Volume 2, Issue 4 February 2015 Selecting Library Materials The library has many library employees charged with the task of selecting materials to add to the library’s collections. The library selectors attempt to purchase items that our patrons either need or want. The library’s complete collection development policies can be found here. Library material selectors scour a wide variety of reviewing sources to make their selections and to get their orders in early to be able to have items available as soon as possible. Sometimes they might even be able to actually see items before they are ordered for purchase. Library users can also suggest items for purchase although the library doesn’t guarantee that all suggestions will be purchased. Sometimes the items aren’t considered to be of wide enough interest or useful enough to be acquired for our collection. In some instances, the library might be able to borrow the title from another library on behalf of a patron instead of spending our funds to purchase it for our library. As our policy states: “It is the goal of the library to own or have ready access to a sufficient number of informational resources with sufficient scope, depth, relevance, and accuracy in a variety of useful formats for the purpose of providing information; education and instruction; cultural experience and growth; and meaningful recreation to the library's public.” This means that we strive to collect a very wide variety of materials reflecting many different points of view and means of expression. We don’t anticipate all of our patrons will like or agree with everything we collect, but we do hope that our patrons will find some things they treasure among the many items we provide to all of our patrons. Phil Baugher Director Adult & Family Services ∙ Adult Learning Center ∙ Audio Visual Services ∙ Automation Services ∙ Book Sales ∙ Children’s Services ∙ Computer Classes ∙ Circulation Services ∙ Downloadable Books ∙ Hageman Facebook ∙ Facebook Page Homebound ∙ Meeting Rooms ∙ Museum Services ∙ Reference Services ∙ Serials Services ∙ Technical Services Facebook Page 1 Both branches of Westchester Public Library, the Westchester Township History Museum and the Library Service Center will be closed for President’s Day, Monday, February 16. Library buildings will reopen Tuesday, February 17, and will resume regular hours. The Chesterton Adult Learning Center and the office of the Westchester Township Trustee will also be closed on Presidents’ Day. If your Pre-K through 12th grade child is in need of reading help, this program is for you! Designed to assist your child with his/her academic reading, the library’s tutoring program offers a safe and welcoming learning environment with volunteer tutors who will work one-on-one with your child in half-hour increments. Student sign-up sheets are available at both libraries or online here. Patrons interested in volunteering to be tutors may pick up and return applications at the Circ desk of either branch (note on application your interest in tutoring). The coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview. Volunteers will be asked to complete the library’s volunteer application, waiver, and background check form, all available on the library’s website. History of US Immigration Saturday, February 14 11 am-12:30 pm Bertha Wood meeting room Delve into the history of immigration in the United States. Discuss how Americans have reacted to it, how the government has tried to control it, and what influence it has on the country today. The discussion will not center on current immigration policies, but on historical influxes, reactions, and influences. Discuss the various waves of European immigrants in the 1800s. The group will also look at the way the government tried to control influxes of Asian immigrants in the late 1800s and potential communist immigrants in the 1920s. The group is open to anyone interested in history and conversations about history. Feel free to participate or sit back and listen. 2 3 Celebrate reading on Thursday, February 12, from 5-6 pm Adults (18+) are invited to come make valentines and decorate yummy cupcakes. Get some good reading recommendations. Library staff will booktalk a few good reads. Registration is required. Call the Reference Department at 926-7696 to register. Library Service Center · 100 W. Indiana Avenue · Chesterton Call Julia at 926-7696 for more information. Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm Bertha Wood meeting room Gear up for the Oscars! Watch the 16th Oscar Award winner, Casablanca (1943). Vote to predict this year’s Best Picture winner. 4 Health & Wellness Resource Center from Gale is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and related information. The Health & Wellness Resource Center features a fully updated, intuitive interface—providing multiple pathways to key information. Its browser-style format lets you read the latest news, review a set of subject areas, select a particular resource, or search across the entire database. A single search brings together reference sources, periodicals, pamphlets, news, and multimedia items, organized into tabs that let you easily find the type of information you are seeking. Every article, pamphlet, and multimedia resource you find is available for printing, e-mailing, and downloading. Go to the library’s website: wpl.lib.in.us Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Inspire icon. Log in to Inspire (the first time you use Inspire you will be instructed to register). Near the top of the screen in the middle of the page, click on “Search by database.” Scroll down to “Health & Wellness Resource Center” ~ this will redirect you to their homepage. Get free help for technology problems with email, software, hardware, eReaders, tablets, smartphones, etc. First come, first served. In the computer classroom. Sunday 1-4:30 pm Monday 10 am—7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 3: 10 am—7 pm Wed.