June’s Readers’ Advisory Pick is:
The Caledonia Public Library is proud of the talented and diverse group of volunteers who donate their time to helping the library run smoothly. A variety of short-term and ongoing volunteer projects may be available.
There are many positions for a wide variety of schedules, skills, and interests including:
general office opportunities:
- cleaning and straightening shelves
- cleaning computers
- re-shelving materials
- rotating magazines
- cleaning toys
- decorating library
computer and creative opportunities:
- assisting with updating social media
- maintaining the website
- creating and sending the newsletter
- creating pamphlets and flyers
- marketing and advocating for the library
- assisting with the summer learning program
- facilitating programs
- leading a book club
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact the library at 507.725.2671.
These classes are targeted to adults 55+ and computer novices. We keep our class sizes nice and small (five) for more one-on-one attention.
- 6th: OverDrive, 2:30-4:30.
- 13th: Computer Basics, 2:30-4:30.
- 20th: Tablet/iPad Basics, 2:30-4:30.
- 27th: Gmail, 2:30-4:30.
- 4th: Using the Library’s Online Catalog, 2:30-4:30.
- 11th: OverDrive, 2:30-4:30.
- 18th: Facebook, Part 1, 2:30-4:30.
- 25th: Facebook, Part 2, 2:30-4:30.
- 1st: Pinterest, 2:30-4:30.
- 8th: Craigslist, 2:30-4:30.
- 15th: Online Safety, 2:30-4:30.
- 22nd: OverDrive, 2:30-4:30.
- 29th: OverDrive Refresh, 2:30-4:30.
Please call 507-725-2671 to reserve a space.
January’s Readers’ Advisory Pick is:
The Ashfall series by Mike Mullin
This young adult series follows 16-year old Alex Halprin as he journeys across rural eastern Iowa and Northern Illinois to find his parents following the eruption of the super-volcano that lies below Yellowstone National Park. The familiar rural setting, small-town characters and haunting picture of survival Mr. Mullin paints will linger with you long after you close the back cover.
– Kim Schieber, Friend of the Library.
For more about Mike Mullin and his Ashfall series, check out his website.
Happy New Year everyone!
Not only has it has been a year of fun changes at the library (a new director, expanded hours, and new programs), it has been a year of fun books. So many books, in fact, that when I asked our librarians to share their favorite books that they read in 2016 they had to narrow it down by only choosing books that were published in 2016!
Here are Ashley and Karen’s picks. Have you read any of them?
Karen’s Favorite Books:
Click through the links to add the book to your hold list!
With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Hour of Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Ashley’s Favorite Books:
Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Burn, Baby, Burn by Meg Medina
This column first appeared in the November 2, 2016 edition of the Caledonia Argus and was written by Ashley Dress, Library Director.
At this point in time, libraries are more accessible than ever. Of course, we still operate as a brick and mortar building where you can check out books, attend programs or just come in to chat with us (we love visitors!), but we have so much that is available to our patrons outside of our walls.
E-readers can be really great for keeping your personal library in one place at one time and can also save a lot of room in your luggage if you’re planning on taking books with you on a trip. If you have any mobile device, like an iPad or Kindle, you’ve taken the first step to being able to access e-books and e-audiobooks. There are many places to download these from the Internet, but they come at a price. The library has access to the newest books, and they’re free with a library card. Download the OverDrive app from iTunes or Google Play, enter your library card information, and you can start reading. If all of this sounds too complicated to do on your own, the library is offering two classes to help patrons understand this process. You’ll leave class with a couple of books on your device, ready for you to read. The classes will be held on Thursday, December 1st and Thursday, December 8th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the library. Call 725-2671 to sign up. If those don’t work with your schedule, though, you can stop by the library anytime to get some individual help.
Another great resource available online is our website: caledonia.lib.mn.us. Thanks to one of our many dedicated volunteers, Cassie Rauk, the page has an updated look and more information for patrons who are browsing it. On it, you can find a calendar of the programs that we’re currently offering and new books and movies that the library has acquired. You can also access the online catalog, which connects you to all of the libraries around the state when you’re searching for an item. With the online catalog, you can request items from any library to be delivered here in Caledonia for convenient pickup.
By keeping up with modern technology, we hope to continue to provide you, our patrons, with products and services that fit into your lifestyle and allow you to access our collection from anywhere.
Around 3,000 books, movies and other materials are delivered daily to libraries throughout Southeast Minnesota by the capable hands of Alliance Courier as part of the interlibrary loan system set in place by SELCO.
This video, made by SELCO, explains a bit of the interlibrary loan process: the pull list.
We are constantly searching for the next great books for our patrons, but there are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the United States, so there is no way we can know about all of them.
That is where you come in!
If there is a title that you are dying to read and we don’t have it, let us know! Tell the librarians about the book the next time you are in the library or you can fill out the form below.
With your help we can make the library even better!
Stay tuned for more information! In the meantime check out the Friends of the Library Page.