A note from an appreciative mom about Hoopla

A message was received from a local mom to share her Hoopla experience, we wanted to take this opportunity to share it with everyone:

I want to thank my library for introducing me to Hoopla. I had been a user of this service since you began offering it a few years ago to listen to audiobooks while running errands and doing housework. Recently I have discovered the value it has for my kids as well. My daughter was having what I would call a "readers block". She had lost her enthusiasm for reading and it really concerned me. Then we noticed that she wasn't completing her SRC reading quizzes at school as a result. As with many families, we have a very busy schedule. We're always running off to sports, programs, parties, etc. So I began to think about this time we were "wasting" in the car. Since my daughter gets carsick, reading in the car wasn't an option for her, and she was so exhausted by bedtime that she would fall asleep reading. One afternoon she noticed that I was browsing through my Hoopla app trying to select my next book to listen to. This piqued her interest! So we browsed the children's titles together, and WOW there are a lot. She settled on one of the I Survived titles in the popular series. Since we drive to Fishers twice a week for practice, I thought this would be a perfect time to start listening. As we cruised down I-69 listening to I Survived Hurricane Katrina, I noticed that she was very engaged with the book (honestly, so was I). We were able to finish that title in one evening. It also sparked some great conversations between the two of us about my memories of the hurricane. The next time we had to head to Fishers, she asked if we could pick another book. So we settled on I Survived September 11, 2001. Again, she was engaged and we were able to have some great conversations about this historical event. Her next title was a Lemony Snicket book, with an amazing narrator. Another win for us! Since beginning to listen to books, I've noticed her more excited to pick up her books and read too. Now that she's found titles she has liked on audio, it has inspired her to read more in those series.

Another side note that I love about Hoopla is that I can download the titles onto my phone. That way I'm not using up all my data as we drive down the highway. We also download picture books to use as bedtime stories on a recent vacation, so we didn't have to pack numerous books to keep our bedtime routine.
Thank you so much for this service and so many others!
An Appreciative Mom

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Digital Magazines

When most people board a plane, they have a plan for how they will spend the time in the air. Teens wait in line with travel pillows around their necks, waiting to get into their seats so that they can snooze for a few hours.  Business people carry on laptops, intending to finish up presentations. Some people have a book or magazine that they plan to read, and yet others have shows or movies to watch.  Me?  I stare at the seat in front of me. 

In all honesty, I have a hard time reading or watching movies on a plane.  I just cannot focus to the point where I am losing myself in the story.  I am always fully aware that I am on a plane, and that the flight attendant may stop by at any moment with peanuts and ginger ale.  I'm just too distracted.  However, I do enjoy reading magazines because they don't require a lot of focus.  You can flip through the glossy pages pretty quickly and pick and choose what appeals to you.  But, I don't want to spend $5.00 on a 20 minute read!  So instead, I stare at the seat in front of me.

Well, now your library has FREE digital magazines, available from Libby by OverDrive. Download the Libby app, and select the Pendleton Community Public Library as your home library.  Enter your library card number and start borrowing magazines like HGTV Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and ESPN The Magazine.  There is no limit to how many you can check out, and there is no waiting period, even for the most popular titles.  Now you can have a collection of magazines to enjoy on a plane, at the beach, or even just sitting on your couch.

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Bike Share

Recently, I was downtown Indianapolis for a meeting at the Indiana State Library. It was about two weeks after Bird scooters were introduced to the city. And let me tell you. They were popular! There was at least one on every block, a person riding an electric scooter amidst the throngs of people on the sidewalk. I could tell that some pedestrians were annoyed with the new trend, but I actually thought it was pretty cool.

Bird scooters are motorized scooters that you rent through an app on your phone. Similar to the city’s Blue Indy car rental, they provide a means of transportation for people who don’t need to own their own vehicles, but have an occasional need for wheels. It seems so progressive, so urban. I like it.

