[Photo courtesy of Adam Arseneau on flickr]
Thorndyke here! Hope you are having a fantastic summer! I sure am with all of you coming in to say hello! In fact, a whopping 3,286 of you have signed up for summer reading. Good job!
Well, last time I wrote I gave you a hint as to where LB was headed next. Did you guess? Have you been waiting with bated breath? Well, it's time to reveal the answer. LB went to Canada! Wow! He sure gets lots of stamps in his passport!
He started out in Niagara Falls. This town is famous for it's really big waterfalls! Did you know that there is an American falls and a Canadian one there? You can even ride in a boat right up to the falls, but LB didn't do that, because the humidity does a number on his fur. He'd look like a big brown puffball. A long time ago, daredevils used to try to ride down the waterfalls in barrels. Today, the waterfalls are used to generate electricity. Pretty cool! There are other fun things to do in Niagara Falls too, like the Skylon Tower and the Butterfly House.
Next, LB went to Toronto, Ontario, where there is another really cool tall tower! The CN Tower is 1,815 ft, 5 inches tall, making it the tallest tower in the world! Woah! That's way taller than me. At the top there are glass floors that you can stand on, and then it looks like you are floating way up in the sky. LB is really brave. He took a nap up there on that floor! Next door to the CN Tower is the Rogers Centre. That's where the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball. The Blue Jays weren't there that day, but LB still got a tour. And then he ended the day at the harbour where there are some really tall boats! Everything is big in Canada it seems!
LB sure had fun! Remember, you can always see all of LB's pictures on the library Flickr account (and maybe you'll even see pictures of YOU!). LB's off on another adventure next week. Do you want your hint? He's got quite an itinerary, but one of the cities he's visiting is the home of another famous baseball team and the home of some pretty important people in our country's history. Good luck guessing! Until next time...
Program Date: August 3 from 11:00-11:30AM or 1:00-1:30PM or 3:00-3:30PM or 7:00-7:30PM
Amy & Roger's epic detour by Morgan Matson
The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter
Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
Program Date: July 28, 7:00-8:30PM
Program Date: July 19, 1:00-3:00PM
- The blueberry muffin is the most popular muffin in the United States
- The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey
- A single bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries a year
- There are only three commercial fruits native to North America: blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes
With our budget cuts due to the recession — we've cut nearly 20%, or $1.2 million, from our budget since 2008 — we have held nearly all vacant positions open to save money. With fewer people working, but ever-increasing demand for materials (we hit a record of 2 million checkouts in 2009), we have struggled to keep up with all of the work that needs to be done. Many of you have experienced this when you return an item to the library and it takes us a day to clear your record. After holiday closures, it was not uncommon for us to need several days to catch up with all of the returns. We are only human, and simply reached a breaking point where our manual processes could not keep up.
Realizing that we were overwhelmed, a team of library staff who know and do the work examined how we do things and made suggestions for improvement. One of their suggestions was to install an automated checkin and sorting system (the conveyor system we are using is the same as/similar to conveyor and sorting systems used by UPS, USPS, Netflix, and Wal-Mart) that would let us devote more staff time to shelving and other patron services, such as retrieving and processing holds. These suggestions coincided with our need to upgrade our RFID inventory system, and last year we began the work of retagging all of our 300,000 materials with new RFID tags, eliminating nearly all of the locking cases that so many of you hated, and six months ago we launched new checkout, self-checkout, and processing equipment.
This past spring, our Copy Center services were distributed to other areas of the library, and the room converted for the new Sorting Room. New outside and inside return slots were installed, which feed directly into that space. The sorting system arrived this week, and today's launch of our new Sorting Room marks the end of this long journey. The majority of returns will be checked in and removed from your record automatically and pre-sorted into categories (bins). This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves. This, along with the other improvements made and suggested by our staff, means your library card record is more accurate, we will make fewer errors, and you'll see faster turn-around of items to the hold shelf or their home shelf location.
Check out our video for a demonstration, or stop by during our regular hours to look through the glass doors and see the sorting system in action.
These improvements were funded through the library's savings account and the generous donations of the Friends of the Library. We still have some kinks to work out — nicer signage for the new outside return slot, for example, among other things — and I thank you for your support, patience, and good humor while we work on fine-tuning our new system.
Eva M. Davis, Director
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Here's your chance to log-in on William Shatner because the William Shatner Blogathon takes off on July 5.
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
The rules are simple: Blog about William Shatner. Doesn't matter what you blog about; anything that bears the golden touch of the Shatman is fair game.