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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Do you have a lost and found...??

© Image courtesy of Lloyd Clayton and
the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum
Dear Circ,

I came into the library to do some special research on a project that started small, but I think is really significant. I keep a research notebook on all the things I look at and read. Anyway, I think I was working at one of the computers and may have left my precious notebook behind. Do you have a lost and found?

Searching Sarah


Dear Sarah,

We do have a lost and found! If you can describe your notebook, we'll look through whatever we have and hopefully will find it for you. We try not to keep items longer than a month from when they're turned in, but sometimes things stay a while longer. If there is identifying information like a name or a phone number or a library card we'll try to figure out who owns the item and reach them. However, if you haven't heard from us, that doesn't always mean we don't have what ever it is that you're looking for. It may mean that our detective skills were insufficient to find you.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. The person above is a famous librarian, historian, collector and author. She thought an entire culture was in danger of being lost and spent a lifetime finding it, preserving it, and making it accessible to others. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about this person, go here, here, and here. For a short video, go here. For items to check out, try our catalog. To explore other libraries, try this.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day...!!

To all our dads, our patrons' dads,
and our patrons who are dads
Happy Father's Day!!
From all of us at the Roselle Public Library
Photo by Tambako the Jaguar
CC BY-ND 2.0

Dear Readers,

To all our dads...

Who walked the floor with us when Mom needed some sleep, and even when she didn't, who checked in the corners of the closet for monsters when we weren't sure that Mom got them all, who snuggled with us and didn't mind when we jumped on him, who wiped our noses and every other place that needed wiping, who carried us on their shoulders when we were too little to see, who drank tea with our dolls and kept a straight face, who made sure that we knew the only time the 30 second rule applied was when Mom wasn't watching, who helped us build forts and tree houses and showed us how not to hammer our thumbs, who showed us how to throw a slider and a spiral, how not to hook in golf, and how to hook in fishing, who taught us how to check the oil, and change a flat, who took us for our driving test and let us drive home when we passed the test no matter how bad the traffic was, who talked to our friends without letting them know they were being checked up on, who showed us how to do our taxes, who moved us into our first apartment and then moved us out, as well as multiple apartments after the first, who were right there when we didn't know what we were doing, and cheered for us when we did. To all our dads:

Happy Father's Day!!

Circ

p.s. If you're looking for something fun to do with Dad today, come on over to the "Donuts with Dad" program this afternoon, 1:30-2:30 p.m., featuring stories, games, and donuts. It's right for any budget, from your allowance money on up, because it's free!

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? It's a dad and his baby, and you can bet that baby likes to snuggle with dad, and dad seems happy to snuggle with his cub. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the location and date of the photo. Left click the image for an enlargement. You can left click again for an even bigger image. For more photos of animal dads and their babies, go here.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Do library cards expire...??

Image courtesy of Houghton Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Dear Circ,

I came in the other day and the person at the circulation desk told me my card is going to expire at the end of the month! I didn't know library cards expire... I don't want that to happen! What do I do??

Card Carrying Carrie


Dear Carrie,

Yes, library cards do expire. For those patrons who live within our district, we issue a card that is good for three years and the card expires on the last day of the quarter in which it was issued, that is the last day of March, June, September, or December, three years from it's issue. The expiration date is on the back of your card, in the lower right hand corner.

Renewing your card is easy and only takes a few minutes. Bring in your photo I.D. or a current bill that shows that you still live in our district, and we'll renew your card for another 3 years. If you bring in your wallet card at the same time, we can put a new expiration date on it. We can renew your card without the wallet card, just bring that in whenever it's convenient for you and we'll give you a new sticker then.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. The person above was a famous author, journalist and feminist. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information, go here and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What is Grandparents Got Game!...??

Dear Circ,

My granddaughter is coming to stay with me! I can't wait, she's as cute as a button. But it's been quite a few years since I had a little girl around the house, and I've got to find some fun things for us to do. I've got baby pygmy goats, and I think she'll like them. I've got some ideas about other things we can do, but there may be some empty hours if I don't think up some more. I don't want her summer to drag, and have her leave thinking visiting Grandpa is a chore.

I asked my pinochle buddies if they had any thoughts, and they were not a fountain of good ideas. Teaching her to gamble at cards may not be an activity of which her parents would approve. But one guy did suggest that I ask you. He said you folks at the library are very smart about kids. So what do you think? Do you have any ideas for things that this old goat and his granddaughter could do together?

Gramps


Dear Gramps,

Well, the library is filled with all sorts of great summer activities for kids. We've got Science Kits, and story times, craft programs and summer reading, we are a fountain of good ideas!

But we have one very special program that would fit the bill perfectly. We call it Grandparents Got Game! It's designed for grandparents and grandkids to spend time and play together! It meets every Wednesday from 1:30 - 3:00 pm, from June 14 through August 9 (except July 5). Each Wednesday, grandparents and grandkids play board games, do crafts, projects and activities, and have a snack. The grandparents get to spend time with their grandkids and the kids love it.

The program rocks. It's free, the support for the program is provided by the Friends of the Roselle Public Library, and doesn't require any registration. We hope you come on in and try the program. Bring the grandkid, but you should probably leave the baby goats at home!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, these people are not "Dear Circ" and are not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor are they patrons of ours. And neither of the people are famous authors. But the image is a publicity photo from a famous movie, and the original story (from which the movie screenplay was adapted) was written by a famous children's author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the names of the actors, and the author of the original book. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about the author, go here, and for more information about the book, go here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Can adults participate in Summer Reading...??

