Our computer network is currently DOWN and expected to be down until further notice.
However, if you have your own laptop or tablet, our Wi-Fi is still up and running.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
If you are looking for book reviews and recommendations to help you narrow down your next read, please check out these places online:
People magazine book reviews:
New York Times book reviews:
Teen Ink: (books reviewed by teens for teens)
bookbrowse.com (has reviews, recommendations and read-alikes)
Powell's Books: (offers links to book reviews in several newspapers and magazines)
Teen readers grades 7-12 can enter our book review contest as part of our Annual Summer Reading Program, "Spark a Reaction," to win a Kindle FIRE!
But how to write a winning book review?
For more information or to pick up an entry form, please talk to the librarians at the Dayton Library. :-)
"...do school in the morning."
"...find some very tasty vegan recipes!"
"...with my art -- recycled magazines! Thank you."
"...get a life."
What can we help YOU with this year? Let us know in the comments, give us a call (382-4131), or drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
The Columbia County Rural Library District is asking for your help in redesigning the garden area in front of the library. As a continuing effort to grow and serve the community better, CCRLD would like to create an open and inviting outdoor space in front of the library.
The Columbia County Rural Library District and the Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library are sponsoring a design contest for the Bell Garden space in front of the library. The winner will be named at a special reception and will have the opportunity to see their design, or elements of their design implemented. The winner will also have a plaque in the garden and have the opportunity to name the new garden area.
The space is 21’ 6” along the east and west edges and 19’ north and south. The bell is on a base, which is 3’ 8” square.
The budget for this project is $1000 for labor and materials.
The contest is open to all ages. Both groups and individuals are encouraged to enter.
To enter, please submit no later than 5pm, Friday, May 16, 2014:
Contestant’s plans will be on display in the library from May 19 to May 29. Community members will vote to decide the winner.* A reception will be held in the Delany Room on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6 pm to announce the winner.
*If the results of voting are not decisive, the library reserves the right to use elements of the winning design along with elements of other designs, as the budget allows.
For more information, call the Columbia County Rural Library District at 382-4131, email email@example.com or come by the library at 111 S Third, Dayton.
Celebrate National Potato Chip Day with us at the library!
Taste-test the newest culinary sensation -- chocolate-covered potato chips -- all day!
And while you're here.... you can check your email, browse the videos, or even... read a book! :-)
I got an interesting response today from Sean Lanksbury (and forwarded by Jeff Martin) at our very own Washington State Library regarding that "Oldest Books in the Library" post I made back on January 10th. Sean writes:
History of Washington, The Evergreen State, from Early Dawn to Daylight is done in a grandiose and heroic style very common to late 19th century histories. The Editor, Julian Hawthorne (1846 - 1934) was the only son of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and painter Sophia Peabody. The work was the editor’s second work of Historical Non-Fiction, following The Story of Oregon: A History With Portraits and Biographies, (New York, NY: American Historical Publishing, 1892.) Hawthorne was also known as a writer of gothically-styled Romantic Era novels, which were commercially successful but critically disdained for not following in his father’s footsteps. His non-fiction editing fared better in critical circles.
Colonel George Douglas Brewerton was a poet, sketch artist and painter who during his military service was part of Kit Carson's 1848 expedition from Los Angeles, California to New Mexico. He gained some notoriety for publishing a three-part work on the trip in Harper's Weekly. Brewerton came to Tacoma in the mid to late 1880s. WSL has a copy of a poem he wrote and recited memorializing the Grand Army of the Republic and fallen soldiers to a Tacoma crowd on Decoration Day (c/k/a Memorial Day) in 1889:
"George Douglas Brewerton: Painter, Historian, and Poet of the Far West," by Lewis O. Saum. The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 94, No. 1 (Winter, 2002/2003), pp. 3-13)
"Julian Hawthorne." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Literature Resource Center. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.
So now we know more about these lovely old books in our collection. :-)
So you head into the library to check your email; it's a short errand and will only take you five minutes...
...But as you walk in the door you see that all the patron-use stations are full.
What do you do? It would just be a short email check, and the clerk at the counter tells you it would be ten minutes before the next computer is available...
We know wait lists for our patron Internet computers have been increasing. And at last, we have a solution!
The Library is proud to offer four Internet-access laptops for use by patrons! These new, Windows 8 machines are Internet-ready will check out for one hour to help offset those waitlist lag times.
Please inquire at the front desk!
This just in from the Washington State Library:
Know any teenagers who love making videos? Do you have a son or daughter who aspires to be the next Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow? There’s a contest happening right now that’s perfect for them.
It’s the 2014 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.
Here’s how it works: Contestants create a video 30 to 90 seconds long that encourages teens to read and use libraries this summer. Entrants need to include their interpretation of this year’s contest slogan, “Spark a Reaction.”
Go here http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/summerreading/videochallenge.aspx to learn more about the state contest, download a contest entry form, learn what to include in a video, where to upload the completed video and how to send in a completed entry form. Contestants need to send in their completed forms by March 7. Any Washington teen or group of teens ages 13-18 may enter.
The contest is being held by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The Washington State Library is a partner in the annual contest.
One individual or group will be selected as Washington’s Teen Video Challenge winner and receive a $275 award. The library listed on the entry form will receive from CSLP and a $25 gift certificate for Upstart products. The winner(s) will be notified in April.
In addition, the Washington video winner and all notable Teen Video Challenge entries from our state will be available on the Washington Summer Reading Program page.
The Washington State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.