CCRLD News Blog
Fiber to the library is coming soon! The Library Board of Trustees, director and staff’s desired outcome of providing a faster more efficient Internet connection to the library’s computers is almost realized. NoaNet is nearer to their completion date. Bringing the library’s existing network up-to-date required an upgrade for gigabit speeds to the library’s computers, which was completed in July. The library’s broadband fiber connectivity will soon be at 10 Mbps up and down, an increase from its current Cable network speed of 1.5 Mbps down and 768 Kbps up. The faster bandwidth will help the library’s patrons and the library’s wireless customers search for jobs, do homework and research, run their home business from the library’s computers, play games, use FaceBook, Twitter, watch YouTube, use the library’s databases, download eBooks and eAudiobooks. The library will have the fastest free Internet connection in town.
The Columbia County Rural Library District is participating in the ARRA/BTOP Round One/Two awarded grants utilizing NoaNet fiber. Fiber has been installed at the library building. Connectivity to the fiber is still a couple months away.
The 2012 Broadband Grant in the amount of $958 was awarded to the Columbia County Rural Library District and is being supported with Library Services and Technology Act funding provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.
It's about time for children's storytimes to begin again!
Beginning October 1st and continuing every Monday...
- Toddlers: 11 to 11:30am
- Babies: 11:30 to 11:45am
- Preschoolers: 2:30 to 3pm
Storytimes will continue into April 2013! Please contact Sue or Janet at 382-4131.
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.
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 http://ala.org/bbooks/
- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
- The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
- The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
- Ulysses, by James Joyce
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
- The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
- 1984, by George Orwell
- Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
- Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
- Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
- The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
- As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
- A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
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."
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.