Getting Greener

Our New Year's Resolution is to make improvements that are kind to our environment.  Our facility is pretty green to start with.  We have carpet made out of recycled fibers, and the flooring in our teen area is made out of old tires.  We recycle paper, ink cartridges, and broken cell phones.  We utilize a geothermal system, and converted all of our lighting to LED.  And when we discard old IT equipment or dead batteries, I schlep them to the appropriate recycling place in Indy.  But still, our work is not done.

In early 2019, we started talked about a bottle-filling station in our main lobby.  They aren't cheap, and so we hemmed and hawed about it, and put it off for a later time.  We've had patrons recommend that we get one, and we would tell them that we were thinking about it. Then, like a Christmas miracle, an anonymous donor came forward and gifted a check so that we could install a bottle filler.  Once it was installed, staff lined up to fill their reusable bottles and giggled with glee as the counter went up, tracking every bottle saved.

We have plans for 2020 too. We thought it might be fun to sell cute little bottles at the front desk to encourage our patrons to reuse and recycle.  Beginning in March, we will use a new trash vendor who is able to provide an affordable solution for recycling cans, bottles, plastics, and cardboard.  We don't figure the Pendleton Library will save the world.  But we are making a concerted effort to be greener because we know that every little bit helps, and together we can make a difference.  That seems like a good resolution to me.

Lynn Hobbs, Director

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Getting Greener

Our New Year's Resolution is to make improvements that are kind to our environment.  Our facility is pretty green to start with.  We have carpet made out of recycled fibers, and the flooring in our teen area is made out of old tires.  We recycle paper, ink cartridges, and broken cell phones.  We utilize a geothermal system, and converted all of our lighting to LED.  And when we discard old IT equipment or dead batteries, I schlep them to the appropriate recycling place in Indy.  But still, our work is not done.

In early 2019, we started talked about a bottle-filling station in our main lobby.  They aren't cheap, and so we hemmed and hawed about it, and put it off for a later time.  We've had patrons recommend that we get one, and we would tell them that we were thinking about it. Then, like a Christmas miracle, an anonymous donor came forward and gifted a check so that we could install a bottle filler.  Once it was installed, staff lined up to fill their reusable bottles and giggled with glee as the counter went up, tracking every bottle saved.

We have plans for 2020 too. We thought it might be fun to sell cute little bottles at the front desk to encourage our patrons to reuse and recycle.  Beginning in March, we will use a new trash vendor who is able to provide an affordable solution for recycling cans, bottles, plastics, and cardboard.  We don't figure the Pendleton Library will save the world.  But we are making a concerted effort to be greener because we know that every little bit helps, and together we can make a difference.  That seems like a good resolution to me.

Lynn Hobbs, Director

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Free Fun, Compliments of the Pendleton Library

Our home was built in 1982, and a model train track was part of the original design. Apparently, the first homeowner was so passionate about model railroading that he made it a part of his home. And now it's a part of our home. The train goes from the bar, through a tunnel behind the mantel, and outside around a bay window before turning around to do it all over again.

Although the train is fun to have, my husband and I have not become train enthusiasts. But, we will admit that our train has piqued some interest in model railroading, particularly the Eiteljorg Museum's annual Jingle Rails exhibit. Jingle Rails is a massive model railroad display that transports you to a mini downtown Indianapolis before chugging out to the Great American West. We hope to visit the museum during this exhibit every year, but never seem to get around to it. The season is busy, and excuses come easily. Plus, it costs $15 to get in! Of course, it's free for members, but we aren't members.

This year will be different. This year, your Pendleton Community Public Library became a member of the Eiteljorg Museum, and we like to share. That means that you can check out the library's pass to visit exhibits, including Jingle Rails! Museum passes are the newest addition to our Library of Things collection. Stop in to check out a pass to Minnetrista, The Indiana Historical Society, The Indiana State Museum, and the Rhythm Discovery Center, to name a few. We hope to acquire even more passes so that we can offer a variety of fun, educational, FREE outings for local residents to enjoy throughout the year.

Lynn Hobbs, Library Director

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It's Good Work.

Over the past two weeks, I was scheduled to cover some shifts at the front desk.  Granted, I am often seen at the front desk, and I am well familiar with how to register patrons for library cards and get their materials checked out to them.  I know how to send faxes and help people with the printer.  I was doing it all, and feeling pretty competent in my front desk duties.

But, my feeling of competence quickly dissipated when I realized that I don't have any good suggestions for chapter books for 2nd grade readers.  I have no idea how to look up who lived in your house before you did.  And, I'm totally clueless when it comes to Android.  Luckily, there are other library staff members who are great at all of these things!

My time at the front desk made me realize how nimble public library staff has to be.  When we answer the phone or see a patron approach the desk, we really have no idea what comes next.  Perhaps a young patron just wants to hand us a drawing of a red turtle.  Maybe somebody needs help formatting a resume.  Or somebody wants a recommendation for a scary movie. Library staff is constantly shifting from one role to another to serve our patrons in the best way we can. 

When I got home after working the front desk, I felt a sense of accomplishment.  I felt like I actually made a difference.  Because you see, at the library we make people smile, every day.  We provide a sense of relief for patrons, every day.  We teach patrons a new skill, every day.  And, at the end of every day, library work is good work. 

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Virtual Reality Is So Real, It's Scary.

Recently we added virtual reality glasses to our Library of Things. I've always wanted to try them, and so I did. I started out riding a virtual roller coaster. I haven't been on a roller coaster for a few years, but I love them. So I thought I'd give that a shot. Well, after about 45 seconds, I had to take the glasses off because I started to feel nauseated. I never even got to the top of the hill!

My staff then recommended that I try the Jurassic Park experience, so I got that all cued up. They assured me that it wasn't scary, but I was scared anyway. Although I was just going for a peaceful walk in Jurassic Park, if there is such a thing, I was certain something was going to jump out and eat me alive. And even when a gentle Triceratops sauntered up next to me to join me on my walk, I was terrified. So, I had to stop that one too.

Finally, my staff recommended Google maps. You can type in any address and get a full 365 degree view of that location. I "traveled" to Red Square in Moscow before cuing up my home town of Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Within a minute, I felt like I was really there, standing outside my hometown McDonald's, just a short walk from the library where I got my start.

The upshot is that virtual reality is pretty cool once you find the experience that's right for you. I don't quite have the stomach for all of it. But, maybe you do. Stop by the library and give it a try.

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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