Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kimball Library News 1/31/12

You are invited to join us for assorted sweets and pink lemonade on Wednesday, February 15th, starting at noon until the goodies run out. The very generous ‘Friends of the Kimball Library’ have pronounced the day to be “Staff Appreciation Day” and they’d like the patrons to be part of the festivities. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbors and friends as well give your thanks to the staff. Please make time to stop by.

Do your children like to create and express themselves artistically? New for youth on Thursdays are “Create & Express” art classes. There are 2 more classes in the month of February to choose from as the first 2 week session is already full. On the horizon for Thursday, February 16th, is a yarn bear bug craft which is slated for children in grades 2-5. On February 23, there is a sand art project available for children in kindergarten through middle school. Registration is required for both of these sessions individually and space is limited. As you can see, not all projects are for all ages. Each session will take into consideration the complexity of the craft, the materials, and the available space. The age restrictions will vary over time.

We are excited to announce that our “GO LIVE” date for our new circulation system as well as our new cooperative launch will be on Monday, February 13. Some of you have dashed out the gate already attempting to use your cards in either Sandown or Plaistow. This service is not available until we go live. You’ll be able to ‘do it all’ once the 13th of February rolls around. We are embracing the changes to come. We are asking you to be patient during the transition process as this is all new to us and we are sure that we’ll be more proficient as time goes on. We welcome your feedback after we launch and look forward to meeting new faces.
Here’s a reminder at what SNHLC, the cooperative, will offer you. You now will have the ability to check items out of all three libraries with your home library card. You will be able to view through our new library catalog what all three libraries have to offer as well as put items on hold from any of the three libraries. You will be able to set up an email reminder regarding items soon to be due or overdue. We are pleased to share resources so that we can all multiply our use. Cost and functionality were the primary reasons for deciding to change from our proprietary ILS as well as banding together. We will save a considerable amount annually by switching products, and we know that our work processes will be streamlined significantly.

Another reminder on a spicier note is that on Thursday, February 9th, you’ll be in a position to spice up your life if you attend ‘Spice Blending’ with Steven Scaturro. He will share his knowledge of the many uses and benefits of using herbs and spices for health and enjoyment. Steven has been participating in Farmer's Markets and Fairs for five years. You may have seen him at the Salem, NH, Farmer's Market. He will be sharing some of his special recipes and his love of blending spices. This special event will be from 7-8pm. No registration is necessary.

Please note that the library will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, February 20th. Two day loans will get that extra day. 

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website www.kimballlibrary.com, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at staff@kimballlibrary.com. We encourage you to ‘like’ us on Facebook/KimballLibrary.Atkinson.NH, follow us on Twitter/KimballLibrary, and RSS feed our blog -- http://kimballlibrary.blogspot.com. Also, you can get news directly sent to your inbox twice a month. Please ask us if you are interested. This is an efficient way to stay abreast of the newest events.

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