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Oct 29

What's happening in the library this fall?

Posted by heather in Untagged 


The Friends of the Library are hosting a Trick or Trunk event out in front of the library. Stop by on your Trick or Treat rounds and pick up some goodies!


Everybody Reads book discussion

Saturday, November 15 at 5pm

Have you read The Girls of no Return by Erin Saldin? There's still time before the book discussion with Librarian Jill on November 15. Everybody Reads is a regional reading program where a single book, written by an emerging regional author is chosen for the whole community to read and discuss.

the girls of no returnCUT meets HATCHET in this lacerating debut about girls, knives and redemption.

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area stretches across two million acres in northern Idaho. In its heart sits the Alice Marshall School, where fifty teenage girls come to escape their histories and themselves.

Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, a fierce native Idahoan; Jules, who seems too healthy to belong at the school; and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp.

As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia's friend. But everyone has their secrets--their "Things" they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN is a bold and powerful debut.

November's reading incentive

Let your kid be the hero of Thanksgiving! If your child reads in the library for 15 minutes he or she can enter to win a yummy apple pie. Stop into the library and get reading! The drawing will be held November 25th.


Cookies on Parade November 28th 1-4

The biggest Black Friday event of the year! The Friends of the library's annual fundraiser in the Delany. Buy delicious cookies by the pound.


Aug 25

Storytime Tuesdays, beginning September 16th

Posted by heather in Events

Beginning September 16th, join us at the library for Storytime Tuesdays!

Baby & Toddler Storytime at 10am: Books, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, stories, and activities that promote development and learning.

Preschool at 10:45am: Books, rhymes, songs, activities and crafts that promote early literacy and love of reading.

Storytime is a free service of the Columbia County Rural Library District. No library card is needed!

Questions? Contact Amy at 382-4131.

Aug 13

Summer Reading Challenge: Can We Do It?

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

There are 328 hours left to go on the Summer Reading Challenge to dye Miss Amy's hair GREEN! Can we do it by August 23rd??

Summer Readers (pre-k through 12th grade) can bring in their parent-initialed hours any time to the library for credit and prize tickets.

Come join us in a Read-A-Thon to meet our goal on August 22nd, 5-8pm in the Delany Room (pizza provided!)!

Aug 05

Job Announcement: Library Assistant I

Posted by heather in Announcements

The Columbia County Rural Library District has an opening for a highly motivated individual with a great sense of humor, friendly customer service skills, attention to detail, and strong written and verbal communication to join our team as a part time (19 hours/week) Library Assistant I.  Strong customer service attitude, verbal communication and computer skills are essential in our ideal candidate. Complete job announcement, description and application requirements are available at the library at 111 S. 3rd, Dayton, WA, or on our website,  No phone calls, please. INTERVIEWS WILL BEGIN ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014. Position will remain open until filled. EEOC

Jul 15

Summer Reading Challenge -- See Amy's Hair Turn GREEN!

Posted by heather in Announcements

We have decided to extend the Summer Reading Challenge. Now you have more time to read, read, read and a second chance to see Miss Amy's hair turn green! The extended Summer Reading Challenge will culminate in an after-hours Read-a-thon in the Delany Room from 5-8 pm on Friday, August 22. FREE pizza will be provided!

Keep bringing in your hours to collect prize tickets until Saturday, August 23.

Every Saturday is Double Ticket day. So bring your reading logs in on Saturdays and collect twice the bounty!

Jun 26

We are Operational!

Posted by heather in Library News

Our computer system is now operational! C'mon down and try it out -- you'll just need your library card number, last name, and an account in Good Standing.

Jun 23

Summer Reading 2014 has Begun!

Posted by heather in Events

Our annual Summer Reading program has officially begun!

The theme this year for pre-K through 6th grade is "Fizz, Boom, Read!" and the theme for 6th grade through 12th grade is "Spark a Reaction." Sign-ups are ongoing -- participants can pick up a packet of activities and a schedule of science-themed programs, and claim their free book!

If all Summer Reading participants can read a combined 1000 hours (verified by parent/guardian), Miss Amy has vowed to dye her hair the winning color as selected by poll (GREEN!).

This week the program kicks off with magician Louis Foxx on Wednesday, June 25th at 5:30pm in the Delany Room!

Jun 19

Computer Network Updates

Posted by heather in Announcements

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.

Jun 16

Looking for Reviews?

Posted by heather in Link of the Month

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:,,PeoplecomTax:BookReviews,00.html

New York Times book reviews:

Kirkus reviews:


Teen Ink: (books reviewed by teens for teens) (YALSA) (has reviews, recommendations and read-alikes)

Powell's Books: (offers links to book reviews in several newspapers and magazines)


Jun 16

How to Write a Book Review -- Teen Summer Reading

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

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?

  1. Pick a book that interests you!
  2. Look for some examples of book reviews. Your favorite magazine may be a good source, or you can also find book reviews online at the Books section of The New York Times, the Powell’s Books Review a day, People Magazine, Booklist,,, Good Reads, or Kirkus Reviews. The library will have some links up on their webpage for you.
  3. Pick out the main elements, which should include:
    • The book’s title and author
    • A brief summary of the plot that doesn’t give away too much
    • Comments on the book’s strengths and weaknesses
    • The reviewer’s personal response to the book with specific examples to support praise or criticism
  4. Take notes while reading the book you are reviewing, so you can remember what points you want to make later and what specific scenes or quotes you might want to use to support those points.
  5. Make an outline for the book review before writing, using one paragraph for each point you want to make about the book.
  6. Some ideas to keep in mind while writing the review:
    • Does the book fit into a genre, like mystery or romance, and why? If you aren’t sure, ask your librarian for help!
    • When and where does the action in the book take place? Does the author do a good job of making you feel like you are there? How?
    • Are the main characters believable? Do you know anyone like them? Does the author adequately describe them?
    • What do you like or dislike about the author’s writing style? That is, do you like the way the author uses words?
    • Use concrete examples to back up your points, such as describing a scene that really moved you or using a couple of short quotes from the book.
    • Don’t forget to include your opinion of the book, whether you liked or disliked it and WHY!
  7. Do some background research on the author. Sources might include the author’s personal website, the website for the book’s publisher, or biographies of the author. Learning information about the author and knowing what other books he or she may have written can add context to a review. Ask a librarian for help finding sources, if you can’t find any on your own.
  8. Don’t forget to ask for help! The librarians at the Dayton Library are here to help you!

For more information or to pick up an entry form, please talk to the librarians at the Dayton Library. :-)

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