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Sep 25

Rural libraries to circulate eBook readers, thanks to grant!

Posted by heather in Announcements

Thanks to a recent grant award, library users in many southeastern Washington communities soon will be able to bring home books on a lightweight eBook reader.

The grant is named “eREADS in eWA”: Encourage Reading, Expanding Access and Device Sharing in Eastern Washington.

The Asotin County Library, Columbia County Rural Library District, Denny Ashby Library (Pomeroy), Neill Public Library (Pullman), Walla Walla Rural Library District and Whitman County Library are partnering to purchase NOOK eReaders, which will be preloaded with the popular content and then made available in those communities beginning October 15th. 

Two shared Nooks will be at each library at any one time and will be rotated every two months.  eReaders will be loaded with titles specific to the genres of biography, Christian fiction, classics, fantasy, general or literay fiction, historical fiction, readable non-fiction, mystery, science fiction, thrillers and horror, and young adult fiction.  There are twelve Nooks between the six libraries.

One of the reasons the partners are offering eReaders to the public is to familiarize patrons with a new electronic format of library material.  In addition, it offers patrons the opportunity to discover and understand how an eReader can be used as an individual device for personal use.  Staff-chosen material will be downloaded on the devices so patrons can fully experience the eReader.  Patrons 18 and over will sign a user borrowing agreement before checking out an eReader.  Patrons under 18 will need to co-sign with their parent or guardian.

The six libraries were awarded grants through Connecting Libraries through Resource Sharing, a federal program that encourages cooperation among public libraries in counties where interlocal agreements to share materials do not exist. 

“The grant’s purpose is to encourage rural libraries to make better use of taxpayers’ dollars by rotating and sharing their materials with each other,” said Carolyn Petersen, the State Library’s assistant program manager for library development. “That benefits the libraries involved and their patrons. This latest grant lets patrons realize that their libraries, while rural, are still technologically up to date.”   

The Nook Simple Touch is a LSTA grant-funded device courtesy of the Washington State Library and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Sep 14

Banned Book Week: Celebrate your Right to Read!

Posted by heather in Events


Banned Book Week will soon be upon us. Between September 30th and October 6th, stop by the library and check out a "banned" or challenged book to celebrate your Right to Read. Libraries across the country take this annual event to highlight the importance of freedom of access to information and the hazards of censorship.

You can learn more about the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week at

Top 20 Banned and Challenged Classics:

  1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
  7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  9. 1984, by George Orwell
  10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
  11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  16.  As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  17. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

Sep 12

NYT Bestselling Author, Gregg Olsen, to visit Library TODAY!

Posted by heather in Events

New York Times Bestselling Author, Gregg Olsen, will be at the Dayton Memorial library tonight from 6:30 to 8pm to talk about his books and his new YA series, 'The Empty Coffin."

"A Seattle native who lives in Washington State, Gregg has seen the darker side of the Pacific Northwest and knows a little more about the area than your average guy. “There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest," he says. “We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here–so many, in fact, sometimes I wonder if they have a secret convention in Washington.” A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with 13 books and sales of over one-million copies to his credit, Gregg made his young-adult fiction debut with Envy. The follow-up, Betrayal, will be published in September 2012."

Learn more at or

Sep 07

September is Library Card Month!

Posted by heather in Library News

Your Library Card... the Smartest Card in your Wallet!

With your CCRLD library card, you can:

  • Borrow books, movies (DVD & Blu-Ray), audiobooks on CD, music on CD, Playaways, magazines, and puzzles!
  • Get access to excellent research resources, including databases on automotive repair, peer-reviewed journals and articles, Consumer Reports, World Book Encyclopedia, as well as HeritageQuest genealogy and Historic MapWorks!
  • Check out eBooks for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or download "eAudiobooks" onto your mp3 player!
  • Plus so much more!

During the entire month of September, stop by the library to get your free library card. Eligibility rules apply.

60 Ways to Use that Library Card...


Aug 16

New Books for August 1st through August 15th

Posted by heather in New Books

New Books for August 1st through August 15th! -->

Aug 03

Friends of the Library Meeting Change

Posted by heather in Announcements

The August meeting of the Friends of the Library will be held on the 5th Wednesday, August 29th at 10:00 a.m.

This change is only for August.

Aug 01

New Books for July 11th through August 1st

Posted by heather in New Books

New Books: July 11th through August 1st -->

There's a lot of new Biographies, Christian fiction, Easy-readers/picture books, Chapter books, Adult books, YA/Teen titles, and lots more!

Jul 25

End of Summer Reading: Programs & Parties

Posted by heather in Events

It's almost time to call it done -- the 2012 Summer Reading Programs ("Dream Big: Read!" for k-6 and "Own the Night" for 6-12) will be coming to a close this next week.

Thursday, July 26th, 3-5pm: "Own the Night" Teen Party

Snacks, games, and prize drawings! Teens who turn in a completed bingo card (from the Summer Reading packet) will have their name thrown in a hat to win an iTunes giftcard!

Monday, July 30th, 11am: "Dream Big" Craft Day

Children pre-k through 6th grade can come do some final crafts in the library. There will be activities and crafts spanning each week of this year's Summer Reading program.

Don't miss the fun! :-)

Questions? Please contact the library at 382-4131.

Jul 24

Special Meeting: Strategic Planning Workshop

Posted by heather in Announcements

The Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees will meet Saturday, August 18th from 9 to noon for a Strategic Planning session for 2012 to 2014.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  No action will be taken at the meeting.

Questions? Contact the library:


Jul 18

Owls in the Night -- a Forest Service Teen program!

Posted by heather in Events

The Forest Service will present a teen program on our silent, nocturnal neighbors, owls, from 3 to 5pm TOMORROW (July 19th) in the Delany room. There will be slides, authentic owl pellets, and more!

Questions? Contact Heather at 382-4131.

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