So, I was pretty thrilled when I got a call from Rachel Christenson from the Town of Pendleton, asking me if the library would be interested in becoming a location for the town’s new Bike Share. The Bike Share is sponsored by Community Hospitals and allows people to rent bicycles. You could rent one to ride along the trails in the park. Or ride one downtown and browse the local shops, with no worries about finding a parking place. It’s progressive, not urban. I still like it.

Look for the new Bike Share locations at your Pendleton Community Public Library, Falls Park, and behind First Merchants. Coming Soon!

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Sky-High It

I like to plan. I like to make lists and check them off. Organization appeals to me. It's the main reason I was drawn to librarianship. But, I also like to dream. I like to imagine what's possible. I like to toss around big ideas and see where they land. When it comes to long-range planning, I'm in my element. I'm planning, AND I'm dreaming.

When we brainstorm at work, I always say, "sky-high it." It's kind of a motto of mine. I'd like to believe that my staff is comfortable sharing their ideas, big and small. When Matthew, our Teen Librarian, casually mentioned how nice it would be if the periodical room became the teen room, we made it happen. When former staff member and current Farm Manger of Indy Urban Acres, Tyler Gough, filled up my doorway and simply stated, "Let's start a community garden," we got to it. And, when a young mother mentioned how much she appreciated designated nursing areas in public places, our wheels started spinning. When we brainstorm, no idea is off the table.

We are always brainstorming, always planning. But, this year is different. This year we begin planning for the next three years at the library. We are taking a deeper dive in the areas of technology, facilities, collections, programs, services, and collaborations to see what we can do and what we can do better.

Over the next several months, we'll be around. You might see us. We'll be at the grocery store. We'll be on the sidewalk. We'll be on Facebook. We will be using new and creative ideas to engage our patrons to see what you want in your public library. Because, in the end, that's whom it's about. It's about you. The Pendleton Community Public Library is YOUR library, so you have every say in the matter. Won't you tell us what you think? "Sky-high it."

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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National Library Week

April 1, 2018

I'm sorry to say that National Library Week usually passes me by. Come February, it's somewhat on my radar, but then the spring kind of gets away from me, and the next thing you know, it's here. This year, with the help of the Friends of the Library, we have some exciting things planned. But, I have to remind myself that the idea isn't just to promote ourselves at the Pendleton Community Public Library. The idea is to promote the great work that all types of libraries do every day, all around the country.

When natural disasters strike, the library often serves as a resource for people who have been affected. After Hurricane Harvey, libraries that could open their doors offered assistance filling out FEMA forms, provided access to computers and internet, and provided an air-conditioned space to charge cellphones. At NRG Stadium, those who were displaced from their homes were offered a sense of normalcy by the pop-up-library which hosted storytimes, and made laptops and books available to use.

When demonstrations take place regarding social inequalities, the local libraries often host public conversations encouraging civil discourse, empathy, and a greater understanding of the world around us. It's natural for other libraries around the country to follow suit, recognizing that the value of these interactions isn't just for those who live in the communities that are affected. Because we all live in communities that are affected.

These disasters and demonstrations didn't align themselves with National Library Week. Libraries work tirelessly throughout the year taking the lead in helping their local communities. Celebrate ALL libraries during National Library Week, April 8th - 14th, and every week.

Lynn Hobbs

PCL Director

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The Learning Kitchen Project

June 1, 2018

Food is the center of so many aspects of life.  It's the center of parties, holidays, and cultural traditions.  It's the center of your family get-togethers and your church fundraisers.  But, what happens when your 12 year-old daughter is gluten-intolerant, and Sunday pasta Bolognese is no longer an option for your traditional family dinner?

What happens when you are diagnosed with diabetes and haven't a clue what to snack on?  What if, after your latest check-up, your doctor recommended a Keto diet, a Paleo diet, or a dairy-free, sugar-free, or meat-free diet.  You can Google recipes for hours on end, reading reviews, bookmarking, printing... Or, you can participate in The Learning Kitchen Project.

