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Library Happenings – Story*Book Fair to promote literacy (April 8, 2015 issue)

I have loved listening to stories since I was a small child. Fairy tales and fables, Bible stories, and tales about life in the “olden days” were my childhood favorites. I still enjoy listening to stories, so I plan to be in the audience when Wenny Elrod and Sally Jackson from the Story*Book Fair come to the library for our children’s story time on Wednesday, April 8.
From noon to 1 p.m., these two gifted tellers will present a spring-themed program of fables and animal tales before the backdrop of a beautifully painted six-foot tall storybook. Please come and bring your children or grandchildren for this special event.
The Story*Book Fair seeks to promote literacy for every age group through storytelling, books and the arts. Their mission dovetails neatly with ours, so we are looking forward to participating in the Second Annual Story*Book Fair along with several other libraries in our region. The event will be held in Elizabethton on May 2. We hope you’ll join us then, as well as today.
Audio Books
Since the days of Scheherazade are—thankfully–long past, few of us have a storyteller at our beck and call. I suppose the next best thing is an audio book. In most audio recordings, the person who is reading the book has acting credentials and a voice that ideally suits the material. In a few cases, there is a small cast of talented performers who bring the words to life.
Perhaps best of all, the medium is portable. An audio book can go with you to work, the beach or grandma’s house or stay at home to keep you company while you do housework. There is no wonder our patrons love them. If you have not checked our collection lately, you may be surprised by the new titles at the top of the shelves.
Placing Holds
The word is out. It appears that most of you are aware that you currently are not able to place holds though our online library catalog. Nevertheless, any holds that you initiated before the deadline on March 29 will still be fulfilled. After the migration to our new integrated library system is complete in mid-May, you once again will be able to place holds through our new and improved online catalog.
In the meantime, if there is a book or DVD in our collection that you would like to place on reserve, give us a call at 743-6533 and we will take your request with pen and paper. This is the little step backward we will take before the great leap forward to our new integrated library system in May. We can hardly wait, and we hope you will like our new interface as much as we anticipate you will.