Thursday, February 19, 2015

Where Is That Book?


Pipestone County Star  - 02-26-2015

So there’s a particular non-fiction book you want to find and coming to the library seems so overwhelming.  There are a LOT of books in non-fiction and they’re not organized in alphabetical order.  Turns out, there’s three choices for libraries to select from when shelving the non-fiction collection: the Dewey Decimal system, the Library of Congress system, and BISAC, which is mainly used in retail.

Dewey Decimal System:
This is how Meinders Library organizes their non-fiction.  The Dewey Decimal System is relatively easy to understand, but not completely logical.  It uses numbers from 001 to 999, with up to four decimal places (so 001.0001 to 999.9999).  001 starts off with computers and the internet, and 990 is the section for the History of Other Regions, namely Australia.  We have basic guides that we would be happy to give any patron who asked and all our endcaps are marked with the numbers corresponding to those shelves.  The more you use it, the more numbers you can remember: 921 is biography, 811 is poetry, 636.1 is horse books, etc.

Library of Congress:
Government entities and many academic libraries use the system developed by the Library of Congress.  The system relies on using most of the letters of the alphabet to designate basic subject areas.  Within each of those subject areas are sub-categories indicated by another letter, then a series of numbers to place that book in its exact location. SB423.T46 1965 is a book titled Goldfish Pools, Water-lilies, and Tropical Fishes.  S = Agriculture, B=Plant Culture, 423 indicates the class of plants.  If you search the Library of Congress catalogue, anything that begins SB423 is about ponds and their foliage.  T46 places the book into order with all the other books in that category (extremely confusing – check out Wikipedia “Library of Congress Classification” for an entire list of their subject headings).

BISAC:
Do you find it easy to search for a book at Barnes and Noble?  They use BISAC for their organization.   BISAC stands for Book Industry Standards and Communication.   There are fifty categories for non-fiction, ranging from Antiques and Collectibles to True Crime.  There are sections for drama, poetry, pets, education, self-help, etc.   Within each of those categories, books are arranged alphabetically by author.  Rather than having numbers on the spine, they have a listed section.

Some libraries have already done away with the top two methods of organization in favor of BISAC, including another joint-use (city, county, and school) library in Maricopa County, Arizona and the McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin.

As much as I love the idea of BISAC, Plum Creek requires that we use the Dewey Decimal system in our library.  Do you think it’s easier or harder to find books that way?  Feel free to weigh in on Facebook or Twitter using #bisacvsdewey. 

NOTE: If this article looks familiar, you might have read it before.  The majority of this article was published 05-24-2012 in the Pipestone County Star. As Stephanie is recovering from knee surgery, she is recycling a few articles for the month of March.  She begs forgiveness.

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.


PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The summer hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, Friday from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Saturday from 10AM to Noon.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.



That Darned Dewey


Pipestone County Star – 03-12-2015

To continue the article from last week about the various ways to organize non-fiction, here is a handy guide to searching for books in the Dewey Decimal System.

Dewey Decimal uses a series of numbers from 0 -999.99 to organize books into similar subjects.  Inside the number values, the books are organized by author’s last name.

000 – 099.99 Information: At the beginning of the numbers, you will find books on computers, library science, books of facts (Guinness World Record books are very popular here!) , journalism and the media, quotation books, and any rare books.  We don’t have rare books and manuscripts at the Pipestone Library, but other libraries in bigger communities might have some.

100 – 199.99 Philosophy and Psychology: These numbers contain philosophy, metaphysics, astrology and the occult, psychology, logic, and ethics – all the things for light summer reading, right?  I know, I know…very few people actually want anything out of this section, but some of the material in there is really fun.

200 – 299.99 Religion: Here we get a little more interesting.  Religion, religious theory, Bibles (found in the 220s), the history and organization of the Christian church, and all other religious denominations can be found in these numbers.  Spiritual counseling also falls into this area, as well as the other holy books from other religions.

300 – 399.99 Social Sciences: Anthropology (my major in college) is found here, as well as statistics, political science, economics, law, public administration and military science, education, commerce, etiquette, and folklore.  Some great stuff if you enjoy thinking while you read (sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t!).

400 – 499.99 Language: Language and linguistics make up the 400s.  English and Old English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and many others are found in this section, both learning to speak those languages and books written in those languages.

