Wednesday, March 19, 2014
We've been really busy here. Circulation is up which means there's a lot more shelving to be done! And we've been buying/sorting/processing new and donated materials. We put in an order for newly released books generally twice a month, new movies once a month and new (or needed) cd's for our Hunter Music collection at least once a month.
We have also gotten in a TON of donations of all varieties: books, movies, and music cd's which we've been sorting and processing. Because our shelves are pretty full we are being fairly selective on the donations we catalog and put in the collection. Which means....
WE HAVE A TON OF BOOKS FOR SALE!
Through the entire month of March we are running a 'cleaning house' book sale. New items go out on the sale tables at least once a week. Hopefully we will get a lot sold before April 1st comes around.
We will also continue our practice of having a book sale during Homer's Town Wide Garage Sales. These will be held the first Friday and Saturday of May so if you didn't get the chance to get out here for this book sale, you have another opportunity coming right around the corner!
We are still keeping up with our monthly event schedule. We have our Movie Matinee on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1pm. These movies are geared to the interests of local retirees. We also have our Free Family Movie Night on the 3rd Friday of each month at 7pm. We keep these movies to rated G or PG so parents can bring their young kids. It is a great way to take your kids to a movie and see if they are ready to sit through the whole thing - if not, you can just get up and leave without worrying about the $8-10 you would have spent on a ticket at a regular theatre.
We are also getting ready for our Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is "Paws to Read" so will be heavily animal oriented. This program is open to all kids going into kindergarten through 5th grade.
We also have been working on a lot of behind the scenes projects such as writing grants, sending in required reports to the library system and the state, and also trying to get our collection uploaded to OCLC for easier access for other libraries.
If you haven't been in for a while, come on in and see what's happening. There is always SOMETHING going on at the Homer Community Library.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
PARKLAND recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Written and directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, Bill Paxton and Exclusive Media's Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson, PARKLAND is the ferocious, heart-stopping and powerful true story never told of the people behind the scenes of one of the most scrutinized events in history.
Rated PG-13 runs 133 min
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. "Monsters University" unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
Rated G runs 1 hr 35 min
Join us for a Pajama Party after the library is closed! We will dim the lights, pop some popcorn and read our favorite picture books.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
|Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction|
|W is for Wasted||Sue Grafton|
|The Longest Ride||Nicholas Sparks|
|Docor Sleep||Stephen King|
|Chile Death||Susan Wittig Albert|
|Wormwood||Susan Wittig Albert|
|Starry Night||Debbie Macomber|
|Holly Blues||Susan Wittig Albert|
|Mourning Gloria||Susan Wittig Albert|
|southern comfort||fern michaels|
|Storm Front||John Sanford|
|Sycamore Row||John Grisham|
|Doing Hard Time||Stuart Woods|
|The Wolves of Midwinter||Anne Rice|
|Jumpstart to skinny||Bob Harper|
|Killing Jesus||Bill O'Reiley|
|We've added about 2 dozen donated movies.|
|Hello, My Name is Ruby||Philip Stead|
|The Day the Crayons Quit||Drew Daywalt|
|Junior Fiction & Non-Fiction|
|Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library|
|Sphdz Book 4||Jon Scieszka|
|The Wyrum King||Tony DiTerlizzi|
|Path of Beasts||Lian Tanner|
|Julie of the Wolves||Jean Craighead George|
|Young Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction|
|Michael Vey 3 : Battle of the Ampere||Richard Paul Evans|
|Mouse Guard: The Black Axe||David Peterssen|
|Fault in Our Stars||John Green|
|The Moon & More||Sarah Dessen|
|Collosus Rises - Seven Wonders bk 1||Peter Lerangis|
|Reason to Breath||Rebecca Donovan|
|The Scorch Trials||James Dashner|
|House of Hades||Rick Riordan|
|The Death Cure||James Dashner|
|Barely Breathing||Rebecca Donovan|
|A Foreign Country||Charles Cummings|
|Narnia Audiobook set||C.S. Lewis|
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
While you're here, stop in for the Village Hall garage sale and buy a street sign!
Saturday, September 21, 2013
As one high school student noted, "Jailing books shuts out ideas" and "Free People Read Freely". I like both of those sentiments.
