Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Sale Money Helps Us Buy New Stuff!

The library is having its semi-annual Big Book Sale. We always have a small book sale up but from now until May 5th we will have extra tables with books, movies and some Great Courses audio books. We have books for all ages, toddler to adult and both fiction and non-fiction. Every time you purchase books from our book sale you are helping us to buy new books and movies for the library. We work on a really tight budget, so every penny helps!

This time of year is a big time for new releases in both books and movies. Most of the Academy Award nominated movies are being released on DVD and and book publishers are gearing up for the summer reading season.

We’ve recently cataloged several new books and movies we think you’ll enjoy. For adult fiction books we have Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts, The Guardian by Beverly Lewis, Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner, Chance by Karen Kingsbury, Starting Now by Debbie Macomber and we should be getting in David Baldacci’s Day of Doom very soon.

We have started a couple new series in the junior collection – The Wide-Awake Princess series by E.D. Baker and the Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton. We got in a fantastic book for older kids/junior high age: “How They Croaked – The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous”. This is a 2012 Notable Children’s Book award winner and give great history lessons while detailing the ends of notable figures through history such as Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Christopher Columbus, and Marie Antoinette. This is actually a really fun book for all ages, not just kids.

For new movies we just got in Lincoln, Life of Pi, Argo, The Hobbit, and Rise of the Guardians. We’ve added about two dozen ‘new to us’ donated movies and six more Disney movies that we didn’t have, including: Up, G-Force, The Secret of the Wings, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Homer Library Celebrates National Library Week with Fine Amnesty

The Homer Community Library is joining other libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries and the services they offer to a community.

Service to the community has always been the focus of the library. While this idea hasn’t changed over the years, how we serve our public has changed a great deal. Libraries today are more than repositories for books. While the library is still a great place to read quietly, do homework, or use our computers, it is also a great place for people to gather to reconnect and engage with each other and will their community.

The Homer Community Library serves the Village of Homer, South Homer Township and the Heritage School District by providing books for all ages (with elementary and junior high level books marked with their Accelerated Reader levels), audio books, movies, public computers, printing/copy/fax services, and programs for all ages throughout the year. Every month we offer a Movie Matinee for our retired patrons and a Third Friday Movie Night for our families with kids.

Every year the Homer Community Library celebrates National Library Week by holding a fine amnesty period. This year our amnesty will go from April 8-20th. You know that library book you just realized you’ve had out for months and is WAY overdue? Or that video that you now have a $10 fine for? Now is the time to return these items and we will forgive your fines! We really just would like the items returned. If you are too embarrassed to bring it in and face the librarian (although very few of us actually bite) you can drop off items in the outside drop boxes. Just please return DVDs to the DVD box and not the book drop! We really dislike losing a patron over some overdue items so take advantage of fine amnesty so we can go back to serving your library needs.