The library was the place to be during National Library Week this year. Lots of classes came to visit and everyone left with a candy watch saying “Time to Read a Good Book”! Kids in grades kindergarten through 4th grade helped us celebrate by entering our coloring contest. The winners this year were Barrette Leath, Kaelyn Gebke, Hailey Weathers, Sami Argo, Dylan Poettker and Hailea Colston. All the colorful entries are on display and brightening up the library!
During the month of April, we are fortunate to have on display a small part of the collection of the late Hilda Brueggemann, noted area historian. Upon her death, Mrs. Brueggemann’s family left her extensive collection of books and documents to the Germantown Historical Society. They have kindly put some of those items in our display case. Included are early plat books and an undated Clinton County Farm Directory listing such phone numbers as 2 and 76! There are also numerous centennial books from towns in this county and surrounding areas and even the 1933 souvenir booklet of the Germantown Centennial.
Where can you find a list of NCAA basketball champions from 1939 to the present? Where can you see pictures of and information about your favorite animals or today’s most popular celebrities? Get science fair project ideas or accurate information for school reports? Games, activities and crafts? Interactive maps?
Just click on the “World Book Web” graphic on the right side of our homepage, right next to this post, in fact! This is a trusted, accurate, updated daily version of the World Book Encyclopedia and it’s free to our patrons. If you’re in the library, just click and go. Anywhere else, once you click on the graphic, you’ll be asked for your library card number. That’s the barcode on the back of your library card and if you don’t know it, we’ll be glad to give it to you.
Don’t take chances with incorrect information you might find elsewhere online. Trust the library and World Book for both fun and facts.
We have a great new display on early Illinois history, courtesy of Bill Wilson and the Illinois Society of the War of 1812. This 3D exhibit is built to look like a small fort or blockhouse. Each side has a full color poster depicting various events in our early history.
Courtesy of Rich and Pat Bagby, we have a wonderful display of Native American artifacts in our display case this month. These items were collected on their travels all across America and include interesting articles from tribes ranging from Alaska to the Southwest. There are musical instruments like drums and rainsticks. They’ve brought in arrowheads, totem poles, kachinas, masks and pottery. Also included is an actual papoose used to carry babies. Outside the display case we even have a ladder the Pueblo Indians use to get into their homes. You’ll enjoy seeing this large, interesting collection.
The excellent “Video History of Germantown” is on sale now at the library. This DVD is very well-made and includes lots of photos, video clips, music and sound effects. It tells of the earliest immigrants to this area, early businesses, families, churches, baseball and more. You’ll hear the voices of some of your friends and neighbors, as well as a couple of well known Cardinals’ baseball broadcasters. There has been a recent price drop and now you can own the DVD for only $10! We still have several copies of the pictorial history book for sale also. This book sells for $21.99. All proceeds from DVD and book sales benefit the Germantown Historical Society in its ongoing preservation work.
The library will be closed Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
Tax forms are beginning to come in! We’ve been informed by the state and federal governments that we will not get as many forms as in the past. So far we have Missouri forms, Illinois 1040s and instruction booklets and federal 1040A and 1040EZ forms. Check back often as more arrive each week. You can always get any forms or instructions you need at irs.gov. If you don’t have a printer at home, the library will print the first form for you at no charge, but additionals will be $.20 per page.
For those patrons who’ve been enjoying eBooks through the 3M Cloud Library, we have good news. eAudios are now also available through 3M. As always, there is no charge and you search for titles through the library’s regular online catalog. It’s on the homepage of our website. When you get into the catalog, be sure to log into your account with your library card number and PIN before doing a search. You can have 5 titles out at one time, you can have 5 titles on hold at one time and the loan period is now 3 weeks! There’s never a late fee, as e-resources are automatically checked in at the end of your loan period. Not finished with a title when it checks back in? Just request it again. Don’t see titles you’re interested in? Go to the Wish List to see titles that have not yet been purchased by our library consortium and add any titles you’d like us to buy. If you’re new to eBooks or eAudiobooks or have any questions about our holdings or your device, please stop in the library or give us a call at 523-4820. We’ll be happy to help you.
Thanks to those who visited on January 17 and enjoyed the delicious cake. Come by the library any time this month to see lots of pictures from the past 20 years on display. Thanks for the memories!