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Jellico Library News

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Jellico Library News

Library Director Mark J. Tidwell

We have had a lot of requests for scary movies lately.  Thankfully, a nice lady (Michelle) donated approximately 30 of the genre from her personal collection.  Library assistant Kimber Monday went right to work on them and got them shelf ready for checkout.  So, with Halloween coming up before you know it, you might want to stop by and check out some of these DVDs.  Remember, rated R movies can only be checked out by those over eighteen years of age.

Jellico Public Library (JPL) received a very nice plaque from the United States Census Bureau.  The Library and its staff were recognized for their contributions for raising awareness and increasing participation in the 2010 Decennial Census.  The plaque was signed by Dr. Robert M. Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau.  JPL gave out tee shirts, key rings, hats, fans, flashlights, backpacks, pens, pencils, and other promotional items provided by the Census Bureau.  We were available to help fill out forms, provide forms, and answer questions. 

We are in the process of updating our Western section.  Many of the older, no-longer-read paperbacks have been removed from our shelves.  We hope to be adding many new volumes when our 2010-11 budget funds are finally released.  You Western readers stay tuned for further details.  We find it exceedingly difficult to keep up with the demand currently generated by this genre.

We have scrutinized our many magazine subscriptions as well.  Several that weren’t generating much interest have been cancelled.  We will be taking suggestions for new periodicals that we might consider adding during 2011.  So, if there is a magazine out there you’d really like to see on our shelves just take a few seconds to mention it to the staff at the circulation desk. 

I keep a running list of requested items on my desk at all times.  We really try to respond to the public’s needs as best as we can.  Sometimes we take harsh criticism for not meeting requests in a timely manner, or at all.  The only way I can sum the situation up is to say we have to try to cover extremely broad needs on a very thin dime.  Allocation monies have been tight during this economic downturn.  It can be very frustrating trying to balance all the needs against the funding we have available to us.  As well, some funding, such as federal monies, oftentimes come with strict guidelines as to what can be purchased with them.

I mentioned a few months back that JPL had been chosen to receive an USDA grant to purchase laptop computers, provide wireless service, and have some basic computer classes here at the library.  I have been assured that although the implementation of this grant is running far behind schedule, it is going to happen.

Library assistant Kimber Monday and I recently attended an in-service training day at Clinch/Powell Regional Library in Clinton.  There, we received expert training in keeping the library’s computer system and public access computers free of virus and other malicious attacks.  The Tennessee State Library and Archives really goes all out in keeping local library staff proficient with the most recent procedures in the world of libraries.

Stop by your hometown library soon and check us out.  We’re located at 104 North Main Street, Suite 2 of the Tramell Building at the downtown Intersection of 25W and Highway 297.  We’re open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.