Friday, July 17, 2020

Summer Dreams

What were your dreams for summer? 
My dreams for the year and especially the summer
Aerial Geology
involved travel. The "novel coronavirus" destroyed that dream!

Southwest Virginia has become a travel destination. We do have beautiful scenery. If you are stir-crazy, get outside. Take a ride--and maybe a walk/hike--to enjoy what people from across the country and the world come to visit.

With the heat of summer upon us, do you fancy some armchair traveling? RCPL has lots of lovely books that allow you to see our beautiful earth, the sea, and space from the comfort of your home. Just wander through the stacks, particularly in the 500s and 900s, and look for the big coffee table books lying on their sides at the end of shelves, just waiting to go home with you.

RCPL has reopened although occupancy is still limited. That means we need folks to come in, get what they want or need, and leave. That makes sure there is room for the next person that needs to come in the library. Fortunately, that's not been a problem; it's still much too quiet! Don't hesitate to stop by. We've created "Grab & Go" bundles for you; each bundle has at least 3 items on a theme from Amish to Zombies, from cowboys to cooking.

If you haven't gotten involved with our summer reading program, it's not too late. There will be a LIVE (online) children's program; registration is necessary. It's scheduled for July 30; if you are busy that day or don't have Internet, register anyway! You can watch the recording anytime during the first two weeks in August--even at your library! Adults can pick up a Summer Reading Bingo sheet; complete it and be entered in a drawing for a gift card to a local restaurant.

Find a new dream for this summer.

Posted by Kelly McBride Delph

Friday, June 5, 2020

Imagine Your Story at RCPL

Summer Reading Program (just a little different)

School is out, but children are always learning. We plan to give children some things to keep their imagination active this summer. 

Let me back up just a moment and introduce myself! My name is Sarah Perrigan and for many of my fellow Russell Countians, we have not been formally introduced, at least not face-to-face. I am the new Children's Program Coordinator and I am happy to announce that our Summer Reading Program, oftentimes referred to as SRP, will take place this summer.

Naturally, SRP is going to look a little different from what we are accustomed to as a result of COVID-19 (#saferathome). This week, my primary focus has been in getting book baggies together to send home to all school-aged children in Russell County that have registered or will register for SRP 2020. Parents will pick up the baggies using our curbside service. Baggies will consist of:
  • One new book
  • One bingo sheet
  • Two fun activity sheets
  • One craft to put together with me during our SRP Zoom meetings
  • One reading log

Elementary SRP will occur in Zoom meetings on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM, while Teen SRP meetings will take place via Zoom on Thursdays at 2:30 PM. Preschool summer reading will take place on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM via Facebook Live which will take the place of the storytime slot.

Our summer reading finale will be a performance just like you are accustomed to, only it will be online. You may watch it at one of our libraries if you don't have internet. I think you will love what we have planned for our SRP finale.

posted by Sarah Perrigan

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Reopening the Libraries

We're back! (almost)Resuming Regular Operations...sweet words to the library staff.
We have a phased reopening plan, subject to approval and change. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our patrons and staff. And we will change our plan anytime we deem it safe and prudent. Phase 1 and 2 are getting staff back in the building to prepare for reopening under state and local emergency guidelines.

When we reopen, we will expect you to respect the 6' social distancing rule while you are on the library property. You will see public (and staff) areas have been rearranged to better accommodate social distancing. We will have an entrance and exit door, to facilitate social distancing. We have a sneeze guard at our Circulation Desk and staff will be wearing masks and/or gloves. We hope you will wear a mask while in the building, too. (We have some to loan--washed after every use--because we are a library!) We take your safety and ours very seriously.

"WHEN?!" you ask. After Memorial Day, during Phase 3, we will resume curbside pickup and computer use by appointment. Computer use will be limited--to economic development and business needs, such as un/employment applications, faxing, and printing. Then we transition to library visits by appointment, followed by 'regular' operations--open doors but social distancing as long as recommended by health agencies. Lebanon Library reopens first, followed by Honaker Community Library--after we work the kinks out of our plan! Once Lebanon reopens, patrons in an at-risk population may come in between 9 am and 10 am.

