February Pathfinders: I love libraries!

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This month is “Love your Library” month. To begin the month off, on Feb. 1, EPL will host a “Bring Your Child to the Library Day” (9 am to 2 pm). This is a day set aside for kids to get to know their library. The Children’s Department will be transformed into a forest and there will be stories and activities for children of all ages. Other events this month include February vacation activities, a family program (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and a Cabin Fever Book Sale. Also in honor of the month, the Library’s display case will feature the Ellsworth Public Library, Past, Present & Future. Feel free to stop by and see what is going on!

Adults

To view a great selection of quotations about libraries by famous authors and celebrities, go to:.

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/library.html

“Goodreads” is a great site that offers hundreds of reviews of books. The site has a process where it can learn about your personal tastes as you review what you’ve read and then can recommend other books to you. If you would like to participate, go to this site or just read some reviews. There is tons of information for book lovers!

http://www.goodreads.com/

Our web site also has a place where patrons can review a book. Check our catalog for a title, double click it and check “reviews” about halfway down the page. Fun to do and fun to check for!

For fiction set in Maine (along with other works of fiction) try this site:

http://librarybooklists.org/mybooklists/setinmaine.htm

Or check out this online” Literary Map” of Maine. The site was put together with the Maine Sunday Telegram and several library and humanities groups. The authors and books were nominated by people in Maine and the project is ongoing.

http://assets.mainetoday.com/literarymap/map.html

And don’t forget the ever growing Maine Writers Database site. See it at:

http://www.maine.gov/msl/maine/writers.htm

Maybe you’re into poetry, Maine State Library has a program called “Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry”.  A different poem is posted every week.

http://www.maine.gov/msl/poetry/

There is a site that we librarians use all the time to help patrons figure out which book to read next in a series. Go to the Kent District Library site and under “Books and More” to do it yourself.

http://ww2.kdl.org/libcat/whatsnext.asp

Doing Research? Don’t know how to use your new device? Don’t know what to read next? We librarians love to answer questions; be sure to ask us. And remember, there are lots of reasons to love your library. Click on the link below to get a list of what Ellsworth Public Library can do for you.

EPL Services

Kids

What’s the best way to find a book in the library?  You can use the catalog, ask a librarian, or even learn the Dewey Decimal system to find out how books are organized in the library.

Here is a great resource to learn more about the Dewey Decimal system:

Did you say “Not all books in the Dewey Decimal System are Non-fiction?”http://library.thinkquest.org/5002/dewey2.html

Now that you know all about the Dewey Decimal system, try your hand at shelving books with this game:

Shelve It Full Screen:  http://www.mrs-lodges-library.com/shelver/

Want to look information, but you’re stuck at home?  Visit the Internet Public Library!

For Kids:  http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/

Teens

Check out the Internet Public Library for great study resources.

For Teens:  http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/

What will libraries look like in the future?  Take a look at this article for some possibilities:

What the Library of the Future will look like:  http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy/solutions-bank/what-the-library-of-the-future-will-look-like-20140121

Take this quiz to test your knowledge on libraries in your favorite books!

Library Quiz:  http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/quiz/2012/oct/26/library-quiz

Parents

Are you looking for something to do with your kids on a snowy afternoon?  How about “playing library”?  Here are some tips on how to do it:

Let’s Play Library:  Pretend Play Kit:  http://homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/library.htm

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