Thursday, August 25, 2016

President's Corner

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to be the new President of the FOL Board of Directors. It will be an honor to work with the fourteen other FOL Board members on the many outstanding events and projects planned for the 2016-2017 year.

But before we go there, I would like to thank our past FOL President, Carol Johnson, who has done an amazing job as president of the Friends. If we had our way, she would still be president but the FOL By-Laws limit terms and that time has passed. 

To express the FOL Board’s gratitude, we presented Carol with a gift of appreciation at the May FOL Annual Meeting. It was a framed historic Ormond photo of her choice. Thank you, Carol, for all you have done to lead the Friends these past four years. 

As we look to the coming year, we are excited to have many outstanding programs scheduled beginning in October. Joanie Kruger, the FOL Program Chair, has performers and authors scheduled throughout the year.          You will want to place the dates on your calendars as we publish them in the FOL Newsletters. 

In addition to the daily great savings that the Book Sale Room offers, our FOL Book Sale Chair, Shirley Johnston, offers quarterly Book Sales in the Book Sale Room area (BuyOne-GetOne...just like Publix). This is a great fundraiser for the Friends. So come and buy some of your favorite books, CDs, magazines and videos at a very low cost. 

Just in case you don’t know…all monies earned by the Friends from the daily Book Sale Room sales, the quarterly BOGO Book Sales and FOL memberships are totally used to support and fund the many projects and needs of our Ormond Beach Library. 

 As a Friend, we ask you to participate in these many events and to support our FOL efforts.

Jane Finchum

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Around the Library

Do you Download?  Ten, even five years ago if a friend asked you that question he might have needed to explain what he was talking about! Smart phones, tablets, MP3 players, iPads and iPods -- how the world has changed!  Ten years ago did you ever dream that you would be carrying around a small electronic device that would allow you not only to talk to other people, but also listen to music and read or listen to books, watch movies and TV shows, read magazines, shop, search the web for information and deals? 

No wonder the popular concept is that libraries are a thing of the past, but NOTHING could be farther from the truth!  Libraries across the world now provide most of these very same services for their users.  Patrons tired of paying for books on are returning to their libraries to borrow e-books for free.  In the United States 99.3% of public libraries offer internet access to their patrons. The American Library Association shared that “Nationally, over 64 percent of libraries report that they are their community’s only free source of Internet access—in some states that percentage is as high as 82 percent.”

Technology fluency has become critical to many aspects of our lives in America. With increased E-government services, online job applications, and distance learning, the need for technology access grows.”

In defiance of conventional wisdom, library use has increased as libraries embraced technology and the Internet, not decreased. Library use has risen and the number of adults with library cards has risen in the past decade. Libraries have Web sites and are reaching out to patrons outside of the physical buildings. From providing a more diverse collection of information, more new technology like e-books and downloadable audio books, technology training, and educational databases, libraries are working to meet the greater technology demands of patrons.

    We have stepped into the future – come join us!


Suzan Howes, Regional Librarian


Friday, August 22, 2014

Friends Program - Author Ben Montgomery

Ben Montgomery, author

“Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail”
2PM, Tuesday, October 18
Our special speaker and presenter on October 18 is an inspiring journalist and author.  Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, founder of the narrative journalism website and author of Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.”
Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York's Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006.
In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.

Joanie Krueger, VP Program Chairperson                           

Monday, May 19, 2014

Book Sale Room Update


The Book Sale Room has been very busy this summer, and our mid-Summer Book Sale was very successful. Many thanks to all the volunteers and patrons who made this one of our best sales ever.

But don’t forget to attend our Fall Book Sale on September 24th -- this will be a buy-one/get-one event, and we will have a large selection available.

Looking ahead, our Holiday Book Sale will be December 3rd. Mark your calendars for the last sale of 2016. This is always a busy sale and we expect to have a wide variety of books, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs available.

Recently, due to the abundance of donated items, we have offered a FREE BOOK table of paperbacks. It’s in front of the circulation desk, so check it out the next time you are at the library. We hope to continue these events when our inventory is large.

Also, we have a number of signed first editions for sale. These would make a very nice gift for your book loving friends.

Thanks to all the book room volunteers who make the sale room run so smoothly.

~Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chairperson

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Children's and Teen Programs

Children’s Programs
Our regularly scheduled programs begin after Labor Day, and include:
·          Mother Goose Baby StoryTime - Wednesdays at either 10:00 or 11:00; ages 0 – 24 months
·          Toddler Time - Tuesdays at 11:00 or Thursdays at 9:30am; age 2 years
·          Preschool Programs for 3 to 5 year olds:
~Jumping Beans Fun Fitness - Thursdays    at 10:30am
~ Preschool StoryTime - Thursdays at 11:00am immediately after Jumping Beans
PAWS for Reading – Tuesdays after 2 PM for anyone who wants to practice their reading. Call 386-676-4191x21091 to make an appointment to read to D’Jango, our guest dog.
Special  Programs - September & October:
Crafty KidsWednesdays, Sept. 7 and Oct.19, at 2:00 PM.  All are welcome to join us, but younger children should have an adult to assist.
Swashbuckling Soiree – Pirates & Princesses Family Program. Wed, Sept 14 at 3 PM. Dress up like pirates, princesses or like Fancy Nancy. Crafts and Puppet Show. All ages.
Talk Like a Pirate Day – Monday, Sept 19. Walk-in craft activity and pirate puzzles all day. All ages.
Legos – Wed, Sept 21 and Oct 12, at 3:00pm
Lego activities and free play. K-5th grade
Museum of Arts & Sciences Planetarium Program – Thurs, Sept 22. Astronomy Curator Seth Mayo returns and will bring a portable planetarium for the day. Preschool programs in the morning in the planetarium, adults invited to visit early afternoon, and a special program for K-5th grades at 3 PM.
Football Tailgating Extravaganza – for all ages. Wed, Sept 28 at 3 PM in the auditorium. Wear your favorite team colors – and note that unsportsmanlike conduct will be penalize 15 yards! Stories and activities to get everyone excited for football season.
Star Wars Party – Celebrate “Star Wars Reads Day.” Dress up as your favorite space-related character. Aimed at 5th graders but younger children welcome if accompanied. Wed, October 5 at 3 PM.
Going Batty! Family Story Time – Bat stories (with a dash of Halloween) and a puppet show. Content is NOT scary, all ages welcome. Wed, Oct 26 at 3 PM.
Club for Teens:
The Anime Alliance – Wednesdays at 3:30pm beginning January 20.  All kids in grades 9-12 who are passionate about Manga and Anime are welcome to join the club.

Susan PerryChildren’s Librarian