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Labor Day

Elmwood Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day.

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime starts on Thursday, August 17th! Storytime will be held every Thursday morning from 10:30-11:30 during the public school year. We will not be having storytime whenever the Elmwood-Murdock school is out.

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The Eclipse is Coming!

Watch this video to make sure you know how to view it safely.

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Eclipse 2017 Event!

Come to the library on Monday evening and find out all about it!

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Legos are all the rage and we are adding them to the library for Summer Reading. Following Summer Reading they will stay here permanently as an interactive resource. We have ordered several sets of Legos but need a whole lot more! If you could check out the bottom of your toy boxes or the back of your closets and donate those odd pieces that are living there we would be thrilled!
We will, of course, accept donations of new pieces, too! Even adults are finding that using their skills to build amazing buildings and other items is a lot of fun.

Please, join in the fun and donate then you, too, can make your building dreams become a reality!

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by | March 18, 2017 · 11:05 AM


closed-graphicWe will be closing on Thanksgiving Eve (November 24th) and Christmas Eve (December 24th) this year. We wish you the very best during this holiday season!

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Happy Halloween!

The Library will be open until 8:00 on Halloween so be sure to come Trick-or-Treating!trick-or-treat-stock-waiter-clip-art

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Change is Hard!

Well, of course, it is! But some changes are harder than others. Starting January 2, 2012, Elmwood Public Library will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. This change will, we hope, give all of our patrons more opportunities to come in to use the library. We had a survey back in October and this was the most popular change to the hours so we hope it will work for everyone.

Other changes are being made to the library. We’ve already moved the Large Print collection to a location where one can sit down to browse the titles. We’ve made the set of shelves near the door where the Large Print used to be a display area for books, new and old, that fit a particular event or theme. Currently, we’re celebrating the spirit of the season. Next month, we’ll probably be highlighting books and other materials on self-improvement (or should that be “elf-improvement”?)

And speaking of the new year, the library has some goals for the upcoming year. We think you will like them:

1) We want to start supplying e-books to our customers. We’re still in the fact-finding stage but it shouldn’t be too much longer and we’ll actually be able to offer the service to everyone with an Elmwood Public Library card.

2) We want to give customers web access to our Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). Once we go live, you’ll be able to access the OPAC from this web site (

3) We want to move the library’s tech resources into the 21st century by migrating to a new circulation system that, with any luck, will allow customers to access their accounts to place holds on items, renew items, check their accounts, and download e-books from home.

Personally, my goals for the next few weeks are to get the back-log of books that we have catalogued and ready to shelve then start an inventory project to make sure we really have on the shelves what our computer system says we have. It’s an ambitious goal and I hope I’m up to it.

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Open House Tonight

Just a quick reminder that we’re hosting an Open House tonight (9/29/11) here at EPL from 6 to 8 p.m. We’re thanking Cindy Mumford fro her service as library director as well as introducing the new director (me) . W’e’ll be serving refreshments and just generally having a good time. Please feel free to stop by and say “hello.”

That said, I do want to point out that any time the library is open, I love to see people stop in. Unfortunately, like many small town libraries, we’re probably the best-kept open secret. Too many people take it for granted that there’s a library in town but ask them when the last time they visited and they have a hard time telling you. (Now, it could be worse. I once worked at a library where the local police didn’t have a clue it existed!) We’ve got a primo location, right next to the Post Office. This is a great community resource and we always need public input to improve and to make ourselves more responsive to user needs. Come on down. We don’t bite (well, at least we’ve had our shots if we do.:)

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A Work in Progress

There’s an old saying about “A woman’s work is never done.” I think that could safely be altered to a librarian’s work is never done. Between cataloging and processing new books for the collection, weeding out out-dated and just plain yucky books, shelving items, planning programs, and working with customers (my favorite part of the job), it doesn’t seem like I ever get any job truly done. There’s always books in the bookdrop to be checked in and shelved, customers with questions about the computers and the Internet, and the occasional request for paper (either in the printer or the restroom), I’ve always got something going on. So it’s sometimes a relief to be able to sit quietly for a moment and consider how lucky I am as a librarian.

First of all, don’t get me wrong, libraries aren’t having an easy time of the current economic situation. That said, though, we could have it a lot worse. We’re fortunate here in Elmwood that our community strongly supports us. We get donations of books on a regular basis. While our budget hasn’t increased dramatically, we can thank our lucky stars it hasn’t been cut.

Second, Elmwood PL has a great relationship with our up-and-coming customers. We love it when kids come to our library to look for books, check out the latest Facebook posting, or attend a program. With any luck, in 10 to 20 years when today’s kids are running things, they won’t forget the wonderful experiences they had at the local public library.

Finally, a great deal of work was put in by my predecessor librarians. We don’t have the best collection in the world but I’d certainly put it up against most other towns of a similar size. We had librarians who had the vision and courage to bring diversity to the collection while maintaining the wisdom to preserve those treasures that are wholly unique to this community. This is certainly a collection the town should be proud of. More than that, our library building, while small, is spacious, well-lit and flexible enough to house both computers and books. Somebody was thinking ahead when they built our building; kudos to them!

In short, Elmwood PL is a great place to visit and a wonderful place to work. We’ll be looking at making some improvements to the library services we offer. Electronic books are already high on the priority list to be added to the collection. We’re looking at ways to make our library catalog and resources more available to customers, say, even from their home computers with a web interface of some sort. But we’ll always have books and, with any luck, a librarian who will check them in, shelve them and help all the customers to find them. For now, that’s me, and I am a truly lucky duck.

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