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Foreword: December 12, 2019

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Change is great! If you have been in our children’s section recently you may have noticed a rainbow of colors on our picture book spine labels. We have just completed moving and sorting our entire picture book collection into “Neighborhoods”-essentially mini-locations. Every book has a different color on its label that corresponds to its Neighborhood and each Neighborhood has a precise location in the catalog indicating where it can be found.

These books used to be separated by first letter of the author’s last name, but now they are grouped together by subject matter and theme. For example, we now have an Animals Neighborhood and a Things that Go Neighborhood. If you are looking for a Curious George book, it would be in the Favorites and Characters Neighborhood. The books are still shelved alphabetically within the neighborhoods. We think this will make the collection easier to browse and more fun to peruse. Staff worked very hard and we are thrilled about this change!

The Wolf River Beavers 4-H Club has a collection box inside the library for new pillows, twin size sheet sets and twin size comforters. They are collecting these items for the COTS homeless shelter and the box will be here until Friday, December 20th!

Fact of the Week:

For most of the country, outdoor Christmas lights were not widely available until the late 1920’s as electricity was needed for use. The largest display of lit Christmas trees is recorded as happening on November 2, 2015, when the Hallmark Channel lit 559 Christmas trees in New York City’s Herald Square!

Next Week at the Library:

  • Fri. Dec. 20 – 10:15am- Baby/Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 20 - 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: December 5, 2019

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It is the last month of 2019! A new month means a new Table Topic and Hallway Project. For December, our question to you is: What is the best thing that happened to you in 2019?  For our Hallway Project, we have various ornament shapes you can decorate and personalize. While you are here, try your luck at our holiday-themed scavenger hunt and try to unscramble all the words! Turn in your completed word list for a prize!

Congratulations to Amy W., the winner of the Thanksgiving raffle basket created by the Friends of the Library. The new basket is out, so come take a look and try your chance at winning! Tickets are a quarter each or five for a dollar.

Do not forget to nominate a worthy friend or neighbor for the 2020 Black Creek Citizen of the Year award! You have until Tuesday, December 10th to get your submissions in. Look for the nomination box on our front counter.

Fact of the Week:

90% of candy canes are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the single biggest week for sales is the second week of December.

 

Next Week at the Library:

 

  • Mon. Dec. 11 – 5:00pm – Lawyer in the Library
  • Fri. Dec. 15 – 10:15am- Baby/Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 15 - 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: November 28, 2019

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Did you know that the week of Thanksgiving coincides with National Game & Puzzle week? What a perfect time to bring out a puzzle or board game. After the cooking, eating and cleaning are all finished get some exercise-for your brain that is! Playing games can strengthen connections in your brain as well as your connections to others.

We have a great collection of board games for you to use while you are here at the library. From classics (“Mr. Green in the Library!”) to fresh updates (Monopoly Harry Potter!) we have something for every age. We have gotten several fun puzzles as donations recently and have put them out on tables for those who are up to the challenge! We also have a giant memory game to check out as well as learning game kits.

Don’t forget about our fun program on Friday: a Holiday kick-off for kids to make and personalize a gift for a loved one. We will also have craft supplies out to make cards and gift tags! No sign-up is necessary, drop in when you can from 11am-3pm.

Fact of the Week:

The first jigsaw puzzles were made by a man named John Spilsbury, a Berkshire mapmaker, in 1760. They were maps of the then British Empire cut into pieces. He named them “dissected maps.” The term “jigsaw puzzle” was not used until around 1910.

Next Week at the Library:

  • Tues. Dec. 3 - 6:00pm- Black Creek Village Library Board Meeting
  • Fri. Dec. 6 – 10:15am- Baby/Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 6 - 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: November 21, 2019

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We have a fun event planned for the day after Thanksgiving, a Holiday kick-off for kids to make and personalize a gift for a loved one. We will also have craft supplies out to make cards and gift tags! No sign-up is necessary, drop in when you can from 11am-3pm!

It is national picture book month! The library’s collection of picture books is one of our largest. Why are picture books so important? At their heart, picture books are stories that can take the most complex of ideas or concepts and pare them down into very human stories that speak to the heart and mind of the young child, mostly because of their short format and accompanying artwork.

Picture books allow for quality time between a caregiver and a young child, promoting reading and story as something to share and something to enjoy. And, in a world of screens, picture books allow for a dynamic and hands-on experience for the reader. Studies have shown that regularly sharing picture books with children increases their feelings of empathy.

Fact of the Week:

On the eve of the Nazis invading Paris, H.A. and Margaret Rey fled the city on bicycles. What did they have with them? A rough manuscript for the first Curious George book.

Next Week at the Library:

  • Wed. Nov 27 - @5:00pm- LIBRARY CLOSING EARLY
  • Thurs. Nov 28 – All Day – LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
  • Fri. Nov 29 – 10:15am- Baby/Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Nov 29- 10:30am Preschool Storytime
  • Fri. Nov 29 – 11-3pm – Holiday Kickoff Gift Making

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: November 14, 2019

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Do you know how to spot a scam? Fraudsters seem to be getting ever more devious and clever in their attempt to take your money or steal your identity. Manipulation of technology is making it harder to figure out the difference between a phone call from a legitimate entity and what is most likely a scammer. Anyone can be a victim.

Some tips:

  • Most scammers will ask you to pay them with a gift card-be wary of this request.
  • If your bank calls you, they already know your identity-do not give out any personally identifying information.
  • Social Security numbers do not “expire.” Hang up!
  • Do not deposit an unsolicited check and then wire money back-this is a popular scam.
  • Research a charity before donating.

There is also an emotional component that the attempted scammer is trying to play on. Often, they will convey a sense of urgency in asking you to supply information or funds. This creates a panicked momentum that makes it harder to stop, collect your thoughts and make a rational decision. Resist their pressure and talk to someone before acting. In many cases, you can do a free reverse phone number lookup to see who has called or has left you a voice message. Go here: https://www.whitepages.com/reverse-phone or give us a call at the library and we can look it up for you.

More information on protecting yourself from identity theft, scams and fraud can be found on the Federal Trade Commission’s website for consumers at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov

Next Week at the Library:

  • Wed. Nov 20 - @ 4:30pm-WIT4Girls
  • Fri. Nov 22 - @10:15am- Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Fri. Nov 22 - @ 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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