Thursday, March 21, 2019

What's Up at the Library?
          Spring is finally up here at the library!  The snowmen  were officially put away and spring is out and it is a wonderful time to come and visit the library.  Spring time at the library is  a busy time, we officially begin planning the summer reading program and other library programs as requests come in.  If you are interested in teaching a class or giving a talk about a favorite topic, please give us a call at 874-2013,  the library is always interested in education and learning for all ages.  Some of the classes held in the past included gardening, sign language, and genealogy as well as guest authors and historical displays.  
             The change of seasons at the library includes the transitioning of Library School to Story Time.  The last Library School will be held April 8th. Library School was an exciting time for the preschoolers, we will miss their smiling faces and all their wisdom! The children enjoyed library school so much that we decided to continue with story time each Monday at 2:00pm. There is no need to sign up.  Story time will last about 1/2 hour, we will read one or two books, talk about the library and play simple games.  All ages are welcome and parents are encouraged to join their children the library.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

     Work continues on the automation system here at the library.  Each book pulled from the shelves, reviewed, repaired and added to the online system is something else to read and learn!  The Clear Lake City Library is a goldmine of volumes of classics literature as well as poetry, famous quotes, speeches and art books. One can find information on about as many subjects as you can imagine. The library holdings include books from the early 1900s and from every generation since that time.  This week poetry books appeared on the new system, one volume contained nothing but poems about mothers.  Baxter Black the cowboy poet has two books on our shelves.  Emily Dickinson, Bret Harte, and Edgar Allan Poe are all in their proper places. Did you know that the Presidential inaugural speeches are published in book form for your reading enjoyment? Certainly, the library contains more information than anyone can master, if you don't believe me you can try it the Library!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

What's Up at the Library?
    Saturday, March 2nd was Read Across America Day in honor of Dr.Seuss's Birthday, did you find time to read ?   Clear Lake City Library is home to many of Dr. Seuss' children's books including his first children's book  And to Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street which was published in1937.  He  followed this book with The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and The Kings Stilts in 1938 and 1939 respectively.  Theodore Seuss Geisel used many pen names during his writing career but "Dr. Seuss" was the name most remembered and revered by readers around the world.  Seuss wrote most of his book in a poetic meter which make reading and listening to his stories fun and pleasant to the ear.  Many stories written by Seuss were reproduced as theatrical films or television specials and in recent history the Cat in the Hat appeared in a television series. All that aside, Dr. Seuss books have been read to or by every beginning reader since they were first written.  Seuss' writing career spanned over 50 years and publishers are still finding materials and art work that Seuss had not published.  Several books were published after his death in 1991 including Daisy-Head Mayzie and Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! Dr. Seuss not only gave us stories that were fun to read and listen to, but also stories that help children develop critical thinking skills and understand what role values play in our relationship to people and the world around us.  Pick up a Seuss book today the library.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

     It is not snowing inside the library! I don't need to remind everyone that this time of year is the best time to sit, get comfortable and read! When you read you can go anywhere you your imagination and it doesn't have to be snowing!  The past two weeks we have added new items by J.D.Robb; L.T. Ryan, C. J. Box; Iris Johanson, and Brad Thor just to name a few.  We have also been going through the shelves in the non-fiction and South Dakota areas and have dusted off many titles that we had forgotten about. As we reorganize the library, my "what to read next" list just continues to grow and we can help your list grow as well.  
      Just a reminder that the library is still running the "Book-a-Day" reading goal for all children.  Each child should pick up a reading calendar at the library and color  a shape for each book or chapter read.  When the calendar is full bring it to the library and pick out of the treasure chest.  As you look out the window at the snow, remember that reading can take you anywhere you want to go and there is always someplace sunny and warm the library.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

     Did you miss the Sweethearts candy conversation hearts this year?  According to CNBC news the brand new owners, Spangler Candy did not finalize the purchase soon enough to stock the store shelves with this all time favorite.  The conversation hearts have been available every Valentine's Day since 1866, until this year.  Conversation sweethearts have been an ice breaker in blossoming relationships since that early date, if only the boxes could tell the stories.  Don't worry though... they will be back in production by this time next year!
     February is a great month to begin thinking about healthy habits.  The Clear Lake City Library has a large selection of health related materials, as well as diet plans, healthy cookbooks, and books about physical fitness. Also on our periodical shelves, we have a monthly subscription to Web MD and the Mayo Clinic News Letter.  The past  publications of Web MD may be checked out and there are many years worth of the Mayo Clinic News Letter archived at the library for in house use. The first step to great health starts the library!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What's Up at the Library?
     Happy Valentine's Day from the library staff.  We have done a little research on the new on line card catalog and would like to share the results. When you access our card catalog and search for Valentines you will find 52 library holdings available for check out, look up Love and you can choose from 2,157 items.  Type in "Secret admirer" and you will have 11  books to choose from, 29 holdings for the topic of sweethearts and "chocolate" brought up 46 selections.  All this takes only a few seconds.  The new system is quick and gives patrons several ways to search the system for materials.  You can search for books specifically for children or search specifically for DVDs and it is easy. You can even do it from home at Once you have our home page just click on the card catalog and you will have entered our library card catalog.  From the comfort of you home you can see all we have to offer and make you choices at home, once in the library the staff are always willing to help you find the books or movies of your choosing.
     The library staff would like to remind residents that the library generally only closes for the  four major we will be open on February 18th for President's Day.  We have an enormous amount if reading materials about the presidency and presidential history.  We invite you to learn something new about President's Day the library.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

What's Up at the Library?

     This the week we celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday as well as the birthday of Charles Dickens.  Although, their writing differs greatly they do have at least two things in common.  One is they both enjoyed writing very much and the second is they both wrote about their own lives.  Wilder's stories have been popular with children and adults since they were first published.  The eight books were published between 1932 and 1943.  The Laura Ingalls Wilder collection has been published in over 40 languages and has been a classroom staple in nearly every state of the union.  Children have enjoyed reading and listening to the stories from life of long ago and many more will be introduced to the series in years to come.
     Charles Dickens on the other hand wrote books for many different age groups.  We are most familiar with A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities, but these are only two of the many writings created by Dickens.  Dickens too, wrote loosely about events in his life by weaving them in the stories he created.  Dickens was a master at creating dramatized characters and weaving life events together to thread each of his characters in to the main story line of his writing.  Dickens wrote extensively about children and the suffering of the poor, something he experienced different times in his life. 
     Clear Lake City Library has reading materials by and about both of these authors.  If you are looking for some wholesome family reading we encourage you to check out what we have available here.. at the library.