Elma Ross Public Library's Blog

May 19, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 6:41 pm

Oh my, we just have to say this. It can’t be helped, especially for people that grew up with Star Wars. Here it goes – May the Fourth Be With You! For all our Science Fiction fans we do have several Star Wars and Star Trek books in our collection. Which science fiction book series fan are you?

May is here and we are working feverishly on our Summer Reading programs. Yes, Summer Reading is quickly approaching. The theme for this year is Build a Better World. Story Hours for K-6 graders will be offered on Thursdays at 2pm beginning on June 1 and will run for 7 weeks until our finale on July 13. We will have book logs so that you may track your reading. Prizes will be given at the finale on July 13. Registration will be required for K-6 graders participation. We will have monthly Reading Contests for our Teens and Adults for June and July. After finishing reading library books, you fill out a “How I Liked this Book” forms which will be found at the circulation desk and drop them in the appropriate container. Prizes will be awarded at the end of each month. We love to encourage reading during the summer, heck, we encourage reading all year long. So read with us this summer as we “Build a Better World”.

Happy Reading!

April 28, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 6:22 pm

May is almost here! We are excited about the month of May here at your library. We have some great programs and events happening. Here is our schedule for the month.

Monday, May 1 we have Toddler Time at 11am. All toddlers and their caregivers are invited to listen to stories and color/craft. Also on Monday, May 1, we have Basic Skills Computer Class at 2pm. Class is on a first come, first served basis. On Friday, May 5 at 3:30pm we will have Teen Trivia at the Library. The theme is Pokemon. All teens are invited for trivia and light refreshments. Friday, May 12 we have Limerick and Lollipop Day. Come by the library and enjoy a limerick and a lollipop. Monday, May 15 is Toddler Time at 11am. Again, all toddlers and their caregivers are invited to listen to stories and color/craft. Wednesday, May 24 is Lunch & Leisure at the Library. Join us as we destress by coloring and listening to soothing music as we eat our lunches. Please remember to bring a lunch, the library will provide drinks and dessert. The library will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Summer Reading will soon be here! Storyhours will be on Thursdays at 2 beginning in June. More details coming soon.

Happy Reading!

April 21, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 6:53 pm

The month of April is quickly coming to a close. Each year just seems to go faster and faster. We hope that everyone enjoyed Drop Everything And Read day last week. There is only two other items on our calendar for the month and they happen to be on the same day. What is that luck day, you ask? Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 26, has the distinction of being National Pretzel Day and we will celebrate by offering pretzel sticks. So please join us for Pretzel Day at the Library. Wednesday is also the day for Lunch & Leisure at the Library. All interested persons are invited to join us Wednesday, April 26, at 12 noon, bring a lunch and color with us. The library will provide drinks, dessert, soothing music and coloring supplies. Please join us for Lunch & Leisure at the Library.

Happy Reading!

April 13, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 6:42 pm

Do you like to read? We certainly hope that you do. Reading can be relaxing, fun, informative, exciting, adventurous, or scary. It all depends on what you like to read. Reading is, by far, one of the most important skills that we use in our daily lives and it should be fostered and encouraged on a daily basis. With that being in mind, did you participate in the library’s #Haywood DEARday (Drop Everything And Read) celebration yesterday by taking a photo of yourself reading and posting it to the library Facebook page? We hope that you did Drop Everything And Read yesterday.

The Elma Ross Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 14 in observance of Good Friday. We hope that you all have a blessed day. And we wish a slightly belated Blessed Passover to all those who celebrated.

This is the last few days to get your tax forms. If we do not have the form that you are searching for, you may go to http://www.IRS.gov and find it on the IRS website. If you wish to print any forms from the IRS website here at the library, you will have to pay for printing. The last day for taxes is Tuesday, April 18. If you need any type of tax advice, please contact a certified tax preparer as the library staff are not able to answer any tax questions.

Toddler Time will be offered on Monday, April 17 at 11am. And Lunch & Leisure will be offered on Wednesday, April 26 at 12 noon. And finally, celebrate National Pretzel Day with us on Wednesday, April 26. Come see us and eat a few pretzel sticks.

Happy Reading!

