PPL Winter News (Revised)-- now with embedded URLs



My apologies if you received an earlier version of this email.  The "first edition" was sent in error. TK

Hello Prescott Library Patrons,


At Prescott Public Library we welcome winter with the Stars of the Season Family Planetarium Program.  This entertaining and informative astronomy program centers on finding the constellations in the real night sky, using a sophisticated miniature planetarium projector and a 15-foot portable planetarium dome. Shows are at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 7. There are only 25 seats per show. Reserve your space by calling the Ask a Librarian Desk at 777-1526. All seating is on the floor. Bring a pillow or blanket, or purchase a PPL stadium cushion ($5 at the Check Out Desk).


Holiday Closures
During the holiday season, the Downtown Library and Prescott Gateway Branch will be closed November 25-26, December 24-26, and December 31-January 2.  


eBooks and eReaders
When I asked you to help me think about the future of our library, many of you wrote to say you hoped the library would eventually add eBooks to our collections.  The timing was right, and PPL patrons can now check out and download an eBook anytime, anywhere. Also available, a selection of eReaders library patrons can check out for in-library use.

Downloadable eBooks are available to PPL patrons via OverDrive, the same service patrons already use to download audio books.  If you’re thinking about buying an eReader, please check the list of OverDrive-compatible eReaders  before making a purchase.  If you don't own an eReader, you can still download and read eBooks on your home computer or laptop.  Ask a Librarian staff will be glad to help you with this new format.  Just ask!   


24/7 Check In
The alley book drop (south side of the Downtown Library) will be closed from 5 p.m. November 28 through 5 p.m. December 1, while technicians install a 9-bin automatic book sorter.  Once the sorter is up and running, you can return your book to the alley book drop and the sorter will check it in then deposit it in the appropriate bin. The sorter will even print out routing slips for items headed for another library or to the reserve shelves for another patron. Library items returned to the alley book drop will be immediately checked in, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, saving time for volunteers and staff, and resulting in quicker turn-around of books and other high-demand library materials. 


Cell Phones in the Library
Occasionally I hear from library patrons dismayed by cell phone use in the library. I usually explain that rather than banning cell phones in the library, we try to reduce rude behavior.  Loud conversations don’t belong in the library, whether their source is a cell phone user or old friends who simply forgot they were in the library.  If you observe library behavior not in keeping with library policies, please ask library staff to intervene. If you are looking for a quiet place to read or study, we can help.


If you bring a cell phone into the library, we ask that you turn the ringer to vibrate or off, keep your conversations short and your voice lowered, leave the library if you are having an extended conversation, and refrain from using your cell phone at the service desks.


Upcoming Events

Friday, December 3. 2 p.m. It’s a Mystery Book Group will discuss Nevada Barr’s Borderline.  Please call the Ask a Librarian Desk at 777-1526 to learn about this and other library-sponsored book clubs.

Friday, December 3. 3:30 p.m. Paws to Read with Toby. Children from 5-10 are invited to practice their reading with my border collie Toby. Toby is a Therapy Dog, and the only dog in Prescott with his own library card.

Sunday, December 5. 2 p.m.  Being Mexican American in Prescott, the final offering of the Mexico: Prescott’s Distant Neighbor series. Newly arrived and long-time Prescott residents share the joys and frustrations of recreating familiar traditions in a new place, side-by-side with the challenges of overcoming language and cultural barriers.

Wednesday, December 8. 6:30 p.m. “Just for Grownups” International Film Series. This month's movie is Bomber, a bittersweet comedy about love, family and dropping bombs on Germany. In English.

Tuesday, December 14. Noon. Music for Lunch features holiday favorites with violinist Marie Rhines.   

Wednesday, December 22. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Cookie House Decorating. Families and kids of all ages are invited to decorate graham cracker houses at the annual Cookie House Decorating event hosted by the library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG).  All supplies will be provided. To reserve space, call the Youth Desk at 777-1537.


The online events calendar offers an up-to-the-minute listing of everything going on at the Downtown Library.  


As always, thank you for reading and for your continued patronage of Prescott Public Library.




Toni Kaus
Library Director
Prescott Public Library 
Prescott, Arizona