Geek the Library!
If someone asks you "what do you geek?" it's probably a library staff member working on our public awareness campaign to remind the public of all the services available here at the library. The Geek the Library campaign was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help raise the awareness of public libraries in their communities. The campaign has repurposed the word "geek" as a verb to mean "to be passionate about". When we ask you "what do you geek?", that's our conversation starter to talk about the library. For instance, you might say "travel", and then we would tell you how hard we work to keep the travel guides current, and that we also have travel videos and DVD's.
The idea is to take the campaign out into the community, so hopefully we will pop up where you least expect us!
Facebook and the Library
The library has been using our Facebook Page to help us communicate more regularly with our patrons and supporters. If you haven't already done so, please go to http://www.facebook.com/templepubliclibrary
and check us out. Then if you like what you see, "like" us, and maybe even "share" the page with your friends. We've found it a great way to get information out about library services and events in the past. However, Facebook has changed their mode of delivery, so it doesn't always get "served" to all of our 1000+ fans. So, if you do see a Facebook notice from the library, please like and comment, or even share on your timeline, so it will reach more people.
Looking for a place to donate books?
If you are looking for somewhere to donate your used books, the library is happy to take donations year round. Donations can be brought to the main desk in the library. If you need help bringing them into the library, just ask at the desk. All book donations are examined by the library staff, and if they are needed by the library they are added to the collection. If not, they are passed on to the Friends of the Library for their book sale. Proceeds from the Friends' book sales are spent to benefit the library and its patrons, so your donation will help the library either way.
Downloadable E-books and Audio Books
Thanks to the Friends of the Library, Temple Public Library continues to take part in a consortium of area libraries which allows our patrons to download e-books and audio book and check them out. Just go to the bottom of the catalog screen (www.templelibrary.us) and click on "Down Load Audio/E-books". You will be given step-by step instructions, but basically you will download a free program to your computer and then select and check out your items to be downloaded. Then you can transfer them to your reading or listening device. They can now be transferred to a Kindle, as well as the other systems such as Barnes and Noble's Nook, the Sony Reader, and the I-Pad. This is a very popular service, so if the book you want to download is not available, just reserve it and you will be notified when it is available for you. In the meantime, you can search just the available titles, and then browse for something that looks interesting to you. What a great way to find new authors!
You do need an actual library card to use this service, so if you are in the habit of checking out with your driver's license, just ask the staff to issue you a card to use to download books.
If you are interested in hearing about other people's fun travel experiences, please consider joining us for the Armchair Traveler programs at noon on the 3rd Friday of the month in the McLane Room. Feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy, and the library will provide drinks and dessert. Like all library programs it is free and open to all.
Our library sponsored book club continues to meet here at the library. They meet the first Monday of the month (except when the first Monday is a holiday, when they will meet on Tuesday) at 6:00 p.m. in the library board room. Members periodically brainstorm the books to read for the next few months, so you never know what will be on the list. Everyone is welcome! If you are interested in getting a list of the upcoming books, call the library administrative office at 298-5559 and leave your e-mail address so you can be added to the list to receive the e-mail reminders.
Looking for a good book?
Our "staff picks" list is issued quarterly, and is very popular with our patrons. The list can be found on the 2nd floor of the library next to the display table which you see as you get off of the elevator. We also try to keep some of the recommended books on a book cart next to the display.
To find out about selected new books at the library we have newsletters which highlight different types of books. You can sign up to have the newsletters in the subject areas of your choice e-mailed to you once a month. Or, you can just look at them on our website. If you see a book you'd like to read you can search our catalog directly from the newsletter. If the book you want is out you can always put a hold on it and we'll mail (or e-mail if you've given us an e-mail address) you a notice.
The Book Alert program lets you ask for e-mail when new books come in for specific categories (novels, mysteries, non-fiction, etc.).
You can also sign up for our online book clubs, and read a portion of the book each day for a week. At the end of the week if you want to finish the book, look for it at the library. There are a number of different types of book clubs to suit every taste.
Choose the icons below to sign up. You can sign up for as many book clubs and newsletters as you like, and there's no charge to you because the Friends of the Library are sponsoring this service for us.