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Random Acts of Libraryness
Maybe I’m being lazy with my first column, but I thought I would start off by highlighting some of the many services offered at the library:
• We’re more than just books (although we have a lot of those). We have movies, TV series on DVD, audiobooks on CD, free Wi-Fi, workstations with internet access and Microsoft Office. And people to help answer your questions (because Google and Siri just haven’t mastered the personal touch).
• Looking for something to read, but the library is closed? You can download hundreds of magazines for free from our Zinio magazine collection. Just a small sample of available titles: Car and Driver, Rolling Stone, Knitters Magazine, Harvard Business Review, The Walrus, Shape, Us Weekly, Wood Magazine and many, many more. Click on the ‘Zinio for Libraries’ icon on our homepage (www.orl.bc.ca), and start your own personal collection.
• If you’re having problems downloading eBooks or audiobooks to your eReader or tablet, you can make an appointment with myself or Alice, and we can show you the process from start to finish. Just phone the library at 250-832-6161 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Many of you audiobook-philes have probably discovered our collection of OverDrive downloadable audiobooks, but don’t forget our OneClick collection, which includes a number of Canadian titles
• Are you looking after kids yet in August, but have run out of reading ideas for them? If you’re looking for advice, just head to the ‘Custom Booklist’ link on our website. One of our librarians will create a booklist of 5 children or young adult titles
• Do you need to scan and email a document? Our photocopier can scan and email a PDF copy of any document you need to send
• Did you know that we have books in other languages? Our collection includes books in French, Chinese, Dutch, German, Japanese, Punjabi and Spanish. We just got a brand new batch of books in Spanish.
Roots and Blues
If you’re going to Roots and Blues, and want to preview some of the performers, dig into our deep CD collection. We have a wide range of titles, from headliners such as The Sheepdogs and Ian Tyson to emerging talents like Shad and MonkeyJunk.
Ardie, our Youth Services Librarian, recommends Glimpse: The Dean Curse Chronicles by Steven Whibley, a Canadian author whose style is reminiscent of Gordon Korman and Sigmund Brouwer. This is a thriller for ages 9-12 about, as the author describes “24 hours to save a life”.
And In Other Library News
• Saturday Afternoon Book Club: Join Alice on Saturday, August 23 to discuss The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant, which won the 2005 Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction. Check out our branch webpage for upcoming book club titles (http://www.orl.bc.ca/branches/salmon-arm)
• We will be launching a new version of our catalogue and website in early October. If you have been using the Enhanced Catalogue, the new catalogue will be quite similar in look and feel.
Column by James Laitinen, new Head Librarian for the Salmon Arm Branch
This column was first published in the FRIDAY AM Paper