OCPL Weekly Update

April 14, 2015


This is National Library Week. National Library Worker’s Day was Tuesday and I had wanted to do something special for everyone. But I think there have been enough buttons, bookmarks, pins, candy, cookies, etc., so I decided to just say ‘thank-you’ and ‘good job’ to every one of you.

I could lump everyone into the all-inclusive ‘staff’ or maybe ‘department.’ But every one of you who works for the Oldham County Public Library needs to know that you are truly amazing and essential in making our Libraries such community treasures. If one could characterize every job as a self-portrait of the person who did it, all of you consistently autograph your work with excellence.

It is really impossible to define a public library user today, and that is what makes the work so fascinating and challenging. The Library is for preschoolers, students, parents, immigrant families, teens, those who want to learn, career seekers and career changers, devoted readers and viewers, students, professionals for whom the Library is their office, at least some of the time. It is also for those who create, crafters to artists and writers, small business developers, film aficionados and people who just need a place to go. Americans will always look to libraries for assistance with creating better lives. It’s what we do…it’s what you do.

As Readers’ Digest meditationist William Arthur Ward once wrote, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Shall I tell you of all the un-wrapped presents that are cluttering up my closet? I am constantly amazed how we all work together. The Library’s success is accredited to all of you. So give yourself a “pat on the back.” And give your co-workers a high-five. Thank you; good job.


Mahan Library

Not much this week. I’m been making arrangements to get our windows cleaned, which should make the place look a lot better. I’ll be at the KPLA Conference in Bowling Green on Thursday and Friday, so please contact Lisa if you need anything. See you next week!


Main Library

It’s been really hectic week at the computers. We’ve had a group of middle schoolers working on group projects for a class at OCMS. They started coming in the week of the 28th so we’ve had many nights of talking, laughing, jumping up and down, walking around, and general loud socializing going on for several hours. They didn’t come in much during spring break but Wednesday night I ended up calling the police on a student who did not leave when I asked him to. He had a warning, but he chose not to leave. The parents were good about it: very supportive. Last night was much quieter but there were still some that got very little work done. Since I will be gone at Conference today, I will be thinking of Kaitlin, Tammy, and Marti as they deal with the kids the night before the project is due. Thanks guys; sorry I will be gone. I know you can handle it, though. Hopefully, the kids will be concentrating to get their projects done at the last minute.

Have a great weekend. I’m working Saturday so call if you need me.


Outreach & Adult Programming

REMINDER: Register for a Summer Reading Program Meeting time! 5 options! If you can’t click the link in your email, click to view the smore in your browser and use the link from there. Meeting should only take about half an hour, and yes, you do get paid for your time in the meeting. We’ve got lots of exciting information to share with you. We’ll even bring cookies. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HRPH_Jhjygd3krPPHXaqYA-XwOJj3Fqqe6iqOo4fCLs/viewform


Saturday, April 16th, 11am, Mahan Library: Join Michael Boice of the Oldham County Extension Office as he provides tips for vegetable gardening, lawn gardening, landscaping, and more. Questions are encouraged!

Free event, no registration required.

Saturday, April 16th, 1-5pm, Main Library: Game day! We’ve got some special volunteers from Bellarmine coming out to help people learn new games.

Monday, April 18th, 6:30pm, Main Library: Celebrate Earth Day early with this special program about the importance of living in balance with ecology. Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light will be at the Main Library to present on energy efficiency and what you can do to make a more sustainable future for the next generation. No registration required.

Thursday, April 21st, 6-8pm, Main Library: Crafty Readers is back this spring! April's book is Carol Burnett's autobiography, This Time Together.


Melissa Brown from the Digital Media Lab has some exciting news: She and her husband Thom (who volunteers to help us with the Dungeons & Bookworms program) are expecting their first child. We look forward to having a new patron at the Library!


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Teens & Main Circ

Circ Stuff:

Thanks to everyone for holding down the fort last week while I was gone. I heard it was quite busy, especially on shark day. It was great to get away for a few days.

I have an intern coming to work with us next week from the Netherlands. He is supposed to practice his English in a work environment. His name is Joris. I know you will all make him feel welcome. He will shadow at the desk, talk with patrons, and help with programs.

Teen Stuff:

Tuesday: Book Besties and Teen Coffee House-this week is Earthy Art Projects

Saturday: Teen Volunteer Day from 10-1



Children's Services

Coming up in Children’s:

· Butterfly Science Story Time is this Saturday at 11 AM at the Main Library. Signups are online: http://www.oldhampl.org/children.htm.

· Lego Robotics is on Tuesday, April 19th at 6 PM. Signups are online: http://www.oldhampl.org/children.htm.

· All of our other regular programs are on for next week: http://www.oldhampl.org/calendar.html.

Also, we will be having the Summer Reading Program meetings all next week! We have a few changes for summer that I think will be really great. We are meeting with the School Media Specialists tomorrow to go over it with them. We are also invited to the Harmony Elementary Literacy Night on April 21st, so that’s nice. Our cooperation with the schools improves every year, which is great for the students of Oldham County.


South Oldham Library

We have begun inventory in earnest and are aiming to have it complete before Summer Reading Program. Thanks to better Internet speed and a repaired scanner, we are now good to go! The only problem is that patron photos will have to wait while we use the iPad for the inventory!

Ellie found a crumpled barcode on the floor last week and when we scanned it we discovered it was from a brand new book that had never been checked out: “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” Our theory is that someone was dying to steal that book and thought maybe the barcode would trigger an alarm so the person tore it off!

Here are a couple of other interesting items we found:

The non-fiction book “The Roer River Battles” that belongs to Main was found on a random shelf in non-fiction. It’s stamped 2012, still has a “NEW” sticker on it, had only checked out 3 times, and was marked missing at some point.

We found a Christian fiction book – “Angels Walking” by Karen Kingsbury – with an interesting item that was used as a bookmark. As you can see in the photo, the pool party & bikini contest included an open bar and promised “the best night of your life.”

I’m off work Friday and Monday to attend a wedding in South Carolina. If anything comes up, feel free to contact Julie Rogers. She’ll be the person-in-charge while I’m gone.