LIBRARY NEWS & NOTES: New column to explore Carson’s thriving library
For the Nevada Appeal
I love libraries. I visit them when I travel to check my
e-mail, capture a snapshot of the community, find out what activities and events might be available, catch up on Carson City news online, scan the local newspaper, and seek directions and advice.
I especially love the libraries in Carson City. I was a middle school librarian and I substitute in the school districts’ libraries. I am a member of the Library Board of Trustees, and I often take advantage of the activities and programs offered by our public library. It is my hope to share a library lover’s perspective and publicize the events occurring in one of Carson City’s busiest places.
A visit to the library’s easy-to-navigate website, http://www.carsoncitylibrary.org, shows innovations regarding technology. Two exciting options include Live Homework Help and downloadable audiobooks. Using a free library card, students can interact with certified teachers and use the site to obtain valid research for projects in all classes.
The downloadable audiobooks work beautifully with an iPod, mp3 player or Windows Media Player. Listen to a book for three weeks and then it magically “disappears” and is never overdue. Two especially good reads include “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation,” and teacher Rafe Esquith’s “Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire.”
It has often been said that a library is the heart of a community. Our library reaches out to schools and citizens throughout the area. Youth Services Librarian Amber Sady hosts a teen book club, teen art club, Lego club and teen advisory board – the next one being 3-5 p.m. Friday.
Amber is also partnering with the school district’s GATE program at Fritsch on April 28. Both Silver State High School and the Carson City Montessori School can boast that almost all students have and use library cards. Also on April 28, Carson City Arts Initiative will sponsor an adult writer’s workshop with renowned author Ellen Hopkins in the library auditorium from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
By the numbers
• 3,000-4,000: the number of books donated to the library
• 300: the number of people who belong to the Friends of the Library
• 70: members of the Friends of the Library who volunteer in the Browser’s Corner. Most donated books are either sold in the Browser’s Corner or at one of the six book sales the Friends have per year.
The library has something for everyone. Check it out.
• Sandy Foley is vice chairperson for the Library Board of Trustees.
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