The Learning Kitchen Project has been a big idea for some time.  It's on the library's three-year plan, but it comes with a price tag, a price tag too expensive for the public library.  With funding through the South Madison Community Foundation's Community Enhancement Grant, the Youth Leadership Academy grant through the Madison County Community Foundation, and the Friends of the Library, The Learning Kitchen Project became a reality.

The purpose of the grant is to install a full kitchen in the library's community room to be used for demonstrations and cooking classes.  The Learning Kitchen Project targets three specific audiences:  those who need to prepare food in accordance with specific diet regulations, those who want new ideas for family meals using affordable pantry items, and teens who desire to learn basic kitchen and food preparation skills, for life.

In a partnership with the Purdue Extension, the Pendleton Community Public Library will start offering cooking classes and demonstrations the first four Monday evenings in July.  Check our calendar for more information and a link to register for "Eating Smart, Moving More." 

Construction on The Learning Kitchen Project is nearly finished.  So, stay tuned to see what's cooking!

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Pendleton Community Garden

May 1, 2018

It's hard to believe that the Pendleton Community Garden is entering its 9th year.  Over that period of time, the garden has donated literally thousands of pounds of fresh, locally-grown produce to local residents.  Every Thursday during the growing season, fresh vegetables are harvested and loaded onto the library's Read 'n' Feed trailer, a unique combination of a bookmobile and mobile food pantry.

It's no secret that we love fresh veggies, but we also love fresh faces, and we want to involve as many people as we can in the community garden. It is a community garden after all.  And part of its mission is to "cultivate a community mindset of volunteerism." A great way to give back to your community is to get involved as a plotholder or garden volunteer.

If you are interested in becoming a plotholder, call the library at (765) 778-7527 to talk with Jennifer. She will explain that one half of each plot is for the plotholders who can grow veggies for themselves.  The other half of the plot is planted by volunteers, and that half grows vegetables for Read 'n' Feed.  Both halves of the plot are tended to by the plotholders.  This includes weeding, watering, and harvesting.  Jennifer can answer any question you may have about the Pendleton Community Garden, including how to become a garden volunteer.

Whether you want to spend an hour planting seeds in the sunshine or dedicate an afternoon each week to harvest, plant, or weed, the Pendleton Community Garden appreciates any and all help.

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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My Eating Habits

I need to change my eating habits.  I don't mean that I need to go on a diet.  I mean I need to change my eating habits.  I'm in a rut.  I have the same things over and over.  The Kroger app could write my weekly shopping list. Because I really need to change my eating habits. 

It's not too often that I go on Pinterest, but when I do, I typically get caught up in recipes. My Facebook feed has been taken over with fast-motion video clips of fattening party favorites and lunch box suggestions.  And, of course I can Google anything from Brown Betty to Hoppin' John.  Meal ideas come at me from every which way, but I'm still uninspired. 

Last week, I found inspiration in the library's cookbook collection.  It was there that I found cohesive meal ideas and recipes worth the paper they were printed on.  These recipes weren't written by bloggers who need to hammer out weekly recipes in order to meet a deadline and maintain a fan base.  Rather, the books were inspired by the recipes.  These authors took the time to select their very best recipes, hone techniques, give clear instructions, and include beautiful photos.  And, all of it was there at my fingertips...so simple to just pull a book off the shelf and leaf through the pages.  No ads.  No reviews with suggestions that make you second guess the recipe. And, no shopping list in the sidebar leading you to local sale prices.  Just tried and true recipes worth sharing with the world.

Tonight, we're having Mediterranean tuna melts.  Simple, yet inspired. Exactly what I've been looking for.

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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A Familiar Song

Several years ago, during Heritage Fair, the library welcomed Father Boniface Hardin to Pendleton.  Father Hardin was a social activist and founding president of Martin University, a Predominately Black Institution in Indianapolis.  Because he bore an uncanny resemblance to Frederick Douglass, he would perform reenactments of the abolitionist's famous speeches.  It was for this reason that he was at Falls Park that day in September.

