Monday, March 6, 2017

Library to Close for Inventory

The Library will be closed Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12  for inventory.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.

     --Keene Memorial Library Staff

Friday, February 24, 2017

7 Tips for Parents of Reluctant Middle-Grade Readers

Are you the parent of a reluctant reader? Wondering what you can do to reignite the spark you saw when your child was a storytime fan? Here's an article from which spells it out in 7 easy to use steps.

 Want the abbreviated version?
  1. It's ok if they don't finish a book
  2. Don't try to force them to read what you read at their age
  3. It might take a while to get them to read slower-paced books
  4. It's ok to read at the table from time to time
  5. Picture books can still be appropriate choices
  6. Read aloud - just 15 minutes a day can make a big difference in both your lives
  7. Ask for recommendations - your librarian can help you locate books that might spark an interest
You might also check out Bookopolis, a kid-safe certified site where the readers advisory is done by other kids ages 7-12. Sometimes it's cooler to have another kid say "This is a good book!" than to hear it from an adult, you know... ;-)

--Miss Laura

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Facelift for Adult Fiction Collection

As some of you may have noticed, the library staff endured many hours of hard labor and sweat to rearrange the Adult Fiction collection.  Many may ask why.  This particular collection had several issues that needed to be addressed:

  1. The shelves were so full we couldn't put books away
  2. Staff was misshelving materials due to the illogical order of the collection 
  3. The books were not in a logical order - you had to stop in the middle of the alphabet and go clear to the front and start there
  4. We needed to weed some books to make room for the new materials coming in so now was the time to shift the books
For these reasons, we weeded a portion of the collection using standards such as long history of no checkouts, quality of the material, content of the material, duplicates, and more.  We spent a long time reviewing the collection before we began, and then once we weeded the materials, we started shifting the books into a more logical order.  And we added space to each shelf to allow for incoming new material.

So if things look different now, the collection is in a better order and staff is more apt to put things back where they belong so patrons can find what they are looking for.  We simply started with the A's along the east wall, and this flows to the south wall, and then the collection moves forward through the stacks.  This way there is no break in the collection and patrons don't have to stop halfway through to go back to the front.

Also, the Westerns, Science Fiction, and Mysteries were not in order.  So now M comes before S that comes before W. Mystery - Science Fiction - Westerns.

And finally Large Tye is in the same exact location, just spread out and the books follow the rest of the collection so Z's are closest to the door.

We have put up many signs to indicate to patrons what sections they are looking in and where the alphabet flows in the collection.  We tried to make sure we were indicating to everyone where the materials are located.  If you still have questions, please ask staff. It only take a minute to explain the layout and we want to help anyway we can.  See below for a map of the layout.  Note it now flows in a 'C' shape from left to right. It shouldn't take long before everyone is as familiar with the new layout as they were with the old!

Tina Walker, Library Director

Monday, February 6, 2017

Zinio for Libraries: digital magazines available 24/7

Find Your Purpose: 175 inspiring business lessons to navigate the year ahead. Check out issues of Fast Company on Zinio forLibraries through your library’s website. This month's issue features John Legend on the cover.
Other titles available include AllRecipes, Audubon, Beadwork, Country Living, Do It Yourself, and many, many more!

Friday, January 27, 2017

2016 Federal Tax Forms Are Here

We have received our 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms and instructions for tax year 2016. They are available on the small table next to the stairway. All federal forms and instruction booklets are provided at no cost by the IRS.

The State of Nebraska does not send out tax forms or booklets to libraries. We will provide copies of the 1040N (State 1040 form) at the nominal cost of $.20 each. They are available at the Circulation Desk.

Need forms or instructions other than what we have available? We have set up one of our catalog computers to work as a tax form printing station again this year. That computer is located on the North side of the catalog stations.
  • Links to the IRS website and Nebraska Department of Revenue are provided for you on the Home screen. 
  • Forms and instructions printed here are $.10 per page payable up at the Circulation Desk.

For more information, contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 (7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday) or the Nebraska Department of Revenue at 800-742-7474 (8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday).

Please remember: library staff can help you locate the form you are looking for but we do not know which form(s) you should be using. Consult a tax professional for tax advice.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crazy 8s Math Club starting Feb 13!

WHAT: Keene Memorial Library is starting two new after-school clubs for students in grades K-2 and grades 3-5. Crazy 8s Club is a math club that is FUN and interactive - no worksheets here, just activities like Glow-In-The-Dark Geometry, Toilet Paper Olympics and Bouncy Dice Explosion.

WHO: Students in grades K-2 or grades 3-5. Participation is limited to 12-16 per club so register early!!

WHEN: The club meetings will be Monday afternoons from 4-5 pm starting February 13 and running through April 3. Participants are expected to attend all 8 weeks of the club (or inform the leader as soon as possible if they will miss a week).

WHY: To help kids explore math in a way that makes it fun and interesting, without the pressure of worksheets and homework.

HOW: Sign up by calling the library at 402-727-2694 or talking to us when you stop by. For more information, contact Miss Laura (K-2) or Miss Jess (3-5).

Monday, January 16, 2017

#31 Days of Languages

Check out Mango Languages 

Our computer resource for Language learning and join the #31 Days of Language event.

 Mango Languages has over 70 languages to choose from.

Log onto the library website or talk to a staff member to learn more.