Monday, November 29, 2010

Library Update

They  have been working on the renovation of the Crane House for about 2 weeks.  When you come into the drive you will see that they have started framing for the additions.  Every day that we see progress just reinforces that we will be in our own building in a matter of weeks! 

For those of you that enjoy audiobooks we now have the downloadable audios back on the Shelby County Library website.  Go to There is a huge banner right in the middle of the page.  Click on that and follow the direction.  You will need your library card and your PIN (hint: try your month and day of birth, 4 digits).  You will also have to download the overdrive software to your desktop.  You can check out books for 2 weeks.  Also available are e-books and music.  Try it!

You no longer need a password to access the AVL as long as you are in the state of Alabama.  They have added a geolocater to the site to verify that you are in the state.  If you are in college out of state or are going to be gone and think that you will need access you will need a password.  Come by and we can give you one.

Need help with money for college?  There is a link on the same website that will help in your search for scholorships.  Take a look and see if it will help.

That's all for now,
Have a great week,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Summer Wrap up

Where has the time gone? The Summer Reading Program is over and now school has begun. Although our numbers for the programs were down we still had a tremendous registration. The programs were very good and everyone that came enjoyed themselves.

The Free Family Movies were very successful. We will definitely do this again. There was never a movie that didn't have someone there. The biggest movie was Diary of a Wimpy Kid. We celebrated the end of summer with popcorn and juice during the movie. I wonder what we can do next year? We will blend some classics with new releases next summer.

Next year look for a Teen summer reading program. I have an idea that I saw from another library and we may give it a try next summer. If anyone wants to help let me know.

Looking forward to seeing construction start on the Crane House so we can move the library into our own building. Lets hope it starts soon, this is the perfect weather for it.

Hopefully it won't be as long before I do another blog post. Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


This Wednesday is the first program of the Summer. Join us at 2 on June 2 for "Splish dances through the decades" with Deborah Mauldin.

Thursday June 3 at 10:00am Disneys The Princess and the Frog.

Friday, May 21, 2010

It is hard to believe the Summer reading program is upon us. Registration will begin next week with our kick-off at Westover park on Saturday May 29 from 10:00 am to 12:00pm. Check out our website at www. and click on the newsletter for more information.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The end of the BIG READ

The end of the Big Read is upon us. The last program will be Friday April 16 at 10:00am. This is a Senior Adult program Whitewashing with Larry Moore a traveling suitcase show. Travel back to the time of Tom Sawyer through the Medicine Show, a blend of comedy and magic. All the reviews for his program have been positive. I hope you encourage any of the seniors that you know to attend this program.

Tuesday April 20 at 6:30 we will officially close the program. The Mayor will read the last page of the book at the city council meeting.

We are gearing up for Make a Splash @ your library. The program will kick off on May 29th at the Westover City Park. Registration will be from 10:00am and go until 1:00pm. Bring a white t-shirt for an easy craft and enjoy pizza and play.

The program list for the Summer reading Program:
June 2 Splish splash
June 9 Professor Aragorn
June 16 Crafting with Ms. Sandy
June 23 Native American program
June 30 The North Shelby Baptist Puppet Program
July 7 Finale: Starshine Faces storytelling, prizes, shaved ice and face painting.

Make waves @ your library is for 6th grade and up. Registration is limited to 6. We will have a different program each week and we will read a book and have a book discussion time. See me for more info on this program.

Water your mind: Read! is a reading challenge for adults. Read 5 books in different categories and submit your list in a drawing for prizes.

More information will be coming soon!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March 2010

I can't believe I waited this long to make another post We have been very busy and its easy to put things off.
One of the first new things for the library is the self-checkout system. We added this in December and have already had over 3000 items checked out on it.

Of course the Alabama Reads: the Big Read is going on reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. We had our kick-off in February with the City Council being presented with hardcover editions of the books and the Mayor read the first page of the book. Two boyscouts each won a copy of the book and we had a fence signing!

We had the opportunity to show the movie on two seperate days and then Mark Twain visited us on March 11. We had a great turn out and each person that came left with a bookbag and a copy of the book.

We have one more program scheduled for the senior adults on April 16 at 10:00am: White Washin' with Larry Moore. This should be fun program.

Our BYOC group (bring your own crochet) meets every Monday at 10:00am until 11:00am. We sometimes work on a new stitch or we will work one day a month doing a community service project. We will be crocheting hats for the Jimmy Hale mission, we will work on preemie hats and granny squares for blankets for babies or assisted living homes. If you would like to participate in our community projects but can't make the class feel free to bring your projects buy. We will be glad to add them to ours.

Summer Reading is coming soon. We will have a lot going on this summer so everyone be on the lookout for more information coming soon!