Library Corner 4 6 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 6:40 pm

The following is a letter received from Mr. Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist.
Dear Tennessee Librarians,

If the Administration’s proposed federal budget is approved as presented, Tennessee libraries will lose a significant amount of support and funding. The budget proposes to defund and eliminate the Institute for Museum and Library Services, which provides about $3 million annually for Tennessee libraries.

Some of you have asked for guidance in what to say to your Congressional representatives about this matter. The following programs and services are paid for in part or in full by federal funds in Tennessee and would be jeopardized.
Tennessee Electronic Library – T.E.L. (Statewide)

These funds pay for 50 of the 70 databases in TEL. These databases give Tennesseans of all ages access to job and career development resources; health and wellness information; newspaper, magazine, and academic journal articles; and reference content for Tennessee K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. In 2016, over 30 million searches were conducted in T.E.L. ($838,000)

Book and Materials Funding, READS e-Books (Regional Library System)
$509,000 is distributed between 186 rural libraries and systems for the purchase children’s titles, large print books, audio/visual materials, and e-books. An additional $223,000 supports an online e-book and audio-book library serving those same libraries, in a program called READS. Users of all ages borrowed nearly three million titles from Tennessee READS last year. ($731,800)

Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (Statewide)
This small but critical program provides audio and braille books to persons in every county who cannot read standard print due to a physical or learning disability. Circulating approximately 1,000 items daily, this service is a lifeline for the 5,000 Tennesseans who use it. ($71,500)

Library Technology Infrastructure (Regional Library System)
The network of computer technicians who respond to service calls from libraries is funded with IMLS dollars. Additionally, from this fund we provide matching Tech Grants for the purchase of computers and related items by public libraries. The Statewide Library Catalog, which public libraries draw from in order to create their local catalog and to conduct interlibrary loan is also federally funded.

More information, including contact information for Congress searchable by zip codes, can be found on the ALA website here. ( http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/lookup?0&m=101044 )

March 31, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 7:20 pm

The month of March is quickly marching to a close. We are now just a few days away from beginning the month of April. What does that mean for us here at the library? It means that we have our April calendar of events to tell you about.

But first, we must tell you about a job opening here at the library. The Elma Ross Public Library is currently searching for a Part-Time Library Clerk. The work hours are Mondays 5pm – 8pm and Saturdays 10am – 5pm. The responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to: checking library materials in and out; shelving library materials; assisting patrons on the computer. A love of books and a willingness to help people are essential to this position. Applications are available at the library circulation desk.

Now for the calendar of events for April. Toddler Time will be offered on Monday, April 3rd at 11am. All toddlers and their caregivers are invited for stories and coloring/craft. Basic Skills Computer Class will be offered on Monday, April 3rd at 2pm. This class is limited to 10 people and is offered on a first come, first served basis. Wednesday, April 12th is National Drop Everything and Read Day so please get caught reading! Friday, April 14th the library will be closed in observance of Good Friday. Lunch & Leisure will be offered on Wednesday, April 26th at 12 noon. Bring a lunch, the library will supply drinks, dessert, coloring sheets, crayons/colored pencils, and soothing music. Also it is National Pretzel Day on April 26th so the library will be giving everyone pretzels.

Happy Reading!

March 24, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 7:29 pm

Why is it important to be a member of the Friends of the Library? The Friends of the Elma Ross Public Library is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that helps support library collections and outreach programs at the Elma Ross Public Library. All contributions made to the Friends of the Library are tax deductible.

Friends of the Library are citizens who value the service of public libraries and volunteer to help them. Friends of the Library serve as “connecting links” between the library and community. They encourage use of the library collections and services. Friends of the
Library sponsor occasional meetings (4 times a year) featuring guest speakers and audio visual programs. Friends of the Library raise funds to assist the library in collections and programming. Fundraising events include the yearly membership drive and book sales.

Your Friends of the Library membership helps to . . . Purchase a portion of the Large-Print collection. Purchase a portion of the Audio collection. Assists in defraying the costs of the Summer Reading program. Assists in defraying the costs of the Gingerbread House Family Night and other programs throughout the year.

Membership dues range from a $1.00 for a Student Membership to a $1,000.00 Life Membership. Please consider making a Patron Membership of $25.00 this year. Any amount that you give is greatly appreciated. Your membership matters.

