Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Reunion Season

The Long-Couch House in Dante
The Summer Reading Program is the library’s big focus in the summer, but family reunions are so prevalent that this library staffer also thinks of summer as reunion season. Family reunions bring back folks who have moved away. Summer also brings many visitors to the RCPL’s Local History Collection; people who are tracing their family history often find that the family came through Russell County in the past. Family reunions abound, but it’s not just family reunions. Many high school classes meet during the summer.  Old schoolhouses or churches are cleaned up and homecomings are held. 

This weekend, the Dante Reunion is taking center stage in Russell County. Turkey’s Foot was the original name of the community (because the hollows looked like a turkey’s foot when viewed on a map.) Once the largest community in Russell County, Dante thrived when the Clinchfield Coal Company was headquartered there.  Dante boasted a movie theatre, hospital, schools, stores, bank, hotel, and a beer garden. Much of this was owned by the company but it made for a thriving community.

Dante still has a post office, fire department, museum, and the will to live. One of the first communities in Russell County to try to revitalize itself, Dante continues to try to buck the trend of dying small towns.  Dante’s diverse history and culture make it unique in Russell County. Much of the diversity was due to the coal mines; immigrants working in the coal mine included people from what are now the Slavic republics. African-Americans worked in the mines in sufficient numbers the county provided a high school for their children during segregation. When the high school, called the Artie Lee School, closed the students began attending Castlewood High School.

Visit the Dante Coal Mining and Railroad Museum to learn more about Russell County's history. 

Posted by Kelly McBride Delph

Friday, July 6, 2018

Making Sure Your Personal Data Stays That Way

"We have updated our privacy policy."

Chances are you’ve recently seen this message in emails and on your favorite websites. And chances are you’ve given it the same amount of thought you always give privacy policies: very little. Most of us just want to check the little box and get on with it. But privacy breaches such as the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal are a reminder to take personal data privacy seriously.

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in the European Union. This new law is designed to give EU residents more control over their personal information and how companies use it. While GDPR doesn't apply to residents of the United States, all companies that handle EU residents' data are required to comply or face heavy fines, which is why you've seen all of those privacy policy updates.

Political and practical concerns make similar legislation in the US highly unlikely for now, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself. You can start by changing your default privacy settings. The Washington Post has a good starter guide for managing your accounts with Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple. While this will result in a less personalized user experience with some features like Google Maps, Microsoft's Cortana, and Facebook's eerily relevant ads, you can rest a little easier knowing at least some of your personal data is just that: personal.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Reading Takes You Everywhere

Russell County Public Library invites you to the 2018 Summer Reading Program.
Reading Takes You Everywhere!
Why is participating in summer reading programs important?
Research from Dominican University confirms that “children who do not read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall.”

Russell County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program helps to bridge the gap by providing interesting, learning activities for all ages.
You, too, can help bridge the gap by integrating math and reading into your family’s daily schedule. Use those math skills when you bake a cake. Read about the places you are visiting. Take walks and learn about the animals you see.

Encourage critical thinking in your children by asking them questions about what they have read.
Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine suggests engaging your child in conversation about what they are reading by asking some of the following questions:
“If you could be friends with any character in the book, who would it be and why?
What was the most exciting part of the book?
What surprised you most about the story? Why was it surprising?
Is there anything in this story that is similar to something that has happened in your life? What was it and how is it similar?
What would you do in a situation similar to that faced by a character in the story?
What part of the story made you think it would end the way it did?
How would you change the book's ending if you could re-write it?”
Dominican University’s data has revealed that “Children who participate in Summer Reading Programs and read a minimum of six books over the summer score higher in reading and math when they return to school.”
Through fun crafts, reader’s theater, and other activities Russell County Public Library strives to keep our children engaged and learning throughout the summer.

Sign on to take a six week journey with us!

to the Moon,
to the Stars and Beyond,
to Marvelous Places,
to Still Quiet Places
to the Great Outdoors.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Great American Read

Your favorite novel of all time is …?

Last night, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the country’s 100 favorite novels in a two-hour celebration of reading, hosted by Meredith Vieira. PBS is hosting this celebration entitled The Great American Read. They are searching for the best-loved novel in America. Best of all, you get to vote. EVERY DAY.

That’s right, you get to vote and decide and what is America’s Best-Loved Book.

In the two hour celebration, celebrities, authors, and book lovers reveal the novels that have affected their lives. It’s fascinating to hear your favorite authors share their favorite books…and encourage you to vote for a book that’s not theirs! If you missed the kick-off, you can watch it online--at your public library. There will be five additional episodes and a finale in October. 

Take the quiz to find out how many books you have read.
Charlotte's Web? Check
The Hunger Games? Check 
Fifty Shades of Gray?  Nope
Stephen King's The Stand ? Nope.

Read at least one new book this summer whether it's a classic or a recent favorite. Don't think you have time? Listen to the audiobook.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Libraries Lead

Where does the Library lead you? 
National Library Week: Libraries Lead

Comment here or on our Facebook page. If we have led you somewhere, or to something, let us know.

We want to hear what you have to say because "Libraries Lead" is the theme of National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018. We want to be an integral part of our community.

Are we leading? Or are we following?

In an effort to lead you back to the library, we are offering to let patrons work off their fines. We want you to use your local library and we don't want fines to be an impediment!
During the month of April, you can come by the library and read off your fines ($1 per hour spent reading in the library) or you can check out and return books ($1 per book.)

Why this elaborate plan? It takes several weeks and some practice to develop a new habit. We want that habit to be visiting your public library.

Whatever entertains you--music, film, magazines, books--we can probably find it at your library.

Learn something new...learn to play chess on the first Saturday in Lebanon or learn to crochet every Thursday (Lebanon) or Friday (Honaker.)

Or just have fun with science! Mad Science for Adults (and youth) will blasting rockets and creating explosions April 9, 3-5 p.m., at Honaker and April 10, 5-7 p.m., at Lebanon.