Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Are you thinking about getting back into the workplace or perhaps upgrading to a more challenging job? If so, you are undoubtedly aware that technology changes quickly, and job seekers must adapt their skills to meet the times.
Why not go to that interview reassured that your computer skills are up-to-date? Bernardsville Public Library has your needs in mind. We have been offering free computer classes for a number of years and want to encourage you to attend them. The classes are taught on laptops in the library's Community Room by staff member Karen Vaias, and you will get the attention you deserve because class sizes are small.
Karen's classes fall into two categories: Build Up Your Computer Skills, which provides basic computer instruction, and Polish Your Microsoft Office Skills, which covers programs such as Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Please consult the library's Web site for more information. Once there, click on the picure of the computer mouse and the words "Help for New Computer Users." To reserve your spot at one of these classes, come to the circulation desk to sign up and please be prepared to leave a deposit of $5 for each class. Your deposit will be returned to you once you attend the class.
You may also sign up for free, individual computer classes with volunteer instructors who will walk you through your particular area of need or interest. These classes are held in the library as well and require a sign-up, too. Stop by the circulation desk to make an appointment. Classes run one hour in length. Best of all, you do NOT need to have a library card to take advantage of these wonderful career and life-enhancing classes.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Skip's review of the book follows below:
As a dog I rarely read books about cats, but I know about libraries because my mom works at one. When I saw the cat on the cover, I wanted to gnaw on it. I changed my mind and decided to peek at it since I figured there was no way a cat could really change the world. I have to say, I am not fond of cats. After reading Dewey, I have a new respect for the cat and his book.
You see, poor Dewey was abandoned in a cold book return at a library in a small town in Iowa during the 1980’s. He nearly froze to death, but was found by the nice librarians who worked there before that happened (Librarians are nice people.) After thawing him out, they decided to keep him. A cat in the library? Well evidently, this was not as unusual as you might think. There is actually historical evidence for cats in libraries which astounds me as I think dogs would be so much nicer. You can read about that in the book.
The author, who was the library’s director, tells lots of anecdotes that cat lovers will really enjoy. Dogs won’t appreciate them too much, but people who like libraries will find Dewey’s life story intriguing even if they don’t care much for cats. Libraries can be quite fun places to be, and this library in Iowa was no exception. While the author tells about Dewey’s life in the library, she also recounts how the cat and the library impacted the community during a bad economic period in the town. This makes it a timely book for you humans.
I liked this book because it shows how great animals (including cats) are and how good they are for people of all ages. Maybe after you read this book you will want to have a cat in your library. Or even better, a dog in the library.
Margaret Harvey’s best dog
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Today is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. To celebrate this occasion and to note his presidency, Bernardsville Public Library has installed a new book display in its lobby. Included in this broad assortment of items are biographies, book recordings, and histories about Abraham Lincoln which have been selected for children, young adult, and adult readers. Shown below are some of the books currently on display. Please pause to look through them as you enter the library, and please feel free to check out any of these books from the display.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Are you on the lookout for great stories with animal subjects? Have you considered getting a pet recently? Do you take comfort in the company of animal friends?
photo source - Bernardsville Public Library
Look no further than the circulation desk at Bernardsville Public Library where a new bookmark has been added to our very own collection of original bookmarks. This one is entitled Creature Comforts and offers a list of current and older book titles with great animal characters. Included among these titles are books for both adults and children alike. On the other side of the bookmark are some suggested readings for animal care and breed information. Learn how to care for your pets. Loving them is easy!