NEWSLETTER OF SHEPPARD MEMORIAL LIBRARY Vol. XXVIII No. 11 STATISTICALLY SPEAKING Circulation for December 2008 totaled 37,167 items, an 18.78% increase over the same month of 2007. This was the busiest December in history in terms of total circulation. Last December was the previous record. The Bookmark January 2009 PROPOSED FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BYLAWS REVISION The following proposed amendment to the Friends of the Sheppard Memorial Library Bylaws will be voted on at the Friends annual meeting, 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 16, 2009. The meeting will be held in the Elizabeth H. Copeland Board Room of the main library. Add the following membership category: “Lifetime Member – $1000 and above donation to the Sheppard Memorial Library Endowment Fund.” NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS FROM LIBRARY DIRECTOR WILLIE NELMS One of the things I do as director of the library is sign all of the thank-you letters that go out to our Friends of the Library when we add new members or when memberships are renewed. I just finished signing about 100 membership renewals. I always enjoy doing this because I see many of the same names year after year and get to personalize the salutation for the many folks I know. When you have been at this as long as I have, you know quite a few. I am always heartened by the many people who renew their membership and support our library year after year. Many of these people have become personal friends as well as Friends of the Library, and one of the nice parts of my job is that I get to acknowledge their support. It also highlights the fact that public libraries are creations of local communities and are such an integral part of our lives. PROPOSED OFFICERS FOR THE FRIENDS OF SHEPPARD MEMORIAL LIBRARY Election of officers will take place at the annual meeting of the Friends, Monday, February 16, 2009, at 5:30 p.m., in the Elizabeth H. Copeland Board Room at the main library. The following slate of Friends officers has been nominated for 2009. President, Chris Ulffers Vice President, Mary Anne Pennington Secretary, Gerry Case Treasurer, Tony Parker 2009 FRIENDS USED BOOK SALE The Friends of the Sheppard Memorial Library cordially invite you to its 18th annual used book sale on February 6, 7, and 8 at the Greenville Convention Center. We offer a wide selection of titles along with hundreds of record albums, including some 45s from the 1980s, CDs, DVDs, and audio and video tapes. Admission is free on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The preview sale* on Thursday, February 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., is open to members of the Friends of the Sheppard Memorial Library. Memberships may be purchased at the door. The Sheppard Memorial Library Public Library Quiz Bowl will be held Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. in Meeting Room A of the main library 530 Evans Street, Greenville Participating high school teams: Ayden-Grifton D.H. Conley North Pitt J.H. Rose South Central For more information, call the library at 329-4376. Sale Times: Friday, February 6 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, February 8 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Bag Day—$5 per paper grocery bag of books) *NOTE: Preview sale limit of 20 items, not to exceed a total value of $40. Individual memberships admit ONE person to the preview sale. All other memberships allow TWO people to enter the preview sale. The Friends of the Sheppard Memorial Library annual membership drive is now underway. Visit one of our library facilities and join today! Staff Birthdays Thaddeus Best - January 26 Sharon Vaughn - January 30 Valeria Hoffman - February 4 Valerie Hill-Spell - February 16 Holiday Closing Monday, January 19 IN DEMAND The following books have been among those most in demand at the main library during the past month. DIVINE JUSTICE by David Baldacci THE BRASS VERDICT by Michael Connelly SCARPETTA by Patricia Cornwell THE GATE HOUSE by Nelson DeMille TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer CROSS COUNTRY by James Patterson Programs in the Children’s Library Toddler Story Hour 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. (children ages 18 months - 3 years) Preschool Story Hour Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. (children ages 3-5) Bedtime Story Hour Thursday, January 29, at 7:00 p.m. (families with children up to age 10) EAST BRANCH LIBRARY Preschool story hour resumed on Tuesday, January 13, at 10:30 a.m. Many favorite children's novels are now available on compact disc. ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, HARRIET THE SPY, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE SECRET GARDEN, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, and the Harry Potter series may be borrowed in that format. Adult patrons are requesting DEWEY: A SMALLTOWN LIBRARY CAT WHO TOUCHED THE WORLD by Vicki Myron, THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. CARVER BRANCH LIBRARY Story hour has resumed on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. for children ages three through five. A special story hour program honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Thursday, January 15. We will share his life and some of the principles he stood for with the preschoolers. The public is invited to attend our annual AfricanAmerican Heritage Quiz Bowl at the Carver Branch Library on Saturday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. The quiz bowl is open to any afterschool, church, or children’s civic group. Participants must be enrolled in a K-12 school and be nine to eighteen years of age. For more information, call 329-4583. State and federal tax forms for 2008 are available at the main library and the branches. WINTERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY Join us on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for preschool/toddler story time. We are concluding programs about animals outside in winter and mice that come inside for winter. Easy crafts add some spice to the stories and songs. Adult patrons have been requesting THE PRIVATE PATIENT by P.D. James, JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King, and WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES by David Sedaris. BLOUNT (BETHEL) LIBRARY Special programs for school groups may be arranged by calling 825-0782. The program can be at the school or at the library. Popular books among adult patrons include DIVINE JUSTICE by David Baldacci, YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME by Dean Koontz, and THE LUCKY ONE by Nicholas Sparks.