OCPL Weekly Update

December 17, 2015

We won't be sending out OCPL Weekly Update newsletters on December 24th or 31st.

May your holidays be filled with good food, good times, and good books!
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South Oldham Library

We did some more re-arranging at South. After weeding & moving the kids' books on CD to the shelves above the kids' DVD’s, we decided to use the now-empty bookcase in the kids' room for the graphic collection. Shannon tells us that collection will be growing, so it seemed like a wise move.

We moved Julie’s desk around to face the circulation desk, moved a file cabinet out to the closet, and spread out the remaining furniture. At least the staff office *looks* more spacious!

Our book sale was a huge success! Since November 1st, we’ve had almost $400 in book donations. We still had a LOT of books, so Kevin Hayes (Luther Luckett) came over last Thursday to take some of them off our hands. He also took our old Opposing Viewpoints.

We bought a new laminator at a great price from Amazon last week. It was one of the daily deals. Thanks to Vicki for ordering it for us and sending it so quickly!

Finally, I will be on vacation the week of Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!


Teens & Main Circ

Teen Stuff:

New opportunities are available for teens who want to volunteer next semester. Have them go to the teen page: www.oldhampl.org/teens.html to access the sign-up, which goes through February right now. We have three major opportunities coming up:

1. Book Besties—Tuesdays @ Main Library

2. Maker Mondays—Mondays @ Main Library

3. Tinker Tuesdays—Tuesdays @ South and Mahan (alternating weeks)

Ornaments can be made in the teen areas of each library through the holiday season. I will draw names for movie tickets when we take the ornaments down. Patrons can come back for their ornaments after New Year as well.

Thanks everyone and Happy Holidays!


Technical Services

Have you noticed that some titles are showing up with a question mark as part of the title in the PAC? It’s a bug (sigh) related to the last release. It affects words with accent marks.

Unfortunately, it also affects retrieval. All titles in a search will not be retrieved until the bug is fixed.

TLC is working on a fix. In the meantime, try typing the question mark as part of your search term in the Any Field box in the Advanced Search in the PAC. Make sure the question mark is in the same place as it appears in the word. You will get more results. Contact me if you need help.

This is my last update of the year. I have been reflecting on how much work Tech Services does. Our workload is not really seasonal. We order materials every month, and often supplement that with daily orders. We order A LOT of materials. We repair A LOT of materials. This guarantees us a pretty steady workflow, which is nice. But it also means that there is always more work. I am grateful for the unfailing efforts of Susan Michal, Elaine Jack, and Cassie Carmichael. Together we keep it all moving forward, one item at a time.

Peace, love, and happiness to each of you. May 2016 be the year we see less craziness, intolerance, and cruelty in our world.

Vicki Niehaus

Children's Services

The last S’more Newsletter of the year! Hooray!

Thank you to Mahan for hosting a lovely holiday party. The decorations were beautiful and it was a nice surprise to hear the Christmas Carols from NOHS!

By the time you get this S’more, we have just one lone program left for 2015 in Children’s. Thursday, December 17 we are having a Gingerbread House building program. It is a program that requires registration and it is full. And Susan B will be the guest reader for a fun surprise holiday event at LaGrange Elementary on Friday. All other programs are on holiday hiatus and we will use this time to reorganize, plan, and prepare for 2016.

Coming in January to the branches: Tinker Tuesday! We will still have Lego building and craft activities, but we are going to add a “maker” element for families. We are marketing it as "STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) challenges for families." It will be on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 4-5 PM at Mahan and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 4-5 PM at South Oldham. Please help us market this to our families.

Also in January, we will have our first Wild Wednesday. On the early release day for OC schools (January 13th), we will have a visit from the penguin from the Newport Aquarium. We are hoping to have an animal program each month on the early release day. But other days are still in the works.

Have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family!




IT Services

Your Zenful IT Tech


Mahan Library

It seemed like everyone had a great time at the Christmas party! I know I personally had fun and enjoyed seeing everybody (although I went home that night with a burning curiosity concerning what exactly went on at the wine tasting a couple of weeks ago!).

There are lots of people to thank, and I apologize in advance if I miss anybody. Thanks to:

1. Julie W. for bringing the chairs over to Mahan and letting us borrow her roaster.

2. Susan B. for also letting us borrow her roaster (there was a lot of food!).

3. Kendra and Lisa for doing such a great job with the decorations. It all looked very festive!

4. Elizabeth for keeping track of who was bringing what, and making sure we had a good mix of different side dishes and desserts. (Everything I tasted was delicious—I only wish I had a bigger stomach so I could have tried more things!)

Finally, thanks to the Mahan staff for coming up with creative ideas to utilize our limited space in the best way possible. Everyone did a fantastic job, and I was incredibly pleased with how everything turned out.

I hope everybody has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Talk to you soon!


Main Library

Thanks to Graham and the Mahan staff for a great Holiday party. At present we are having a potluck dessert buffet, thanks to all for the goodies. We’re also enjoying the Secret Santa gift exchange. There’s lots of holiday fun.

Gold stars to Kate and Jeanie for cleaning up grosser-than-normal messes this week.

Overall, I would just like to thank all of you for being fantastic co-workers. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.


Outreach & Adult Programming

New episode of the podcast went up last week. Check it out here if you haven’t had a listen: https://soundcloud.com/oldhamlibrary/from-the-stacks-003

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us at the Book Fair on Monday!

Upcoming events:

Saturday is game day - and it’s officially the last program of the year (which is a bit of a relief!). 1-5pm open gaming in the meeting room at Main.

New Year Events: Newsletter (with special career section) will be out before the new year. However, I do want to highlight some upcoming events.

· Yes, we will be having free Tax prep at Main again! It will be Thursdays and Saturdays by appointment. I’m waiting for VITA’s flier to arrive before we start promoting it heavily. First day will be January 21st, and all information will be out by the beginning of January.

· Also in January, we have several new career programs starting. Kentuckiana Works will be at the Main Library every Wednesday from 1-2pm. They will be doing workshops in the Digital Media Lab, focused on helping people find jobs and increase marketability.

· We’ve partnered with Oldham County Adult Education to offer free NCRC Testing at Main. This is a registration required program; registration is on the programs page. If you want more information about what the NCRC is, look here: https://www.act.org/certificate/

· There won’t be an Adultish in January (it’s too close to the new year) but there will be a Gold Club, and both of these programs will be continuing through the new year.

· We’ll be promoting gadget help in the Digital Media Lab during open hours in January, so if people got new smart devices over the holidays we’ll be on hand to help them use them & set up library services like Overdrive & Pronunciator.

Congratulations to Lab Assistant Melissa Brown who graduates from UofL Thursday, Dec. 17th with her Masters in Humanities! Great job, Melissa!

Hope everyone has a great holiday!


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