 
"An idea is salvation by imagination"
F.L.W.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress
Dear Circ,

I came into the library after the week-end and there's all these new things posted about summer reading. What's this all about? Can I be involved? Why would I want to? What do I do?

L. Dar Reeder

Dear Dar

A lot of people think that Summer Reading is only for kids. Summer Reading is a great program for EVERYONE and everyone can be involved! Kids probably reap the most important benefits because summer reading helps kids improve their reading skills and that's important for their futures.

So if you're not a kid, why be involved? Adults may find the program useful because it provides the opportunity of a themed program that may get them out of their "comfort zone" for a book or two. When we reach a certain age, we pretty much know what we like to read, what sparks our imagination, what takes us where we want to go. But for summer reading, our Adult Services librarians develop a reading suggestion list that is built on all their years of experience, they give you the best of the best. The summer reading list is a road map to a new area that you might not have explored, a mental byroad you never traveled, an adventure for you that can be interesting, exciting, maybe even inspiring! You'll learn something new about a topic, and you might even learn something new about yourself.

To complete the summer reading program for adults you need to read or listen to five books from our collection. Our theme this year is "Reading by Design." Normally we expect that one of your five books be related to the summer reading theme, but this year we're making that optional. You can read books related to our theme if you're looking for something new, we do have a reading list, but you don't have to read a design-related book if you don't want to. And keep in mind, our definition of design-related is very broad!

Along with a new area to explore, Summer Reading has giveaways for adults: a completion prize for finishing, and drawings for all kinds of great stuff at the end, just for doing what you like to do! That's a deal!

All you have to do is sign up, either online, or in the library. This week we have a special sign up table in the library, downstairs in the atrium, but you can stop at any desk, Circ, Adult Services, or Youth Services (upstairs), anytime, and we'll get you signed up. Keep track of what you read this summer and turn in your list to Adult Services before July 31.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours. The person above is both a famous architect who developed a remarkable design philosophy in his very long career, as well as being a prolific author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information about this person, go here and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What is Food for Fines...??

Photo by Paul Child
Dear Circ,

My neighbor was telling me about a program called "Food for Fines." She said I could donate food instead of paying late fees. I'm afraid I slipped up and returned some items late, so I've got a balance. My neighbor said the food goes to charity. It sounds like a good idea to me. I think feeding people who need some help is important! Can you tell me more?

Karen Cook


Dear Karen,

We agree, helping people is important, it's what we're all about, and we try to do this in a variety of ways. One of our ways is a program called Food for Fines. Once a year, for a week, we accept non-perishable food items in lieu of late fines. We'll also accept cleaning products, like paper towels, dish soap, and so forth, and even personal items like tooth paste or hand soap. No glass containers, things that might leak, or fragile items please. Bring your donations to the Circulation Desk. In return, we'll take 50 cents per donated item off your balance of late fines. We don't accept donations for fees associated with lost or damaged items that require replacing. At the end of Food for Fines, we take all the donated items over to the Bloomingdale Township Food Pantry for distribution to local folks who need some help getting through a rough time.

This year Food for Fines is happening right now. We started accepting donations yesterday, June 5th, and will continue through Monday, June 12th. Show your kids that responsible behavior at the library can mean more than just paying a fine, it can mean feeding some other hungry kid. Turn your "Oh No!" moment into something positive, and help us give something back to our community.

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. The person above was a famous chef, television personality, as well as a famous author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information, go here, here, and here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

What's all this fuss about Summer Reading...??

"Oh..., that's different....
Never mind."
E.L.
Dear Circ,

What's all this fuss about summer reading?? I read all year long. Doesn't everyone? Shouldn't everyone?? Why would a library suggest only reading in summer? Don't you want people to read?

And what is this nonsense about Reading by Design?? I always read by design! I certainly never read by mistake! Are you suggesting there is unintentional reading? That's just silly. Whoever heard of such a thing? I thought this was a library. None of you make any sense to me...!

I say everyone should read all the time, all year long!! That's the ticket!

Miss Emily Litella


Dear Miss Emily,

Well, hmmm.... Summer Reading is our program to encourage reading during the summer, not that people should only read in the summer. While people do read all year long, sometimes they read less in the summer because the days are longer and the weather is appropriate to more outside activities than in the winter. And while you can carry a whole library in your pocket these days, it's a little dangerous to drive a boat and read at the same time. Kids who aren't in school may read less, and unfortunately their reading skills may start to slip. So we have a big program to encourage reading in the summer. And just so you know, our reading program is not just for kids who are learning to read, it's for everyone, from babies to grown-ups.

Reading By Design is our theme for this year. Clever you, Miss Emily, you caught on to the second meaning. Our theme also means Intentional Reading or Reading on Purpose -- just because we like reading! But the straight forward interpretation is inspired by the creativity of authors, illustrators, builders, inventors, artists, architects, and everyone who makes our world a more interesting, livable, accessible, and beautiful place. In turn, we hope it inspires readers to explore their own creativity and design new worlds for themselves and for all of us.

Our summer reading program starts Monday, June 5th. So come on in, say hello and sign up, or feel free to sign up online (but not until June 5th)!

Circ

Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. The person above is a famous comedian, actress and author, in this photo playing one of her famous characters, Miss Emily Litella (who while passionate in her world views, was sometimes just a little confused). Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click for an enlargement. For more information about this person, go here. For some classic comedy online  featuring Miss Emily, go here. For things to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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