Thursday, October 19, 2017

What's Up at the Library?

  Automation continues!!!  We are well over 8,000 books as of today, but there are still many shelves to go.  Library staff are not discouraged, we are excited!  Even though this project is larger than we imagined it is great to handle each book, do a little research, and make sure we have a library full of good and entertaining books.  In our world of technology it is refreshing to see young people getting a new library card and using the library.  The past month the library has issued six new library cards for a total of  twenty family members!  We always have suggestions for every age and interest for a great book.  The new online card catalog can also help you to search our shelves from home. Try it out at it is a great place to  see what we have the library.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

What's Up at the Library?

   With Halloween around the corner the library has take on a different appearance, our Library Director,  Pam Taylor,  loves to decorate so it is a must to make the library a stop in your day to check out our latest decor and pick up a new book.  New books are added to the shelf weekly.  Additionally the library offers DVDs, audio books, and magazines for check out and  two newspapers to read while you are here.  
     If you have not tried out the new  online card catalog?  I recently discovered that the new program includes an area where children can search for books by subject using picture symbols.  It is colorful and fun and is sure to be a great hit with the children!  Library school was held Monday the 9th.  The children learned about becoming good readers using numbers.  Good reader step number 2: read your books one page at a time. We will be continuing the Library School the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 1:30-2:30, as well as the Book a Day challenge for all children. For information on the activities at the library  call 874-2013, we always have something new the library.

Monday, October 2, 2017

     It has been a great week at the library!  Library School was held September 25th and the children had a good time learning about the library and how to become great readers.  Good reader step number one:  read a book from front to back and right side up!  We look forward to the next Library school to be held October 9th from 1:30 to 2: 30pm.  Call the library at 874-2013 to sign up your 4 and 5 year old children.  There is no cost for this class.
     The library staff are still inputting books into the new online system and have been experimenting with the patron side of the system.  There will be exciting things coming up!  Additionally, the library would like to thank all those who help to fund special projects through financial donations and the donations of books that the library can either put on the shelf or sell to raise funds, we are excited to for some new projects the coming year.  Some of those projects include an upgrade to the online system so we can have the actually cover or picture of the book on the system, the purchasing of a laptop computer to replace an outdated desktop.  That will give us some extra room for a tall bookcase to be added in the children's area. The children's area is in need of a place for non-fiction materials at their level and easy to access.  If you are interested in helping the library with these projects or other needs, visit us at the library, we would love to show you around and tell about the things we do the library.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


  Clear Lake City Library staff would like to publicly thank Elaine Dohrer and Deanna Anderson for all their years of service to our library as official board members.  Both have been board members longer than we can remember. We thank them for their service and will miss their contribution and friendship to the library.
     Again we would like to remind parents that their children can continue to read for the "Book a Day" challenge.  Children should log books they read and stop in and choose from the treasure box. Reading helps our children become great thinkers!  Also, Library School is held the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 for children who are four and five years old.  We will be learning about the library and reading skills.  If you are interested stop in or call the library to sign up.
     Did you know that the library has over 1,000 DVD movies available for check out?  We have movies appropriate for children as well as great family flicks. As fall weather arrives, the library is a great place to get a movie for family night! Checking out movies is free!  The library limits movie check out to four per family or card and require an adult family member to be present for check out.  Movies can be checked out for one week and if you are unable to return them by the due date just call the library at 874-2013 and we will renew them. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Barbie, and Downton Abbey are just a few titles you may be interested in.  When your Friday night plans are rained out stop and check out "To Kill a Mocking Bird" or another of your favorite movies the library.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What's Up at the Library

     Welcome back a little bit of summer!  We again have a little bit of warm weather but as you read this fall may have returned.  My cucumbers do not know the date and continue to produce, but we welcome the beautiful days as well as look forward to fall.
     The Clear Lake City Library is excited to begin a new round of reading programs geared toward four and five year old children.  We will be holding "Library School" the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month from 1:30 to 2:30.  Library School will consist of story time as well as activities geared toward teaching reading readiness and library skills.  There will be no charge for the program and children are welcome to come to each class or as many as are manageable for your family.  We are gearing the program towards four and five years old, if room permits, three year olds who can attend to a read aloud story, complete simple coloring and writing activities, and sit independent of a parent will be welcome.  Parents may call the library 874-2013 to reserve a place.
     We are continuing the "Book a Day" challenge for all children. Children need to read and log a book a day or a chapter a day then come to the library and pick from the treasure chest!  Children who are not reading yet may also participate by listening to stories read by a parent or older sibling. Daily reading benefits everyone!
     Fall is in the air...some days, but here at the library the seasonal  decorations are changing.  Autumn is a favorite time of the year here at the library.  Stop in to check out new books as well as the new fall look the library.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


 What's Up at the library

 Have you tried out the new online card catalog?  Please let us know what you think by dropping either an email at or in person at the library.  We have officially made it over 7,000 books in the system and continue to add more daily, in between other library activities.  We do have  icons on each of the desktop computers in the library as well as the library's blog so patrons have easy access to the card catalog.  We are hopeful that the budget will eventually allow an upgrade so the catalog also includes a picture of the books cover to help entice readers as well make location an easier task.
     Constitution day or citizen
ship day is generally observed on September 17, for the day in 1787 when the delegates signed the constitution and for those who have become  citizens. This year, because the 17 falls on a weekend, the country will observe September 18th as Constitution Day.   It is important to note that the current law mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions and federal agencies provide educational programming on the history of American Constitution on that day.  What a great idea!  We invite you to come to the Clear Lake City Library on Constitution Day and discover some interesting facts about our constitution and the history of our great United States of America.  Research is fun, the library.

Friday, August 18, 2017


 What an exciting week!  Beginning with "Hot Dog Days" on the 18th, then the eclipse on Monday 21st, and  school starting Tuesday many are ready for the coming of autumn and a slower pace.  Unless of course you have a child or two involved in extra curricular activities you may be looking forward to that first blizzard...did I really say that?  Well anyway, time is marching on for everyone at the same pace and it is up to each to fill their days with the meaningful activities of life.  The library has many new or old books that would perfectly fit your need of a little down time! The adult new shelf includes titles from Baldacci, Child, Coben, Flynn, Patterson, just to name a few, as well as many popular authors in the christian fiction area.  The children's, middle school and high school areas have many popular titles as well.  The library also has an abundance of books that are on the  Accelerated Reader list, we encourage students to keep on top of their points to avoid the last minute crunch each quarter.  In addition to books the library has many other amenities patrons can take advantage of including six computer stations, free WiFi, and a comfortable and quiet place to do school work or read.  The library staff can also make you copies or do small laminating projects while you read the Clear Lake Courier.
     The online card catalog is up and running!  The future holds the promise of the patron side of the system which will allow patrons to track their reading habits and make book lists.  Library staff would love to give you demonstration on how the new card catalog works, the library