Don’t forget that the Friends of the Library Annual Membership Dinner Meeting is on Tuesday, March 28 at 6pm. Guest speaker is Jalissa Bond, author of “I Am . . .Just Undiscovered” Dinner is $9.00 per person. Please call the library (772-9534) to make your reservation today.

Join the Friends of the Library today!

March 17, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 6:07 pm

The Friends of the Elma Ross Public Library will be having the Annual Membership Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6pm at the Elma Ross Public Library in the Meeting Room. We are extremely excited to announce our speaker for the evening. Miss Jalissa Bond.

Jalissa Bond is the 26-year-old daughter of the Rev. Daniel and Cynthia Bond from Brownsville, TN. She has obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education with licensure for Pre-K-3rd grade from Freed-Hardeman University. She also plans to continue her education as far as she possibly can, with one degree focusing on the theological concentration. Jalissa’s vision is to one day open a Christian-based learning center for young children to grow academically and spiritually. She enjoys singing, dancing, working with young children, and being a “servant of the Lord.” She also hosts an open mic night which she calls “Open Gift Night” once a month, as an outlet for Christian people to share their gifts and talents. Jalissa’s book “I Am…Just Undiscovered” is a collection of prophetic poetry sharing her journey “out of darkness into the marvelous light.” From feeling empty and hopeless to experiencing God’s love to her love letters to her “future,” Jalissa exposes her very soul in hopes that someone else may find freedom in Christ Jesus and encouragement for life’s journey.

A buffet dinner will be served. Cost for the meal is $9.00 per person. Reservations are required. Please call the library, 772-9534, and make your reservation and your Friends of the Elma Ross Public Library membership renewal today. Your membership matters.

One last item, join us at the library as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17th. We will be giving everyone a shamrock and a sucker.

Happy Reading!

March 10, 2017

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 8:32 pm

How do you like your stories? Do you like them high or low? Do you like them to or fro? Do you like them here or there? Gosh, we love stories everywhere! We’ll read stories on a train or on a boat. On a zebra or on a goat. We love stories long or short. We love stories in a fort. Stories make us smart and wise. Stories make us fantasize. Stories help us grow and learn. Stories even make us yearn. Of far off places or near to home. Little-bitty chapter or thick, big tome. Story-time with Mom and Dad. Is the best time we’ve ever had. So read a story. Or two or three. And spend some quality time with me. We had an awesome time at our Dr. Seuss Family Night on Friday evening. We read Dr. Seuss stories and made such lovely Cat-in-the-Hat hats. Thank you for joining us on this first annual Dr. Seuss event.

The Friends of the Elma Ross Public Library has finalized the date and speaker for the Friends Annual Membership Dinner Meeting. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 28th at 6pm. Our guest speaker will be Jalissa Bond who has written a collection of prophetic poetry titled “I am . . .Just Undiscovered.” Membership mailers will be going out soon to all current Friends Members. More information about this event will be forth coming. Please consider renewing your Friends membership, or becoming a member of the Friends of the Library. Your support matters.

Happy Reading.

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Elma Ross Public Library @ 8:31 pm

March is here! March is here! How on earth is that possible? Didn’t we just start the new year just a few days ago? It certainly feels like just a few days, but looking at the calendar – March is here! Let’s march right on in . . .

We have a great month planned here at the library. We are starting the month off with Dr. Seuss Family Night on Friday, March 3, at 7pm. We will be having Dr. Seuss stories and a Dr. Seuss themed craft. Join us for Dr. Seuss fun. We will be offering Toddler Time at the Library on Monday, March 6, at 11am. All caregivers and their toddlers are invited to join us for stories and a small craft/color. We will be having Basic Skills Computer Class on Monday, March 6 at 2pm. Class size is limited to ten people and is offered on a first come, first served basis. We will be offering Toddler Time at the Library on Monday, March 20, at 11am. All caregivers and their toddlers are invited to join us for stories and a small craft/color. Lunch & Leisure at the Library will be offered on Wednesday, March 22 at 12. Bring your lunch, the library will provide drinks, dessert, coloring, and soothing music. Whew, what a busy month!

Happy Reading!

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