Friday, August 10, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

      Yes, school is nearly in session, summer has been a time of rest and relaxation and now we need to change gears.  The school year can be hectic with after school activities, events and homework that often young readers only find time to read the school required materials and have very little time to read for pleasure. As you venture into this new year with your children, help them to leave time to read for enjoyment.  Children who have a love of reading not only find it easier to read the teacher directed materials but they do better academically as a whole. 
        Clear Lake City Library will be conducting Library School again this fall beginning on September 10th.  Classes will be held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 1:30 in the afternoon and will last about one hour.  Children three and four years old are welcome to attend and there is no fee.  This year the children will be covering "Good Reader Rules" as well as "10 Things You Should Never, Never, Never, Ever do with a Library Book!" Call the library at 874-2013 to sign your child up.
          Sign language class will also be offered beginning on September 10 at 6:00 pm.  Those who are interested in learning some history and basic signs to use in daily life are welcome to sign up.  There will be a $5.00 charge for printed materials. The class will run for 6 consecutive weeks.  We are excited to see you the library.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

     It is finished!  the new library system is now interfaced with the e-books available through the South Dakota State Library.  This change has caused some difficulty because we needed to discontinue the old numbers and connect to new numbers.  The new system will be using the entire bar code number on your library card located on the back of your card. You will not need the cl prior to your bar code number. Those of you who came to the library and got a new card prior to August 1st will have their history connected to your new number! Some current e-book readers have not updated their library card and will not be able to connect to the e-books until they do.  Unfortunately, the patrons who have not updated ahead of time will not have access to their history when they get their new number.  If you have any questions feel free to contact the library by email at or by telephone at 874-2013. With the new system your library card will expire one year from the date you got it and every year there after, it will be important to update your info every year.
     Fall brings a season of change and here at the library we are changing too.  Beginning September 10th, children ages four to five years can participate in the "Library School".  Library School will be held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  This year will will be covering  Good Reader Rules as well as 10 things you should never, never, never, ever do with a library book. This program is free.  Call the Library at 874-2013 to sign up. Additionally, we will be offering a sign language interest class beginning September 10th.  The class will be held for 6 consecutive Mondays from 6:00 to 7:00pm.  The class costs $5.00 and you may call the library to sign up.  Change is always in the air the library.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Reading 2018

     Pet Rocks or musical instruments, it didn't matter...the Library was great fun during Summer Reading.  Clear Lake City Library offers a free summer reading program each June as well as other children's programing through out the year.  Read about upcoming events in the Clear Lake Courier and our web site at There is always something rocking here... at the library!

What's Up at the Library?
          Summer is heating up!  As the newness of the summer season wears off Clear Lake City Library would like to invite you to come and cool down.  The library is cool, comfortable and has many things to offer our community.  Library staff would like to invite the Deuel community to tour our library and take a look at what we have to offer our patrons. City resident library cards are free and there is only a $10 fee for county residents who live out of the city limits.  Do you live out side of  the county but are in Clear Lake for work or other business and want to use our library?  That is great too, and again a card is only $10.00 per year.  
       Our library offers books from every genre and for every reading level. The new online card catalog offers patrons the opportunity to view our library holdings from home.  If you are looking for a specific book you can go to click on Card Catalog and begin your search.  Many of the children's books indicate if they are accelerated reader books which will be a help at the end of the month when your students are trying to get their points in. In addition to reading materials the library also has over 1000 DVD movies as well as many audio books for check out.  On a hot day the library is a quiet place to just sit and read a magazine, newspaper or surf the web.  Check out our used book sale...we offer 25 cent books and have recently added a large selection of Sci-Fi books for sale.
     Coming this fall...we will be holding "Library School" for four and five year old children.  Classes will be held the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  Also, beginning in September the library will offer a basic sign language class for anyone interested in exploring another means of communication. Speaking of another means of communication...did you know that the South Dakota State Library offers an online language program for free?  We would love to share that program with at the library.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

   The library staff would like to thank all the parents who signed up their children for the Summer Reading Program.  We had a great time and we hope the children did as well.  
     With Summer Reading complete, the Rodeo Book Sale over we are back at full speed continuing with our automation duties.  We have close to 15,000 books in the system as of this week and continue to add more every day.  You may access the Clear Lake City Library card catalog by going to select the card catalog tab. You can search for a book in our library by title, author or subject.  E book readers must remember to get a new library card as their old numbers will no longer work when we change over to the new system for E books.  Patrons who have a new card will just begin using their new bar code number with the letters cl before it when the old number no longer works. This should happen sometime after the 19th of July.  Don't delay and get you new card today.  There is always a new book the library.

Summer Reading 2018 Libraries Rock

After reading Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin the children made pet rocks to hang around with!
The Children learned why you shouldn't bring a piano to the beach after reading Elise Parsley's book If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach,DON'T! 
The children made Tambourines and Castanets to make joyful noise at home!   

 Summer reading was a great time this year!  We hope to see you all again next summer and some more as well!
                                                                                     Pam Taylor and Patti Ruby

Thursday, July 5, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

     Have you updated your library card?  I know that I sound like a broken record but...all you e-book readers need to make sure you come to the library and get a new library card.  We will be changing logins toward the end of July or early August and if you have not updated you information you may run into a few computer glitches, in fact you will not be able to check out e-books with your old numbers.  We are a bit behind schedule for changing the system but that is a benefit for twenty six patrons who have not updated their information and received a new library card.  To keep reading,  please stop in and answer a few questions and get a new number. Library cards are free for city residents and only ten dollars per year for patrons who live outside the city limits.  
     The summer is going fast...and it won't be long and will be starting.  The library staff urge parents to get a library card.  The library has an ongoing program for readers called the "Book-a-Day" club.  Students can read either a book or chapter in a book each day, document it on the months calendar and then bring the calendar to library a pick from the treasure chest.  "Library School" will begin again the second Monday of September at 1:30pm.  Library School is geared toward 4 and 5 year olds, and focuses on good reading rules. There is no sign up but we encourage children to come each session, held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.  There is an online calendar of the dates at our website,  Reading is always good, the library.