Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chekhov's "Lady with the Pet Dog"



CHEKHOV’S “LADY WITH THE PET DOG”
Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular. Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room. All programs are free and open to the public.
Professor Michael Krasny Professor English at San Francisco State University On Monday January 26 “Lunch and Learn” presents a CD lecture on Anton Chekhov’s well known short story “The Lady With the Pet Dog.” Dr. Michael Krasny, Professor of English at San Francisco State University, will be the lecturer.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), of course, is the well known playwright of such dramatic classics as “The Sea Gull,” “Uncle Vanya” and the “Cherry Orchard.” Before he began to write plays Chekhov, a medical doctor, was better known as a short story writer. One of his best is the subject of today’s program. Dmitri Dmitrovich, a middle aged philanderer who is engaged in a boring and unrewarding marriage, is on vacation by himself in Yalta. There he meets young Anna Sergeyevna who is also unhappily married and vacationing alone. As a result of their affair Dmitri falls desperately in love and pursues Anna to what they hope will be a happy ending to their affair.
PREVIEW On Monday February 23 Booktalk celebrates Afro-American History Month. Toni Morrison along with her novel “Beloved” will be the subject of the program.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS
The Friends of the Library has a book store which offers a wide variety of gently used, attractive and interesting books for sale. It is located on the first floor of the Gettysburg Library just inside the Baltimore St. entrance. The hours are:
9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday through Thursday
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Sunday
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO EVENING HOURS AT THE BOOK STORE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS---JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
FOR YOUR INFORMATION the Adams County Library is sponsoring several book discussion groups:
MYSTERY NOVELS on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library
NON-FICTION BOOKS on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library. INFO: 334-5716


Thursday, January 15, 2015

It starts at the System Headquarters!



It starts at the System Headquarters!
Did you know that the Adams County Library building in Gettysburg has two functions?  It is the System Headquarters as well as the main branch.  The System Headquarters serves the entire Adams County Library System, making access to all library services available at every branch.  Services at the Main Library, East Berlin, Fairfield, Harbaugh~Thomas, Littlestown, and New Oxford branches as well as System Outreach and the elibrary are coordinated by the System Headquarters.
Is it available?  The online library catalog is delivered through the website (www.adamslibrary.org) supported by the System Headquarters.  Although it is one website, each branch has an information page and every library’s programs are included in the Library Events calendar.
Want to borrow something?  All materials in the ACLS collection enter the online catalog system and are prepared for loan in the System Headquarters.  These materials are then delivered to branches throughout the county.
Need to use the internet?  All of the technology needs in every branch are handled from the System Headquarters.  The computer hardware and software used in every branch is supported by the System Headquarters.  This includes public and staff computers as well as free wireless access.
A virtual library?  The Adams County Library System supports the entire county with access to the 3M Cloud Library for downloadable ebooks, OneClickdigital for downloadable audiobooks and Freegal for downloadable music.  All you need is your device and your Adams County library card.
Got homework?  Don’t google it, use the library’s online reference resources.  The Library System subscribes to many online reference tools that you can use to research a topic from home, all you need is your Adams County Library card.
Read everything at your branch?  Not likely!  Each week, the System Headquarters sends out a rotation of new materials to the branch.  Some are newly published and others are new to the branch.  All branch collections are constantly refreshed to provide a variety of materials available to library users.
It’s not at your branch?  Request it and it will be sent through the System’s delivery service to the branch of your choice. 
Reserve the latest best seller?  The circulation and delivery systems are brought to you courtesy of the System Headquarters.   Headquarters also monitors the reserve lists and adds additional copies as needed.
Don’t see the title you want?  Send in a purchase request for new or to be published items or interlibrary loan request for an older title.  The Headquarters Library will do its best to provide you with a copy.   Both forms are available through the library website or in any branch.
Can’t get to a library?  Library by Mail is a free service offered to Adams County residents who are unable to get to a library facility.  Library materials are mailed to residents with a shipping label included for return.
Visit the Adams County library of your choice to use our services, all supported and coordinated by the Adams County Library System Headquarters in Gettysburg!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Charlotte Perkins Gilmans "The Yellow Wallpaper"



CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMANS “THE YELLOW WALLPAPER”

                      Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular.  Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room.  All programs are free and open to the public.      
           On Monday December 29 the topic for the second offering in the “Lunch and Learn” series will be Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story entitled “The Yellow Wall Paper.”  Her best known work, Ms Gilman wrote this story after her stay in a hospital for postnatal depression which resulted in her “skirmish with madness.”  Professor Arnold Weinstein, our guest lecturer via CD about Huckleberry Finn as a banned book in November, further says that the story belongs in the tradition of the Gothic tales of horror that we associate with Poe, Hawthorne, Melville and James.    Dr. Weinstein will discuss “The Yellow Wallpaper” under the title “War Against Patriarchy.”
           Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), a distant relative of Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” in 1892. She went on to become a well-known and influential writer, lecturer and journal editor on the economic and social  suppression of  women in late 19th and early 20th century America.   Ms Gilman proposed changes in society that could liberate women from a male dominated society through radical reforms. 
            Knowing that she had inoperable breast cancer, Charlotte Perkins Gilman took her own life in 1935.

