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Foreword: February 6, 2020

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January 27 has been designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations General Assembly. This coincides with the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. 2020 marks 75 years since this event, occurring late in World War II. Few Holocaust survivors remain alive, but their stories have been preserved forever in books and films. You can find some on display to check out at the front of the library.

School is out Friday, February 14th. Join us for a Valentine’s Day craft program. We will have a myriad of supplies and lots of fun activities to enjoy! Magnets, monster finger puppets and homemade valentines are just a few of the fun things we have planned for you to make! Stop by from 1-3pm.

Booked for Dinner is back, with a new yummy twist! This time, the Friends of the Library’s Fundraiser will revel in all things France! Included in your ticket will be an authentic French meal cooked on-site that includes wine and dessert, with a discussion on all things French! Bring photos, souvenirs and books to share! Booked for Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 29th at 6pm in the community center. The cost is $20.00 per person.

Having legal trouble?  We can help!  Attorney Robert D. Sweeney from Sweeney Law Offices S.C. specializes in just about everything, and has been able to help a lot of our patrons by providing free, confidential legal advice at the Black Creek Village Library on the second Monday of every month from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Time slots have been filling up quickly, so make sure to reserve yours as soon as possible.  To reserve a 30 minute time slot on February 10th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Fact of the Week:

France has long been associated with wine, but did you know that over 400 varieties of cheese are also produced in this country? When you add in sub-varieties, it is closer to one thousand! The French translation of cheese is: Fromage.

Next Week at the Library:

  • Mon. Feb. 10 - 5pm – Lawyer in the Library
  • Fri. Feb. 14 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Feb. 14 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Foreword: January 30, 2020

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Guess what? Booked for Dinner is back! This beloved Friends of the Black Creek Village Library fundraiser is back, with a new international twist! Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 29th for A Taste of France! Stay tuned for more details!

Last week, I talked about the background and reasoning behind the national census. Now, let’s talk about the information and data that gets collected during the census response period.

Any information about you, your household or your property that is collected by the Census Bureau can only be used for statistical purposes. In fact, all Census Bureau employees take a lifetime oath to protect and keep confidential all personal information collected. A violation of this oath comes with severe penalties, including heavy fines and prison time. Also, a federal law prevents your data from being used against you by any other government agency or court of law-without exception. This law is Title 13 of the United States Code.

2020 is the first census collection that offers an online option. Any responses collected by this method are encrypted-essentially unreadable to any outside program or user-and the technology used to collect them is protected by several layers of security built in to prevent hacking or misuse of census data. The same standard of privacy exists for the responses collected by phone and in person.

Fact of the Week:

The first modern thesaurus is credited to British doctor Peter Mark Roget, who in 1805 started compiling a list of words that were grouped by theme. In 1852 he published the first version of the still widely-used Roget’s Thesaurus.

Next Week at the Library:

  • Tues. Feb. 4 - 6pm – Black Creek Village Library Board Meeting
  • Fri. Feb. 7 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Feb. 7 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Foreword: January 23, 2020

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It’s a year that ends in zero, what does that mean…CENSUS time!

The census is and can often be confusing and complicated to understand. To some, it can even feel invasive and intrusive. The basic idea is that the framers of the Constitution included in the document that the entire population of the United States is to be counted every ten years. The guiding principle behind this mandate was to ensure fair representation, by determining how many seats each state receives in the House of Representatives-as this legislative body is based on population.

An accurate count can benefit a community in other ways as well, by ensuring that its fair share of federal funding, grants and other support distributed based on census data is received. The more people who respond or are “counted” in a community during census time, the more resources of this like are available to that community.

This year, the Census Bureau is offering an online method of response. Not only could this help save participants’ time, it will also cut down on some of the spending that the bureau does on follow-up via paper mailing, phone and property visits. If you do not have a computer at home, you can visit us or one of the other local libraries to utilize our public access computers.

Next week, I will discuss safety and security in regards to this year’s census count, so stay tuned!

Fact of the Week:

By January, each day gains between ninety seconds and two minutes of extra daylight. In February, that increases to around two and a half minutes added to each day.

Hang in there, every day counts!

Next Week at the Library:

§ Fri. Jan. 31 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime

§ Fri. Jan. 31 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Foreword: January 16

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Are you going on a road trip soon? Maybe your commute just got longer, or you are simply sick of listening to the radio. We have some great new audiobooks for you to check out! Audiobooks have the same lending period as print books: 28 days. We collect a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction titles. We also have an ever-expanding collection of juvenile audiobooks that the whole family can listen to. No more fighting over the radio!

According to recent studies, listening to an audiobook can improve focus and attention span. Listening, rather than reading, can also help improve pronunciation and reading accuracy. Audiobooks are also a great alternative to anyone with visual impairment or reading disorders, such as dyslexia.

“Cabin fever” can be especially daunting with young children in the house. Come on by the library on Friday mornings for our weekly storytime and craft. We love to see all ages at the library!

Fact of the Week:

Sales of audiobook titles more than doubled within the last decade, with the industry recording over 2 billion dollars in revenues for the 2016 fiscal year!

Next Week at the Library:

  • Fri. Jan. 24 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Jan. 24 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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