these 2011 books are:  Kill Alex Cross, The Gift and The Christmas Wedding.

2.  Debbie Macomber is well known for her heartwarming stories about small time life. Her latest books are:  The Perfect Christmas, 1225 Christmas Tree Lane and Trading Christmas.

3.  Janet Evanovitch is an author that attracts avid fans.  Once a reader is hooked on the Stephanie Plum series, there is no going back.  Smokin’ Seventeen and Explosive Eighteen were the two books she published this year.

4.  Nora Roberts continue to both romance and thrill her readers.  This year The New Always and Chasing Fire were two of her latest releases.

5.  Danielle Steel as always is in our Top 10.  Hotel Ventura, Happy Birthday and 44 Charles Place are just some of her most recent works.

6 Jan and Stan Berenstain continue to stay on top in children’s books with The Berenstain Bears series.

7.  Jeff Kinney pulls in with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

8.  Mary Pope Osborne holds down eighth place with The Magic Tree House series.

9.  Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy series is next.

10.  Finally we have Karen Kingsbury.

Top Subjects Circulated in 2011:  Beyond favorite authors we also looked at the most popular subject headings circulated this year.  Large print books were the most popular single subject heading for 2012.  Large print books have the same look and feel today as their regular printer counterpart that means more readers will opt for the contemporary looking titles.

Rhyming stories came in second.  Rhyming words seem to have a great power in helping children learn to read.  This gives them continual appeal.  Here is the full list of favorite subjects.

1.  Large print books
2.  Rhyming stories
3.  Graphic novels
4.  Nebraska authors
5.  Dog stories
6.  Feature films
7.  Halloween fiction for children
8.  Dog fiction for children
9.  Stephanie Plum (mentioned in the previous section) and
10.  Amish fiction.

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