From the Director

Library news and happenings.

State Funding for Libraries

With the approval of the state budget last week, appropriations for library support, including MeL, the Michigan eLibrary, are now in place.

State aid to public libraries remains about the same as does support for the Library of Michigan - the same, that is, as last year, but reduced substantially over the past several years.

The best news for library patrons is that funding for MeL will continue. We expect a similar array of databases for the next three years, October 2011 through September 2014, as has been offered, including continuation of the recently added Job and Career Accelerator.

Funding for MeLCat, the interlibrary loan system, is also now in place. KPL patrons borrow about 1,500 items per month through this system; KPL loans just as many to patrons of other libraries across the state. I’m pleased this popular, well-used service will continue.

Thanks to patrons who contacted their legislators to advocate for library funding.

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Did You Know...

….. if you miss a library program, or just want to enjoy it again, you can often see all or part of it on the library’s YouTube channel?

….. some magazines are available online AND that back issues of magazines can be checked out at our branches?

….. our staff has a wide range of reading interests and they share them on our book blog and in “staff picks” displays?

….. the world premiere of award winning, local author Bonnie Jo Campbell’s new book, Once Upon a River, will be at the Central Library on July 6?

….. all library-sponsored programs are listed on the calendar on our website?

….. you can renew library materials online?

….. you can download an ebook through our website?

….. about the local history photo gallery?

….. summer reading games for all ages are underway?

….. “Steppin’ In It” will perform on July 20 - our 50th free monthly concert?

Come visit soon…..Central Library, any branch, our website.

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Summer @ KPL

If you’ve been by one of our buildings recently, you may have noticed we have our “SUMMER @ KPL” banners out of winter storage and ready for another great summer. And indeed we are ready!

Summer reading games for all ages – youngest to oldest patrons – begin on Wednesday, June 15, the last day of school for KPS, and run through Friday, August 26. The rules are simple: read 20 minutes per day, mark it on the game board calendar, win prizes.

For school age children, the goal is to maintain reading skills over the school break. Teens and adults can be encouraging to children by also signing up for the game and reading with children – read out loud or silently together.

We also have many events planned for the summer – concerts, an acrobatic team, Zoomobile, cartooning, storytimes and more. Full information is on our website.

We will celebrate the end-of-summer reading with a family concert in Bronson Park on Sunday afternoon, August 28.

Thanks to our very good friends, the Friends of KPL, for sponsoring all of our summer reading games. Their generous funding is made possible by the proceeds from their bookstore.

Have a safe and fun summer and leave plenty of time for reading!

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Get Job and Career Support Here!

In a previous blog posting, I wrote about the new “Job and Career Support” information on our website. Now I want to highlight one of the new resources, “Job and Career Accelerator” available through our website and available to Michigan residents through the Library of Michigan MeL resources.

The accelerator provides software tutorials, GED preparation, workplace skills improvement, occupation practice tests, and skill building for adults. Information is provided on over 1,000 jobs with local and national job postings and advice on resumes and interviewing.

“One stop” seems like an overused term, but this database really can be a first stop, at least, to improve job skills and begin the job search. The practice tests are a particularly useful resource. New ones are added, most recently electrical, plumbing, air traffic control, and military aviation.

This database is available 24/7 from the library or anywhere you have internet access BUT you must first register at any library in Michigan and create an account with a user ID and password... first time at a library, then log in from anywhere.

If you are looking for a job, considering a career change, or want to update your skills, start here.

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