—Friday 10 am—7 pm Saturday 9 am—2 pm (Sat., Feb. 5 9 am-12:30 pm) If the problem is severe enough, staff may recommend you see a computer professional. All ages/skill levels are welcome to attend. Meet at the tables near the Reference desk on the first floor of Thomas Library from 7-8:30 pm. The first and third Thursdays, beginning February 5. 5 6 Battles of the American Civil War Join Thomas Murphy in the Bertha Wood meeting room for this series of battles of the American Civil War. Each program will take place on a Wednesday evening, with a repeat presentation on the following Saturday morning. Wednesdays, 6-8 pm Saturdays, 10 am-noon February 4 Shiloh February 7 February 25 Antietam February 28 March 25 Fredericksburg March 28 Get Hooked: Crochet for Teens & Adults Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, & 26 4-5:30 pm Registration Required & begins Feb. 19 Adults and teens are invited to join Amber Erazo in the Bertha Wood meeting room to learn the basics of crochet. Bring a size H hook and a skein of light colored worsted weight yarn. Register via phone or in person. Call Julia at 926-7696 for more information. 7 Spotlight on Julia Bowersox, Reference & Youth Services Librarian Julia Bowersox, Reference & Youth Services Librarian, is a local gal returning back to the region. She grew up in Michigan City. Her undergraduate degree is in English from Indiana University. There she met and married her college sweetheart. He had the opportunity to work with a magazine in NY so they moved to NY for a little over 5 years. They lived on the Jersey side of the Hudson, just across where I Love Lucy, Lucy and Ricki Ricardo had lived. She started volunteering at a little town library in NY and shortly after acquired a library assistant job and decided to get her Masters in Library Science. While in NY she acquired her Masters Julia and her family. of Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in Manhattan, NY. Pratt is the oldest library science school in America, founded by Mr. Melville Dewey! It’s mainly known for its art and design program. Being an art lover, she took advantage of this and also received a Museum Libraries Certification. One of her classes was even at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Thomas J. Watson Museum Library on Monday nights when the museum was closed. They moved back a few years ago to Chicagoland when she accepted a position at Naperville Public Library in Naperville, IL. When they had their first and only child, she decided to stay home for a few years and write book reviews for Voice of Youth Advocates magazine. She still writes reviews for VOYA on the side, but it’s mainly for her love of YA literature and wanting to be in the know of what’s being published. And she gets free books! “I’m excited to be a part of the Chesterton community. I have always believed that libraries are the heart of a community. I am an avid reader and enjoy art and crafts and visiting museums. I look forward to creating programs for the community and talking books. So stop by and talk books with me sometime!” Stop in, meet Julia, and see this great picture! Arm knitting! 8 Leea Likes: All of these titles are available @ your library in print or audio format or both. Check them out today! Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty A murder...a tragic accident...or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Die Again by Tess Gerritsen Rizzoli and Isles are summoned to a crime scene and find a killing worthy of a ferocious beast—right down to the claw marks on the corpse. Now they must find a way to lure him—monster or human—out of the shadows and into a cage. e Fre orn c p Po Sunday Matinee will take place on Eyes Only by Fern Michaels Poor adoptive parents need the Sisterhood’s help to fight the rich mother trying to regain children she gave up for adoption. In a case that is far more twisted that it first appeared, the ingenuity, courage, and friendship of the Sisterhood will be tested as never before. The Stranger by Harlan Coban (March 2015) The Stranger appears out of nowhere and whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world...Adam Price has a lot to lose... No Fortunate Son by Brad Taylor Pike and Jennifer get a letter informing them they are fired...but then their commander asks them to help with a personal matter: his niece is missing. Neither Pike nor Jennifer understands how critical her disappearance will become. Meanwhile, all Taskforce teams have been redirected to a developing terrorist situation that could cause many deaths. Sunday, Feb. 15 at 1:20 pm Library Service Center 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton Tracy’s Take: Coming Soon to AV: Big Hero 6—A special bond forms between Baymaz, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamads in this action-packed comedy adventure. Lucy—A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic. A Walk Among the Tombstones—Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. Follow us on Twitter! @WestchesterPL 9 Are you or someone you know homebound because of extended illness, injury, or disability? If you are a resident of Westchester Township and are having trouble getting to the library for these reasons, you are eligible for the library’s free homebound service. Home bound Participants will receive personalized book selections and a delivery of materials either every two weeks or once a month, whichever is preferred. Homebound library patrons may choose from fiction or nonfiction books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, or videotapes. To learn more, call 926-7696 and leave a message for Outreach Coordinator Sadie Steciuch. February 18 10 am—1 pm In the Bertha Wood meeting room NorthShore Health Center will provide blood pressure screenings free to walk-in patrons. 