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Reading Challenge - Fun for All Ages
Looking for a way to spice up your library lifestyle? Why not try a Reading Challenge? You can do a Quick Pick or one that lasts the whole year through. Don’t limit yourself try them all. Mix and match – Read 100 Stories in Alphabetical order. Be creative. Be bold. Be daring! Intrigued? Read on, to see what might appeal to you…
100 Stories Challenge – Can you or your family read 100 stories in a year? Track your results on a homemade bookmark. Tall tales or short stories. A great time to try a series – there are 25 books in the Sue Grafton adult mystery set. Geronimo Stilton has a number of adventures for young readers.
LEGO Story Challenge – Start by sharing a good book. What engaged you most about it? Now get out those LEGO blocks and start building. Is it a maze from a fantasy book or is it a haunted house from the holiday collection? A new story, is a new opportunity, to build again, and again.
Never Have I Ever Challenge – Never have you ever read Science Fiction? They are not all space ships and robots, {but some of the best ones do have them). Never have you ever tried an eBook – ask the librarian how to sign up for your free access. Never noticed the Young Adult collection – many adventure movies have been made from these great reads. Make a list of 10 things that you have never tried and when that list is done, try 10 more!
Beat the Blues Challenge – This is just plain fun…find new authors (Delia Owens), revisit an past favourite author (Stephen King), meet new characters (Elvis Cole), try new topics (Clutter Cutters), or a new format (Books on CD); but the challenge is that they have to have a BLUE cover. Found all 5? Then start again with a new colour. You will be smiling in no time.
Alphabet Challenge – This can be done with book titles, book authors, book characters and even book subjects…Write them down so you don’t lose track. Watch out for those hard ones like “X”.
Scrabble Challenge – Draw your 7 Scrabble tiles – what is the best word made from those tiles? That is your new Reading Challenge – find a book based on that word. Challenge your friends. Meet again next month and see what your next Scrabble Challenge is.
Travel Challenge –Books Take You Places! See how far and how many places, you can go. Can you travel the world, one book at a time?
Ask the library staff for help and get them in on the fun. Share your progress and let them be the first to congratulate you on hitting your last milestone. Be part of a team, challenge each other or make it a personal challenge. Did you think of a challenge not listed here? Why not share it with the library staff? Who knows? The next challenge might be named after you…
Submitted by Paige Turner
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1 month ago

Reading Challenge - Fun for All Ages
Looking for a way to spice up your library lifestyle?  Why not try a Reading Challenge?  You can do a Quick Pick or one that lasts the whole year through. Don’t limit yourself try them all.  Mix and match – Read 100 Stories in Alphabetical order.  Be creative.  Be bold.  Be daring! Intrigued?  Read on, to see what might appeal to you…
100 Stories Challenge – Can you or your family read 100 stories in a year?  Track your results on a homemade bookmark.  Tall tales or short stories.  A great time to try a series – there are 25 books in the Sue Grafton adult mystery set.  Geronimo Stilton has a number of adventures for young readers.  
LEGO Story Challenge – Start by sharing a good book.  What engaged you most about it?  Now get out those LEGO blocks and start building.  Is it a maze from a fantasy book or is it a haunted house from the holiday collection?  A new story, is a new opportunity, to build again, and again.
Never Have I Ever Challenge – Never have you ever read Science Fiction?  They are not all space ships and robots, {but some of the best ones do have them).  Never have you ever tried an eBook – ask the librarian how to sign up for your free access.  Never noticed the Young Adult collection – many adventure movies have been made from these great reads.  Make a list of 10 things that you have never tried and when that list is done, try 10 more!
Beat the Blues Challenge – This is just plain fun…find new authors (Delia Owens), revisit an past favourite author (Stephen King), meet new characters (Elvis Cole), try new topics (Clutter Cutters), or a new format (Books on CD); but the challenge is that they have to have a BLUE cover.  Found all 5?  Then start again with a new colour.  You will be smiling in no time.
Alphabet Challenge – This can be done with book titles, book authors, book characters and even book subjects…Write them down so you don’t lose track.  Watch out for those hard ones like “X”.  
Scrabble Challenge – Draw your 7 Scrabble tiles – what is the best word made from those tiles?  That is your new Reading Challenge – find a book based on that word.  Challenge your friends.  Meet again next month and see what your next Scrabble Challenge is.
Travel Challenge –Books Take You Places!  See how far and how many places, you can go.  Can you travel the world, one book at a time?
Ask the library staff for help and get them in on the fun.  Share your progress and let them be the first to congratulate you on hitting your last milestone.  Be part of a team, challenge each other or make it a personal challenge.  Did you think of a challenge not listed here?  Why not share it with the library staff?  Who knows?  The next challenge might be named after you…
Submitted by Paige Turner

New Year…New Decade…It Could Just Be Your Lucky Day!