There was a small crowd of about 30 gathered around Father Hardin as he gave a rousing interpretation of one of Frederick Douglass' speeches.  After the speech was finished, he began to sing the spiritual, “We Shall Overcome.”  But, somewhere around the third verse, he forgot the words. He started to hum along to the tune, but we could all sense him trying to capture just one or two words that would bring everything back to mind.

And then we started hearing the words.  At first they came softly, with a little bit of self-consciousness, but then they got stronger and clearer.  It took me a moment to realize that the singing was actually coming from behind me.  This small crowd knew the words to  “We Shall Overcome,” and they begin filling the awkward space around us, until the awkwardness fell away and compassion and humanity took its place.

I remember that moment as something incredibly profound.  And I feel emotional thinking about it even now.  I can hardly remember another time in my life where I felt so connected to unfamiliar people in a shared experience of genuine support and kindness.  I truly felt that we were all one that day, even if only during a few verses of a familiar song.

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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Mission 595 is Launching

Recently, some of us took a field trip to the Muncie Public Library's Connection Corner.  It was there that we would have a first-hand look at their Digital Climbers program, an after-school, incentive-based S.T.E.A.M. initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).  "Climbers" complete challenges and earn points which can be cashed in for prizes.  When they complete a predetermined list of challenges, they advance to earn a new badge. 

We tried a few of these challenges.  My favorite was the Osmo pizza challenge.  With an iPad mounted before me and game pieces laid out on the table in front of me, I successfully served custom-ordered pizzas to an interesting array of colorful characters.  The lion only wants red toppings on his pizza today.  The hippo likes veggies.  And, the blue guy wants pineapple and anchovies?!  As I'm building the pizza with these pieces, the iPad registers my movements, and I interact with the characters up through the payment process where I make change with tiny currency.

Next, we used a Mac to create a song on GarageBand.  Ours started out with some catchy Dixieland horns before the chanting monks finished it out.  It was pretty bad, but somehow I was still proud of it.  After that, we Photoshopped a celebrity pic by giving Robert Downey Jr. a few pimples and a garish tie.  I learned quite a bit that morning, but I was also actually having fun.

And now your Pendleton Community Public Library is one of the official pilot libraries for the program we're calling Mission 595.  With a generous $5,000 educational grant from The Kroger Co., the library was able to purchase a MacBook, iPads, Osmo kits, Snap Circuits, Gravity and Laser Mazes, and more.  Kids aged 7-12 can visit "Mission Control" (aka the children's program room) on Friday, January 5th any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to see what Mission 595 is all about.  

Lynn Hobbs


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Holiday Traditions

Growing up in Minneapolis, we had a local department store called Dayton's.  It was like the Macy's of Minneapolis, and in true Macy's form, the holiday festivities at Dayton's spared no expense.  Every holiday season, we would visit the Dayton's display, a life-sized exhibit that rotated its literary theme.  Despite the fact that I was very young when we strolled through the dazzling displays, I still remember many of them, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where I was terrified by seeing a boy about my age stuck in a big tube.  The displays were always so real, and honestly a little creepy, with mechanically- animated mannequins portraying scenes from books.  Various faces would jerkily turn to look directly at me or lift an unnaturally quick hand to hang a stocking or offer a piece of candy. 

Despite the creepy mannequins, I remember those exhibits fondly.  It was our annual tradition to see the display as a family, and it just enhanced that wide-eyed feeling I had as a child during the holiday season. 

I hope that the library's annual holiday open house is a similar event for kids in Pendleton.  For well over a decade, the library has been hosting holiday festivities where we welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the children's department.  This year's open house will be held on December 10th from 1-3 p.m., and kids can get their faces painted, enjoy holiday treats, and visit with a real live reindeer.  This year, visitors will also be able to enjoy the Friends of the Library's display of gingerbread cottages, all vying to be the contest winner.  I imagine these kids twenty, thirty, forty years from now saying, "We would go to the library every year to see Santa and his reindeer.  Those were such fun times."  And, not at all creepy.