2:30 pm, the first Monday of each month in the Bertha Wood meeting room. February 2: The Museum of Extraodinary Things by Alice Hoffman March 2: The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovette April 6: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor May 4: Anne of Greene Gables by L.M. Montgomery June 1: We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen J. Fowler. In addition to the screenings, interested patrons will receive help calculating their Body Mass Index (BMI). Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood in the circulatory system, often measured for diagnosis since it is closely related to the force and rate of the heartbeat and the diameter and elasticity of the arterial walls. Call Maysha Carlson at 742-8145 with any questions. Follow us on Pinterest Westchester Library 10 s d n e m m o c onda Re Rh All Bits & Bytes computer classes take place in the classroom on the second floor of Thomas Library. Registration is necessary for all classes. ARTnews reports on the personalities, trends, and events that shape the international art world. Its articles focus on art ranging from old masters to contemporary art in all genres. Regular features include reviews of books and exhibits, travel destinations, investment and appreciation advice and insights into the art world. Art in America is a To reserve your spot in any of the Bits & Bytes classes, please call the Serials/Automation Department at 926-7696, ext. 1125, or register online at the Bits & Bytes link on the library homepage. Intro to Facebook This beginner level class will cover how to create an account, accept and send friend requests, how to post to your wall, how to post a photo, and how to send a private message. Facebook safety will also be discussed. Intro to Facebook will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 6-8 pm, with a repeat session on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 1-3 pm. Registration is underway. Intro to Android monthly illustrated magazine that is dedicated to contemporary art in the US. It is well known for publishing profiles of popular American artists. Each month, the magazines column In the Studio focuses on the processes of a single artist who is changing the world of American art. Learn how to set up and use an android device including phones and tablets. Also covered in the class will be installing applications and using the default Google applications. Readers of Art in America are treated to art reviews, features on art-related books, and news articles related to the art community. The magazine’s art experts publish illustrated reviews of artwork that is being shown in LA, NY, and anywhere in between. The books featured typically explore the history of art and its various movements in great detail. The magazine writers often publish information about art events and exhibitions taking place in the near future, so readers don’t miss out on the next big showing. Intro to Kindle Choose from one of two sessions available. Tuesday, February 10, from 6-8 pm or Thursday, February 12, from 1-3 pm. Registration is underway. Online Genealogy Learn how to use free online genealogy resources. Access the sites and browse them or create accounts and find information in class. A working knowledge of the Internet is needed. Bring note taking tools and some information to use in searches on sites like Familysearch.org. This introductory class will take place Thursday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 pm. Registration begins February 3. Delving into digital media can be a bit daunting, but Kindle Fire is streamlined for that and does it well. Learn to utilize Overdrive and other online library resources on your devices. Choose from one of two session available: Tuesday, February 17, from 6-8 pm, or Thursday, February 19, from 1-3 pm. Registration will begin on February 3. Intro to Word 2013 Learn the basics of the latest version of Word. This beginner level class will focus on how to navigate around Word 2013. How to create, open, and save documents will be covered, as will how to use some basic templates and how to change margins, fonts, and text styles. Choose from one of two sessions available: Tuesday, February 24, from 6-8 pm, or Thursday, February 26, from 1-3 pm. Registration will begin February 10. 