Here at the Homer Community Library we want you to
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Beginning August 12th and continuing until completion about December 10th of this year, the Homer Library will once again produce and sell the "Homer Community Library Calendar.” Begun in 1965 by the Homer Lions Club, the Calendar became the Library’s primary fundraising activity in 2006 when the Lions Club disbanded. Since then the Calendar has raised $27,640.43 in much needed funds for the Library, according to figures provided by K.C. Jones, Library Treasurer and Calendar Chairperson.
A volunteer project, the Calendar netted $3602.24 last year. Subsequently, this profit was used to pay 12.18% of the Library’s FY 2012 expenses. Real estate taxes plus a State of Illinois per capita grant contributed another $18,982.28 in income, or 70.82%—nearly all of which was used to pay for Library salaries, the online catalog service fee, and membership in Illinois Heartland Library System. The remaining 17% of Library expenditures were paid from income generated by membership fees; fines; printing, copying and fax services; monetary donations; sales of discarded materials; and fundraising efforts other than the Calendar. For comparison, a recent newspaper article mentioned that the Champaign Public Library receives 92% of its income from taxes. The same report also said that they required an infusion of cash from the City of Champaign in order to meet their commitments. In contrast, thanks to the generous participation of Homer residents in Library fundraising efforts, especially the Calendar, the Homer Library has continued to operate in the black—even in these trying times. However, without Calendar income, it would not be possible for the Library to maintain its current level of support for programs and purchases of new materials, including books, movies, music CDs, magazines, and reference works.
For the past several years, more than a third of yearly Calendar income has been allocated to the “Reading Is Fundamental” (RIF) program. This now defunct federal program was designed to improve child literacy by giving, in our case, 400 to 500 books per year to kindergarten through fourth grade students in Heritage School District. Thanks to Calendar income, the Library has been able to continue this popular program despite the lack of federal assistance. Fortunately, children's book publishers have continued their RIF discounts. But the Library doesn’t know how much longer they will continue to do so since their federal aid has also ended. For this reason alone, the Library staff hopes community support for this yearʼs Calendar will meet or surpass this year's goal of $4000.
Although the Library is the sole recipient of Calendar income, everyone in Heritage School District can benefit from Calendar funds. According to Illinois State law, Homer is the official Library for the other communities and townships in Heritage School District because they are without a Library of their own. Heritage School District residents who live outside the Village limits of Homer may obtain a Homer Library card for just $35—the average amount Homer residents pay for Library privileges as levied on their real estate tax bills.
The Calendar will be mailed in mid-December, as it was last year, to every household, business, and farmstead in the Village of Homer and South Homer Township. These mailings, at just 14.5¢ each, are made possible by a U.S. Postal Service program that encourages mailings to every household in a given zip code. In the next month or so, a Library volunteer will be calling on families who have recently moved to Homer to ask if they will contribute their listings to the Calendar. Listings consist of anniversaries and birthdays of Homer family members that are printed on the relevant dates of the Calendar, along with meetings of civic and religious organizations. The charges for listings are the same as last year: one or two listings; just $6.00; additional listings are $1.00 each. If anyone wants an extra Calendar, a donation of $10.00 will be very much appreciated.
Previous Calendar patrons will be sent an email or postcard that shows their current listings. Patrons who wish to resubscribe to the Calendar just need to send in or drop off payment at the Homer Library for the amount billed. The deadline for payment is September 30, 2013 and checks should be made payable to the Homer Library. Changes and or corrections to listings, or new requests to be added to the Calendar, may be sent to Homer Library, Attn: K.C. Jones, 500 E. Second St., Homer, IL 61849. Patrons with questions may telephone K.C. at 531-7856, or email him at email@example.com The Library requests that past patrons and advertisers please reply promptly when they receive email and postcards regarding the renewal of Calendar subscriptions. Doing so eliminates future mailing costs, insures that funds raised are used for Library support and not for postage, and provides the Library with the funds to pay Calendar production costs.
The staff and Trustees of the Homer Community Library wish to sincerely thank all those Calendar patrons who have in the past so generously supported the Library’s annual Calendar fundraiser—some for many years. They also ask that you please help make this a successful fundraising year by keeping or adding your listings to the 2014 Calendar or by making a donation.