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FinePrint Spring 2012

Volume 1 | Issue 1

Tech Connect

eBOOKmania PAGE 2

Kid’s Link

Planning for the future PAGE 3

Friends Corner

ILML 2012 PAGE 4

Funny Pages

Radio Daze PAGE 6

Appleton Public Library Friends of Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida | www.apl.org

COMMUNITY partnerships

one of our biggest priorities

This month’s Fine Print focuses on one of Appleton Public Library’s biggest priorities, our community partnerships. Libraries have a long history of cooperation and partnership and increasingly we find ourselves at the center of important initiatives due to our role as a central hub of gathering and information sharing. While some of these initiatives may not come as a surprise, I am sure that many will - as most people understand the parts of the library that they use on a regular basis but don’t realize the scope of other work we accomplish. Appleton is full of wonderful individuals and organizations dedicated to making our community better and APL is committed to developing these relationships and working together to create positive outcomes for the community. Throughout 2012 you will hear about our collaborations and in this newsletter you will learn more about just a couple of these endeavors!

Colleen Rortvedt Library Director


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EBooks in this collection work just the same way as print books: you check them out and they have a due date. Only one person can check out each copy of an eBook at a given time. Because this is a state-wide collection, the holds lists can get long. Locally, we will also be purchasing a collection of eBooks specifically for our region. These eBooks are purchased primarily to address long waits for titles.

Tasha Saecker Library Assistant Director

EBooks are definitely the next big thing in reading. Here at APL, we are working to make sure that you have the eBooks you want through your library. Kindle, Nook, iPad, no matter what device you use, the library has eBooks that you can read for free.

Our collection has eBooks both in print and audio formats. All it takes is a valid library card to access eBooks. In order to see our specific regional titles, you will need to log in to the OverDrive website: dbooks.wplc.info/.

Thanks to a partnership with public libraries across the state, APL has access to tens of thousands of titles. Via a new influx of money into the consortium from member libraries, the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium is building an even bigger and better collection for you to select from.

If you have an eBook reader and need help using it or accessing OverDrive, you can always register for a one-on-one class here at the library. To sign up, call our Reference Desk at 832-6173.

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Check yourself out... at the library.

Try our newly improved self-check system today! we promise it’ll be quick and painless

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Planning

We are encouraged by the large number of teachers who responded to our survey. We anticipate full implementation of changes by fall of 2012. We hope to see many more classroom visits to the Appleton Public Library in the future!

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Response to school teacher survey By:

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Ellen Jepson School Age Services Librarian

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The Children’s Services Section of the Library has hosted many school field trips to the library and we want to see even more. We sent out a brief survey to public and parochial school teachers asking them what keeps them from visiting the library and what they would like to see if they were to visit us.

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We had a great response from educators, and here is what we learned. We will be reviewing our school age programming, focusing on developing more curriculum driven field trips. We plan to rework our program brochures to include how visiting the library will incorporate state learning standards. We also want to clarify teachers’ options for trips. For example, students are not required to receive library cards or check out materials if the teacher chooses not to select this option. We wish to explore finding grants to help cover the transportation costs associated with field trips, and partner with other popular downtown field trip sites so that we can offer more activities associated with a day trip to downtown Appleton.

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Children's Book Talks Section Tour

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APL is collecting new hygiene and cleaning items for area shelters

March 1 - 25

for more info visit www.helpforthehomelesswi.org.

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes explores community issues from a first-person perspective. Based on the success of last year’s Anti-Bullying and Islam in the Fox Cities programs, this year APL partners with the City of Appleton’s Office of Diversity to learn first-hand about: immigration, veterans, homelessness, domestic violence and mental illness.

By: Jan Quinlan

Executive Director, Friends

North Shore Golf Club was packed on Sunday, February 12 with over 100 guests, corporate sponsors and dozens of tempting silent auction selections.

Thanks to all who supported the Friends of Appleton Public Library by purchasing tickets and donating. Check out the poster near the APL Info Desk for the full list of our supporters. Special thanks to event sponsors Chris and Evie Hartwig, The Boldt Company, RR Donnelly, Will and Ruth Bloedow and ThedaCare for their great support.

This year’s elegant event celebrated one of the reasons we love our library: the APL’s Community Partnerships. Highlighted throughout the evening were over 60 APL Community Partnerships and a special presentation to honor two programs.

