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National Library Week comes to Putnam County

Monday, April 11, 2011

This week, the Putnam County Public Library will be celebrating National Library Week along with the rest of the country.

As a part of that celebration, the library will be giving prizes away each day from Monday to Friday for using a library card to check out materials. Library patrons will be entered in prize raffles just by using their library cards.

As a part of National Library Week, PCPL Director Alice Greenburg talked about some of the services the library offers that people may not be aware of.

"Our local history and genealogy room, the Cyril Johnson Room has a lot of hidden treasures," Greenburg said. "Pretty much anything dealing with Putnam County History, families, they have ancestral charts, they have a lot of different information about families. It's something that people probably are not aware of."

Related to the genealogy services the library offers are web related services.

"The local history and genealogy department has its own page," Greenburg said. "It has entered a lot of data so far and is continuing to enter data from our collections.

"What photographs we have, what information about families we have is available there," She said. "People can search a family and see if we have information and decide if they want to come in or not. We have a lot of people come from out of town and out of state. Once they find out that we have information about their family then they come in."

Greenburg said information about local cemeteries was contained within the collection, such as who is buried where. There are also obituary records.

The library will be giving away a Karito Kids doll and book, an autographed copy of "The Land of Mango Sunsets" by Dorothea Benton Frank, a copy of "Cathy's Ring" by Stewart, Weisman and Brigg and other prizes.

Greenburg said she wasn't sure if people were aware of the multimedia tools available at the library.

"A lot of times people don't know that we have DVDs and movies, which seems so basic to us since we've had them so long," Greenburg said.

She also said the library has books on CD as well as mp3 players loaded with a reading of one book on them.

Greenburg also identified the bookmobile as something people may not know about.

"It's a bus that has a collection of about 3,000 items that travels to neighborhood stops at schools, assisted living and nursing home facilities throughout the county, day cares and pre schools. There are a number of neighborhood stops that anyone can go to in Cloverdale, Bainbridge and Heritage Lake," she said.

To go along with awareness of the library, this Wednesday is National Bookmobile Day. There will also be a National Library Workers Day on Tuesday to recognize all of the people who make the library go and Thursday will be Support Teen Literature Day.

Thursday will also have a reading by Pam Smith of Kindermusik from the book "Sitting Down to Eat."

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I am very glad the bookmobile still goes out to different locations. I remember when it came to Clinton Center School when I attended there in the 1950's and 1960's. It was the highlight of my week. No doubt it helped me to develop a love of reading.

-- Posted by MLHazelrigg on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 7:08 PM

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