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My Sweet Tooth

I love Willy Wonka.  Not Gene Wilder Willy Wonka or Johnny Depp Willy Wonka.  I mean the actual Willy Wonka, the candy factory that's churning out brightly-colored, fruit-flavored goodies right this very minute.  Nerds, Gobstoppers, Runts, even Pixie-Stix and Fun Dip.  I like them way better than chocolate or cookies.


My taste in candy has never evolved past my childhood.  The sweeter and fruitier, the better. I should probably be ashamed to admit my penchant for high fructose corn syrup, carnauba wax, and yellow #5.  Or the fact that I actually prefer artificial banana flavor over real banana flavor.  But, I'm not ashamed.  I like what I like, and I like Willy Wonka.



With Halloween just behind us, my pantry is well-stocked with my favorite Willy Wonka candies.  Some of these are very similar to those that are included in the gingerbread house kits that can be purchased by contestants in the Friends of the Library's Gingerbread Cottage Build. 



Stop by the library any time in November and pick up a cottage kit entry for $20.  Use that as a starter kit for the most fantastical gingerbread cottage you can create. Or, if you're feeling really confident, forego the kit for a $10 entry fee which comes with a gingerbread recipe and cutout templates.  Deliver your cottage to the library on December 6th or 7th, and we will put it on display for patrons to enjoy during the library's Holiday Open House on December 10th.  Those who attend can vote for the People's Choice winner, and our panel of judges will award prizes in three other categories.  



I cannot wait to see the display of delicious cottages.  And, I promise to keep my hands to myself, no matter how much my sweet tooth might be tempted.




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Why can't I break out?

There are things that I'm good at.  And, of course, there are things that I'm not good at.  But, then there are the things that I think I SHOULD be good at, but I'm just not. Like breakout rooms, for example.  I like puzzles, and I like to solve problems.  I'm pretty good at that.  So, why for the life of me, can I not find my way out of a breakout room?

I've done a few breakout rooms, and I think that they are so fun.  I overthink things so much that the people who sit in the room, the ones who are available to provide clues, actually laugh at me.  Yet, I feel like every time I've done a breakout room, I've left with ways that I can improve upon my skills for the next time.

For example, listen VERY carefully to the instructions you receive when entering.  Listen to them twice, or even three times. I applied that to my next breakout experience, but that time the instructions weren't even instructions.  There were no hidden clues, not even red herrings.  I wasted precious minutes listening three times to Dr. Candice Bore talk about how I needed to save the planet.  And I did not save the planet.

Second, just because you use a tool once to retrieve a clue doesn't mean that you won't ever use it again. I applied that to the following breakout experience, but that time I really did only need to use the black light flashlight once.  I spent 30 minutes shining that flashlight on every blasted thing in the room.  And the only thing I learned is that the walls are clean.

I guess the main thing to remember is to just have fun.  We expect that lots of people will have fun in the library's Harry Potter Breakout Room which we will have set up for groups to try on October 28 - 29.  Be sure to call 778-7527 to reserve your timeslot.  I hope you fare better than I usually do.

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Library of Things

On more than one occasion, I have had guests take a cursory glance around my house and ask, "Where's all your stuff?"  Truth be told, I don't have a lot of stuff.  Mainly, because I don't want a lot of stuff.  But, naturally there comes a time when I need some stuff, even if just for a day.  Take my recent birthday party, for example.  We decided to host a nacho bar, and I was in need of a triple crock pot.  Thankfully, I was able to borrow one from a friend, and I was able to keep the cheese, chicken, and beef warm throughout the festivities.

It's possible I may need a triple crock pot again.  But, I cannot really justify the expense for once every few years, nor do I want it taking up space in the house.  I suppose I could continually ask to borrow it, but that doesn't feel right either. 

