We’ve been recognized by VacationsMadeEasy.com for being an awesome library!

VacationsMadeEasy.com is a website that collects information about interesting places from across the country and organizes them to help people- you guessed it- make vacations easier. It is now in the top 41,000 most trafficked websites in the US!

In addition to vacation guides, they also blog themed lists. A recent list of theirs was 20 Libraries That Will Make You Forget About Netflix featuring amazing libraries like the New York Public Library, The Seattle Public Library, and our very own Stinson Public Library!!!

Vacations Made Easy described some of the criteria on which they based their choices:
• Community Involvement/activities offered
• Historical relevance
• Size and importance of collection
• The architecture of the building
• Comments and reviews from visitors (that’s you!)

Vacations Made Easy calls the libraries in general a “…bookworm’s Narnia” and describes our library specifically as “…magnificently designed…”.

A big thank you goes out to Vacations Made Easy, but we extend a bigger thank you to all the awesome people from our community who support us. We could not do any of what we do without you.

What a Summer!

A lot has gone on since our last website post and I am going to try to cover all the news, and olds!

Summer Reading Program:
We had a SUPER summer this year at the Stinson Summer Reading Program! Our Super Readers ended the program with a bang on July 28th with food, fun, and prizes for our Program Finale at the library. Thanks to all the parents and sponsors who helped make it an amazing summer of fun and books, and a special thanks to the kids who chose to spend their summer with us!

2016 Summer Reading Sponsors included: Friends of Stinson Library, Anna Kiwanis, Anna State Bank, Committee to Elect Tyler Edmonds, White & Borgognoni, Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home, AJ Rotary Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Beussink & Hickam P.C., Schaefer Enterprises, AJ Women’s Club, Anna Jonesboro National Bank, Scott Harvel for Sheriff, Townsend F Dodd Post 344 American Legion, and King’s Wok

 


Storytime:
Storytime will be starting again on Wednesday, September 21st at 3:30 PM. Families can come out to the library for an hour of stories, songs, and activities ending with a craft and a snack. The themed programs will be geared toward children ages 3 to 6, but anyone who enjoys the program is welcome!

 

Network Issues and Technology Help:
We are currently working to update our wireless network and patron computers. Because of this, we have been experiencing periods of time in which our open wifi or patron computers have been unavailable. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the library experience for everyone. Thomas will still be available to help anyone with technology questions by appointment. If you would like to make an appointment, call in to the library and set up a time for one on one technology help and advice.

 

Colorfest Book Sale: 
Our next Book Sale is scheduled for October 7th through 9th. Members of the Friends of the Library group can shop on Friday October 7th 4-6 PM. If you would like to become a member, you can join at the door. Membership dues are $10 for 2 years or $100 for a lifetime membership. The sale will be open to the public on Saturday October 8th 8 AM-2 PM and Sunday October 9th from 1-3 PM. We will also have “Friends” shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags and note cards for sale. All proceeds benefit our library.

 

Book club:
Our new Stinson Book Club is up and running! We have discussed five books so far, and are eagerly anticipating our next meeting. The Book Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6 PM. New members need only pick up next month’s book selection at the circulation desk, fill out a short registration form, and come join the discussion!

 

Union County Hiking Club Reunion:
Members of the Union County Hiking Club (active 1998-2003) are invited to come to Stinson Library on Sunday, September 11th at 2 PM to reminisce and share stories about their hikes, both while the club was active and more recent experiences.
View the full flyer here!

Stinson’s 2016 Summer Reading Program starts next week!

Complete your registration by Saturday, June 17th to be entered for a chance to win one of 100 passes for one free movie ticket to Wehrenberg Theatres’ Summer Series in Cape Girardeau (Cape West 14 Cine). Winners will be drawn randomly and must be present at the first program (Wednesday, June 22nd for Pre-K through 4th grade and Thursday, June 23rd for 5th through 8th grade) to collect their free ticket.

Thank you Wehrenberg Theatres for your generous donation!
This summer is going to be super!

SUMMER READING REGISTRATION – OPEN!!!!

Welcome to June!

