Thursday, February 22, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

     Snow and more snow that is what is up!  Snow is coming down in buckets as I sit and write this article and although you, the reader will be reading this nearly a week later our thoughts may be fixed on the same thoughts ..."In like a lion...out like a lamb".  What does that mean and where did it come from?  Research led me to an interesting genre, weather folklore. As explained by, weather folklore can be very accurate, based on careful observations or it can be simply very entertaining rhymes or colorful beliefs of the people who came before us.  Some of those beliefs included the idea that there should be a balance between weather and life.  Terrible weather at the beginning of the month should be balanced by mild weather at the end of the month.  Because March is a month of change the saying may hold true, sometimes. Some other March weather folklore includes: "A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay", "As it rains in March so it rains in June", and "March winds and April showers? Bring forth May Flowers".
     Snow or rain, cloudy or clear makes no difference to us here at the library.  Good books can speed you from a cold winters night to a hot steamy day in the measure of a few type written words, the library is full of action, suspense and mystery or if you prefer poetry and classics.  There is always something good to read the library.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

   New library cards are ready! If you have already been in and updated your information you may pick your card up any time the library is open.  If you do not have a card stop in and get your card.  The procedure is simple and painless. We request that you bring your drivers license, a piece of mail that hasyour physical street address, answer a few questions and "Waa Laa" as "Fancy Nancy" would say , you get your new card.  There is no charge for city residents and for persons living outside the city limits the cost is $10.00 per year. Library card holders have access to all the library holdings including Fiction, and Non-fiction materials, magazines and news subscriptions,over 1000 movie rentals, and e-books available through South Dakota Titles To Go.  
     The library staff are interested in holding some special classes in the future. Topics people have shown interest in are Genealogy, Sign Language, and special technology subjects. If you would be interested in participating or conducting a class demonstrating or teaching your specific gift please contact the librarian at 874-2013 we would love to hear from you.  There is always something in the works the library.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The above photograph was donated to the library by Liz Begalka, according to writing on the back it was taken in 1973, and is a Lil Junas photo.

What's Up at the Library?
      Did you know that the  Clear Lake City Library is the second oldest library in South Dakota?   I was not able to locate the oldest library in South Dakota, but can tell you that the Clear Lake City Library was started in  1899 with the first recorded business meeting held March 9th,  1900.  The library was first located in a building that once housed the Ralph Lavin Barber Shop and was funded by a series of fundraisers and even by board members paying the bills to keep it open. With such a limited budget, a committee  was formed to solicit books and magazines from the community as well as charging for memberships. Patrons could by a yearly membership, a lifetime membership or pay for each book that they borrowed  at 10 cents a piece and a five cent renewal.  The history of our library demonstrates the dedication the residents of Clear Lake had to our community.  Not only is our library the second oldest in the state, it was also established nearly two years before the first two Carnegie libraries were opened in South Dakota. Those libraries being located in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen. South Dakota boasts 25 Carnegie Libraries, as reported by the Carnegie Library Corporation.  The Library moved to its present location in November 1974 and is still a vital part of this community. We invite you to come to the library and research our community we have many  historical holdings including A Precious Legacy put together by dedicated residents who served on The History Book Committee and Clear Lake Centennial Committee for its publication in 1984. History is always fun the library.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

What's up at the library?

Library School was held for the first time in 2018 on Monday January 22. We are learning about authors and illustrators. This week we read David Shannon's “Duck on a Bike” and followed with “Duck on a Tractor” by Toronto, SD brothers Eli and Finley Brunick. Eli and Finley’s family are relatively new to the Toronto area but have ties to the area including a great grand father, by the surname of Hauge who was superintendent at the Deuel School. David Shannon's story and illustrations inspired the Brunick brothers to continue the story, it was a delight to share their story with the Library School children. With eleven children in attendance Library School was a big success the children had a great time acting out a story and making their own illustrations. If you are interested in your child attending Library school just call 874-2013 for more information. We always have something fun coming up the library.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

     Books, Books and more books are up at the library!  We seem never to get caught up getting the books out on the floor before we have a new shipment arriving and more to do. So if you come in the library and think our office is a little are right it is. On the bright side I did not make any impossible to keep New Year resolutions that would cause never ending guilt about my lack of success.  So, until the spring cleaning bug bites, we will continue automating the library and getting those new books out on the shelf, picking up here and there so we don't trip and get injured on one of the many stacks of books!
    Don't forget that we still have a treasure box for our young readers on the book a day plan. The book a day plan is guaranteed to increase brain volume and activity at no cost to the parent.  The library staff would be happy to help our young readers to develop and increase their reading knowledge.  For the younger students we are still holding library school on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 1:30 to 2:30.  Call 874-2013 for more information.  We would love to see you the library.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

       The library staff are very excited to announce a very generous gift from the local Kiwanas Club.  Pam Taylor and Patti Ruby gave a short presentation on the current library projects including adding additional shelving space in the children's area.  The local Kiwanas Club members presented the library with the funds to purchase a new permanent wall unit.  This new space could house approximately 560 books. Now that is impressive!  The library staff are busy planning and reorganizing books so that every child who comes to the library can find just the right book.
     We are moving along on the automation process and are happy to announce that we will be distributing new library cards in the near future.  If you have already been in and updated your information and received a new library number we will have a new card waiting for you in a couple of weeks.  Don't forget you can now look for your favorite movie or book on line at  Library staff would be happy to give you a virtual tour of our system.  We would love to see you soon the library.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

What's Up at the Library?

     Welcome to 2018!  The new year has brought new library cards and a new system that is nearly paperless for library staff!  If you have not stopped to get your new card put it on your to do list!  Library staff would like to remind all patrons who use South Dakota Titles to Go through our library that they will need to stop in and get a new number before July 1, 2018, the numbers will be changing.  The new card system has already proved to be useful as staff no longer need to count and categorize the library circulation records or add numerous columns of numbers for the yearly stats.  Next year this will all be done by the touch of a key pad and automated reports!
     Children ages four and five are invited to join the Library School when we resume classes January 22 at 1:30 pm.  During the hour long class the children will listen and discuss stories as well as learn about authors and even try their hand at collaborating on writing and illustrating their own unique story with the other students.  If your child would be interested in joining our group, please call 874-2013 to register, classes are normally held the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  
     The Clear Lake City Library is  looking for a knowledgeable computer person who would be interested in volunteering their time guiding the library in the area of technology and assisting the library staff in keeping our library's resources up to date.  If you are that person contact the librarian Pam Taylor at 874-2013.  There is always something up the library.