The bookshelf isn’t ideal for long trips, but we can’t think of a better solution if you need to, say, move down the street. According to Garcia, “The average reader can read about 240 words per minute. A 300 page book normally takes 9 hours to read, non stop. I you read while you walk, you can read a book in about 43 kilometers. If you read and walk, watch out for traffic.”
Mango is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.
Sarah Houghton -Jan from Librarian in Black conducted a survey on why people continue to work in libraries. In the Sweetwater County Library System, we have an uncommon history of lengthy employment. According to our Director Scott, other libraries do not have the history of long employment that is characteristic of our system. Much more turnover is expected within libraries.
However, I think many libraries in Wyoming also have employees that have been with or stayed in their libraries for extended periods of time. So the question is why do library employees stay in libraries? Do you work in a library? What drew you to library work and why are you say. I know my reasons, what are yours?
The following are the Librarian in Black’s questions:
The Rock Springs Library and Staff are totally amazed by the service and quality of Zoobeck’s and their talented employees; Jennie and Mike! They were kind enough to set up a beautiful fish tank for the library and our patrons today! What a terrific bunch of people and what a great job they did for us! Stay tuned for the addition of the fish!
Pamela Erens is a Maplewood resident, a novelist and a member of Maplewood Library Champions. In this opinion article, she takes aim at Governor Christie’s proposed cuts to the library budget.
A portion of Gov. Christopher J. Christie’s proposed state budget that most New Jersey residents seem unaware of involves drastic cuts to our state library system. In my hometown of Maplewood, even many of the longtime and enthusiastic library users I speak to don’t know that these cuts are on the horizon and what they could mean.
Governor Christie wants to decrease state library funding by 74 percent. What would be the impact on, say, Maplewood’s libraries? Well, just for a start, Maplewood Library could lose its Web site. That means, among other things, that patrons will no longer be able to search the catalog at home. For elderly and housebound residents, this is not just an inconvenience but an impediment to using the library at all.
NYT – “A press representative for the New York Public Library said that the library approached Improv Everywhere about using its austere environs for the video stunt. The library said it hopes to use the video to publicize its Don’t Close the Book campaign, which is designed to raise funds as well as awareness that the library is facing a budget cut of as much as $37 million.”
Get Ready! Sweetwater County Libraries is once again planning for their Adult Summer Reading Program. Last year was a tremendous success, bringing in more readers than was anticipated and unofficially creating a record for summer reading in Wyoming!
Anyone can partiipate, reading is the only requirement. For each five books read, one entry will be placed into the summer’s final drawing. Each library will have the final award baskets on display. Registration begins June 7th at any of the Sweetwater County Libraries and reading logs can also be picked up to record your reads. It is that easy, read a book, write it down, turn it in to a library.
Programming is also being planned with some exciting offerings at each library. Stay tuned for the listings from each library. The theme for the summer is “Water Your Mind”. So use your imagination and don’t let the hot summer wither those fertile synapses.
More people are visiting their local public libraries. They go for the usual things, but also for something else these days. According to recent report from American Library Association, many of these new visitors are unemployed — and they’re asking librarians to help them in their job search. As Colorado Public Radio’s Zachary Barr reports, librarians are changing their ways to keep up with the changing times. Then Ryan Warner talks to Mary Stansbury, a Professor of LIbrary and Information Science at the University of Denver, and Megan Kinney, a senior librarian for the Denver Public Library System.
Our SCLS have also seen an increase in job-related queries; faxing job applications and acceptance contracts, searching for jobs online and many people are working on their resumes. This is one of the services offered that are driving library statistics to new heights.
The American Library Association is holding a video contest. The first-place winner will receive $175, and the runner-up will receive $75. To enter, create a video, upload it to Vimeo, tag it “library advocacy day,” and send your full name, phone number, city, state & the url of your work to email@example.com with the subject line “LAD video entry.”
Your video must:
1. illustrate the importance of libraries
2. motivate people to attend the ALA’s rally for libraries during Library Advocacy Day
3. include interesting visuals and quality sound design
4. be no more than three minutes
Once you submit your video into the contest, ALA has a non-exclusive right to use it for promotional use without compensation. You also agree to allow ALA to contact you via email or phone. ALA will announce the winners and recipients of the prize money on Tuesday, June 1. When putting together your video, please consider the Center for Social Media’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video” for guidance in using others’ material.
The funds for this contest are provided by the Eileen D. Cooke memorial fund.