August @ NMPL

August in rural Ohio – especially Darke County – means fairs, preparation for harvest, last minute vacations, and, of course, back to school shopping.  You might ask yourself how New Madison Public Library figures into this collection. Well, let me tell you that we can help with all of these events….

Need an updated recipe for bread n’ butter pickles? Yes, we can find that in our vast collection of cookbooks.

Have questions about how to preserve those luscious heirloom tomatoes that are filling your kitchen counter? Yes, we have a wide selection of books focused on canning, freezing, and preserving the bounty of your garden.

Are you without the internet and need someone to look up what time your granddaughter will be showing her hogs? Yes, we can do that, too.

Are you curious about the best wineries within a 100 mile radius?  Yes, we have a magazine that will give you that information, and we can print a map, too.

Do you need to jump online to see who has the best deals for Ohio’s Tax-Free Weekend (which is Aug. 3-5 this year)? Yes, you can use one of our computers.

As you can see, your public library is helpful during every season of the year and every season of your life so the only question is … why haven’t you visited NMPL lately?

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I Didn’t Know My NMPL Had That!?!

When you stop and consider the life of a public library it’s hard to imagine another free institution that gives back so much to so many. (The only exception would be the public school down the street with which we collaborate extensively.) Any citizen can walk through our doors, complete a simple application, and magically have access to print, digital, and human resources that rival those of any corporation…

Love the New York Times, but can’t afford the luxury of paying hundreds of dollars a year for a subscription? Guess what? We have a copy available for you to read (thanks to a fabulous donor who believes that reading national news is important in a small, rural community).

Trying to give your two-year-old a childhood rich in literacy? Great, come to our infant and toddler storytime on Thursday mornings from 10-10:20.

Enjoy crafting, but don’t have the supplies, space, or ideas to do it? Super, come fellowship with other crafters and use materials supplied by the library (a $5 donation is suggested, but not required).

Need a meeting room for your mom’s group or discipling group? We have that too (but it fills up quickly so call ahead to get your group on the schedule).

Have older children who you don’t want to get off the bus to an empty house? Problem solved! Have them walk to the library where they can work on homework with fellow students, work on our patron computers, play games from our “Bored Games” collection, or just hang with friends until you can pick them up on your way home from work.

You may have noticed that I haven’t once mentioned the thousands of print resources, digital downloads, audio books, films, and music that we have to offer for FREE to our patrons. Believe me, we have an excellent collection with thousands more to request from our consortium-member libraries throughout the state.
Yes, we have the resources, space, materials, and knowledge that you seek so the only question is … why haven’t you visited NMPL lately?


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Winter Roundup & Spring Preview

Winter was a busy time for us here at NMPL. We continued to meet with the Tri-Village 3rd Grade on the 1st Friday of each month. Impromptu teen trivia with the after school crowd happened occasionally with rave reviews & high decibel ratings! Busy Bee Storytime focused on SNOW with snow books and activities for January and February, & we even made our own snow! We also began a new Storytime for little ones – Movin’ & Groovin’ meets Thursday mornings at 10AM, & is designed for our youngest patrons, with books, songs, and movement.

We also added a Craft & Create for adults this winter. This is designed for adults who like to craft or need a reason to get out of the house. We have been meeting one Wednesday a month at 1PM to do a (predetermined) craft together. NMPL provides the supplies you need and suggests a $5 donation to offset the cost of supplies. The next event is planned for Wed. March 23 @ 1:00. Come in today or call to sign up to create a wind chime from unique, found items like old keys, lamp crystals, & metal colanders.

As we roll into springtime be looking for other activities such as Teen Craft, Art @ the Library, and Lego challenges. We are also gearing up for our Summer Reading Program – “Libraries ROCK”! As always, LIKE us on FACEBOOK to follow our programming, displays, & events.

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A New Game From Google…

Summer is upon us! Schools are out and temperatures are rising so kids will be spending time in the cool air inside playing online games. While limiting “screen time” is a great idea, another alternative is leading your children to games where they can learn and game at the same time. A new one is available for FREE from Google and other partners, and it is aimed at teaching kids to be safe, smart, & kind users of the internet. After a little time playing it, I was impressed with the graphics, music, and gaming difficulty. As players move through the 5 areas of “Interland” they learn about things like safe sharing on social media and how to create strong passwords.

For educators there is also a FREE curriculum to download and other resources like origami directions for the “internauts” who appear during gameplay.

Here is a link to a Google blog that tells more about the program…

Here is the link to play the games…
Happy Gaming… See you soon @ the Library!

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Season of Change…

Spring tinges the air with just a wisp of warmth while frost still dusts the daffodils each morning. It is the season of change… winter jackets so necessary at 7 AM discarded by noon recess, seed packets and garden plans spread across workbenches, and chilly evenings on porch swings not quite warmed through. Something about this time of year causes us to pause and reflect upon ridding out, cleaning up, and building anew…

Here at NMPL, we too have been renewing. Over the last few months we have replaced our 25 year old roof, updated our interior paint, added the last set of automated exterior doors, and installed security cameras. If you haven’t been in lately, stop by some afternoon for a quick tour.