Summer Reading registration forms are now available at the library and here online!  If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or other thoughts that you want to share, please do! I plan to be online for most of today available
in the “Ask the Library Staff” chat box.
The Children’s Librarian- Ms. Beth- is available to answer questions today as well.
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Sign up today to make sure there is room left in the session you want to be in!
Registration ends on June 18th.

If you’ve aged out of the Summer Reading Program, but still want to be involved,
sign up to be a Teen Volunteer!

Thank you!

Announcing: SUMMER READING 2016 – Every Hero Has A Story

Get geared up for Summer Reading 2016!

Complete your origin story (registration) beginning June 1st. You can fly down to the library to fill out a form or use mind control to register online (for the first time ever!). We will assemble for the first program June 22nd (for Pre-K through 4th grade) and June 23rd (5th grade through 8th grade). Any questions? Send up the Ms. Beth signal! Or call or stop by the library and ask for Ms. Beth. We hope to have your help fighting crime and reading books this summer!

SRP 2016 Flyer- Every Hero has a Story-1
Click on the flyer to see it bigger (in full resolution)

New website feature- “Ask the Library Staff”

Thomas here!

I’ve added a chat window to the website that requires no registration; in fact users can be anonymous if they choose not to declare themselves!

The green library icon that pops up will either indicates that I am currently online and ready to answer questions,
Online now
or that I am offline and I will answer your questions as soon as I am available again.Offline
If you send a message while I am offline, please leave the tab and window open where you began the conversation so that I may respond. If you just want to suggest an idea, leave the library staff a message, or express a concern, you may close the window and I’ll still be able to read what you have to say, I just won’t be able to respond to you. This feature is a little buggy so it may show me as being online when I am not. I apologize for this. It is something I’m working to fix.

To use this feature, click/tap on the green box at the bottom right hand corner of the screen and begin typing. When your message is typed, you will need to click/tap on the paper airplane “send” icon (see the figure below).
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Q&A

•Is this chat box really anonymous?

Mostly.
The only information I will have about people who open the chat window (outside of any information that is voluntarily given by chatting) is their IP address.

•IP address? What is that?

IP addresses tell me a general area that a person is located (i.e. Union County, Kentucky, Brazil, etc.) and are used as unique identifiers.
This means, if you send messages from the same internet connection, I may recognize your IP from a previous conversation.

Can I renew or order items from this chat window?
Yes.
However, to renew your items you must forfeit your anonymity. We need to know who is trying renew or order items. You will need to give us your library card number or full name.

Can I recommend books, music, and other media that I want the library to buy?
Yes!
We love suggestions! Your tax dollars are going into this place so it’s only fair that you get to pick out a few things that we use it on! Odds are, if you are interested in the item, someone else in town is too. Please tell us what we need 🙂


Can I ask questions unrelated to library business? For example, can I ask for tech advice, advice about my dog, or the average flying speed of a European sparrow?”
Yes!
We are here to help share knowledge! We are passionate to resolve quandaries. We will do our very best to answer accurately any questions that you have. We don’t know everything, but we can find answers to most questions. To answer the third question, about 24 MPH.

I hope this tool allows smoother communication between the library staff and all of our district.

[Completed] Spring is blooming and so is the library– Mother’s Day program and Spring Plant Sale!

(Click on the images to enlarge them.)
Saturday April 30th, The Friends of Stinson will be on our back patio with beautiful flowers, tasty herbs and tomatoes, and many more potted plants!

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Friday May 6th, we will have a  Mother’s Day program! Kids can come to the library to plant a flower, paint a pot and give a mother you love something beautiful!!

Mother's Day Program Flyer-1

[Completed] EBook Readers, don’t forget! We are moving to a new digital library system, 3M Cloud Library!

We have a trainer from out of town here to walk people through setting up devices to use 3M. She will be here until noon today (3/30/16). Stop by and we’ll help you make your digital reading experience smoother than ever!

If you can’t make it to the grand opening this morning, all the Staff have been trained and will be able to help you any time in the future.

[Completed] What new program should Stinson Library start during National Library Week (April 10-16)?

This year’s National Library Week is coming soon and we are going to begin a new monthly program that week! What program are we starting? That is precisely what we are here to ask you!
 
Here is a 2 question anonymous survey with our top staff picks for new programs. Please let us know how we can make the community more fun!