Monday, October 14, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

     Freida is a star reader! She read over 50 books  with the desire to choose Clifford's friend Cleo to take home.  Clear Lake City Library challenges all children to read and fill out a reading calendar and bring it to the library.  We love to give children a chance to choose from our treasure chest, and for those who go above and beyond we have a special shelf to choose from.  We would love to see you and your children the library.

Friday, October 4, 2019

What’s Up at the Library?
     Library Patron’s are making good use of the new laptop.  This week library patron, Clayton Stangeland, used the laptop to access the catalog for Talking Books from the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library.  Clayton found making his listening choices online simpler and quicker. Library staff are always willing to assist you in accessing materials.  If you need materials from the Braille and Talking Book Library, we can help and guide you through the process.  Clear Lake City Library also has a great selection of large print materials for easier reading.
     Library staff continue to bring materials to residents at the Good Samaritan Center every two weeks and Beginning in October we will also deliver materials to the Hidewood Estates.  Library staff will select a variety of materials and bring them along.  If patrons have specific requests, they can contact the library and make their request.  We will do our best to honor all reading choices.
     We are also excited to announce that we have changed the circulation rules for DVD check out.  We will now offer DVDs for a 2-week checkout period. Along with the 2-week checkout the late fees will be reduced to 25 cents per day.  Of course, patrons can avoid all late charges by calling or emailing and asking for more time.  We are always happy to renew.  We would look forward to seeing you soon…at the library.

Friday, September 27, 2019

What’s Up at the Library?
     Fall is here and the weather is certainly agreeing.  I plan to have the garden completely empty by the end of the week and look forward to a comfortable chair and a good book.  In our day and age, we have many choices in our book selections.  We can get books in either hard cover or paperback, on our tablets or phones; an audio or digital version. Our literary resources are not limited by our personal limitations.
     This past week I assisted a patron in accessing Talking Books through the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book library, a service that is free for qualified patrons. As I was assisting this person It came to my attention that there may be others who may have a difficult time with ordering taking books and maneuvering the system.  Clear Lake City Library is here to assist with these types of computer needs. Stop in and ask we will help where we can and look for answers to the questions we do not have an answer for.
     This past week we also held the first Library School Sessions.  The children enjoyed a story and craft time as well as learning the first Good Reader Rule: Read each book right side up and front to back. Children are always learning here…at the library.

Friday, September 20, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

          September always seems to be an eventful month.  School and sporting activities are keeping everyone busy and then there are the garden vegetables needing our attention, this leaves very little time to read simply for the pleasure of it.  But, this too shall pass and once the garden stops calling and the outdoor chores are done you may find yourself ready for a good book and a cup of tea.  Clear Lake City Library staff will assist you in finding just the right book.  We have new releases coming each month and are always willing to look into ordering requested materials, when ever possible. 
          September is also has a number of special birthdays and celebration days.  Well known authors, Tomie Depaola; Robet McCloskey, and Sid Hoff all have September birthdays as well as the super funny poet, author, songwriter Shel Silverstein.  The library has many books written by all of the above authors, including many by Shel Silverstein, so while you are checking out one of Silverstein's many works just ask me about his life and I will share what I know the library.

Friday, September 13, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

         Clear Lake City Library is excited to announce the addition of a laptop computer and Microsoft office 365 on 5 different computers throughout the library.  This all comes to our patrons through a grant received from the Deuel County Community Foundation.  The grant was written to provide a laptop that could be taken along to outreach programs such as going to the Good Samaritan Center and for patron use.  Patron's may use the laptop anywhere in the library to complete resumes and computer projects, Library staff will be available to assist patrons as needed.  Microsoft Office 365 includes the general office programs as well as many templates and publishing options. A big thank you goes out to the Deuel County Community Foundation for the support they give our Library!
     The fall decorations are all out and now is a good time to make your bucket list for reading this fall.  We have just put out new books by Stuart Woods, J.D. Robb, Beth Wiseman and Melanie Golding along with others in our adult fiction area. For those of you who don't know which author to start your winter with, library staff are always willing to suggest a favorite.
      Library School will meet for the first session Monday, September 23rd at 12:30 pm.  Our goal for library school children is to get them excited about reading.  All children ages 3 and up are welcome and there is no charge.   The Good Samaritan Center residents are enjoying the visits from Clear Lake City Library.  Each time I visit more residents request a library card and even request special books. Last week one patron asked if would bring her some Shakespeare to read.  My response, "certainly".  So, this week I will be looking for just the right book!  There is always something different to read and do the library. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

     Fall is appearing at Clear Lake City Library!  I am trying to keep with the tradition of decorating at the library, but I am not sure I can come close to what my predecessor accomplished.  Thankfully, Emma is a great help on that end. Emma has also displayed a large assortment of fall cookbooks as well as a collection children's books with fall themes.  We have discovered that books get checked out more often when they are displayed.  
     As we move toward that six letter word beginning with "W" and descriptive of the weather trends, remember that the library is a great place to visit regardless of the conditions outside.  Not only do we have reading materials for every interest but we also have movies, audio books and WiFi access.  The library has desk top computers for patron's use and we are always here to answer your questions and assist you if needed. We always have a smile with our service.
     Another reminder that the first meeting of Library School will be Monday, September 23rd at 12:30 pm.  Details about the class and the schedule is available at the library and is also posted on Facebook @clearlakebooks and on our web page -  We would love to see your preschoolers the library.

Friday, August 30, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

          Fall is coming closer!  I am amazed at how my tomatoes began turning this week, this means a little extra work, but also many meals of tomatoes on toast. The beginning of fall is a quieter time at the library.  The students are getting acclimated to their new routines, families are spending time out of doors enjoying the cool evenings, thus leaving off  extra reading time or family movie nights.  During these slow evenings at the library staff are working hard getting new materials on the floor as well as arranging displays all in an effort to assist our patrons in finding what they are looking for as well as exploring something new that has caught their eye.  We have been cleaning off forgotten shelves, dusting off some old books that may be of interest to some and discarding materials that are outdated.  If you are interested in purchasing books, VHS tapes and DVDs the library has some to sell.  Prices range from$0.25 to $1.00, as well as a selection of free materials. All the proceeds are used to fund library programs such as Library School and Summer Reading. Come and check out what we have put out. 
          When you come to check out what we are selling it is a great time to check out what the library has to offer.  Library cards are free for city residents and for those who live out side the city limits the cost is $10.00 per year.  A Clear Lake City Library cards entitles you access to all of our library holdings.  Clear Lake City Library a great selection of books for every age, every genre, every subject and many authors.  Additionally,  there are over 1,200 DVD movies as well as audio books, newspapers, and magazines.  As a library card holder you will also have access to E-books through South Dakota Titles To Go as well as many electronic resources through the South Dakota State Library.  The best is that Clear Lake City Library staff are always willing to assist you.  We would love to help you the library.