Volunteers from the Illinois Symphony came to the library on Thursday. We had fun adding rhythm to our names, reading some awesome books, and making our very own instruments. After our instruments were finished we had our very own orchestra and many conductors.
Mark it on your calendars! This Wednesday, July 1st is the concert in the park by the Mountain Men of Chillicothe. The Mountain Men will have a special program at 6 PM for the children in the Summer Reading Program. They will talk about their musical instruments. At 6:30 PM, the Mountain Men will perform in the bandstand in Jefferson Park (which is the name of the park outside the library). In case of rain, the current plan is to have the concert in the Community Room of the library. The Mountain Men are a group of Christian men who love to play bluegrass/gospel/traditional music. Learn more about them at the their website. Band member, John Heffron on the right in the hat has a connection to El Paso in that he is the father of EPG Junior High Cross Country Coach, Mike Heffron.
The library will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. We wish everyone a wonderful 4th of July weekend!
Have you ever been at the grocery store when there is only one checkout lane open? Inevitably someone in front of you has grabbed something without a price and the clerks have to call someone to hunt down the price. The line stops moving and you wait and you wait and....you wait some more! Waiting in a long line that doesn't move very much is sometimes necessary but also frustrating, wouldn't you agree?
Our system of holds is rather like a line or a queue. There may be a line of people behind you for the hold on that new movie or that new book. Our system keeps track of the queue for us. Whenever a book on hold becomes available for one of our patrons, it goes on the hold shelf. Most of the time patrons pick up their holds in a timely manner but sometimes there is a delay. We are trying to lessen the "queue that is not moving" scenario a bit by making a simple change. Our system has always kept holds on the shelf for 10 days and then we are supposed to send the item to its next destination - the next person on hold, the owning library, or maybe even back on the shelf so someone else can check it out. We are going to try to enforce that policy more now than we used to do. When the hold becomes available, you will either receive an email or a phone call or possibly both. After 7 days, you will receive a 'reminder' phone call. After 10 days, the item will go on to its next destination.
It is really important to keep the library informed of any changes to your phone number or email. We hope the reminder phone call will be helpful. The process may be a bit bumpy at first, but hopefully in the long run everyone will benefit.
Clap, Tap, and Snap
Explore the world of rhythm in music and books with volunteers from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild. In this workshop you will enjoy making and playing a rhythm instrument and discovering wonderful rhythms in some of your favorite books.
Join us on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. to play a family friendly game of BINGO at the library. We will play several games and give out lots of prizes!
We had a great time at the concert in the park on Thursday night. The kiddos made maracas while the jazz band played away. The ground was a little soggy but we had fun anyway.
Bells were ringing all over the library on Tuesday during craft time. Children were able to make a jingle bell (or so they liked to call them) to decorate and take home.
On Monday, we had an impromptu story hour when Mozart's Magical Flute was cancelled. We read The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket. This book is one of our Summer Reading Program prizes. It has a CD that includes the story narrated by author Lemony Snicket as well as Instrumental tracks that introduce and showcase the various instruments in the orchestra.
Thanks for enjoying the book with me!
For those of you who were bummed about Mozart's cancellation-they will come again. Mozart's Magical Flute has been rescheduled to July 13th. Hope to see you there.
Pictures and details of some of our recent programs