27 Aug 14

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Hattie (Lynnie) Lee of Carbondale continues to be excited about presenting Storytime to the children of Overbrook.   The program starts at 9:30 AM, Wednesday.   For the month of September, attendance has averaged between 12 to 15 children and 8-10 adults for each Wednesday morning session.    Next week during Storytime the theme will about Fall and the change of the seasons.

 

 

Themes for the next four weeks:

September 3:  Puppet Show/Grandparents

September 10: Americana

September 17: International Day of Peace and Cooperation

September 24: Start of the Fall Season

October 1:  Veggies!

photo (Patricia Thompson and her puppet show)

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21 Aug 14

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The Overbrook Library has acquired a new piece of computer technology:  a computer station dedicated to accessing the regional shared catalog.  Patrons can search the catalog, access their account, place hold requests, change their password, or any of a dozen different functions.    The station is currently located in the New Books Shelving area and can be readily seen as patrons come down the stairs from the east entrance.   The Nexpress station cannot access the internet for email or general searches and users do not have to sign-in to use the station.   Patrons are always welcome to approach the librarian on duty for requesting catalog searches.

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21 Aug 14

 

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The Overbrook Book Club meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.    Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fellowship and discussion. The Library will supply the books.   If interested please call the Library.    The book selection for October is Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell.   This book was also made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and launched her career as a serious actress.

 

 

 

Book Club book selections for 2014.

January—A week in winter by Maeve Binchy

February—Roses by Leila Meacham

March—Book Thief by Markus Zusak

April—Major Pettigrew’s last stand by Helen Simonson

May— Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

June— Call the midwife by Jennifer Worth

July—Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan

August—Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

September—The Devil in the White City by Erick Larson

October—Winter’s bone by Daniel Woodrell

November—The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein

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9 Jul 14

photo (3)  The PlayStation 3 gaming console in the Young Adult section of the Overbrook Library is proving to be very popular since its installation at the end of June.  In July the average number of teens visiting the library on a daily basis increased by 40% .   The PS3 console and accessories were paid for by a Kansas Library Gaming Grant and games were provided by a matching grant from the Overbrook Friends organization.    The purpose of the state grant was to provide financial assistance to libraries as they develop young adult programming.   The goal is to encourage an increase in regular teen visits to their local public library and increase the library’s role as a community hub.

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1 Jul 14

Overbrook Public Library joins the world of social media with its new facebook website.  Our thanks to Maria Penrod, Kansas State University student, for creating the basic facebook architecture.   The URL is :

www.facebook.com/overbrookpubliclibrary

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24 Jun 14

The Library Board has hired a new library director.   Please welcome Galen Worthington who takes Donna Swisher’s place as interim director.   Galen officially started his new duties on June 2nd, just in time to help kick off the summer reading program.    He grew up around the Big Springs/Stull area and attended the Shawnee Heights School District.

Says Galen, “My parents were local farmers and community leaders.    I would come to Overbrook with my older sisters during the summer because it was the only town in 15 miles that had a pool!  I am very grateful for this chance to serve the people of Overbrook.   I believe in the power of good libraries to enhance the quality of life for local residents and I can tell already how proud people are of their new library and community center.”

Galen is finishing his degree in Library Science at Emporia State University and previously served in the Topeka Public Library Friends organization before starting a practicum in library management at Overbrook Public Library this last January.

GW

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