March 8, 2007
Metheringham Library News
Welcome to the first Library News of 2007. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and send our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2007. I hope you made (and kept!) lots of New Year resolutions – one of which might be to come along for yourself and see what we’re all about? Nationally issue figures are falling and Libraries, particularly lesser used ones, are in danger of becoming extinct so if you want YOUR local library to stay open, come along and use it! You will be assured of a warm welcome and we really don’t all wear twin sets and pearls, sensible shoes and half moon glasses!! In addition, as you will be aware, if you happen to venture in on either the first or third Friday of the month, between 2.15 and 2.45pm during our “lively” (noisy!!) storytime sessions, we don’t expect our borrowers to be quiet either!!
One of our most popular initiatives is the E-Citizen computer course, run jointly with Lincoln College. The latest course is due to start on 1st March so our new students will be getting familiar with the joys of the worldwide web, learning how to shop on line and the wonders of chat rooms! These courses, along with the CLAIT courses which many of you took previously, have been so successful that Metheringham must surely be one of the most computer-literate villages around! We are hoping to be able to offer the ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) course in September. This, again, is a fully recognized course leading to a qualification. In order to be able to take this course, it is advisable to have at least a basic level of computer knowledge as it is a more advanced course, consisting of 8 modules and taken over3 hours per week for 36 weeks. At the moment all our courses are free of charge and open to anyone, whether a Library member or not. For further information or to register your interest in joining one of these courses, either call in and ask at the Library or contact Hilary Steer at the College on 01522 876258 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Book news – we have two new promotions running at the moment – if you are a Richard and Judy fan you can follow the progress of their now famous Book Club competition by reading the shortlisted books. We have copies of all 8 books nominated in the Library so read along and send in your vote.
The second promotion we are running is called “Readers Recommend” In front of the counter we have a dump bin containing books which other readers have recommended as being a good read. We know that the books on the returns trolley are always more exciting than the ones on the shelf so this is a quick way of finding the right book for you. Basically if you have read a really good book recently, particularly if it’s by a new or fairly unknown author, tell us about it and let other readers discover it for themselves
Readers Group is still thriving but is always pleased to see new faces. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, at the Star and Garter pub at 7.30pm We are a friendly, if noisy, group who share a love of reading (and gossip!) so come along and join us! A review of the last book we read, kindly penned by one of our members (thanks Jayne!) can be found later in this edition
Community Outreach Officer