Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Library Reclamation

If you’ve visited Decatur Public Library’s Online Library Catalog over the past month or so, you may have noticed that the items sliding by on the New Releases “crawl” haven’t changed. There really is a good explanation for that, and it’s called a Reclamation. (Here at the library we can’t help but joke that it sounds serious and ominous, as in, The Spanish Inquisition: No one expects The Library Reclamation!) It’s not quite as scary as it sounds, but in DPL’s case, it was a necessary project, and thankfully one done only rarely since it is so time-consuming.
The gist is that DPL participates in a worldwide database known as WorldCat. Hosted by a company in Ohio, OCLC, and found at www.worldcat.org, it’s a way for libraries and library users across the globe to know what can be found at all other participating libraries. This not only creates opportunities for inter-library loans, but builds a database of accurate and consistent records which help you find what you’re looking for at your own local public library. Unfortunately, our “holdings,” pretty much everything we own: books, audiobooks, electronic books, DVDs, etc., became out of date due to a statewide 2014/2015 lapse in OCLC membership – especially holdings acquired new, or discarded because of wear, during that span of time. OCLC needed a current “picture” of our database in order to bring us up to speed with other libraries for 2016 and beyond. I liken this “picture” to having an X-ray taken. Most of us are familiar with that procedure, and the emphatic instruction from the technician, “hold your breath and stay completely still,” or the image will be blurry. That’s why, as this analogous “X-ray” is taken of our database by OCLC, we cannot add or discard items from our collection or the accuracy will be “blurry.” Like an X-ray, it’s uncomfortable and seems to take forever but I can promise it will be over before you know it, and you’ll soon be able to relax and exhale while enjoying all the new books and movies which will be forthcoming.
As a side-note, though there’s never an ideal time for a library to do as extensive a project as a Reclamation, it coincided well with the installation of DPL’s first-floor-wide carpet replacement – courtesy of the efforts of Senator Arthur Orr! Since we cataloguers weren’t able to catalogue, it meant all-hands-were-on-deck to help move shelving and shift and pack thousands of books in order to have this lovely new carpet installed while the library stayed open to serve you as best we could. Please come in soon to see how spiffy it looks, all the brighter under LED ceiling lights updated by the City of Decatur, and check out some enjoyable reads or movies for the holidays!
Thank you for your patience, and most of all, for your patronage. We would not be here without your support!


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Gauntlets

We would like to thank everyone who took the 4th Annual Adult Reading Challenge this year. Whether you tried to read every clue or just the ones that fit into your regular reading life- we appreciate your willingness to play the game. The Challenge officially ends December 1st at 5:00 pm, so please make sure to turn your Charters in before that. You may drop them off by StephRhonda’s office any time after Monday,  November 7th.  If we are not there when you drop off please remember to make sure your name and a phone number is printed on the Charter. (If we are not in our office you may push them under the door.) We will return Charters at the Christmas Open House (Thursday, December 8th) when the winners are announced or any regular office hours after that. We hope you enjoyed this year as much as we have!

The last two Gauntlets:

Read either Neil Gaiman or Catherine Coulter. Neil’s birthday is November 10th while Catherine’s is December 26th. Both writers are well represented in the DPL collection. Neil spans several genres including eBooks and books on CD. Catherine is mostly found in the fiction area, but is also well represented in eBooks and books on CD.


The second gauntlet is to read an Asian Author. For this category the author must be of Asian heritage, not just live in an Asian country.  A few examples are Qiu Xiaolong, Vaddey Ratner, Xinran and Jiang Rong.


Happy Reading!



StephRhonda’s November Schedule**
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday


1.
9-5:30

2.
9-2
3.
9-5:30
RoundTable
12-2
4.
9-5
5.
Not Available
6.
Not Available

7.
11-5:30
8.
9-5:30

9.
9-5:30
10.
12-6:30
Movie Night
11.
LIBRARY
CLOSED
12.
Not Available
13.
Not
Available

14.
10-3
15.
9-6

16.
9-4:30
17.
9-5:30
18.
9-5
19.
Not
Available
20.
Not Available

21.
9-5:30
22.
9-5:30
23.
9-5

24.
LIBRARY
CLOSED
25.
LIBRARY
CLOSED
26.
9-5
27.
2-5
28.
Not
Available
29.
Not
Available
30.
9-6:30







**This schedule is accurate as of 10/31/2016, but subject to change. If you have any questions or wish to make sure we will be available at a certain time, please contact us.
Phone: 256-353-2993 ext. 106

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Virtual Quilt Show

This entry is from Brenda Hagood.
This quilt was made by my Grandmother when I was a little girl. It was made from flour sacks and old clothes. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Virtual Quilt Show

This entry is from Brenda Hagood.
My Grandmother made this quilt for me sometime in the 70's. She called one day and said she had a surprise for me. When I got to her house she showed me this quilt and said "I just learned how to make this quilt and I want to give it to you."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Virtual Quilt Show

This entry is from Corkey Vann.
This quilt is hand pieced and quilted. It is mostly made from scraps given to me by a neighbor who has since passed away.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Virtual Quilt Show

This entry is from Kathy Retherford.
 My Grandmother made this quilt for me about 50 years ago. She was trying to make one for all of her granddaughters, but her her arthritis and failing eyesight prevented her from finishing the job. I have wonderful memories of time spent with my Grandmother and the quilt she made for me.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Virtual Quilt Show

This entry is from Rhonda Bolan.
I purchased this small quilt from the Gee's Bend Collective when Stephanie and I drove the ladies  home from their first visit to Decatur.This quilt was made by Lucy Witherspoon. She was one of  the four ladies who visited with us last year. When we were looking at all of the beautiful quilted items, I knew I wanted something done by one of the ladies we had gotten to know on the trip. This quilt had colors I liked and was very representative of Lucy's style. All of her quilts had a very soft puffy look that I liked.