500 – 599.99 Science:  Just what you were waiting for, right?? Science, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, fossils (DINOSAURS!!) biology, plants, and animals are all found in this area.  Kids LOVE these books, especially the dinosaurs and animals.  Plant and bird lovers are BOUND to find something that excites them, as well as gardeners.

600 – 699.99 Technology: Medical science, technology, engineering, agriculture, home and family management, business, chemical engineering, and building and construction are found here.  If you have a remodeling project or are keen on reorganizing your home, this is the place for you.  Cookbooks are also found here (641.5).

700 – 799.99 Arts and Recreation: Landscaping, architecture, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, graphic arts, photography, music and sports are all found in the 700s.  Comic collections (Calvin and Hobbes, the Far Side, for example) are in the 740s and sports and game occupy the 790s.  Young and old sports fans alike will find things to make them happy, as will anyone working on a major outside renovation!

800 – 899.99 Literature: When you want to find the classics, look no further.  The 800s hold American literature, rhetoric, Old English literature (Shakespeare), classic and modern Greek literature (the plays), and poetry.  Literature in other languages such as French and Italian is also found here – some beautiful reading if you have the patience for it.

900 – 999.99 History and Geography: Really, what is more fun than history?  Geography, travel guides, biographies, genealogy, and the history of the world are found in the 900s. The biographies are my favorite, but if you are interested in the history and customs of other countries, this is the section for you.

And there you have it – an easy cheat sheet for searching the non-fiction.  Of course, there will always be books that are placed where it makes no sense, nothing is ever perfect.  And, as always, the librarians are happy to help you!  Come by and see us.

NOTE: If this article looks familiar, you might have read it before.  The majority of this article was published 07-04-2013 in the Pipestone County Star. As Stephanie is recovering from knee surgery, she is recycling a few articles for the month of March.  She begs forgiveness.

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.

PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Saturday from 10AM to Noon.  Summer hours are in effect from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day Weekend.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


History of Public Libraries

Pipestone County Star – 03-26-2015

There are many different kinds of libraries: public libraries, research/research libraries, subscription libraries, and medical libraries just to name a few.  So what makes a library a public library?  A public library must be a non-profit organization, supported with public funds and intended for use by the public, hence the name.   The collections are broad and not as specific as most other kinds of libraries, like medical or academic libraries.

The first libraries were probably the collections of Greek and Latin scrolls that were available in the dry sections of the massive baths during the time of the Roman Empire.  These were not lending libraries though, which doesn’t qualify them as public, much like the Great Library of Alexandria, in Egypt.  The Great Library was the first of its kind to go outside of the country for materials and the collection was probably massive, encompassing materials from all over the world, many of which were copied from books and scrolls that came in on trade ships through the Alexandria Harbor.  While they may have loaned materials to the Pharaoh and the Royal Family, they certainly would not have loaned things out to the populace.  The massive European university libraries were impressive with their collections, but only scholars were allowed in.  No chance of getting a library card if you were an ordinary guy off the street.

The first PUBLIC libraries were founded in England in the early 1600s, most of them town libraries.  One library in particular, Chetham’s Library in Manchester, was the largest library to be open freely to the public.  It opened its doors in 1653 and is still open and public today. 

In the United States, there are several towns in the east that claim the title of the first Public Library.  All were founded and opened for public use in the early to mid-1800s.  Many of them began as parish libraries in churches, available to their parishioners and whoever else chose to visit.  The Earl of Ballamont opened a small library in Manhattan around 1700 and that small library would be destined to become the New York Public Library, one of the most esteemed libraries in the country.

Public libraries were appreciated and definitely used, but they didn’t get a big boost in their attendance and recognition until around the turn of the 20th century, when Andrew Carnegie donated over $60 million in order to build nearly 3,000 public libraries (one of which is here in Pipestone).  Libraries have started with wills and benefactors before, but never with the scope that Carnegie managed it.  His vision of libraries was that they would “bring books and information to all peoples.” 

Canada, Mexico, Poland, Italy, and Australia all had their own public libraries develop, around the same time as the libraries in England and the United States.  Since that development, there have been public libraries opened in nearly every country in the world, for the benefit of the population.

NOTE: If this article looks familiar, you might have read it before.  The majority of this article was published 04-15-2010 in the Pipestone County Star. As Stephanie is recovering from knee surgery, she is recycling a few articles for the month of March.  She begs forgiveness.

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.


PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!


