We hope you enjoy these updates from the Friends of the Round Valley Public Library!
September 11, 2013, Issue #5 Ed TePas
Rachel, the Face of Round Valley
It's true. For many a newcomer to our lovely valley, Rachel is the first person they talk to. If you have not met her you should drop in to our lovely library and she will give you her undivided attention. Her calm helpful demeanor fits nicely with the quiet atmosphere we like to see in a library. In this newsletter we are giving Rachel free rein to give her viewpoint on how our library is getting better all the time. What follows is her own words. Here I would like to thank Emily Ellickson-Brown for her lending her skills regarding MailChimp to me so that I can put these newsletters together. e.t.
From the Library Desk
by Rachel Borum
This is the first year with the benefits from Measure A. Patrons are able to see how this has affected our branch by all the new releases coming in each month. We had a $10,000 book budget this year thanks to measure A and the Friends contributing to our increasing budget. Our two part-time staff members have been a great help with the workload that comes with an increased budget. Pat Sobrero is setting up the Seed Library, a collection of seed that will be stored in the old card catalogs in the library, available for patrons’ access. The library is literally growing! Library staff will continue to integrate our existing collection into the automated Horizon system that is centered in Sonoma County. Before the year is up I presume we will be completely automated with the electronic card catalog reflecting that which is available on our shelves and at other branches.
Within the next few months we will offer an additional story hour. The purpose is to meet the needs of children of different ages and their families. Toddlers will enjoy an array of finger plays, songs, movement games, and stories, while the older children will listen to books read aloud, puppet shows, songs, and crafts.
KYBU Round Valley Community Radio (96.9FM) airs our Round Valley Public Library Children’s Song and Story Hour every Saturday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Every week we have songs read aloud by local children and adults, seasonally themed international songs, and a list of recommended reading. Most of the music and books on the program can be requested from our catalog with a library card. Here is a list of themes for the song and story hour sponsored by Mendocino County Library: Fall, African American History Month, Family, Travel, Native American Heritage, Music, Home, Food and Nutrition, Change, School and ABCs, Giving Thanks and Helping Others, Animals, Months and Seasons, Ocean, Winter, Spring, Friends, Earth Day, Library Lovers, Math and Astronomy, Cinco de Mayo, Young Children, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.
Ongoing Programs at the Library
We are now open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are closed Sunday and Monday. Internet access is still available 24 hours per day.
Within the Library Commons, the Friends of the Round Valley Public Library provide an amazing array of resources to our community, in addition to what the library offers. You can schedule the Community Room for events, visit the coffee shop, or perhaps start a cooperative meal-planning group in the new kitchen. Contact Isabelle LeMieux at (415) 299-3443 for details.
A Seed Lending Program at Round Valley Public Library
What is a seed library? It is a central place where seeds are stored and shared with local gardeners. People will be able to “check out” seed, plant it in their gardens to grow delicious, nutritious veggies, allow a portion of their crops to go to seed, then collect some of that seed to return to the library.
We’ll be offering classes in seed saving because there are certain steps that need to be taken to insure that the seed a gardener returns to the library will produce the exact same variety of plant it came from. Some plants are easy to grow for seed, some are more challenging.
The benefits of a seed library include preserving genetic diversity and protecting heirloom varieties of food crops, growing seed that has adapted to thrive in our unique soils and climate, educating ourselves on how to save seed so we aren’t entirely dependent on others for food, and increasing access to seed for everyone.
Thank you to Round Valley’s very own Sustainable Seed Company
for donating seed to get us started.
Please listen to the KYBU
, find us on Facebook
, and check local bulletin boards for more information. We’re looking forward to seeing you at one of our orientations.
The Sustainability Movie Series -- A Year at the Movies
In April, the Sustainability Movie Series celebrated its one-year anniversary. Thank you Round Valley, for making the series such a success. We’ve screened a film each month on a wide range of topics, from the science of happiness to surviving peak oil, from alternative money systems to climate change. Through your donations we’ve been able to cover the cost of the films and purchase 53 books on sustainable living for the library collection.
We show movies the second Friday of each month. We’re currently scheduling an encore matinee the following Sunday afternoon, as well. Check the “coming soon” movie posters in the community room windows. See you at the movies!