LIBRARY NOTES – November 2016

picture1By Pamela West-Finkle

It has been a breathtakingly beautiful Fall here in our lovely mountain hamlet of Andes! The library has been bustling with activity. The sounds of children can often be heard during our Wednesday story hour. Our first open mic nights on the fourth Thursdays were a wonderful experience for both spectators and performers. Our October family movie night brought nearly an equal number of kids and adults for a showing of the 2016 Jungle Book. As I write this, I look forward to our costumed visitors from the school on October 31st and plan to keep the library open at least until 7 pm on Halloween, handing out treats, reading stories and providing a place to warm up and get refreshments. I am greatly enjoying getting to know the community where I work and serve.

New Technology Donation: The Andes Library has an exciting new addition! We would like to sincerely thank one of our patrons, Mr. Mark Unthank from Cool Nerd Media, who donated a digital media kiosk for our Young Adult Section/Community Room. The kiosk will help make the ordering and downloading of digital media (ebooks, audiobooks, video and music) easier and user-friendly, allowing patrons to either send digital media to their Overdrive accounts (provided through the Four County Library System) or download directly to their connected device.

Patrons can charge their devices (iPhones, Androids, Tablets) and browse our selection of local digital media (classic ebooks, and independent music and film), as well as public domain media available on the internet. The kiosk will also have a flash drive adapter so that patrons can download directly to their own flash drive. We are hoping this will become a valuable service for our patrons, and draw students, educators, and historians from the area to the library. If you would like your own private demonstration, please stop by Monday through Thursday and I will be happy to walk you through the process. A free community workshop will be scheduled in the near future.

Table of Contents: The next Table of Contents event will be a Christmas Candlelight tea, hosted by Debra Abbate at her home on December 4th.

Music at the Library: There will be no Open Mic/Acoustic Jam in November as the 4th Thursday falls on Thanksgiving. On December 22nd, the fourth Thursday in December, we will be having a community holiday sing-a-long/community jam, so please save the date. Musicians are welcome to prepare holiday songs of their choice to lead or accompany. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

To all of our community veterans, thank you for your service! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving as well!~