What’s Happening at the Library? Small Displays Great Materials

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, March 15, 2022

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Next time you’re in, take some time to stroll around the Library and see what’s featured in places other than New Fiction and Non-Fiction.

For example, both fiction and non-fiction stacks have end cap shelves that feature some of the best new and slightly older titles. Those books are placed near their Dewey decimal area, so if you see an intriguing subject or title on an end cap, there are more books like it nearby.

Just check the call number on the end cap book and look for the same number in the Dewey section.

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The Seed Library has lots of patrons planning gardens, so gardening books are featured on a narrow pyramid shaped case right in front of circulation. On the front of that display are cook books; on the back, gardening books. Gardening books are also featured on the old desk in front of reference.

On that desk you will also find a basket containing small envelopes of Mammoth Gray Stripe Sunflower seeds. When circulation manager, Laura Carpenter, learned that sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine, she asked Library Director, Julie Maruskin, to order a quantity and then Laura and circulation librarian, Nikki Skinner, placed them in individual packets available free for patrons to plant, showing support for Ukrainian people.

Come in a get a packet. (One per person, please.) Mammoth Gray Stripe Sunflowers make a tall, vibrant yellow garden accent and will attract loads of colorful goldfinches and cardinals.

Clark County Extension Service Horticultural Agent, Carrie Spry, will be offering a “Vegetable Gardening for Beginners” class at the Extension Office, 1400 Fortune Drive, on Thursday, April 21, 6:30 PM. The class is free, but you must register to attend by calling 859-744-4682.

Just to the left of Curbside and Checked-out Reserve Items shelves there’s a display of Blues CD’s guaranteed to carry you through gloomy end-of-winter weather. Look for the sign that says: “The winter weather blues are almost gone.

Until then, bask in the blues.” Circulation manager and DVD Guru, Caleb Diederich put together this display and it’s chock full of fab
blues music: Slim Harpo, Etta James, Jimi Hendrix, The Chess Records blues collection, anthologies of blues from Atlanta, Detroit, Nashville, and the West Coast, and the 5 disc Don’t Stop Blues Greatest Moments boxed set.

Early Spring is the time of year when students’ thoughts turn to standardized tests and CCPL can help. Between the Library’s DVD and Magazine sections is a display of books for standardized tests like the GED, GRE, SAT, and ASVAB.

These test guides usually get checked out quickly, but you can always access them and many more easily using CCPL’s online databases.

To get directly to the test guide database, type www.clarkbooks.org/datbases#learning in your browser’s address bar. Then click on the link for the guide you’d like to study.

Please remember that librarians are always happy to help you. If you have requests or questions, call, (859-744-5661), use the Chat function on the Library’s homepage (www.clarkbooks.org), or come to the Library.

Have a great week. Remember to wear green on St. Patty’s so you don’t get pinched by a leprechaun; the Vernal Equinox (astronomical beginning of Spring) occurs this Sunday, March 20, at 11:33 a.m. EDT.

Library columnist John Maruskin wrote this column for the Winchester Sun.