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Prime Time Family Reading Program helps entire families experience the fun of reading together while sharing a nutrious meal. Prime Time partners with the FVTC’s Even Start Family Literacy, the Appleton Area School District, and Festival Foods - and is funded by the Basic Needs Partnership through the Community Foundation for the Fox River Valley Region.

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Gabriel Furniture Godfrey & Kahn Green Bay Packers Greg Bracken, Artist Heritage Hill State Park History Museum at the Castle Honey Baked Ham Company Jan & Dennis Quinlan Kathy Fenner, Artisan Ken Kuszynski, Artisan Kristin Hunger Kwik Trip Lawrence University Len Nagler, Artist Marie Kuszynski, Artisan Massage Connection Mayor Tim Hanna Michele Missner, Artist

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Milly Kuszynski, Artisan Money Saver Muncheez Pizza Olive Cellar Paul & Dave Willems Phil Sealy, Artist Picture This Gallery The Post Crescent Radisson Paper Valley Stone Cellar Brewpub Super Bowl Van Vreedes White Heron Corale Wild Bird & Backyard Willems Marketing Wilmar Chocolates WI Timber Rattlers YMCA of the Fox Cities

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Check out a few of the books recommended by our staff below! To see full reviews or more recommendations visit our Staff Picks blogs at: http://aplstaffpicks.blogspot.com/ and http://aplstaffpicksforkids.blogspot.com/.

More Than You Know Beth Gutcheon Lee Krasner: A Biography Gail Levin

All Clear Connie Willis

The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cook Book Editors at America’s Test Kitchen

Up and Down Oliver Jeffers

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook look at Abraham & Mary Candace Fleming

A Is For All Aboard! Paula Kluth & Victoria Kluth The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon Carla McClafferty APL Fine Print

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Radio By: Dan Beauvillia Library Assistant What is RFID? Radio Frequency Identification uses radio waves to check out and sort library books while keeping up with Lady Gaga on your favorite AM station. How does it work? Lady Gaga records a song. Then she picks an absurd outfit— No, the books. In the old system, the computer scanner “read” the barcode. With the new system, the computer picks up the radio signal—no reading required. We can now use illiterate computers! Are these waves dangerous? Not unless your tooth fillings pick up radio signals. This problem, known at the Gilligan Effect, occurs in one of seven castaways. You’ll know it’s happened if you receive an overdue notice for your upper bicuspid. What about check-in? Each returned item moves along a conveyor belt, like the one Lucy worked at the candy factory. Then what? Lucy couldn’t keep up and began to eat the candies— At the library. They don’t eat anything at the library. Though loaded with fiber, books are difficult to digest. Especially those by Nicholas Sparks. What about the books on the conveyor belt? Radio signals push them into bins. Children’s books are thrust into the Children’s Bin. Nonfiction book are shoved into the Nonfiction Bin. Oprah Winfrey Book Club selections are drop-kicked into the Morass of Unrelenting Despair from Which No Hope Can Survive Bin. It’s quite amazing. Then what? The library staff, who look nothing like Lucy, shelve the books. Then it’s off to the Babaloo Club for dancing with Ricky.

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What’s Appleton Reading?

spring edition

the top 5 most sought after books at APL

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Explosive Eighteen Janet Evanovich

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The Drop Michael Connelly

Kill Alex Cross James Patterson

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Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson

Home Front Kristin Hannah

“V” is for Vengeance Sue Grafton

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A Train in Winter Caroline Moorehead

Killing Lincoln Bill O’Reilly

Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand

I Got This Jennifer Hudson

Interested in one of these books? Call 832.6177 to place your hold today! APL Fine Print

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Library Hours

School Year | Labor Day - Memorial Day Monday | 9a - 9p Tuesday | 9a - 9p Wednesday | 9a - 9p Thursday | 9a - 9p Friday | 9a - 6p Saturday | 9a - 5p

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Sunday | 1p - 5p

We’re expanding our services.

MARCH 1 patrons will be able to sign up for

Upcoming Closures

library cards

Sunday | April 8

at every library desk.

Monday | May 28

and use the self-checks

Sunday | May 27

Appleton Public Library Friends of Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida | www.apl.org


Spring 2012 Newsletter