PREVIEW
           On Monday January 26 Professor Michael Krasny Professor English at San Francisco State University will offer a CD lecture on Anton Chekhov's well known short story entitled “The Lady with the Pet Dog.”
          
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS
           The Friends of the Library has a book store which presents a wide variety of gently  used, attractive and interesting books for sale. It is located on the first floor of the Gettysburg Library just inside the Baltimore Street entrance.  The bookstore is usually open from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday through Thursday; 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday; and on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
            As a member of the Friends you will be entitled to a 20% discount on most materials.  Stop by!! Join!!  Be a Friend!!  Your membership dollars go directly to the Adams County Library System for programs and materials.

 PLEASE NOTE:  THERE WILL BE NO EVENING HOURS AT THE BOOK STORE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS---JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.
          
           FOR YOUR INFORMATION the Adams County Library is sponsoring several book discussion groups:
           MYSTERY NOVELS on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library.
           NON-FICTION BOOKS on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library.

           INFO:  334-5716

          

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Library's e-Resource Circulation Skyrockets



Library’s e-Resource Circulation Skyrockets

In 1996, I was asked if I thought that the Internet was going to be a threat to libraries.  At the time, I said no, but I must admit, I did not yet fully grasp what the relationship was going to be between public libraries and the Internet.  The answer was that the Internet was not going to replace the public library, but it has revolutionized what we do.  However, it did not replace what we do at the public library. 
Today, I am constantly asked if I see Ebooks as a threat to libraries, and I have to say absolutely not!  Ebooks go hand and hand with a public library’s mission.  Most libraries, including ours, have Ebooks available for you to download right now!
Ebooks are not a threat.  Libraries will circulate Ebooks.  It is that simple.  Some came to the library looking for books that you needed for a specific purpose, such as estate planning.  Other people came to the library looking for popular titles.  That hasn’t changed.  Whether you’re looking for books in e-format or print, the library has titles for you.
It has become clear that the variety of e-resources that the library has made available is being utilized by the public.   Our Ebook circulation is up 90% over 2013.  That represents about 25% of our total fiction circulation for the Gettysburg Library.  The number of new users of this service is growing by about the same number of new library card users we have in the library. 
Our Eaudio book circulation has also increased by more than 100%.  Right now Eaudio book circulation represents about 1/3 of all audio book circulation for the entire system.  That is an amazing increase and as more people have cars which connect to Bluetooth or usb devices, we will see that number and percentage increase.
This year we added Freegal, which lets you download and stream music through the Internet.  Users can download five songs a week and stream music for up to three hours a day.  This has been an instant success, and after only 6 months, we have as many downloads and streams as we have music CD’s checked out of the libraries. 
This is an amazing uptick in use.  The library system as a whole still has close to 70,000 registered users which is close to 70% of the entire county with library cards.  These cards can be used to day to download ebooks, eaudio book and music.  We will continue to bring you more titles and more options as we identify them.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and most happy new year!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Huck Finn: The Banned Classic



HUCK FINN: THE BANNED CLASSIC
Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular.  Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room.  All programs for are free and open to the public.
On November 24 Booktalk will begin a series of programs called “Lunch (bring your own) and Learn.”  They will be based on several CD lectures entitled “Classics of American Literature,” “Masterpieces of Short Fiction” and “Masterpieces of Russian Literature.”     
The first offering in the series begins with Mark Twain and a lecture on the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”  The lecturer is Dr. Arnold L. Weinstein, who at the  time of publication of his lecture was the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor and also  Professor  of Comparative Literature  at Brown University.
Dr. Weinstein says “Ever since its appearance ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ has offended.” In 1885 the Concord Public Library banned the book and over the years many school districts in America have followed suit. Dr. Weinstein recognizes that there are issues that the book raises about race and slavery; he has also said that there is an even more central text in the book: the topic of freedom—not just for escaped slaves but also for young white boys.  Dr. Weinstein calls the book “a rite of passage story” and entitles his lecture “Huckleberry Finn---The Banned Classic.”
 PREVIEW
            On Monday December 29 the topic for the “Lunch and Learn” series will be Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story entitled “The Yellow Wall Paper.”  Her best known work, Ms Gilman wrote this story after her stay in a hospital for postnatal depression.  Dr. Weinstein’s lecture on the story is called “War Against Patriarchy.” 
News of further programs will be forthcoming.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS
          The Friends of the Library has a book store which presents   a wide variety of gently used, attractive and interesting books for sale.  It is located on the first floor of the Gettysburg Library just inside the Baltimore Street entrance. The bookstore is usually open from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday thru Thursday; 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday; and on Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
As a member of the Friends you will be entitled to a 20% discount on most materials.  Stop by!! Join!! Be a Friend!! Your membership dollars go directly to the Adams County Library System for programs and materials.

For your information the Adams County Library is sponsoring several book discussion groups:
    Mystery Novels on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library;
    Non-fiction Books the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library.  Info: 334-5716