OCPL Weekly Update

October 1, 2015

Believe it or not, it's almost holiday time! All leave requests for the holidays need to be submitted to Sandra by October 15th in order to be considered. Thanks for your cooperation; this is a huge help!

Please remember to fill out the staff survey about Sunday hours. As a clarification, this is to help us determine current staffing feasibility, so full participation in responding is needed. No one will be required to work Sunday hours who does not wish to do so. The opportunity to work on Sunday for time and a half compensation is open to all staff members, regardless of current location. Staff who do not currently have hours at Main, but who wish to work on Sunday, are encouraged to. The expanded hours are something that has been requested by many in our community, and the board is committed to providing this service to those who do not have access to the Library during the week. Thank you again for your time & input!


Outreach & Adult Programming

We have hired a new staff person for the Digital Lab at Main! Melissa Brown will be starting this Saturday, and based on what we can schedule training wise, Tuesday & Thursday evening hours will start mid-October. Once that occurs, we’ll be doing a strong promotion push to let students know the lab is available for projects.

Last chance to order IGD shirts. If you want one but haven’t told me yet, make sure to send me an email by the end of this week.

Please help promote these upcoming programs to our adult patrons:

Adultish: Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 6pm: Fandom Night. Come and geek out about your favorite fandom. We'll have trivia, prizes, snacks, and a flash fanfic writing contest!

Gold Club: Thursday, Oct. 8th, 10am: Financial Security After Retirement. Come to an informative session on how to help manage your finances when on a fixed income. A professional financial planner will be on hand to help answer your questions.


South Oldham Library

We have a new roof!

Julie and Ellie finished the fall bulletin board. Julie supplied the owl for the small tree and Laura brought in the squirrel for the larger tree. (Look closely!)

Julie was out sick Monday & Tuesday so I filled in the best I could in the ILL department. I had forgotten how time-consuming that job is. It gives me a greater appreciation for how hard Julie works every day!

John is back from his road trip with lots of stories!

I will be out next Monday and Tuesday. We’re going to see the Foo Fighters in Nashville!


Technical Services

This week TS received a large shipment of children’s books from the September Baker & Taylor order. Almost nothing was back-ordered – a very unusual occurrence. Usually the monthly B&T orders straggle in over the course of the month. If you need us, look behind the towering stacks of kiddie books.

A gentle reminder: If you need to send an item to Technical Services for repair, send it as Damaged via LS2 Staff Check In>Special Status. Please do not mark the item Missing. Please do not check the item out to the Tech Services account. Overall you are doing an excellent job of getting these materials to us in a way we can track them. Thanks for your help!

I added a charge to LS2 Staff – DVD. Use this when you need to charge for an entire DVD case.

Note the components of a DVD case: case + cover art + spine label + barcode. *The cost of the lock is included in the case charge.

If the entire case does not need to be replaced, charge for the necessary component parts:

VC – DVD/Music CD Case = $3.00

CA – DVD/CD Cover Art =$1.50

SP – Spine Label = $0.50

BR – Barcode = $1.00

Have a great weekend.

Vicki Niehaus

Teens & Main Circ

Main Circ Stuff:

Thanks to Melissa, Ellie and Olivia for doing such an awesome job on Friday while I was in meetings all day. Thanks to them, our staff picks have moved to one of the rolling displays, new DVDs are now with the DVDs (face-out,) and we have a cool display for Banned Books week. Check it out: if you answer the question at the display, you can be entered for a chance at movie tickets.

Upcoming Teen Stuff:

· Last Book Besties on Tuesday at 4:30 until after Fall Break. New session starts on October 27th.

· OCMS Girls Book Club on Wednesday

· Teen Book & a Movie Club—Thursday @ 5:30—watching “The Duff”.

· Haunted Library—Saturday, October 10th from 7-11 pm. This is an after-hours, murder mystery party. Teens should come in costume if they want to.


Children's Services

Coming up in Children’s next week:

· Maker Mondays (ages 8-12) Monday October 5th at Main at 5 PM. This is a STEM group for children. Signups on the Children’s page: http://www.oldhampl.org/children.htm.

· Book Besties (ages 4-8) Tuesday October 6th at 4:30 PM. At Book Besties, children read with a teen mentor. Signups on the Children’s page: http://www.oldhampl.org/children.htm.

· Drop-in Fall and Halloween crafts at Mahan on October 6th from 4-5 PM.

· Drop-in Lego on Wednesday October 7th 1:30-3 PM at Main. This is an early release day for Oldham County.

· Baby Time is on Thursday October 8th at 10:30 at Main. This is a program for babies and their caregivers. A fun way for new moms to meet other moms!

· Duncan the Story Dragon Story Time is Saturday, October 10th at 11 AM at Mahan. Children will get to meet the author, Amanda Driscoll, make Duncan crafts, and eat dragon snacks. This is appropriate for children ages 3 and up.

· Family Bilingual Story Time is Saturday, October 10th at 2:30 PM at Main. This is a fun story time for both English and Spanish-speaking children.

Plus our usual story times, toddler times, adventure time, and PAWS to Read. As always, we count on your help in promoting our programs! Thank you for your help with this.




IT Services


A friend of mine sent me this link a while back and I kept forgetting to share it with you all. With this week being Banned Book Week and how that is full of judgment, maybe this will fit in, too. It is all about how people really do judge a book by its cover. I wonder sometime if we took some of the books that we know are interesting but haven’t circ’d in a long time, wrapped them up, put a description that we write on them, if people would be more apt to check them out just by the description. Not being able to see the cover that might be very out of date or just horrible might help. What an interesting experiment that might make.

“If librarianship is the connecting of people to ideas…it is crucial to remember that we must keep and make available, not just good ideas and noble ideas, but bad ideas, silly ideas, and yes, even dangerous or wicked ideas.” — GraceAnne A. DeCandidio

***In shared files there is a folder called IT Forms you can find Inventory Forms there now***

Your Zenful IT Tech


Mahan Library

Our special Duncan the Story Dragon storytime is coming up soon! We look forward to having Amanda Driscoll here on Saturday, 10/10 to read from her book and do a craft. We’ll also have dragon punch and dragon cake. Should be fun!

I have two photos for your viewing pleasure this week: our Banned Books Week display (thanks to Main for the caution tape) and our latest additions to the fall decorations outside the library (thanks to Lisa for getting the pumpkins).

I’ll be off on Friday, but on Saturday I’ll be at a booth at the Haunted Hike at the Nature Preserve from 3:00 to 9:00. It sounds like a fun event, and it’ll be a good chance to visit with many of the families in the area. I’ll also be debuting my 2015 Halloween costume! Come by if you get a chance.


Main Library

Not much to report on my end this week. I’ve started weeding fiction. The shelves are so crowded already! Thanks to Vicki N. for doing a nice job on my Employee of the Month write-up. I will be on vacation from Oct 5 through 15. We are driving to West Texas to visit and bring some furniture to Terry’s eldest daughter and her family. See you when I get back!


P.S. Well, I spoke too soon. An unfortunate soul got sick at the computers tonight and there was lots of vomit to clean up. He had trouble making it to the trash can. It was everywhere. I’m so glad we had the biohazard stuff.

The Last "Days of Future Passed"

October 4, 1862: Edward Stratemeyer, creator of book series such as Nancy Drew, was born
October 7, 1966: Sherman Alexie was born.
October 8, 1930: Faith Ringgold was born.
October 9, 1940: John Lennon was born.