Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Calhoun Falls Library closed for a couple of days

I hate to be the bearer of bad news --- but it's mighty cold these days @ the Calhoun Falls Library. Our heater went out yesterday, and we've had to close the branch for the next few days while the problem is being dealt with. We're working with the town of Calhoun Falls to get us back open (and toasty warm) just as soon as possible. In the meantime, please come visit us at our branches in Abbeville or Donalds.

We'll be back open in Calhoun Falls just as soon as possible!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A comparison of more than 11 years of Public Library Survey data suggests that service changes in U.S. public libraries are having an impact on visitation and circulation, as record numbers of people now use public libraries nationwide. Several findings from the survey include:

*** The availability of Internet terminals in public libraries rose sharply between 2000 and 2007, increasing by 90 percent on a per capita basis. This dramatic increase is one example of the way U.S. public libraries are expanding their range of services to meet patron demand.
*** Between 1997 and 2007, per capita visits to public libraries increased nationwide by 19 percent. During the same period per capita circulation increased by 12 percent. This growth in demand for library services occurred even as people increasingly turned to the Internet to meet other information needs.
*** The study identified very different trajectories between urban and rural communities for select service trends, highlighting the importance of local context for identifying patron needs and improving services.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2nd Annual Cookie Contest

The 2nd annual library/4H Cookie Contest was a big success! With 17 dozen cookies, the judges had their work cut out for them. A great time was had by all (but we all ate WAY too many cookies!). Between the ages of 8 and 13? Start choosing your recipe for next year . . .

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

2009 Teens' Top Ten

More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns as their favorite book in the 2009 Teens' Top Ten! The online poll took place from Aug. 24 through Sept. 18, with the winners announced during Teen Read Week by WWE Divas Brie Bella and Nikki Bella.

And the winners are:

1. Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
7. Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
8. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)
9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Come check 'em out!