Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Tonight @ Your Library

Reflections of a Simple Life: One Amish Woman's Journey
New Castle-Henry County Public Library Indiana Room, 6:30 p.m.
Sicily Yoder is an Amish author touring Indiana to talk about her book, Leaving Lancaster County. She was a member of an Old Order Amish sect. She will discuss her life, the history of the Amish, and the important role of women within the sect.
For more information, or to register, go to the event registration or call 529-0362 ext. 310.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Your New Address for Answers

The library recently adopted a new web address: "We wanted to provide the public with an address that was easier to remember and simpler to type," said Systems Administrator Tony Willis.

The library's web site houses a variety of helpful resources. The online catalog allows patrons to browse the library's collection, and reserve and request materials. Patrons can learn more about upcoming library activities and register for events through the site's Calendar link.

The site offers many databases, including LearningExpressLibrary, a resource which helps patrons prepare for scholastic and career related tests such as the SAT and GED; HeritageQuest Online, a history and genealogy database that features searchable census information; NoveList and BooksInPrint, which help patrons find reading material that will interest them; and INSPIRE, a collection of databases. In addition, the web site provides access to BookLetters, a series of online newsletters for a variety of audiences.

The site was recently featured in the Pacesetter Newsletter, an online industry resource. "Their website's pleasing blue background offers a wonderful backdrop for the graphics used to promote their materials," noted the newsletter.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Phase Two: New Beginnings, More to Come

New Castle-Henry County Public Library opened the first phase of its building program last month. The new addition is housing all library services while the existing library buildings are being renovated. When the project is complete, the entire facility will be under one roof.

During this phase, the library entrance is facing the Arts Park. The main circulation desk is in the Children's Library, located just inside the entrance to the right.

Some of the exciting new services available at the library include listening rooms to "preview" CDs, DVDs and videos, a self-checkout station on the second level, and an expanded Indiana Room. Additionally, the audiovisual area now features a movie store-style layout, where patrons can select their material and take it to be checked out.

The library staff has appreciated the patience of patrons during this time of transition.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete in the late summer of 2005.