Monday, December 11, 2017



What's Up at the Library?
    The decorations are up and the children's department has a fresh display of Christmas reading readily available.  Library School met on Monday the 11th.  The children enjoyed a reading of "T'was the Night before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore as well as other Christmas stories.  Good Reader Rule number 6...Read for fun! They finished up the time by making an ornament to take home.  A good time was had by all.  Just a reminder, we will not be meeting again until January 22, 2018.
     The children are not the only patrons that can find a good Christmas story.   The library has many Christmas themed books by many favorite authors including Debbie Macomber,  John Grisham, Donna VanLiere, Glenn Beck, Mary Higgins Clark, David Baldacci, James Patterson, Wanda E. Brunstetter, and  Richard Paul Evans just to name a few. Are you looking for a great book by a favorite author themed for Christmas? Stop in to the library for a personal demonstration on how to use our new online card catalog system.  It is easy and fun and you will definitely find a list of great books to choose from.  Soon the patron side of the system will be running with even more options to keep your reading selections organized!  There is always something new here...at the library.

Friday, December 1, 2017

What's Up at the Library?


     The holiday season does not hinder the work at the library. New books are arriving, the automation work is still continuing and the we are moving, rearranging and adding a few smaller book cases as we inventory each book, DVD, and audio book in the library.  We are excited to announce that we will start using the patron side of the new automation system in January. The only major change for patrons is that you will or can get email or text messages about material due dates.  If you would rather get notifications the old fashioned way -via telephone- we would be happy to do that too!  The new system will also offer you the possibility of creating book lists on your account as well as rate books.  
     Library School will be held again December 11, 2017, the children are learning ways to become excellent readers!  We will not be holding library school again until January 22, 2018 if you would like your 4 -5 year old to attend just show up at 1:30pm we would love for them to join our group.  Typically Library School is held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 1:30 to 2:30, Starting with the 4th Monday in January the children will learn about making up their own stories, as well as listening to stories.  There is always something to learn, here...at the library.

Monday, November 27, 2017


What's Up at the Library?

     The Christmas Season is officially upon us.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday are part of the past, and now we must choose if we are going to continue the hectic rush of the season or if we will instead conquer the trends of our times and take up the spirit of joy and giving this season.  The public interest in surviving the holiday season is evident by the number of web sites dedicated to just that - surviving the holidays.  
     Here at the library we believe we have the best way keep holiday stress at a minimum and the added bonus of low or no cost to you.  Library cards at the Clear Lake City Library are free to all city residents, for Deuel County residents residing out of the city limits the cost is only $10.00 per year for a family membership. A library membership entitles you to all library book holdings available for check out as well as audio book and DVD movie rental, additionally the library offers free WiFi and six desk top computers for your use.  The library is adding new books daily to the shelves in every area.  The library has books in a variety of genre including mysteries, science fiction, christian fiction and non-fiction.  The shelves include books for all ages including board books for toddlers, picture books and readers for elementary students, book of interest for middle school and high school students as well as many adult titles .  During this holiday season take time to get comfortable  with a good book or better yet read aloud a good book to your family.  There are always great books to choose from here...at the library.

Thursday, November 16, 2017



What's up at the Library

       Thanksgiving is here, and we would like to share with our readers some interesting facts about Thanksgiving.  Did you know that the first thanksgiving did not include mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, corn on cob or cranberries? But the local seafood lovers would be pleased to know that lobster probably would have been on the menu as well as some goat cheese, and maple syrup. Also the first thanksgiving table settings did not include forks.  The pilgrims used their fingers along with spoons and knives to eat. 
      Some other interesting facts: Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the united states, Sarah Joespha Hale, the author of "Mary had a little lamb" persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday which he did in 1863, and the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began in the 1920's.  The library will be closed on Thanksgiving day as well as the following Friday.  The library staff wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you after the holiday here...at the library.
 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Reading for your health?

        We live in a time when nearly everyone is chasing good health. We, as a nation,  have easier access to medical care and medical health information than ever before in history.  This information age has helped the general public to become informed of not only mainstream medical health information but also alternative health care practices. As the interest in improving one's health increases the public continues to look for new information and health practices that are affordable and beneficial to their lives.  A September Reader's Digest article, "Word Power", by Brandon Spector offers some great information on the benefits of reading to ones good health.  Did you know that reading 30 minutes a day will increase your life span by about two years?  Also, a recent study found that children who have been read to on a regular basis score higher on intelligence tests, have stronger literacy skills and land better jobs.  Mr. Spector wrote "word power increases brain power", and just think the expense of this type of healthy living is extremely low.  Reading is free, material cost is minimal and there are no powders, pills or schedules to keep - simply pick up a book and read.  Different types or reading benefit your brain in different ways but all reading is beneficial.  Pick up a good book today and enjoy your good health in the future!
      As we talk more about reading...Library School was held on Monday, November 13th.  The children enjoy being read to and learning about using their imaginations.  Good Reader Rule #4:  Use your imagination when you read!  There is always something good here...at the library.

Thursday, November 2, 2017



What's Up at the Library

     Just a reminder Library School will be held on Monday November 13th from 1:30 TO 2:30pm all four to five year old children are welcome to join the fun. November calendars are available for the "Book-a-Day" challenge be sure to your children grab one  when you stop into the library. 
     Clear Lake City Library board has shared a few notes on a recent meeting with the State Library representative.  The library board is designed to help the library to grow and advance their services in the community.  The library staff are thankful for the work they do and look forward to our library's continued growth and benefits for our patrons and community.

     The Clear lake Library had a productive visit with Shawn Behrends, the State Data Coordinator, On Wednesday, October 25th.  She met with Pam Taylor and several board members.  Many issues were discussed centering on small town libraries; the multiple services  they provide such as : reading programs, "Library School", summer reading activities, book-a-day incentives with treasure chest rewards, computers and internet availability, access to the state 'e-book' library, and theme displays coordinated with the Clear Lake Museum with related reading materials.
     Also discussed were: ways to increase revenue, programs and  speakers to offer (genealogy was a popular past offering), partnering with other libraries, such as Watertown or Canby for special events  or speakers, creative fund raising and developing a "Friends of the Library" volunteer group.  Keep  a look out for upcoming events here...at the library
 
     
  


Thursday, October 26, 2017



      Good Reader rule number three...look the pictures over carefully. The children who attended Library School on October 23rd learned how story illustrations help to tell the story.  Library story time included "The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read"by Irma Simonton Black and the children agreed that reading is a very important thing to know!  Library School will meet again November 13th, if you are interested in your child attending you may call the library at 874-2013 for more information or bring your four to five year old children to the library on the second and forth Monday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Library School is designed to help children grow a desire to read and teach children some basic reading skills.
      With the fall weather turning colder the library has a good book for each and every member of your family to curl up with on a cold winter night.  When books are not on the menu the library has over 1000 DVD movies to choose from.  There is always something new here...at the library.