We miss seeing our regulars. We know that members of our community depend on the library for work, pleasure, and education. You use computers (for employment, business, fun, communication, and more); check out books, DVDs, and magazines; send copies or faxes, and use the wifi. The only thing you CAN still do is use our wifi and download. You can download books and magazines and music.

Staff have been working during the closure. Learning via online webinars, and in staggered shifts, in the buildings. You'll see changes to make it easier to find what you want in the library.  We will even try to help you find things you didn't know you wanted!

We look forward to reopening. But we understand if you want to stick with using curbside service for a while. Check here soon for an update on the Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and adults. And remember, you are...

posted by Kelly McBride Delph

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Remembering COVID-19

Remember?! This dangerous new virus is consuming some of us with worry now. But in March 2021? In 5 years? 25 years? There will come a day when all this worry, annoyance, and fear is both a memory and our history.

Experts suggest we write down our experiences, hopes, and fears during this pandemic. These writings help us work through our feelings and give us a record for the future. Some day a youngster may ask you what it was like not being able to go out to eat or work. We offer hints on writing below; don't be intimidated. Anything you write will be like gold to your grandchildren.

After you have vented or worried about COVID-19 on paper or a digital file (we discourage using social media), here's a suggestion. After writing, have a family history chat.

Talk about how this is different from crises/events important to other generations (9/11, Challenger, JFK assassination, etc.). Talk about how these events affect the economy (what industries falter, which ones thrive, and what does that mean locally). Take a look at the RCPL Local History page and click on Russell County Rootsweb. This website has many interesting historical documents (deeds and probate, church, and military records).

If you have kids at home, congratulations: You just completed a lesson including geography, history, economics, and a smattering of science (COVID-19, Challenger, 9/11). Not so bad, eh?

Writing daily in a journal has been a way to see our world for thousands of years. (Look at the Dickenson manuscript on the Local History page.) If you write daily, you may find you have established a new habit that soothes your soul.

Writing Hints
  • Write for 30 minutes. It seems WAY too long, and your kids will whine about it (so will you), but do it. Set a timer, and everybody writes until it rings.
  • It doesn't matter what you write - just put words on the page for thirty minutes.
    • This is so stupid. I can't write for 30 minutes. I mean, I have nothing to say. If I could go see my hairdresser, now I could talk for an hour straight, but UGH. I hate this virus. I hate being stuck in the house. And honestly, I hate being responsible for my kids' education. See how easy that was? Keep going!
  • It's okay to share writing "triggers" each day when you start. (Your child's teacher can offer some suggestions.)
    • What do I miss most?
    • If this time at home were a gift, how would I use it?
    • If I could travel anywhere in the world, where would I go? Why choose that place?
    • What do I want to be when I grow up?      
    • Who do I most admire & why?
    • What are my dreams? 
    • List my favorite books/songs/movies
    • The most disappointed I've ever been....
    • The biggest lie I've ever told...
    • My saddest memory....
    • What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
    • Three things I can't do without.
Posted by Kelly McBride Delph

Monday, January 27, 2020

Is Your Data Private?

Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, Enabling Trust

Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust. Almost everyone knows someone who has been hit by identity theft or had their credit or debit card used by strangers. Some experts argue that it is inevitable that an individual will 'get hacked' at least once in a lifetime. But you can take steps to make it less likely that someone will access and use your  data.

Start with your passwords. Don't be daunted by those long passwords the systems all want you to create. Use a sentence than is meaningful to you or linked in your mind to the account. "JiMf+3lr!" is just "Jessica is my favorite teller!"   "pfd$Rck16" is "pet food discounts rock" for the pet you got in 2016.

Want to review and maybe tighten up your privacy settings? Try this Stay Safe Online link.
It can seem overwhelming to keep track of all the things that can go wrong. But if you bank online, use a debit card, and have a smart phone, you need to take responsibility for your data.

Challenge yourself to check one privacy setting or change one password each week. Take notes and keep them in a secure place. It might be the best resolution of 2020.

Posted by Kelly McBride Delph