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Newsletter of the Timberland Regional Library District

Summer 2010

Newsletter of the Timberland Regional Library District Summer 2010
Newsletter of the Timberland Regional Library District Summer 2010

“make a Splash” — it’s summer at the library!

Don’t miss out: the summer program

for youth of all ages, from birth to age

18

and their families is under way at all

27

Timberland Regional Library District

presentations and hands-on activities. Pick up an armload of books, movies, music, and audio books (great for car trips). Your librarians can guide you to wonderful summer reading, viewing and listening.

All children and teens who participate in the summer program will receive coupons for free pizza and regional attractions. Individual branches also award a variety of prizes from books to book lights and coupons for local businesses. All prizes are donated by Friends of the Library groups, businesses, and other organizations.

branches. And it’s free of charge.

Children, teens and parents—drop by any Timberland library for a packet of materials including program schedules, reading logs, booklists, prizes, and more.

The theme this year is water, “Make a Splash!” for children and “Make Waves @ Your Library” for teens. Participate in lively performances, informative

for teens. Participate in lively performances, informative New research reinforces value of library youth summer

New research reinforces value of library youth summer programs

The After-School Alliance’s May 2010 “America After 3PM Special Report on Summer” supports what youth librarians have always known. The report states: “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer,” and “Three quarters of America’s schoolchildren are not participating in summer learning programs. Despite a growing awareness that summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap between low-income and high-income

youth, the number and percentage of children participating in summer enrichment programs is startlingly low.”

The Alliance defines summer learning programs as “safe, structured programs that provide a variety of activities designed to encourage learning and development in the summer months.” Library summer reading programs fill the bill and the library charges no fees for participation.

The complete report can be accessed at www.afterschoolalliance.org/ documents/Special_Report_on_

Summer_052510.pdf.

TRL Board to discuss next steps in search for Executive Director

The Timberland Regional Library Board of Trustees announced at their June 23 public meeting in Chehalis that they offered the position of TRL Executive Director to candidate Leonard Hernandez, Library Director for the City of Riverside, California. Mr. Hernandez declined for personal reasons.

The Board discusses its next steps in the search for a new director on Thursday, July 8 at 1 p.m. at the TRL Administrative Service Center, 415 Tumwater Blvd. SW, Tumwater.

What you’ll find inside

What you’ll find inside

Inside

• Great Reads

• Library staff offer help & resources for hard times

• New & improved TRL website

• Find us on Facebook & Twitter

• Passport to Timberland, a TRL Foundation activity

• Credit/debit cards accepted for library fees

• Libraries have free Wi-Fi access

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• Reference & Information services

• Reference databases:

Magazines & Newspapers

• Great Internet resources:

Consumer Information

Children & Teens

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1:

The Mysterious Howling Maryrose Wood

Found running wild in the forest, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess.

Shark vs.Train

Chris Barton

In this wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating and more.

How to Clean a Hippopotamus Steven Jenkins

Introduces unusual animal partnerships, revealing the connections between such animals as crabs and iguanas, coyotes and badgers, and ravens and wolves.

Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths Ingri D’Aulaire

An introduction to the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece.

Mockingjay

Suzanne Collins

Powerful and haunting final installment of the groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy.

Nonfiction

Medium Raw:A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook Anthony Bourdain

The author of the best-selling Kitchen Confidential explores how the cooking world has changed in the past ten years.

The Devil’s Rooming House M.William Phelps

Profiles the owner of a rooming house in Windsor, Connecticut, who was accused of murdering two husbands and 66 sickly “inmates” between 1911 and her arrest 1916.

In hard times, people turn to their libraries — you can turn to yours

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in April 2010 unemployment was 9.5% nationally and 12% or higher in Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Lewis counties.

Research conducted in January 2010 by OCLC, a nonprofit library service and research organization, found:

Every day 300,000 Americans get job- seeking help at their public libraries.

2.8 million times a month people use resources at public libraries to support their small businesses.

Every day 14,000 people attend free library computer classes.

Opportunity for All, a major study by the University of Washington published this spring, found that in the last 12 months:

40% of library computer users (30 million people) used library resources to help address career and employment needs.

42% (32.5 million people) used library resources to help them with their education and training needs.

Your own public libraries—the libraries in the Timberland Regional Library District—offer help and information for job seekers, career changers, entrepreneurs, and people in need of emergency services. Staff in every Timberland library have just completed a refresher course to update their knowledge of specialized local, regional, state and national resources that can help.

Staff brushed up on locating current information to help you:

Look for jobs

Improve interviewing skills, prepare résumés and cover letters

Get an education or retrain for a new career

Find scholarships and financial aid

Start or grow your own small business

File for unemployment

Apply for housing and rental assistance

Learn about bankruptcy and foreclosure

Apply for temporary emergency services for cash, food, bills, and medical needs

Learn essential computer skills for research, job searches and applications

Learn how to get a free credit report and how to understand and improve your credit score

Up-to-date books, pamphlets and Internet resources on topics for hard times are available, many of them for checkout, some to be used in the library only. Libraries have also developed displays of books, brochures and handouts.

Staff training and new library materials were made possible by a Renew Washington grant from the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Library. The grant was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency.

Coming soon: online credit and debit card payments for fines & fees

In early July, payment by Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards will be available for library fees of $1.00 or more. Patrons will see an itemized list of overdue fines and loss, damage, and other fees owed and will be able to select fines to pay. Patrons will also be able to pay into a reserve account from which they will be able to make fine and fee payments. Fines and fees cannot be automatically deducted from the reserve account. Payments must be made from a computer. Library staff are not set up to process credit and debit transactions.

