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Library Makes a Move on Mondays

No one around here remembers the library EVER being open on Mondays. I can’t quite believe that in the nearly 60-year history of Camp Verde Community Library, it has never been open on Mondays. Either way, we are getting ready to change the pattern.

Starting August 4 at 8:00 am, we will be open on Mondays and a little later on Fridays and Saturdays. Our new schedule will take us from 45.5 hours per week to 58.5 hours per week, a 13 hour per week increase. Our open hours are as follows:

  • Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday-Saturday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday CLOSED

We are making this change for several reasons.

  1. I have been working on Mondays for over a year. In that time the number of people attempting to access library services on Monday has increased. The demand is there. We have the staff onboard to handle one more day per week. We can make library services and resources available to our community six days a week. It’s time to make it happen.
  2. Opening on Monday allows us to set aside one day per week for adult programs and activities. Children’s and Teen programs and activities will continue to be scheduled on Tuesday – Saturday leaving Monday for focus on adults. We love having children, teens and families in the library but we realize the there is a certain noise level associated with all the FUN! we have. Patrons seeking a quieter atmosphere at the library should give Mondays a try.
  3. Opening on Monday allows staff to work more routine schedules with predictable holiday closures and days off. Set routines help us adapt to other changes and allow us to create healthier habits incorporating exercise, good nutrition and enough sleep into our personal lives. Healthier habits make us better employees so we have the energy and reserves needed to be the best we possibly can at our respective jobs.
  4. We have trained and placed many new volunteers over the past couple of years. Hours given by volunteers in fiscal year 2014 increased 86.8% over fiscal year 2013 and the number of volunteers increased 50%. Our volunteers are professionally trained to help out with a variety of tasks at the library and we depend on them every day. Our dependence on volunteers grows as we grow in services, resources and size. By opening on Monday, we have one more day per week in which to accept and train more volunteers to help cover our public service opportunities in the new library.

Everyone around here will tell you that Tuesday is the busiest day of the week at the library. I wonder how opening on Monday will affect that. I guess we are about to find out.

If you, or someone you know, remembers a time when Camp Verde Community Library was open on Mondays, we’d love to hear about it. Are we making history with this move or aren’t we? Stop in and let us know what you think.


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Random Reviews in Random order from Random Library Staff and Volunteers:

We work in the library. We like to read. True. We do read. A lot! So… very short reviews that we hope will pique your interest. We’d love to have your short reviews to include next month. Just ask us!

THE SERPENT OF VENICE by Christopher Moore

It doesn’t hurt to know a little bit about The Merchant of Venice, Othello or the Cask of Amontillado to enjoy this book. If you know more about them, then this book is really funny. Oh, you will also need a ribald sense of humor. You might also wonder what an Edgar Allen Poe story has to do with Shakespeare and the city of Venice. That’s a good question that I will not attempt to answer here. Laugh yourself silly while evil doers devise idiotic plots, unbelievable creatures become lovable heroes and maidens may or may not have their “maiden” status altered. If you are still bewildered by the end of the story, the author takes pity on us and explains what it all means. You might want to start with that part of The End.

THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON by Stephen King

I haven’t read Stephen King for quite a few years. He had become too freaky for me, however, I really enjoyed this book. It is about a little 9-year old girl who gets lost in the forest of the Appalachian Trail on the Maine-New Hampshire Border. The story is so realistically written that you get lost with her! At least I did. It is not the usual unbelievable, gross, and creepy Stephen King. I decided I gave up on Mr. King too soon and am currently reading another one of his books!

DUST by Patricia Cornwell

I had such a good time reading the Scarpetta series when it first came ou,t so I am sorry to report that my degree of joy is like the chances of the D-Backs winning the National League West Championship… falling off precipitously. Pete Marino needs to be spanked and sent to bed without his supper, Lucy needs tranquilizers and Benton and Kay need a long vacation away from all of the others. Other than that it was a very intricate novel.

THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

                Good vs Evil.  Alice Bell is the main character in this second book of the White Rabbit series.  I listened to it on an MP3 Playaway which turned out to be quite enjoyable if you like listening to a teen book about battling zombies, including the one she has within her. Inspired by the childhood classic, Alice in Wonderland.

CHANCE by Kem Numm

I laughed, I cried, I loved the hero even though he insisted on going into the basement at night, and I, never in a million years could have predicted the ending. Chance is the name of our hero and chance, one of the mysteries of life, is one of the book’s main “characters.” Chance, the hero, is a forensic psychiatrist in San Francisco finds himself involved with an abused woman who is in a destructive relationship with her abuser who is a bent, evil police detective. The villain is seldom seen but his malevolence is overwhelming. I found myself screaming (inside) for him to pull his head out and get away. Of course if he did it would have made a pretty sorry suspense novel. A rousing read.

DEATH COMING UP THE HILL by Chris Crowe

This is such a wonderful book about a young man struggling with the Vietnam War and the war going on within his own family.  The entire story is written in haiku and takes place in Arizona.  I highly recommend this book.

AGENT 6 by Tom Rob Smith

This is the final book in a trilogy concerning most of the life of Leo Demidov. Leo, at the beginning of the series, is a KGB agent. He is a very good agent and that calls into question whether or not he’s a good man. Over the length of the series, we discover that he is a mostly good man. He acquires a family largely by accident and over the years they mostly bond together. The final volume, Agent 6, is the most intense, complex, and emotionally charged of the three. For fans of international mystery salted heavily with suspense and surprises, I whole heatedly recommend this trilogy. It’s best to start with Child 44. Trust me.