11 12 Tech Trivia Cataloging & Acquisitions There’s always something going on in the halls of Technical Services… Coming soon to your library... Hageman Library: Thomas Library: The Sheep Go on Strike by JeanFrancois Dumont J DUM The Dark, Dark Night by M. Christina Butler J BUT Not Just a Dot by Loryn Brantz J BRA The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm by Paul Bright J BRI Superlove J HAR Imagination According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney J FIC BIR by Charise Mericle Harper Olympians: Ares Bringer of War by George O’Connor J FIC OCO The Never Girls: Far from Shore by Kiki Thorpe J FIC THO The Seems: The Split Second by John Hulme J FIC HUL What Was the Hindenberg? By Janet B. Pascal J 387.742 PAS Story Thief by Janus Riley J FIC RIL Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag FIC HOA Natural Remedies for Inflammation by Christopher Nasey, N.D. 616. 0473 VAS Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson FIC PET Lovely Wild by Megan Hart FIC HAR Redeployment by Phil Klay FIC KLA Devil’s Dance by Daniel Depp FIC DEP Only for You by Beth Kery FIC KER Stop the Coming Civil War by Michael Savage 320.5209 SAV Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves by Carolyn Chute FIC CHU As Gouda as Dead by Avery Ames PB MYSTERY AME Murder in the Queen’s Garden by Amanda Carmack PB MYSTERY CAR Give it All by Cara McKenna PB MYSTERY MCK 13 Young Adult News and Notes Check out these new YA must reads fro the collection at Thomas. Julia’s Gems: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer The remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. Anyone who doubts the power of one individual’s ability to change his community and better the lives of others will be inspired. The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder New girl Lauren has a secret. Football hero Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. Inland by Kat Rosenfield Something is calling Callie from the river behind their house and from the ocean miles away. Just as her life begins to feel like her own and the potential for romance is blossoming, the pull of the dark water seeps into her mind filling her with doubt and revealing family secrets. Freak City by Kathrin Schrocke Mika’s heart is broken, until he sees Leah—smart, beautiful...and deaf from birth. Communication is hard, so Mika begins to learn sign language. But the world of deaf people is so different from the hearing world. Can their worlds intersect? We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story by Josh Sundquist Josh only ever had one girlfriend. For 23 hours. In eighth grade. Why was he still single? Go on his semi-scientific and wholly hilarious journey to see how he was looking for love— or at least a girlfriend—in all the wrong places. Manolo is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. He embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Neither he nor his friends realize that they are being controlled by the two lords of the Underworld, La Muerta and Xibalba. Rated PG, The Book of Life has a running time of 95 minutes. Watch on Saturday, February 7, at 5 pm. Enjoy munching free popcorn while watching. Library Service Center 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton 14 15 Young Adult News and Notes Teens: celebrate Good Reads and Sweet Tweets on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 4-5 pm. Make valentines valentines— —or anti anti--valentines valentines— —and decorate yummy cupcakes. Get some good reading recommendations, too. Library staff will be booktalking a few good reads. Don’t miss the fun! Come to the library’s first-ever teen advisory board. Recommend library programs and books. Make new friends. In the Bertha Wood meeting room Make a difference @your library Registration is required. Have fun! Community service hours available. Call Julia at 926-7696. 16 Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm Kids in grades 1 and above: join the League! Learn to make decks of 60 cards, made of Character, Energy, and Special cards. Learn math, strategy, and communication skills. Thomas Library Children’s Department Wednesdays at 3:30 pm Registration Required Lego Club Lego Club will meet Friday, February 13, at 6:30 pm. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is necessary. Lego Club is for ages six years and up. Meet new friends. No need to bring anything (unless you want to bring a starter pack of cards). @ the Library Service Center on Feb. 27 6:30 pm. Like us on Facebook! Westchester Public Library Childrens’ Services You never know just who—or what—you’ll meet @your library! 17 Register now for this exciting program. Friday, February 20 6:30 pm How to you say “Excuse me” in Japanese? What is the proper mealtime behavior in Mexico? Learn the answers to these questions and more at this fun global etiquette program for children age six and up. Enjoy the short lessons and learn some of the customs of four different cultures. Be polite in Japanese, Spanish, French, and German. Kids, join local foreign language teachers for this great time! Call the Children’s Department at Thomas Library for more information or to register. Saturday, February 21, from 1-2 pm Kids, join Miss Heather in the Children’s Department for a short story time. Listen as she reads a few good books. Make 100 glasses. Make and eat trail mix with 100 pieces in it. Celebrate the opening of the new mini reading room where the 100 great books shelf will be located. Take home a list of all 100 books and use your library card to discover new worlds of wonder and adventure. 