Tuesday, July 31, 2007

An Inventory of the "Inventory"

I did an inventory of the staff on Tuesday (the second day of the library's inventory). I asked what the hardest thing to do was during this particular inventory. They all agreed. It was moving the stored items out of the classroom, so the shelves could be removed and taken to the new storage area. Then the stored items could be placed back on the shelves in the new area. And, of course, there's also the cleaning of all the little places the public does not see (like the utility room and closets), where things have been stuffed until they could be taken care of. Well, as Melody, our director, said, "That time has come." It's big-time cleaning for the library. And it's not even Spring!

But...when the library opens after inventory (August 4), there will be tons of free magazines! And CDs, records, audio tapes and videos will be on sale for 50 cents each. Hardback books and large paperbacks will be 25 cents each. Small paperbacks will be 10 cents each. Now, how could you beat a deal like that???

Looking For A Reference?

I asked Elois what's going on in the Reference Library. She said she'll be ordering three new books:
  1. "Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia" - What do Hispanics think about the war in Iraq, or the immigration debate? How do they view their place in U. S. society? You can also check out the nonpartisan research center's website at http://www.pewhispanic.org/
  2. "Political Handbook of the Middle East 2006" - This book is vital to understanding the social currents and political changes that rock this volatile region of the globe.
  3. "Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad" - by J. Blaine Hudson. His masterpiece speaks of the many people, places, and even songs that were part of the railroad.

Elois also said if you're contemplating making a Will or need to know your legal rights, check with her. And there are books on landlords' property management, lease and rental agreements, health conditions, college data, etc. Just ask for Elois! In the Reference Library!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

It's Inventory Time Again!

Someone said to me the other day, "Why are y'all going to be closed so long? What do y'all do doing inventory, anyway?" So, I asked our director, Melody Jenkins, how she'd answer those questions. She said it's during inventory week (July 30 - August 3 this year) that we check every book, etc., and scan it into the computer. We look for lost books and repair the damaged ones. However, since our new computer software doesn't have the inventory module loaded yet, this year we will read the shelves, put books in order and weed out items to be removed. We'll also inventory every computer, printer, scanner, etc. We're going to put up shelves in the new storage center and move stored items from the classroom in the Children's Library area to the new storage. Then the classroom (which was recently named the Melody Stinson Jenkins Conference Room) will be available for meetings, public and library use. Melody said we've been doing inventory the same week every year for the past 20 years. And for that reason, we hope you'll bear with us as we clean, straighten, move and brighten the library for your continued happy use.

Just Another Southern Joke

Maudie's sister moved in with her and the first thing Maudie did was take her to the library.
"If you wanna fit in here in the South, you got to say it right!"
"I DO say it right!"
"No, you don't! You say lie-bray-ree."
"Well, that's right!"
"No it's not!"
"Well, what am I supposed to say?"
"Like it is . . . lie-berry!"
We have all kinds of special ways to say things here in the South. But to us at MCCLS, it doesn't matter how you say it. We just want you to show up and enjoy the multitude of services and activities we have for you here at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library and the Odom Genealogy Library.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Audio Books Are A Favorite!

Here's Monique's list of the latest CD audio books to arrive at the library:
  1. "Lean Mean Thirteen" by Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum novel) - mystery, 3 CDs
  2. "The Navigator" by Clive Cussler & Paul Kemprecos (Kurt Austin Adventures) - mystery, 5 CDs
  3. "Bungalow 2" by Danielle Steele - fiction, 5 CDs
  4. "Evening" by Susan Minot - fiction, 2 CDs
  5. "Too Late To Say Goodbye" by Ann Rule - mystery, 5 CDs
  6. "The Bourne Ultimatum" by Robert Ludlum - mystery, 3 CDs

You can locate these books on the first carousel in the reading area.

A New Look At The Library!

There are days when those of us who work here feel everyone in Moultrie has come to the library. Which is great! But we also realize that is not true. And we realize that some people just sail in and back out and never take a good look at the changes that have been made over the past several months. So the next time you come in, be sure to look in the Odom Genealogy Library and notice that it has doubled in size, has new carpet, new paint, bright lights, new furniture, and five computers for your genealogy pleasure. Then walk down the long white hallway to the public library and notice the same thing. New carpet, new paint, bright lights, new furniture, and a bank of 20 new Dell computers waiting for public use. In the reading area, be sure to look at the several collections our director has artfully arranged in glass cases. And when you go into the Children's Library, you'll see bright primary colors, kid-size tables and chairs, and computers for them also. If you happen to know someone who hasn't seen the library lately, bring them along. They're going to like what they see! P.S. Did I tell you we're wireless now? You can bring your laptop!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Today in History

During World War II in Europe, the Royal Air Force conducted Operation Gomorrah, raiding Hamburg, while tossing bales of aluminum foil strips overboard to cause German radar screens to see a blizzard of false echoes. As a result, only 12 of 791 Allied bombers were shot down. (Save your aluminum foil...you never know what you might be able to use it for!) Source: www.historyplace.com

We're Reading Mysteries!

I did a quick tour around the library this morning when I came in and asked several staff members what they were currently reading. To my surprise, almost everyone was reading a mystery. Here's a few of the books they're reading: "White Lies" by Jane Ann Krentz, Nancy Atherton's "Aunt Dimity and the Duke" (from the Aunt Dimity series), "Murder Makes Waves" by Anne George (one in the Southern Sisters series), and "I Heard That Song Before" by Mary Higgins Clark. An exception being read was a romance novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips titled "Kiss An Angel." Of course, there are all the books written by Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, and Stephen King. So, let me ask you this . . . what's in your book bag? Why not check out our Mystery Section and join the group of summer mystery readers! We have plenty of books to share.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

July's Read for Children

July's read for children is a delightful series titled "A to Z Mysteries." Author Ron Roy (visit http://ronroy.com/) writes about Dink, Josh and Ruth Rose, third graders who live near each other. They have hobbies, pets and parents, but what they love most is a good mystery. There are 26 books in alphabetical order, like "The Bald Bandit," "The Lucky Lottery," and "The Panda Puzzle." You can skip around without missing anything. All the books from A to Z are in the Children's Department and available for checkout. And if you have a problem finding them, just ask Miss Norma or Miss Cray.

Today in History

We won't have a blog for every day, but on those days we do, we'll share something that happened on that particular day in whatever year it happened. For instance, on July 19, 1848, a women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, N.Y. Issues discussed included voting rights, property rights and divorce. The convention marked the beginning of an organized women's rights movement in the U.S. (That was a time to say, "You go, girl!") Source: http://www.historyplace.com/

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July 18, 2007

Welcome to our blog! The Moultrie-Colquitt County Library in Moultrie, Georgia is starting a new adventure . . . our very own blog! We're going to tell you about our new reads, new audios, new videos, special events and quick book reviews. We'll share links to other sites, history around the world, and words from our Director. I guess we could say "Let us entertain you!!!" It's a learning process, so stick with us.