That's where the "Library of Things" comes in.  Many libraries across the country, and even the world, have been circulating more than books.  Sewing machines, power washers, and triple crock pots have found their way into library collections, ready for checkout by patrons who occasionally need them.  Here at the Library, we're intrigued by the idea and curious as to how it might work in Pendleton.

Like any good collection development plan, we want to tailor our Library of Things to serve our unique community.  So, we need your help.  Please tell us what you'd like to see in our Library of Things.  What is that one item that you use every spring for a few hours, or that you might need for your annual birthday party?  I'm suggesting a triple crock pot.

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A Well-Deserved Retirmenet


Arriving at 5:30 a.m. every morning, before the sun rises, before most people even crawl out of bed, Head Library Custodian, Dean Whitesel, has already cleaned seven restrooms, vacuumed a 28,000 square foot facility, sanitized the public computers, and performed a walk-through of all mechanical areas.  Dean changed light bulbs and filters.  He mowed and mulched.  He fixed what was broken.  And, even on the coldest, most treacherous days of winter, he cleared our walkways of snow before we opened at 9:00 a.m.  He did all of this for the past twenty-plus years, and he never complained.  Because Dean cared.


You see it's no small feat to have an employee who gets along with everybody and is good at their job.  But, it's something truly special to have somebody who genuinely cares.  Somebody who cares about a building and the patrons who use it, who cares about a town and the people who live there, and who takes good care of himself so that he could continue to do strenuous physical work for all those years.



As a retirement gift, Dean asked each of his co-workers to sign his very first library shirt.  With Sharpie in hand we all wished him congratulations on a well-deserved retirement.  When it was my turn, I wrote a simple but true sentiment.  Dean is Superman!



Congratulations Dean!!



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Craft Stash

Years ago, after receiving a beautiful handmade card from a friend, I attended a hand-stamping class at a local craft store. When I walked out of there, I was well-stocked and ready to get started.  I bought stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, an embossing gun, colored pencils, various colors of card stock, and even a paper cutter.  I crafted handmade cards for about two months before the novelty wore off.  Then, I put all of my supplies in a tote that I got at a library conference, never to be used again.  I still have that tote, and all of its contents, tucked neatly away in a spare closet.  And, I have absolutely no interest in hand stamping anything ever again. 


On July 23rd the library is hosting a Craft Stash Sale, and I will be participating.  Here's how it works.  I will bring my tote of card-making supplies to the library.  Our evaluation team will determine the value of my items and make me an offer in "craft cash."  If I accept this offer, my supplies become the property of the library, and I can take my craft cash to the Craft Stash Sale where I can use it to purchase somebody else's knitting needles, embroidery thread, or acrylic paints.


Even if you don't bring items to the library for the sale, you can still stop in and purchase craft supplies with good ol' cash money.  We're doing this as a fundraiser, but the benefits aren't just for the library.  You can finally get that stuff out of your garage or attic while affordably enabling your next craft craze.  Any leftover supplies will belong to the library for use at future programs and activities. 


For more information, call the library at 778-7527 or email kcase@pendleton.lib.in.us 



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Summer Reading is Here! Let's "Build a Better World."

June 1st kicks off the beginning of our Summer Reading Program, and this year's theme is "Build a Better World."  We can surely get behind that!  In recent years, summer reading themes have become less about entertainment and more about making positive change.  Last year, we encouraged kids and adults to exercise their minds and bodies.  This year, we are asking everybody to help "Build a Better World."  That's easier said than done, but even the tiniest good deed can mean a lot.  

Not too long ago, I found a note on my desk that simply said, "Lynn Rocks."  Attached to that note was a Post-It that said, "found in the book drop."  I assumed that it was some kind of joke, but my staff assures me that it actually was found in the book drop.  I have that note pinned to the bulletin board behind my desk, and to this day, I still have no idea who left it.  It was a simple gesture that makes me smile every time I see it.

