Saturday, February 17, 2007

Is the library open??

Sometimes, you may not see any vehicles in the parking lot during hours when the library is open. That does not mean that no one is here. Sometimes, the car may be in the shop, we got a ride, or Chris walked here. If you drive up to the door, you can easily check to see if the door is unlocked. Or, if the weather is bad, like recent snowstorms, call first to see if anyone is here. Our phone is 896-2121.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Fire fund

On February 13, the day of the blizzard, a local family lost their home. In part, it was because the fire trucks couldn’t get through the drifts in time. The home, which was only about five years old, was a total loss. The McKees have two children, a son and a daughter. Susan McKee is a Scout leader and both children have participated in library programs for several years. Susan was one of the Scout moms who served the meal to all those who helped us move last month.

A fund has been set up for the family at the Sidell Bank. People are asked to mail contributions to the Fire Relief Fund, Sidell Bank, P.O.Box 50, Sidell, Ill 61876. Contributions may also be dropped off at the Homer Bank, a branch of the Sidell bank.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

What's new in Homer this week??


What’s new in the Homer Library? We’ve got new books coming in all the time. Already here are Step on a Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, High Profile by Robert B. Parker, Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky, About Alice by Calvin Trillin, and Ever After by Karen Kingsbury. Our new DVDs are Remembering Marshall, Facing the Giants, Flicka, Flyboys and One Night with the King. A new picture book, (donated by a local resident,) The Deaf Musicians, tells how a newly deaf piano man learned how to be a musician again and formed a band of deaf people. The book won the Schneider Family Book Award.

New books arriving this week include Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood, The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers by Lilian Jackson Braun, Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein, The Ravenscar Dynasty by Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Web of Evil by J. A. Jance.

For the young people, the following books will be arriving: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, the Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz, The Secret Order of the Gunn Street Girls by Elise Primavera, and Fairest by Gail Carson Levine.

If you are a Homer resident and have a library card, you need to come to the library and get your card renewed if you haven’t already. All Homer resident cards expired in January. Any outstanding fines must be paid at that time, also.

What are you reading? I am reading Yukon Quest by Tracie Peterson, a series of three books in one. As our temperatures drop outside, I am reading of a trek up into the Yukon during the Alaskan gold rush, through an area that is winter most of the year. Brr. Makes me cold all over again, but thankful for a warm home and all its comforts.

Below, you can see pictures from the move, January 13, 2007. The first picture shows us moving out. The second shows the work involved in moving in, as books are being put on the shelves in the new location.