DOCTOR SMOKE by Stephen King

I vowed not to read this book because I was NO fan of The Shining and because this was a continuation of the story of the boy in that book and movie I could see no reason to waste the time. Mind you, I am a Stephen King fan (Pet Semetary and The Stand come to mind) but I have disliked as many of his books as I have liked. Put this one into the like column. It’s full of the dark side strange stuff that King can do so well and has a cast of embraceable heroes and hissable villains. There is plenty of suspense, some neat twists, and now I like Danny. Perhaps I’ll revisit The Shining.

THE LAST KIND WORD SALOON by Larry McMurtry

I am a really big fan of Larry McMurtry, but not so much of this book. It is sort of an existential western, whose central cast of characters are named Clanton, McLaury, Holliday, and Earp. There is a bunch of close looking at the private lives of all of them. Some of it may even be true, but we must remember his motto for this book was, “when you had to choose between history and legend, print the legend.” It’s not that I didn’t like this book, it’s sort of like you get an invitation to a buffalo roast and you have visions of the big prize, the liver or second place the tongue. You have really high expectations and when you get there they hand you a little slice of buffalo chip on Russian Rye with precious little gravy.

 


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Summer Reading mixes it up with STEM/STEAM programming

It’s not too late to join the Summer Reading fun at Camp Verde Community Library where there are cool prizes to win, books to read, movies to see and a trip or two yet to take.

You might think the Summer Reading Program (SRP in library-speak) is just about keeping kids occupied during the summer, but there’s a lot more to it than that. For kids and teens the underlying goal is to encourage reading and learning over the summer so they don’t lose gains made in school the previous year. For adults, the goal is to provide stimulating activities and social opportunities.

This year’s SRP focuses on STEAM/STEM in every age category – Tiny Kids, Kids, Teens, and Adults. With 181 people participating so far, we have a lot of families with children of various ages so we planned programs and events throughout the summer to appeal to families. There is a method behind all the fun and games and our Youth Services Librarian, Ms. Dianna, has planned a lot of learning into the mix (shh… don’t tell the kids). STEAM programming in Youth Services breaks down something like this:

  • 35% Science programs – Our SRP kickoff event featured Out of Africa, a U.S. Forest ranger and Dewey, the bearded dragon. Items inside the registration kit included a chemistry quiz, a Bingo challenge, and an experiment to perform. We installed a Celestron microscope on a computer in the Kid’s Library for easy viewing of specimens on the PC screen. Ms. Dianna, has Science projects available at her desk for the asking. We partnered with Parks & Recreation to schedule trips to Butterfly Wonderland and the Camp Verde Sewer & Sanitation plant.
  • 21% Technology programs – Earlier this Spring, we added several tech items to our interactive supplies. Snaptricity allows kids to learn about electrical circuits. Sphero introduces kids to an app-controlled robot ball and the Arduino board helps kids discover basic principles of programming. Makey Makey and Rasberry Pi encourage kids to think outside the box. All of the activities with our tech toys require reading at some level so we purchased a series of books about various tech topics from the 21st Century Innovation Library. The SRP Grand Finale includes guided stargazing through telescopes provided by Verde Valley Stargazers.
  • 14% Engineering programs – Our Learning Resources Gears, Lights and Action kit teach kids about building cause and effect. ASU professor, Erin Harper, brought equipment to demonstrate how muscles and bones interact to make our bodies work. Families who visit the Camp Verde Sewer and Sanitation plant have the opportunity to understand a little more about the carefully designed process behind treating sewage and water sanitation.
  • 18% Arts programs – A Henna tattoo artist explained the science behind Henna as she drew elaborate designs on a volunteers arm. Ms. Jenny Smith leads kids in imaginative dance movements as she teaches them to recognize rhythm monthly in the Kid’s Library. Stick & Tones used musical instruments and songs to remind us about the importance of STEAM subjects. Alan D. Foster, talked about his career as a Sci-Fi author and screenwriter. Magician, Richard Steele, wowed his audience with magic tricks while he talked about the importance of water conservation.
  • 12% Math programs – Kids of all ages are calculating the number of minutes they read each day and/or the number of books they read as they compete for some amazing prizes. Our TAB Teens have been looking at blueprints, measuring space and deciding what will fit in the new Teen Library. They are also raising and tracking money as they decide how to spend what they have earned for the new library.

The adult SRP offered many new opportunities this year. Readers, viewers, listeners have been entering short reviews into the SRP tracking system to earn points toward final prizes. The challenge has been to try something new. Listen to an MP3 Playaway audiobook while taking a walk in the cool of the early morning. Go on a blind date with a book – pick a random wrapped book and see what you get! Learn something new about working with digital photos for email or Facebook. Attend a Geek Talk at the library or a free movie at Town Hall. Whatever you do to participate, make sure you know how to get credit so library staff members do not win all the adult SRP prizes!

Even if you don’t get a chance to participate in any other SRP activity, make sure you join us for the SRP Grand Finale – an old-fashioned family cookout and evening of stargazing under our glorious night skies. Bring a dozen homemade cookies to share, a camp chair or picnic blanket to relax on and meet us at the Ramada on Hollamon Street at 6:00 pm for supper. Stay for a view of the stars as we hear from members of the Verde Valley Stargazers. Like I said, it’s not too late to join the Summer Reading fun at Camp Verde Community Library!