For Southwest Washington staycationers

TRL Foundation launches summer Passport to Timberland

Which Timberland library was cut into three sections and barged up a canal, which has a drive up window, and which are less than a mile from the beach?

The TRL Foundation invites you to enjoy their new Passport to Timberland this summer and to discover interesting facts while visiting the 27 Timberland libraries and local points of interest. You can use your Passport to Timberland as a guidebook to plan your ‘staycation’ as you explore the recreation and beauty of Southwest Washington, home of the Timberland Regional Library system.

Ask for your free Passport at any Timberland library (1 per customer, supplies are limited). Each of the Timberland libraries you visit this summer will stamp your Passport with its unique stamp. Stamps count for potential

prizes! Prizes are based on the number of libraries visited. Prize categories:

children up to 12, youth 13–17, and adults 18 and older. The drawing will be held and winners notified on September 30. Local businesses and organizations are providing all of the prizes.

For complete rules and lots more information, including a list of prizes, visit the Foundation website at www.trlfoundation.org. Also on the website are updates from sponsors, bicycling routes and audio downloads. Learn about the important mission of the TRLF to add value to the libraries and communities it serves.

The Timberland Regional Library Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.

Free wireless Internet service at Timberland libraries

Timberland Regional Library offers free wireless Internet access at all 27 libraries from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To learn what you need to use your wireless equipment at the library, go to www.TRL.org and mouse over Services for a link to detailed information.

Check out the new & improved TRL website

Check out the new & improved TRL website

This May, TRL redesigned its website at www.TRL.org. The new design is visually appealing and provides simpler ways to locate information. Examples of new and improved features:

Access to the library catalog and your account from every page

A choice of text sizes

A “How do I” feature with simple answers to common questions

An updated map of library locations, including kiosks

Links to TRL’s Facebook, Twitter and Flickr sites

Links to the Kids and Teens pages from all pages

A new Birth to 5 page focusing on early learning, home activities, and literacy adventures

Site search and site map

Find us on Facebook and Twitter Follow TRL’s Facebook and Twitter pages by visiting the TRL website at www.TRL.org and clicking on the icons. Check out the library’s Flickr account, too, for photos of the 27 Timberland libraries and some of their exciting programs.

Geek Dad:Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share Ken Denmead

Cool kid projects that use technology.

Inside the Outbreaks Mark Pendergrast

A

history of the elite medical corps

at

the forefront of the world’s most

dangerous epidemics.

Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again Gary Calamar

A loving look at the stores that have

enthralled music lovers, providing

a glimpse into what makes a great record store.

Fiction

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake Aimee Bender

As Rose bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake, she discovers a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions. Now food is a peril and a threat.

The Passage

Justin Cronin

A security breach at a secret U.S.

military facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling experiment. The world is forever altered for the stunned survivors.

Tinkers

Paul Harding

Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, this work about a dying man’s legacy pays homage to love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

Matterhorn:

A Novel of the Vietnam War Karl A. Marlantes

Praised as one of the most outstanding novels concerning the Vietnam War. The author served as a much-decorated Marine in Vietnam.

The author served as a much-decorated Marine in Vietnam. Selected by Timberland Regional Library selectors Jackie

Selected by Timberland Regional Library selectors Jackie Marquardt Kim Storbeck Jean Padovan

Reference Databases

Magazines & Newspapers

What do you want to know? For a comprehensive survey of a current topic, whether you’re still figuring out which direction to go in your investigations or have an exact topic in mind, nothing beats the array of magazine and newspaper databases available.

Search in one, several or all of them:

navigate to www.TRL.org

Go to the Research dropdown

Select Reference Databases

Click on Magazines & Newspapers from the Subject List of Databases and choose the database you want to search.

About the Library’s Reference Databases Timberland Regional Library subscribes to online reference databases to provide current, reliable resources for personal, academic, business and professional research. Regularly updated and checked for accuracy, they include full- text magazine and newspaper articles, directories, auto repair manuals, practice tests, photographs, maps and information on a variety of subjects.

All databases are available on library computers. Most are also accessible from home with your library card number.

Ask a Librarian!

Central Reference Service librarians are here to help.

Reference & Information 704-INFO (4636) Outside the Olympia area:

1-800-562-6022

www.TRL.org

Central Reference hours* Monday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Tuesday

10 a.m.–7 p.m. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

*Except holidays

Or

Click on Search several databases at once, then Search by subject, then Magazines & Newspapers.

At this point, you can choose to search all the magazine databases at once or a selection of your choice.

The results include the full text of articles and article summaries.

Today’s Library Editor Leanne Ingle Timberland Regional Library Communications Department

Internet Picks from your Librarians

Consumer Info

Internet Picks from your Librarians Consumer Info

Be a wise consumer and save yourself time, woe and unnecessary expenses.

At www.TRL.org, go to the Research dropdown and select Internet Resources. Under the Subject Categories list choose Consumer Information. There you’ll find dozens of web links to the following:

Buyers Guides & Price Comparisons

Charities

Homes & Apartments

Personal Finance & Insurance

Product Safety & Consumer Awareness

Travel

Happy — and cautious — shopping!

TRL Internet Resources are free websites selected by TRL Reference staff to meet the interests of Timberland patrons.

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