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!

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

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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] 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!

Tech Tuesdays

I will be assisting with tech questions and troubleshooting all day Tuesdays! Drop by the library anytime from 10AM to 7PM for one-on-one help.

While continuing to evolve the way I offer answers to questions about technology, I have come to the conclusion that a more flexible time schedule for tech support would better suit our patrons.
The benefits of this will include:
•Patrons can drop in or leave at any time that the library is open
•Because fewer people will arrive at once, I, and other staff members, will be able to give more one-on-one support.
•The extra time will allow me to better help patrons with extensive or complex problems and questions.

All questions are welcome, from the simple to the complex.
Questions I’ve successfully answered in the past include:

•Why does my computer run slowly? How can I speed it up?
•Why won’t my computer start? How can I fix it?
•What is hardware? What is software?
•How do I install new hardware or software?
•What should I look for when shopping for a new computer, phone, or tablet?
•What does all this computer jargon mean?
•How do I read, or listen to books and magazines through legal and free databases?
•How do I access the library’s catalog, order items, and check my account information from home?
•How do I move files from my phone, tablet, or computer to another device that I own?
•What can I do to protect my computer/mobile from viruses? How do I remove a virus?
•How do I use a specific program (Word, OpenOffice, MS Paint, Windows Explorer, cmd.EXE and PowerShell, Audacity, and many others)
•How do I Update my computer to Windows 10 or confirm that my current operating system is up to date?
•How do I make those cool looking bullet points with just a keyboard?
And many more!

I hope to see you there!

What a summer we’ve had!

This year’s Summer Reading program was hosted, organized, and staged by our new children’s librarian, Beth Sisler, who did a marvelous job at it! She was able to gather almost 200 young readers to the library who checked the majority of the almost 7,788 items circulated during the six week period. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations we received from our wonderful community!

In the past, the Summer Reading program has been the only large program that we hosted regularly. That’s changing this year! Tech Workshops, Story Time, Book Clubs (for both kids and adults!), and other interest groups are going to start blooming at the library!

Tech Workshops
In the past, Tech Classes have been somewhat formal with focused agendas each week but people seemed to find the open questioning / troubleshooting more helpful than other sessions. I’m glad to work one-on-one with folks who have tech questions, too! Future Tech Workshops will all be exclusively focused on the individual needs of patrons. We had previously been meeting from 6PM to 8PM but we will be meeting earlier from this point on.
Open questioning, troubleshooting, conceptual explanations, and more will be available Tuesday evening from 5:00 PM 10:00 AM till 7:00 PM, free to anyone who wants to join! Bring your own device or work on one of ours!

Tech workshops

Story Time
This program will be designed for kids ages 2-6 years and their families, but everyone is welcome! Starting September 9th at 3:30 we will meet every week for a story, craft, and snack.

Book Clubs and other special interest groups
The staff at Stinson have been discussing all kinds of clubs as of late. Books, movies, board games, Lego, Robotics, and other clubs are hot on our minds. If you can think of any kind of group you’d be interested in leave us a comment here or in the Suggestions Box in the adult fiction room! We’ll keep the site posted once plans become more concrete.

Book sales
Is 21 days not long enough for you? Would you like to keep the book forever? No problem! In addition to the three annual book sales hosted by the Friends Of Stinson, there are like-new books for sale year-round. The hardbacks sell for $3 each and the paperbacks are only $1 or buy 5 get 1 free!
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