OCPL Weekly Update

September 17, 2015

Mahan Library

I started doing inventory this week, which is a new thing for me. It’s going pretty well so far. I’ve only had a couple of missing items on my reports , with the big sections yet to come. It’ll be interesting to see how many missing items I end up with once I’ve finished. Thanks to Trisha for helping me set up the portable scanner so it works with the Samsung tablet. That’ll be a lifesaver once I get to the big sections!

We’re continuing to do fall decorating. Here’s a picture of our fall book display, as well as one of the decorations we put on the New Fiction/Non-Fiction display. Thanks to Kendra for doing such a good job with the decorating!

A big thanks to Paul for stabilizing the wobbly bookcase in the kids’ room, fixing the magazine shelves upstairs, and fixing the picnic table outside, all in one incredibly productive day. As I’ve said before, we really appreciate everything Paul does for us.

I’ll be here for a little bit on Friday morning, and then I’m not back until Tuesday. Please let Lisa know if you need anything. Have a great weekend!


Main Library

Hi all. Everyone is doing a great job on the in-transit and list and missing report. Thanks! Kate is off for 2 weeks and so with a little help from Vicki M. and Julie R. I’ve been carrying on the ILL requests and returns. It’s complicated but fun. Have a great weekend!


Outreach & Adult Programming

Programs have been going well & fun events are being planned/finalized for the fall. I’ve been working lately on updating/fixing some old issues on the website, such as the book club kits page! The site now has a much easier way to explore the titles and see what is available immediately. The list shown on the page is tied to the reservations form, so as soon as we send a kit out, it can be updated with the availability. The list is also linked to the catalog, so if someone clicks a title, it will show them the information for the individual book (not the kit, because those don’t appear in the catalog) so they can read more about the title. Take a look: http://www.oldhampl.org/book_club.html Thanks to Cheri’s help, we also completed an inventory of all the book club kits and reorganized them. This will make life much easier for us!

Don’t forget that we’re celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day this Saturday at Open Gaming! I will be dressed like a pirate. Anyone who finds me & talks piratical with me, will get an entry slip for a drawing of pirate themed games. Open Game Day is from 1-5pm Saturday.


South Oldham Library


Technical Services

Same as it ever was in Tech Services.

Susan Michal has just returned from a visit with a friend. They went to Graceland!

Happy birthday to Elaine Jack (9/16). This about sums it up -- at least the Elaine we know at work!

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I am knee deep in OVGTSL conference planning. Our last meeting was about The Budget. Bottom line: everything at the Galt House (where the conference will be held because UL does not have a suitable venue on campus) is EXPENSIVE.

I am in the process of updating our OCLC holdings for the past year. We added more than we deleted since the last update.

Some copyright news this week.

Vicki Niehaus

Teens & Main Circ

Main Circ:

Thanks to Jen for working up a sweat last Thursday and shifting the Adult Fiction! We are using all the bottom shelves now, but there is room to put books away—yay! It was getting pretty crowded, so kudos to her for getting that done and fast. Thanks also to Marti and Tammy for all their great displays and adding our new one at the end of the nonfiction. We are going to be using this area for a monthly genre display—first month is Science Fiction—which I chose just for Tom J.

Teen Stuff Coming Up:

· Book Besties on Tuesday afternoon @ 4:30—they can sign up to volunteer on our webpage. There are also other volunteer opportunities on that sign-up as well.

· Gaming @ Mahan on Thursday afternoon, 4:00-6:00

I went to the Summer Reading Celebration Breakfast at OCMS last Friday morning. It was a great time—fabulous food from the high school foods’ program and I set up a table for the kids to make their own bookmark. The number of participants in their reading program increased over last year, as well as the number of books those participants read! I think it’s so great that these students are growing up, knowing that their community is invested in their success. Thanks to all of you for investing in the kids every time they come into the Library.


Children's Services

Please help us promote our Family Science Night at the Library on Monday at 5 PM. We will be having several different experiment stations for families to experiment with. Science Matters is helping us put this on. We had them for a SRP show and they were wonderful! We also need teen volunteers (high school age) to help man the stations. If anyone knows any teens who would be interested, they can sign up to volunteer online on the teen page.

We have all our usual programs next week. Please try to let patrons know at Mahan that we have scheduled story time and toddler time on Fridays instead of Thursdays. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. A bunch of posters can’t compete with letting patrons know that we have switched the day to be friendlier to the schedules out in Goshen. Thank you for that!

Also, we will have drop-in family crafts at South on Tuesday from 4-5 PM. Cute apple crafts! Please let patrons know we’ll be there. Thanks!




IT Services

Your Zenful IT Tech


Next Week's "Days of Future Passed"

September 21: International Day of Peace.
September 23, 1957: Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, was integrated.
September 24, 1896: F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896.
September 26, 1775: John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was born.