Week #4 Devoted to Dewey

Congratulations everyone who tackled the Dewey Decimal System. You did a great job. And thanks also to the patient Junior Librarians who helped shelve a cart-full of picture books. Next week (Week #5) we will take a break and explore some more creative aspects of library work. We will show you how we choose the books for our department, how to use our on-line databases including the new TeachingBooks site, and see if you would like to create some colorful bulletin boards to brighten up our space. Be thinking of any questions you might have for Helen or me. Oh, and thank you so much for the consideration you showed Berkshire Eagle reporter, Jenn Smith. We are hoping to see her article this weekend.


Keep up the great work

Week #3 and you guys are the best yet! It was so much fun for us to learn what you are reading. I just finished a great book, too that I shared with Rose (our afternoon circulation librarian) and Helen. A first-time author who was singled out by the Massachusetts Book Award Committee for his fiction book  Because of Mr. Terupt. If you want to read a great classroom story about bullies, families, goof-offs, and fabulous teachers — this book is for you. That is if you can get it from the staff first.

Thanks for waiting for me at the bus stop. Either Helen or I will walk over every Wednesday just to get you safely around that B bus at the Williams Inn. And this coming Wednesday we will try our hand at the Dewey Decimal  shelving. For people who find that numbering system a little too daunting, we will be working on some “kicky” bulletin boards to brighten up the room and talking about our book selection tools.

Week #2

You all did a great job shelving on this second week. The two areas you worked in are the highest traffic areas of the children’s room. Next week we will introduce you to this blog and get you to move out into the other shelving areas of the library. Your name tags are ready, except for Adam. Either i didn’t turn the camera on or we got distracted by everything. So remind me and we will catch a photo before things start to rock and roll.

We don’t know exactly when “free public libraries” began in this country but according to Wikipedia, Massachusetts had lots of early “subscriber-type” book lending going on in the late 1700’s.

“Another source claims the library in Darby, Pennsylvania which opened in 1743 is the “oldest continuously operating free public library” in the United States.[66] But other libraries claim to be the first public library, including the Scoville library in Salisbury, Connecticut, which was established in 1803.[67] The library in the New Hampshire town of Peterborough claims to be the first publicly-funded library; it opened in 1833.[68] And a library in Massachusetts in the town of Arlington claims to have had the first free children’s library; it opened in 1835.[69]

Can anyone find out when the Williamstown Public Library first began?

First Meeting

Helen and I want to thank all 13 of you for making our first meeting a rousing success. We usually limit the group to ten but we are going to try this larger group just for fun. Do not get lost in the shuffle. Remember to ask us if anything is confusing or if we are just moving along too fast.

This coming Wednesday, we want to get your pictures for your Junior Librarian photo ID card (so remember to dress up ;O) You don’t have to wear an ID card but is does help library patrons identify you as someone helpful. And, we just love looking at your photos as the years go by

A reminder that we will be working in the picture book area cleaning and shelving. Because of the size of our group I imagine we will split into two groups again with some working in the picture book area and some in the “Easy Reader” by the children’s circulation desk. We can split up randomly or you can work in teams of two —- up to you.

Six-week training session begin September 12 at 2 p.m.

The Milne Library Children’s Department invites you to join a group of librarians-in-training. The training will take place over the next six weeks, it will last for one hour each Wednesday until October 17, and will begin around 2 p.m. after the early Wednesday dismissal from Williamstown Elementary School. Pine Cobble students, please ask about another time that might be better for you and we can tailor your training.

Our primary goal is to help you become so familiar with the department  that you will feel quite at home in any other library, be able to help parents and classmates find resources, and make our library more of a community space by adding your own stamp to our displays, bulletin boards, and book collection.

Among the things you will learn:

  • secret workings of taxation and library support
  • special collections you may not know about
  • book care and repair
  • the wonder of Dewey Decimal organization
  • electronic databases for homework
  • what’s the big deal about e-books?
  • how a public library is like/unlike other libraries
  • plus anything else you’re curious about