"Building a Better World" doesn't mean that you have to single-handedly solve the world's problems. Rather, I think it means to be nice to others and to our planet.  Pay a compliment.  Pick up litter.  Make someone laugh.  Plant a tree.  Each of these small gestures of kindness will collectively "build a better world."  I urge you to find and commit small acts of kindness every single day. Let's build a better world by building a better Pendleton, one good deed at a time. 

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We're Going Green!

It used to be that "green" was a bad thing.  If you were green, you were either nauseated or envious.  Of course, now "green" has evolved to mean that you are friendly to the environment...a good thing!  And, since the library likes to support good things, we are making some changes around here to "go green."

Would you believe that the library has nearly 1,000 light bulbs that burn for at least 65 hours each week?  We're making the switch to LED to save energy.  We're also making adjustments in our staff area, where we use motion-controlled lights.  It used to be that if the sensor didn't pick up on anything for an hour, the lights would turn off.  But I went around like a bandit a few weeks ago to turn them all to ten minutes.  Now it's become a frequent and comedic occurrence to walk by a staff office to see somebody doing "jazz hands" in order to get the lights to come back on.  But hey, it's good exercise, right? 

Finally, we are encouraging you, dear patron, to be kind to Mother Earth as well.  We are providing options for a better way to tote your library materials around.  For 25 cents you can purchase a plastic, reusable library-themed bag.  OR, you can purchase one of our $5 reusable bags which are made from recycled materials.  These blue bags have the library's logo and one of our favorite quotations about reading, uttered by Stan Lee, "Reading is very good.  And you can quote me!"  These bags are generously-sized with adjustable straps and a perfect side pocket for your library card.  Once you see one, I think you'll agree that $5 is a steal!

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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I was brought up on Sesame Street.  Sesame Street helped me learn how to count, how to read, and how to treat others.  Sesame Street also taught me some basic Spanish.  It was so integral to the program, even back in the 70's, that I thought nothing of the fact that I knew how to count, how to say hello, and how to say open and closed in Spanish. 

My parents both speak fluent Italian.  Growing up, they would slip into Italian when discussing things that they didn't want us to understand, like where they hid our Christmas presents.  My sister and I were desperate to learn the language so that we could understand what they were talking about.  In response, my dad bought a Berlitz Italian textbook, and used it as a template for our formal language instruction.  But, I really struggled with it.  Despite the fact that I was retaining the Spanish I was learning on Sesame Street, I was not retaining the Italian taught by my dad.  Perhaps if my dad were a fuzzy puppet, who would occasionally break into song, I would have done better.

There's definitely something to be said for making learning fun.  And, that's why the library is introducing MUZZY to our young patrons.  MUZZY is a language-learning resource for children.  It uses sound, animation, interactive content, and fun characters to make learning a second language easy for kids.  MUZZY includes eight languages such as Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, and Italian.  MUZZY is available from home, via the Puffin Academy App. You can also access it through the library's webpage, under "Watch, Read, & Listen Online," which can be found on the Children's page. Login with "PendletonPL", and use "MuzzyPendleton" as the password.  HUGE thanks to the South Madison Community Foundation for funding this language-learning resource, made just for kids!

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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Lemonade Stands

Did you ever have a lemonade stand as a kid? I know I did. It was always fun to team up with a friend, mix up the lemonade, and sell to our neighbors. Then we got to dream about what all those dimes and quarters would buy.
Well, the lemonade stand is still around. Now there is a national initiative to teach kids entrepreneurship using the lemonade stand. Lemonade Day was created to encourage kids to get out there and sell lemonade. It teaches them how to start the business, even encouraging them to look for funding or "seed money" to help them get started. Now Lemonade Day has come to Pendleton and your library is getting involved. We're offering a series of events to teach the kids how to host their own lemonade stands. We're putting another spin on it as well. If you want to participate with the library, you can host your stand here. The money raised at the library stands are going to directly benefit the children's department. Since the kids are doing the hard work, they get to decide how we spend it.

If you would like your child to participate in this event, please email Miss Sara at shauser@pendleton.lib.in.us for more information.
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