18 Hageman Happenings E FRE c Pop orn! Saturday, February 21 · 2 pm Knit Knit--wits & Pearls of Wisdom Love to knit or crochet? Join fellow enthusiasts every Thursday from 10 am-noon around the fireplace. Refreshments, conversation, and relaxation included. Tech Help Desk Saturday, Feb. 7: 1-4:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 10, 17, & 24: 10 am-4 pm First come, first served. Bifocal Bookies Meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm at Hageman Library February 10 Night of a Thousand Stars by Deanna Raybourn Like us on Facebook! Hageman Branch 19 20 Museum Musings... Like us on Facebook! Westchester Township History Museum This series takes place the third Thursday of each month at the museum, & the following day at Michigan City Library, 100 E. Fourth St., Michigan City, at 2 p.m. It is not necessary to read the book in advance. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served. For more information, contact the museum at 983-9715 or Michigan City Library at 873-3049. Join Susan Schwarner for Bookmarks on Thursday, February 17, at 2 pm. She will review Emily St. John Mandel’s book Station Eleven. Lives were turned upside down during World War II when the US government opened Japanese internment camps for American citizens of Japanese descent who lived near the west coast. Tallgrass focuses on a small Colorado town and the internment camp there. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes turn to the newcomers—the Japanese Americans interned at the camp. Rennie Stroud has just turned 13 and sees her town as she’s never seen it before. She will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred. Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky brings us back to Tallgrass, only this time Join Serena Sutliff, museum curator, for Mad About Mysteries in February. From slapstick comedy to witty dialogue, the mystery genre is home to many funny characters, situations, and conversations. Authors to be presents will include Kathleen Bacus, Mike Befeler, and Dixie Cash. Humor is subjective, so attendees are asked to bring along their favorite funny mysteries as well. Mad About Mysteries will take place on Wednesday, February 11. Sutliff will repeat the presentation on Saturday, February 14. Both sessions will begin at 2 pm. Light refreshments will be served. through the eyes of 12-year-old Tomi, a second-generation Japanese American whose family is moved to the internment camp after her father is wrongly taken away as a spy. Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her family as an enemy. What does she need to do to prove she’s an honorable American? Knitting Together Area knitters are invited to gather in the Brown Mansion for a cozy afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments on Sunday, February 1, from 1-5 pm. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Those who crochet or do other needlework are also welcome to attend. Celebrate the era that introduced video games, home computers, 8-track players, VCRs, MTV, disco music, Star Wars, the Brat Pack, Transformers, and more. Stroll down memory lane to an era not too far gone at the exhibit which will run through February 22. 21 From the Curator’s Desk... I was speaking with Pat Mitchell, one of the museum’s volunteers, the other day about the upcoming Intro to Online Genealogy class that I’m leading with Eva Hopkins. We talked about our own work on family histories, what to do when you get stuck, and interesting new resources available. Pat also answered several of my questions regarding the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society. Of course I know about genealogical societies—I’ve even contacted some during the course of my own genealogical research. However, I wasn’t very certain about what the groups do, what their programs or meetings are about, and how the NWIGS could help me in my family search in Ohio, Arkansas, Massachusetts, and more. Well, she certainly cleared up any misunderstandings I had. The NWIGS programs offer help to everyone working on family history, not just those studying family histories in Northwest Indiana. In fact, one of the upcoming programs is about using DNA in family history research. Past meetings included how to find Quaker ancestors and using immigration records. The NWIGS website—which will be looked at during the class—also has much to offer to family researchers looking at this area including a surname search and paper resources archived on the site. The big-picture lesson I learned from this conversation was that genealogical societies all over the country can be a help to anyone looking for their family history. Some charge fees, some will do a small amount of work for free. But all of the genealogical societies exist to help us learn our own history. I invite you to attend the Intro to Online Genealogy class being held at Thomas Library on Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 2-4 p.m. Registration is required as space is limited (call 926-7696, ext. 1123 to register). You may want to bring paper, pen, and information about your family that can be used to start your research. Pat will also be in attendance to introduce us to the Northwest Indiana Genealogical Society. Serena 70s & 80s One-hit Wonders Trivia Night We w ill ha ve th up to e ste reo c the m ranke muse a x! Co d um a m e n t o the d sho and 8 w 0 s o ff you musi ! E c E r 70s f k u nowl nkies FR e t tea dge. m wi The $20 S ll win antia a rad go’s g Teams of 1-4 ift ca rd. people ay d s e Tu y 24 r a ru Feb M. 7 P. Refreshments will be served 22 For, like, more information, call the museum at (219) 983-9715 or, like, stop by during our hours Wednesday through Sunday 1 - 5 pm.
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