Holiday Hours: We will be closed for Christmas Thursday, Dec. 25th and Saturday, Dec. 27th. We will also close on New Year’s day, Thursday, Jan. 1st. We will be open on Dec. 30th if you need to satisfy your reading addiction (ahhhh, those vacation days, perfect for curling up with a good book!)
Did you know….? You can get a Portland Public Library card right here in our little town library! This is their regular library card which will allow you to access all of their audio books, e-books, as well as going in and checking out their vast collection of books! For more information on what is required to get a card, check out this Portland Public Library page. Come on in and see Amy for your card!
We have a winner!! The winner of the snowshoe raffle is Zeke Parent!! Congratulations Zeke!! Thank you to all who participated in this raffle!
Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer at the library?
We have a few openings right now to work along side the Library Director
Tuesday nights from 4-6pm during the winter months (until about May, but that can be flexible).
Saturday mornings from 9-11am or 11-1pm
In January we will have an opening for every other Tuesday night from 6-8pm.
We are looking for anyone who would be willing to do whatever is needed. Because we’re a small library and mostly volunteer-staffed, the job description covers everything from checking books in and out, shelving books, cleaning, etc. This is a great opportunity to meet others in the community and find out about great books and authors.
We’re also interested in having a list of substitute volunteers we can call on when a “regular” volunteer can’t come in (we keep a schedule handy, so we know when people will be on vacation or have prior commitments)
Please contact Amy if you are interested. Thank you!!
It’s not too late to enter into the snowshoe raffle!!
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, December 2nd, we will be drawing a name to win 2 pairs of snowshoes! The snowshoes were handmade from a kit and donated to the library to raffle off. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. Come on in to the library to fill out your tickets for a chance to win!
Wow, time has flown! We have spent the spring and summer months working on logging all of our books into an online catalog. There are still lots of tweaks to be made, but we’ve now begun handing out new library patron cards. These cards have a bar code on them and will not require a yearly renewal. They are also FREE! The library board of trustees passed a vote to do away with the 50 cent charge for patron cards. All this “newness” also means that volunteers (as well as the library director) are having to get used to a new system. As we go ahead, things may seem a little slow but I think we’ll all get the hang of it and it is going to reap huge benefits! One of those is that you can now view our online catalog from anywhere and see if we have the book you want, if it’s checked in or out at the moment, and, if it’s checked out, you can put a hold on it…..all from the comfort of your own home (or wherever you are when accessing our catalog)!!! The link for the online catalog will be permanently added to our webpage, but for the sake of this post, I’ll include it here: West Buxton Public Library Online Catalog (and when it asks for library name and password, you just need to enter the name: WBuxtonLibrary) So feel free to check it out and please bear with us as we make all these new changes!
“Spring has sprung, The Grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is? The little bird is on the wing, But that’s absurd! Because the wing is on the bird!”
by Ogden Nash
Well, I’d say it’s safe to finally say spring is here. Yard work has been getting done even here around the library! And though the river seemed to shake it’s fist in our direction, just as many long time locals promised, it kept within it bounds and the library stayed cozy, warm and DRY! 😀
We’re still hard at working getting a “virtual card catalog” set up online. It’s a long process (the library SEEMS like a small library until you have a project like this where you have to actually handle EVERY SINGLE BOOK in here!) but we’re hoping to be done by this fall. This will mean new library cards as well (that will have a barcode so they’re computer interactive). However, we won’t be updating cards every year after this AND there is no longer a fee for getting a library card. More on that as we get closer to the end of the project (we’ve officially made it to about 1/4 of our total inventory cataloged!)
And finally, we have an exciting program coming up this month. On May 17th at 11 am, Miss Acadia High 2014, Alyssa Patterson, will be co-hosting a book reading with us. As part of her reign, Alyssa is promoting the Crown C.A.R.E.S program which focuses on anti-bullying. She’ll be reading from Francine McEwen’s newly released book, Billy Big Ears and Bob the Bully. The author herself as well as the illustrator, Thomas Block, will be joining Alyssa to discuss the book and their work on it. This is a free event. We are still looking for a place to hold the event as the library only holds 25 people and we’re expecting many more than that as the program will be advertised in several local schools as well as on community television. So stay tuned for more details, and if you know of a place locally where we can hold the event, please contact Amy at email@example.com.