Congratulations to the Valley Center Public Library for being the October Business of the Month!
The Library will host the October membership meeting. Lunch will be provided by the Library Board, Friends of the Library and Library staff. Plan to attend for fun entertainment.
The Library has taken another step into technology by entering into a contract for 50 digital magazines. The Zinio for Libraries service is now active. The URL is: https://www.rbdigital.com/50eMagazine/service/zinio. Patrons can browse titles prior to going through the login process. The service is available for desktop computers as well as for Apple devices. For those patrons using an iPad or an Android device and after downloading the app, a login is required. Patrons must select the following: Country – United States; State – Maryland; our Library name – Popular 50 eMagazine Collection; then your personal email address and a password. Patrons will be able to read the magazines or download them for later. An option is given for notification of the next issue. Past issues for 2014 are also available. The Library currently subscribes to about 15 of the magazines in print format.
The Big Read is a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts which supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide programs encouraging reading and participation by diverse audiences. The book chosen for this year is Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Our Library will host a discussion at 6:30 PM on Thursday, Oct. 15. Several copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.
The Library will hold a Fall Family Night from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, on Thursday, Oct. 22. We will have games and activities for kids and parents as well as the movie viewing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The free event will be held regardless of weather.
The Library will participate in Trick or Treat Main Street from 5 to 7 PM, on Saturday, Oct. 31, at LeVenue, providing monster punch and candy. We will sponsor the costume contest with judging to begin at 6:30 PM. Judging categories will be Preschool – Kindergarten; 1st and 2nd grade; 3rd thru 5th grades; and 6th to adult. Prizes will be awarded to the top three judged entries in each category.
The Library is beginning the national program of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. This program encourages reading aloud to young children before they begin to learn to read for themselves. We have a registration form to begin the process along with a reading bag, reading log and bookmark. Children can color a circle on the log for each book read then receive a sticker and a coloring sheet to collect their stickers upon completing the first 100 books. A new log and sticker will be given each time 100 books have been read. Once 500 books have been read, parents will receive a browsing book bag. Upon reaching 1,000 books, your child will receive a certificate and a free book. This program – for children ages infant through pre-Kindergarten -- can be completed at the pace set by the parents. When someone reads three books a day to their child, they will have read 1,095 books in one year.
It’s the time of year that colds and flu are beginning. We would appreciate that patrons consider their health and the health of their family before coming to the Library. If someone in your family has a temperature and may be contagious with a cold or flu virus, please consider either remaining at home or calling the library requesting staff to gather materials and meet you at the curb. If staff becomes ill, it may become necessary to close the library as we did several years ago.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month; National Cookbook Month and National Reading Group Month. Something for everyone to observe.