If you are thinking about refreshing, updating, or remodeling at your house, come check out our selection of nonfiction titles on gardening, home repairs, painting, and organizing to give you some suggestions. We also have magazines on these same topics that have even more updated ideas.

Whatever changes are in your future, be sure to stop in @ the Library!

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Gearing Up for Summer Events @ NMPL

With the changing seasons in Ohio this past week, it was easy to let our minds wander to Summer, 2017. Here @NMPL, we have been planning for the Summer Reading Program, 2017, BUILDING A BETTER WORLD. We have 3 big events on the calendar already – the naturalist & animals from Brukner Nature Center and 2 workshops from the Neil Armstrong Museum.

Beyond Summer Reading, we are also excited to announce that we will be having a SOLAR ECLIPSE Event on August 21, 2017. We are gearing up for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with lots of information for our patrons and guests. In the months & weeks leading up to the event, we will share ECLIPSE NOTES here on the blog. Watch this space for further updates, lessons on making a safe device to view the eclipse, and detailed event details.

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Finding Quiet Moments

“A Little Piece of Quiet” Mary Engelbreit Each morning when I set down at my desk, I am greeted by the whimsical art of Mary Engelbreit on my daily calendar. The bright colors and positive thoughts help to begin my day on a positive note. Recently I turned to a page with the quote, “A Little Piece of Quiet.” I got the pun immediately, but it took me longer to really analyze the message. A young lady in sock feet, jeans, and a loose, yellow sweater sits with a glass of milk, a jar of peanut butter, a butter knife, and a stack of crackers… reading a magazine. Her “piece of quiet” isn’t her smartphone, ipad, or laptop; it is a snack and something to read. It made me pause. How often do I find my “piece of quiet” in a book instead of on a digital screen? Where do you find your “piece of quiet”? If you, like me, find too often it isn’t so very quiet or peaceful, then perhaps it is time for a change…

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NMPL ~ Alive & Thriving

I just had a great conversation with one of our patrons who is currently interviewing for a new profession in the healthcare industry. She has been stopping by to fine tune and print resumes before each interview over the past two weeks. Over the last two years, she has been a silent, smiling library user. She would pop in during the late afternoon, find a quiet corner, open her laptop, and work on her online classes until closing. Last year, she would pop in before closing to pick up her teen daughter who would come to the library after school to work on homework and hang out with friends.

When I reflect upon this particular patron, I realize that she is only one example of a library user of the 21st century. She doesn’t ask for the latest bestseller or ask us to recommend a good book to help her can peaches for the first time. She doesn’t want to check out a blockbuster film or even a classic Jimmy Stewart flick for the weekend. Instead she is using other less tangible things that we provide like study space, FREE WiFi, and copy services. These are things that are here when you need them, but things that you might not remember that we can provide for busy parents, nontraditional college students, and job seekers.

So the next time you hear a news story with dire predictions about the death of public libraries, remember the variety of resources, spaces and materials we provide for our patrons and our community. Oh yeah, and we can still recommend a good book, set you up with a funny movie, and get you several books about canning peaches. We really mean it when we say… New Madison Public Library; Something for Everyone!

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Summer 2016 Raced Right By

Where did summer go?! Around here a lot of it was spent celebrating summer reading. We made marble mazes, learned about trail riding with horses, had some competition sprints in the aisles, learned some fun ways to stay fit, pet a salamander and a snake, and even rode horses in the backyard. Over 100 readers, from little listeners to teens, earned some fun prizes for reading with us; one lucky family won passes to the Ohio State Fair, and 50 readers went the extra mile with their summer reading. One of those readers won a Samsung Tab and another won a new 6-speed bike! It was a great summer of reading, but it was also a great summer of running.

Our little community proudly watched as Clayton Murphy, a 2013 Tri-Village graduate, ran a personal best time in the 800 meter to earn a Bronze medal. The Tri-Village Community cheered him on from restaurants, living rooms, the school commons, & even the New Madison Public Library as he ran in the prelims, semi-finals, and the medal race. We had signs, banners, streamers, and even round bales of hay to proclaim our support for this hometown boy.

Needless to say, it has been a wonderfully exciting summer, and with the closing of The Great Darke County Fair this weekend, it is time to slow down, begin school, and prepare for… FOOTBALL!

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Giggles @ the Library

WARNING: We are experiencing spontaneous bouts of giggles today in the library! This condition is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS! You have been WARNED!

Today is Movie Day @ NMPL. When the children and teens signed up for the Summer Reading Program, they voted on a sports-themed film to watch today. Air Bud won over The Karate Kid by only a few votes, but I must admit I was excited. It is difficult to watch the amazing basketball playing golden retriever without a bad case of the giggles. I must admit that I love hearing laughter, snickers, guffaws, & snorts of glee in the library. It reminds me of the intense emotions that storytelling of any variety brings out in us all. So if you are expecting a quiet library today, I will apologize in advance. Today is not that kind of day! Maybe tomorrow… oh, no, tomorrow is Friday. That means another round of Friday Afternoon Trivia. Yep, tomorrow is booked for giggles, too. Maybe Monday… 😉

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