WPL LIBRARY NEWS
READ OUR MAY NEWSLETTER
SIGNUP FOR OUR
CONCERTS AND SUMMER FILMS
ARE COMING SOON
The 2013 Concert and Summer Film series in Thomas Centennial Park
begins on Friday, June 7. Bring the whole family, lawn chairs and a
picnic dinner and join your neighbors for an old-fashion concert series featuring a variety of traditional music.
Each program is followed by a movie suitable for family viewing. In the event of rain, the concerts and films will
take place in the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave, Chesterton. The complete schedule can be found
SUMMER READING 2013
YOUR TICKET TO RIDE
Our 2013 Summer Reading program for children age 2 to 5th grade will
depart the station with registration opening on June 3rd. The program will formally begin on June 10th and
will end on July 20th. The finale will be a celebration in Thomas Centennial Park on July 20th. There will be
weekly prizes and special adventures for participants. Pick up our monthly schedule of Children's programs at
either the Thomas or Hageman library.
*NEW* READING TUTOR SERVICE
The Library is proud to offer our most recent program designed to assist
your student with his/her academic reading. This program is designed to provide Pre-K through 12th grade students
with a safe and welcoming learning environment where our volunteer tutors work, one-on-one, with your child in 1/2
hour increments. Children 12 and under will require parental supervision during tutoring sessions. English reading
assistance only is being offered, at this time.
A Reading Tutor Student Registration Form can be found here.
A flyer about the program with more information can be found here.
Patrons interested in volunteering to be tutors can contact Lori Tarnowski,
Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers will be asked to complete the library's Volunteer Application, Volunteer Waiver, Background Check Form, and a Confidentiality Agreement.
FRIENDS OF THE
FALL BOOK SALE 2013
Sale Sort - October 12, 2013
Friends Preview Sale - October 18, 2013
Fall Book Sale - October 19 - 20, 2013
If you have items to donate for our sales, please bring them
to the lobby of the Thomas Library. Volunteers are needed to help sort materials the week before the sale
The Board of the Friends voted
to ban the use of electronic scanning
devices at their book sales. The devices are often used by
for-profit dealers to mine our sale stock for the most valuable titles and our Friends want our sales to
benefit as many of our regular library patrons as possible.
Book sale proceeds are used for programming expenses,
refreshments, and for staff and volunteer recognition events.
A Friends Membership Application is here:
DOWNLOAD AUDIO BOOKS AND EBOOKS FOR ADULTS
click below to access
The library subscribes to a downloadable audiobook and
eBook service for our resident patrons. Sorry, if you aren't a resident
taxpayer of our library district, or if your library account is not in good standing you are not eligible to
receive the service. For more information please read the letter posted here.
You use your library card number to log into the site. You can check
out books for a week or two and download them to your home computer for listening or
reading. Audiobooks and eBooks might also be able to be transferred to
portable devices such as a Kindle®,
iPod®, iPhone®, iPad®, Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android™, BlackBerry® or Windows®
Look here for a list of compatible
devices. You don't return the items, the book files become unplayable
after the loan period expires and the files can then be deleted.
If the book you want is being used by another patron, you can log in
and place a hold and be notified when it's your turn to borrow the book.
For more information visit our Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks
(A library card not in good standing might be caused by excessive
fines. an expired card, an overdue address check, or some of of older cards have short bar code numbers - 12 digits
- and must be replaced. Please contact the library if you have difficulty.)
THE ZINIO MAGAZINE SERVICE
IS NOW AVAILABLE
Zinio provides full digital copies of 150 of your
favorite magazines, viewable on your home computer or mobile device. Create a collection of magazines to be
delivered to your account every month.
New users - Go to the login page and click the "Create Account" button. You will be prompted to enter your library
bar code number and register. A confirmation email will be sent to your email account.
Existing user's - Go directly to the login page and login or go to you Zinio Reader.
step-by-step User's Guide to Zinio
including instructions for downloading the Zinio Reader.
Login to Freegal with your resident
library card number (your account must be in good standing) and download up to 3 MP3 songs per week for free from a
collection of over 3 million songs.
ROCKET LANGUAGES ARE
Login to Rocket Languages with your
resident library card for online language instruction. Learn to speak, read and write French, Spanish, German,
Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and even American Sign Language among others.
LIBRARY NEWS AND
Our library offers many informational,
instructional, educational and recreational program opportunities for all ages. There are also many community
groups and organizations who use the library's meeting rooms.
If you want to learn more about what's happening at the library and
when, you can View the Library Calendar, look for our program announcements in our Facebook pages or in the Chesterton Tribune, or read our Newsletters.
Point your smartphone at our catalog at http://catalog.wpl.lib.in.us/mobile and you can
access our full catalog through a
simplified version of our new MobilePAC. The application allows you to
access your personal library account and even place holds on items you might want to borrow.
E-READERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
Explore the latest in new technology. The library has just acquired a
small collection of e-readers (Nooks) preloaded with collections of e-books that are available for borrowing. The
readers have different genre collections such as best sellers, mysteries, romances, westerns, and horror and the
fantasy. The readers circulate to adults for a loan period of 2 weeks and new titles are going to be added to the
readers each month. Inquire at the circulation desk at the Thomas Library for more details.
COMPUTER CLASSES AND CLINICS
We offer a variety of new basic computer classes. Visit our Bits and Bytes site for our course descriptions, course schedule, and resources such as course
slide shows. You can use this site to register for a course at least 14 days before a course is
We also have a "drop in" Tech Help Desk with our experts standing by
to field your computer and technology questions. Please view the Library Calendar for dates and
NOTABLE NEW BOOKS AT THE LIBRARY
Here's a list of the most recent book additions at our libraries
- Click here.
THE LIBRARY'S CATALOG
Do you want to know whether or not the library owns a book or other type of item
and whether or not there's a copy on the shelf?
Simply follow the link to Search the Library
Catalog and perform a very simple or complex search by author, title,
subject and or other qualifiers for the materials you desire.
If you get a positive result, you can learn if an item is available and where it's
located in the library. You might also be able to view the cover, read a review, get more information about the
author, a series, or link to a site where you can purchase a copy for yourself.
Did you know you can log into your library account over the Internet and view the
titles you have borrowed? You can see if you have any outstanding fines? You can view your reading history? You can
request a book be placed on reserve for you to pick up at the library at a later date or request a book be ordered?
You might also be able to renew some items if they are eligible.
These are some of the services you can access by logging in with the bar code
number on your library card combined with a unique password. Simply follow the link to Search the Library
Catalog and click on the tab for the Patron Account.
You don't have a password? Contact the library's circulation desk at either of our
circulating branches and get a password registered.
You can't view your reading history? Contact the circulation department to have
the history saving feature turned on for your account and you can view up to 1,000 of your recently borrowed
THE HAGEMAN LIBRARY
When was the last time you visited our Hageman Library in Porter? Suzi and her
staff have been working hard to make the collections and services at Hageman as useful as possible. Why not visit
her today? Then there's our History Museum, and the Audio-Visual Department and the Serials/Automation Department
at the Thomas Library, all waiting to serve you too.
If you have a WPL library card and password you may also use our on-line reference
service. Simply click on the link to Ask Us, enter your barcode and password to include your contact information, and then ask your
BULWER-LYTTON FICTION CONTEST
Not so long ago we asked some of our patrons to compose the opening
sentence of a novel in the over blown prose style of the great Bulwer-Lytton. Please see some of our winning