April Pathfinders: Celebrate National Library Week!

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In honor of National Library Week (April 14 to 20), this month’s pathfinder is all about libraries. Most libraries have books, of course, but they can contain a lot of other things such as magazines, newspapers, books on tape or CD, video tapes and DVDs–sometimes even Blue Rays (EPL has started to get some!).

For some history about libraries and what they are, try:

Research Ranganathan:  Shilayi Ramamrita (1892-1972):  http://www.bookrags.com/research/ranganathan-shiyali-ramamrita-1892–eci-03/libraries-functions-and-types-of-eci-02.html

As things change and technology advances, so must libraries. For the latest trends in libraries check out the American Library Association’s fact report “2012 State of America’s Libraries” at:

Public Library Use:  http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet06

Another good library site is:

The Campaign for America’s Libraries:  http://www.atyourlibrary.org/

Among other things, this site will tell you how libraries can save you money–no more paying your own hard-earned money for your favorite books & movies. At Ellsworth Public Library, all the materials we have are listed in our catalog (https://ellsworth.biblionix.com/atoz/catalog/). Just log in with your library card and your phone number.

Ellsworth Public Library also has a variety of free fun activities for you and your kids. Check out the calendar on our website.

And, there is a wealth of information and resources to be found at the Maine State Library website:

Maine State Library Home:  http://www.state.me.us/msl/

Are you undecided as to what to read? A “Good Read” site can be found at:

Popular Adult Fiction Books:  http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/adult-fiction

Every year the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) received reports of people trying to ban books. In 2011 there were 326 attempts to ban or restrict certain books or materials. It is fascinating to see what books have been banned over the years. Check it out at:

Banned Books Week:  Celebrating the Freedom to Read:  http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek

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So what is it like to be a librarian? You’ve seen us working at the library—we might be checking books out to you, or looking something up for you. You may have seen us putting books back on their shelves, or maybe helping someone with the copier or computer. A librarian’s job has many different parts to it. One major part of their job is to find the answers for our patrons’ questions. So if you have a question, feel free to ask!



A group of Lego enthusiasts at EPL

A group of Lego enthusiasts meet at EPL every month!

What do you love most about the library? Checking out books? Going online? Meeting up with friends? Here are a few ways to celebrate National Library Week:

Play a game

Do you love flipping through the I Spy books? Here’s a way to test your powers of observation online. (There’s even a library version of the game!)

I SPY Online Games:  http://www.scholastic.com/ispy/games/


Make a bookmark

Printable Owl Bookmark:  http://ohyaydesign.tumblr.com/post/23663960029/cute-printable-for-a-diy-owl-bookmark

Crafty Monster Bookmark Perfect for Father’s Day:  http://www.makeandtakes.com/crafty-monster-bookmark-perfect-for-fathers-day



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What better way to celebrate National Library Week than to come in and check out a book! Here’s a list of library-themed books that are all available at the Ellsworth Public Library.

Board Books

Let’s Go to the Library

Picture Books

The library doors by Toni Buzzeo

Maisy goes to the library by Lucy Cousins

Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh

Library Lily by Gillian Shields

Chapter books

Llama in the library by Johanna Hurwitz

The dragon in the library by Kate Klimo

Meg Mackintosh and the mystery in the locked library: a solve-it-yourself mystery by Lucinda Landon

The deserted library mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner



Teens decorating cookies during a Teen Advisory Board meeting.

Teens decorating cookies during a Teen Advisory Board meeting.


Are you trying to study for the SATs and have no idea where to start? The library has many services available for students.

Learning Express offers free study resources, including:

SAT Critical Reading Practice Test

SAT Math Practice Test

SAT Writing Multiple Choice Practice Test

SAT Writing Practice Test

SAT Preparation and Course Guidelines

To use these resources, you need to create a username and password. Once you sign in, you will be able to access the practice tests.

Learning Express:  http://www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/

Or, maybe you’re looking for a great article to quote for a research paper. MARVEL!, Maine’s collection of online journal, newspaper, and magazine articles, may have just what you’re looking for.

MARVEL!:  http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/



Are you looking for a book? There’s an app for that!

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder:  http://www.ala.org/yalsa/products/teenbookfinder


Just for fun

“Check out” these book cart drills. Go Team!

The Late Movies: Book Cart Drill Teams:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/23923/late-movies-book-cart-drill-teams

Usually, there are no pets allowed in the library. But, as you can see from this article, there are some exceptions!

9 Delightful Library Cats:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/30800/9-delightful-library-cats