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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Winter News from Prescott Public Library



Hello Prescott Public Library Patrons,

Although it’s not yet winter, snow is in the forecast, and Prescott’s Living Room is in holiday planning mode. Fun family programs are in the works, as are several holiday closures. 

Both the Downtown Library and the Gateway Branch will close for Veterans Day (November 11), Thanksgiving (November 24 and 25), Christmas (December 24-26) and New Year’s Day (December 31-January 2).

On days we’re open (Sunday 1-5, Monday 9-5, Tuesday 9-9, Wednesday 1-9, Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-5), we have several new services for you and your holiday company to use and enjoy.

We are thrilled to announce the November 14 launch of PPL’s Job Help Hub, designed to help folks looking for work learn 21st century skills needed to get a job in today’s tough economy. 

Thanks to the Job Help Hub, PPL has a training lab.  If you would like to see any type of class, training or presentation scheduled in the lab, I would love to hear from you.  Topics we think might be popular include how to use particular research databases  like Heritage Quest or NoveList, how to get the most from the library catalog, how to use email to send photos, and how to mine library resources for homework assignments. 

For those of you looking for that next good read, we are pleased to announce library eBooks from OverDrive can finally be downloaded to the Kindle. If you’re new to OverDrive, start with “My Help!”  Thanks to a significant donation to the Friends of the Library, the PPL OverDrive collection now includes hundreds of downloadable audio and eBooks for kids and teens.

Although the Downtown Library has been a wireless hotspot for years, PPL’s new 802.11n wireless network is something to crow about.  It’s fast, secure and easy to access. Patrons using personal laptops can even print to the public printers.  Using the library’s wireless network is simpler than ever. No need to login. Just power up, connect to PPL and surf as long as you like.

A new fast-paced library video highlights high-tech library services like OverDrive, as well as Paws to Read and (a great spot for one-to-one homework help).

Library programs are easy to find in the Events Calendar Online.  Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

It may not be too late to catch Independent Films for Independent Kids, the final piece of Prescott Film Festival @ PPL.  Free children’s films show from  9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 5.

For kids, Stone Soup - The Puppet Musical at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 8.

For teens, Game On from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 9

Community Lectures at 2 p.m. November 13 (The Ponderosa Forest: So Much More Than Trees!) and November 20 (Pauline Weaver and the Mountain Men of the West).

You won’t want to miss Iliria Nuvea at 5 p.m. November 15 In the CafĂ© Courtyard area. Six fine musicians celebrate the musical heritage of lead singer Aranka Stimec-Fortwaengler’s Balkan homelands with voice, flute, guitar, accordion, clarinet and percussion.  Wow!

For kids and teens, grade 4 and up, cartoonist Russell Miller offers Diaries of Not-So-Wimpy Kids  at 4 p.m. November 17

For adults of all ages, Best Books for Youth 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 7. Looking for some ideas for gift shopping? Join PPL’s Youth Services staff as they share their favorite books for children and teens from 2011. Coffee and dessert served.

Last but not least, the ever-popular Stars of the Season returns on December 15.  Brian DeWelles of the Starlight Planetarium presents The Christmas Star, a planetarium program that considers all aspects of the Star of Bethlehem, from who saw it to what it might have been. Brian will also guide you through the mid-December night sky. Space is limited, so reserve a place early for each member of your family. Shows are at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. You can register online or by calling 777-1526 or visiting the Ask a Librarian Desk.

As always, thank you for reading and for your continued patronage of Prescott Public Library. You make PPL the happening place it is.


Toni Kaus
Library Director
Prescott Public Library

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