Friday, April 29, 2005

May the Force Be With You

The third episode of the Star Wars series is coming to theaters in May. Experience the entire saga with a weekly movie marathon at the library. Each movie will begin at 6 p.m. in the conference room. Popcorn and pop will be served.

May 3– The Phantom Menace
May 10– Attack of the Clones
May 24– A New Hope (Original Star Wars)
May 31– The Empire Strikes Back
June 7– Return of the Jedi

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Building Update: Moving Forward

Most of the demolition of the former '76 building is complete, and visible construction will begin soon. Some construction on that area is already underway. When the project is complete, this area will resemble the new addition and original Carnegie building.

Contractors anticipate that the elevator could be available as early as June. Patrons with mobility issues are encouraged to ask staff members to retrieve the information they need.

The entire building project is scheduled for completion in early fall of 2005.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Incredibles @ Your Library

Bring the whole family to the library tonight to watch the best animated movie of 2004, The Incredibles.
The movie starts at 6:30 and snacks will be provided.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Daylight Saving Time

Hoosiers have been hearing a lot lately about daylight savings time. Some people are for it, and some are against it. But have you ever wondered how it got started and what its all about? Check out the About Daylight Saving Time web exhibit to learn more.

WebExhibits is an online museum, with exhibits that encourage people to ask questions and examine issues from several points of view.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Tonight @ Your Library

Perfect Circle Credit Union's Road Show 2005

This program will identify benefits of using credit unions versus using a bank, what credit reports and credit scores are all about and identify credit-related scams, theft and credit repair fraud.

The Road Show begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Teen Room. Click here to register.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Library Offers Outstanding Return on Investment

Looking for a solid investment? Try your local library. Results from a recent study show that New Castle-Henry County Public Library provides a 674% return on investment for its community.

In exchange for the $822,608 the library receives from property taxes for operating expenses, the library provides services worth $5,548,704. In other words, the library provides $6.74 worth of materials and services for every $1 received.

In 2004, fiction books for adults were circulated $41,472 times. The 2004 Bowker Annual average price for fiction books is $24.81, which means that if library patrons would have purchased the borrowed books, it would have cost them $1,028,920. Children's books are also popular at the library, with 88,394 books circulating last year alone. If those same books were purchased, using the same price source as the adult fiction, the cost would have been $1,706,888.

Here are some other estimated values of services and materials offered by the library:
  • Videotapes & DVDs - $302,739
  • Audiobooks - $277,636
  • Music CDs- $162,030
  • Magazines - $31,338
  • Library programs - $11,973
  • Computers with Internet access - $748,800

Of course, the true value of the library can never be calculated. How can you put a price tag on a child's discoveries through reading? Or finding your family's history? Or reading a classic for the first time? Some things remain outside the realm of dollars and cents. The complete library experience is one of them.

--excerpt from an article by Christy Ragle in the New Castle Courier Times

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Online Book Clubs

Join our Online Book Clubs. Each day we'll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. During the week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday we start new books. Sign up and start reading.

Choose from fiction, business, science fiction, audio, nonfiction, romance, mystery, pre-publication, teen, good news and horror book clubs. Join any or all!

Monday, April 11, 2005

National Library Week

Celebrate your New Castle-Henry County Public Library by joining in these ongoing activities this week.

  • Visit the reference desk for the "Stump the Librarian" Contest.
  • Watch for a Junie B prize drawing in the Children's Library.
  • Celebrate Young People's Poetry Week: Teens can participate in a "Name That Poet" Contest and win just for entering!

Also, this week:

Friends of the Library will meet for their Annual Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. They will hear from author Lois Jordan, discuss upcoming activities, and vote on by-laws.

Spring Story Time will be on Tuesday at 1:30 pm and Friday at 10:00 am for ages 3-kindergarten.

Surfin' Seniors will have a basic Internet class on Tuesday at 9:30 am.

Vote for Pedro - Watch Napoleon Dynamite in the Teen Room at 4:00 pm on Wednesday and enjoy refreshments while you watch.

Learn the basics of using the library catalog on Thursday at 10:00.

Toddler Tales, story time for babies 18-36 months will meet on Saturday at 10:00 am.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Meet Authors, Read About Books, Sign Up for BookLetters

Check out BookLetters to meet children and adult authors, read about sizzling bestsellers, and find out the latest buzz on your favorite kind of book, whether it be mystery, romance, science fiction or children’s picture books. Or learn about the latest news about national book award winners.

Sign up for an electronic newsletter and have the latest book news delivered directly to your email box. Choose from a long list of choices that include reviews of audio books, book club choices, business titles, children’s picture books, mystery, romance, and science fiction titles. Also available are newsletters that feature library staff picks, new fiction and nonfiction, new videos, and teen spotlight items at the library. Sign up for “Meet the Authors” and learn about your favorite writer.

Find it all at the library’s website.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Need decorating tips?

Join us at the library on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm for Beyond the Brush. Pam Mihankhah from the Purdue Extension Office will be here to teach some great new painting tips like sponging, rag-rolling, and other neat decorating ideas.

Save your seat by calling 529-0362 ext. 310, or register here.