If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Matters of the Heart


Pipestone County Star - 02-12-2015

It’s February, the month that means dozens of roses, boxes and boxes of chocolates, frilly lacy cards, hearts, diamond rings (if you’re lucky) and all sorts of other things that symbolize love and romance.  So what better way to celebrate that to read a little romance for yourself!

There are just the classic sorts of romance novels by authors like Danielle Steel, Lisa Kleypas, and Nora Roberts, but there are also romances that fall in other categories, such as historical, paranormal, Christian, and mystery.  Here are a few other genres to try if you feel the need.

Rule of Scoundrels series, Sarah MacLean – Historical Romance
A Rogue By Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, and Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover are the four books in this Regency era romance series.  The men and women involved frequently find themselves at a gambling hall in London called The Fallen Angel and they certainly seem to be just that.  The stories are engaging and very saucy, with strong female characters and good plotlines.  A very enjoyable read for the romantically inclined.

Broken Heart series, Michelle Bardsley – Paranormal Romance
I’m the Vampire, That’s Why, Don’t Talk Back to Your Vampire, Because Your Vampire Said So, and Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home are the first four (of 11) books in the Broken Heart series.  By some crazy quirk of fate, all the single parents in Broken Heart, Oklahoma, have become supernatural creatures.  Not just vampires, but werewolves, half-demons, and other things that go bump in the night (catch my sexy pun there?).  If you enjoy paranormal fiction, this series is for you! Fun characters, crazy situations, and you can’t really go wrong with vampires.

Seasons of the Heart, Jeanette Oke – Christian Romance
Once Upon A Summer, The Winds of Autumn, Winter is Not Forever, and Spring’s Gentle Promise are the four books that make up this series (sometimes found in one volume).  While this could be historical romance since it takes place in the earlier 1900s, the main character also grows in his faith journey throughout the story, which follows him from childhood into adulthood.  Christian romance readers will really love these books and Joshua Jones is a very warm character.

Best Kept Secrets, Sandra Brown – Mystery Romance
Alexandra Gaither’s mother died a scandalous death twenty-five years ago and Alexandra finally has the power to really examine the case and bring those involved to justice.  As Alexandra investigates her mother’s former lover, his best friend, and a father figure to them both, she will find a lot of secrets, some of which she might not want to know.  Plenty of romance as the mystery gets solved, so those who love a good mystery will get what they enjoy along with a healthy dose of attraction.

So keep your heart all warm and happy with a little romance this month – pick up or reserve one of these books today!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.

PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Clubs

Pipestone County Star, 01-29-2015

Book clubs are a great way to get to know people.  Everyone reacts differently to every book they read and talking about those books with others brings a level of knowledge that is hard to find in other places.  Unfortunately, the Meinders Library Book Club is no longer active, but there are several book clubs in Pipestone that are still reading.

The library is very interested in starting up a book club again, so if you are interested, please give us a call and let us know.  We would LOVE to have a regular group, probably monthly, to read and discuss together. We don’t need a huge number of people – just a few.  Once the community begins to see how much fun it can be, we’ll grow.

For those of you involved in church or private book clubs already, we have some great resources for you – including Book Club in a Tub if you need some suggestions for what to read.  These kits (listed below) each contain 12 books and a study guide for the club leader and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  They are currently housed at our regional office, but can be delivered within the week and have a 30 day check out period to allow for a full month of reading and the club meeting.  If you are interested in any of the listed titles, please let a librarian know so we can place a hold for you and bring it here!

Currently Available:
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, Kirsten Cronn-Mills
Frozen, Mary Casanova
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, Julie Schumacher
A Crooked Number, Nathan Jorgenson
Convergence at Two Harbors, Dennis Herschbach
Poems for Ordinary People, Carol Allis
Cul de Sac, Scott Wrobel
The Wolf at Twilight, Kent Nerburn
The Vanishing, Wendy Webb
Tell My Sons, Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber

Available in June 2015:
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger
Julia Gillian, Alison McGhee
The Round House, Louise Erdich
Rez Life, David Treuer
Abercrombie Trail, Candance Simar
My Life with Deth, David Ellefson
The Lighthouse Road, Peter Geye
The Keeper of Dawn, J.B. Hickman
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Shadow on the Mountain, Margi Preus
Mayor of the Universe, Lorna Landvik

Hope you have time to read this winter – nothing like a cozy blanket and a good book.  Have a great day!

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.


PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Placing Holds in Plum Creek

Pipestone County Star  - 01-15-2015

Regional libraries are a bit confusing, at least for me.  In the interest of trying to get it straight in my head, I thought some explanation might be in order.  It might help those of you who place holds and might encourage some others to start placing holds!

The Plum Creek Regional Library System is named after, you guessed it, Plum Creek.  Plum Creek flows through several of the nine counties in the system and is the most recognizable literary landmark of the region.  For those of you that haven’t read Laura Ingalls Wilder, she named one of her books On the Banks of Plum Creek, where she and her family had a sod house.  If you haven’t visited the museum in Walnut Grove, I highly recommend it.

As I mentioned, there are nine counties in the system: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock.  In those nine counties, there are 25 public libraries and 10 school libraries included on the system.  That gives Plum Creek patrons access to an immense amount of materials!  Since we are all on the same system, you can check out a book in Wabasso, return it in Pipestone, check out a new book in Pipestone, and return it to Worthington if you were so inclined.  The books would still get to where they needed to go, thanks to our excellent delivery van drivers who drive the books around the entire system, every other day.

With all those patrons, it should be no surprise that books are often checked out.  When a hold is placed on a book, the hold is usually not copy-specific, which means that any copy of that book throughout the ENTIRE system can fill that hold.  In layman’s terms, that means if someone in Jackson puts a hold on the new John Grisham and their copy is checked out, that same book from Pipestone might get selected to fill that hold.  So our copy of the John Grisham book will travel to a Jackson patron and not be on our shelves when someone is looking for it.  If you place a hold, the book will come here to the library and we will call you, or the system will send an email if you have an email address attached to your account, and you will have seven days to pick it up at the desk.

For those of you that enjoy using the Overdrive collection for Ebooks, the system functions similarly.  You can place a hold on an ebook, just as you can on a print book, by clicking on the button on Overdrive that gives you that option.  Then, when the book is available, the system will send you an email letting you know the book is available and you will have 24 hours to pick it up.

Because of this policy, which is a great policy when you think about the access it gives to everyone, I try and make a list of all the new books coming in a month and we keep that list up at the circulation desk to help people know what’s coming.  We are more than willing to place holds on any of the incoming books and Pipestone patrons get first crack at Pipestone books.  Even if our book is in Ivanhoe and there are four other holds waiting, if the fourth hold is a Pipestone patron, they will get our copy of the book before the other three who are waiting.  It’s confusing, I know, but trust me when I say that placing a hold on a new book is an excellent idea!

That’s our region in a nutshell.  We’re one of the mid-sized libraries in the system and we have over 30,000 items in our collection.  Imagine how many Nobles County has, or Redwood County!  And I haven’t even really touched on the fact that we can get books from any library in Minnesota through MnLink, so if it’s not within Plum Creek, if someone in the entire state has it, we can bring it here to Pipestone, just for you.


Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.


PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Reading Challenge

Pipestone County Star 01-01-2015

The Winter Reading Program is fast approaching and I’d like to toss something else into the mix – a Winter Reading Challenge!  There are no prizes for this (I have star stickers if you want one), this is more for personal enjoyment. 

So this winter, when you are reading, read the following books instead of sticking to that one author you can’t get enough of (suggestions courtesy of Goodwill Librarian):

o   A classic romance
o   A book published this year
o   A book published the year you were born
o   A book written by someone under 30 years of age
o   A book with non-human characters
o   A nonfiction book
o   A book based on a true story
o   A Pulitzer Prize winner
o   A book that scares you
o   A book your mom loves
o   A book more than 100 years old
o   A book you were supposed to read in school but never did
o   A book set somewhere you want to visit
o   A book with bad reviews
o   A book set in high school
o   A book from the future
o   A graphic novel
o   A book by an author you’ve never heard of
o   A book you already own but have never read
o   A book that was originally written in another language
o   A book written by someone with your same initials
o   A banned book
o   A play
o   A book that became a movie
o   A book with a one word title
o   A book at the bottom of your reading list
o   A memoir
o   A book you can finish in a day

Of course, you don’t have to do them all, but it might be fun to try! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a safe and fun New years!

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.

Holiday Hours: We’re into the season now for strange holiday hours and we’ve tried to make it easy.  We will be closed December 24 and 25 for Christmas and we will close at 5:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day.  Then we will return to regular hours!

PAFL Update:  The BOOKSALE is fast approaching!  You may drop off books at Meinders Library anytime now and the sale will be December 29-31, right after Christmas!  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.