2020! A New Year and a New Decade! A great time to make a new friend or renew that old relationship. Say “Hello” to Libby. Libby is the mobile app that your library uses to share e-books and audio books on your phone. Need more information, read on…
The library subscribes to a program, through a product called Overdrive. Overdrive allows you to download e-books, audio books and videos too, to your computer, laptop, e-reader, iPad, playbooks, etc. There is no cost to use this service, and you do not even have to be at the library to borrow materials, once you are registered. It is FREE, and you can use it anywhere that you have access to the Internet for downloading. Overdrive can also be used on your phone, but Libby was designed to make the program easier for your mobile device. These apps are available for both Apple and PC products.
How simple is that!? Access to your own library, anywhere you can download; and access to your book or movie anytime, once it is downloaded. Your virtual library operates similar to your public library. Once you are registered at your local library, you download the app on your device. Now, open the app and search the collection. See a book you like? Click on the cover and read the book summary. Not what you want? Go back and search some more.
When you finally find something that you want to read, you borrow that item. You will be given a choice of 7 or 14 days to read/listen to your book. Sometimes you can even extend the loan, if no one else is waiting. The app tells you if anyone else has requested that book while you have it. Sometimes you see a title that you want, but someone else is reading it. You can request a “hold” and your name will be added to the list of those waiting to read that book.
Occasionally a popular title will pop up for a short 7-day loan. These are called “Lucky Day” books. If it is your Lucky Day and you borrow this book, be prepared to finish it within the seven-day window, as you cannot renew these books. (Note: Due dates are controlled by Overdrive/Libby and cannot be extended by your library.)
Many virtual library patrons get frustrated that so many of the books they want are loaned out to other people. Both Libby and Overdrive have a feature that allow you to search for books that are Currently Available and it removes the titles that you cannot borrow immediately. There are hundreds of titles to choose from. You can also search by title and author. A listing of books will appear allowing you to borrow or put a hold on your next choice.
Start your new year, and your new decade, with a new or renewed relationship. Questions? Ask your library staff can help. A whole new world awaits you…
Submitted by Paige Turner
... ExpandSee Less

1 month ago

New Year…New Decade…It Could Just Be Your Lucky Day!

2020! A New Year and a New Decade! A great time to make a new friend or renew that old relationship.  Say “Hello” to Libby.  Libby is the mobile app that your library uses to share e-books and audio books on your phone.  Need more information, read on…
The library subscribes to a program, through a product called Overdrive.  Overdrive allows you to download e-books, audio books and videos too, to your computer, laptop, e-reader, iPad, playbooks, etc.  There is no cost to use this service, and you do not even have to be at the library to borrow materials, once you are registered.   It is FREE, and you can use it anywhere that you have access to the Internet for downloading.  Overdrive can also be used on your phone, but Libby was designed to make the program easier for your mobile device.  These apps are available for both Apple and PC products.  
How simple is that!?  Access to your own library, anywhere you can download; and access to your book or movie anytime, once it is downloaded.  Your virtual library operates similar to your public library.  Once you are registered at your local library, you download the app on your device.  Now, open the app and search the collection.  See a book you like?  Click on the cover and read the book summary.  Not what you want? Go back and search some more.  
When you finally find something that you want to read, you borrow that item.  You will be given a choice of 7 or 14 days to read/listen to your book.  Sometimes you can even extend the loan, if no one else is waiting.  The app tells you if anyone else has requested that book while you have it.  Sometimes you see a title that you want, but someone else is reading it.  You can request a “hold” and your name will be added to the list of those waiting to read that book.  
Occasionally a popular title will pop up for a short 7-day loan.  These are called “Lucky Day” books.  If it is your Lucky Day and you borrow this book, be prepared to finish it within the seven-day window, as you cannot renew these books.  (Note: Due dates are controlled by Overdrive/Libby and cannot be extended by your library.)
Many virtual library patrons get frustrated that so many of the books they want are loaned out to other people.  Both Libby and Overdrive have a feature that allow you to search for books that are Currently Available and it removes the titles that you cannot borrow immediately.  There are hundreds of titles to choose from. You can also search by title and author.  A listing of books will appear allowing you to borrow or put a hold on your next choice.
Start your new year, and your new decade, with a new or renewed relationship. Questions? Ask your library staff can help.  A whole new world awaits you…
Submitted by Paige Turner
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