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Read Magazines for Free from a Phone or Tablet through Lawrence County Public Library

posted Sep 19, 2018, 3:28 PM by Lawrence County Public Library

Digital magazines available anytime, anywhere

(Moulton, Alabama) – September 19, 2018 – Lawrence County Public Library is proud to offer a wide selection of popular digital ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video from the library’s website. This week digital magazines have been added to the collection. With a library card, members of the community can borrow from the digital collection for free anytime, anywhere. To begin reading, visit https://camellia.overdrive.com or download Libby, the award winning one-tap reading app.

CamelliaNet has 75 digital magazine titles in the catalog including Redbook, Popular Mechanics, and Reader’s Digest. There are titles for readers of all ages. All magazines are available with no limit. No waiting. No holds. Digital magazines do not count toward check-out limits.

Rex Bain, library director, said, “We are very excited the libraries we partner with came together to make this collection possible. CamelliaNet is growing every day in the services it provides and we are happy to offer these materials to our patrons.”

Users may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading, listening or watching for free. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, Windows® phones and tablets, and Kindle®. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees. 

To acquire a card or establish a PIN for this service, visit the Lawrence County Public Library. 

CamelliaNet participation is made possible by a Community Development Grant funded by TVA in Lieu of Taxes. This grant is made possible by our local State legislative delegation.

SNAPSHOT DAY 2018: ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALABAMA PUBLIC LIBRARIES

posted Sep 13, 2018, 11:01 AM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 11:01 AM ]

(Moulton, AL) – The Lawrence County Public Library is joining public libraries across the state in participating in “Snapshot Day: One Day in the Life of Alabama Public Libraries” on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 to show how important public libraries and library systems are to the state of Alabama.

On Sept. 18, the Lawrence County Public Library will compile statistics, patron comments, photographs, and other data chronicling a typical library day. The results will be added to those of public libraries across Alabama to show how libraries provide invaluable services to Alabama citizens. The Lawrence County Public Library will hold a random drawing from the patron comments to award a Kindle Fire tablet. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

Entries for the Kindle Fire table will be limited to one per patron. To be eligible, the comment card must have all sections completed. Neither Library Staff (employees and volunteers) nor their family members are eligible to participate in the drawing.

“Snapshot Day: One Day in the Life of Alabama Public Libraries” is a project of the Alabama Public Library Service.

For more information, contact the Lawrence County Public Library at 256.974.0883.

Second Annual Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser

posted Feb 6, 2018, 8:44 AM by Rex Bain

(Moulton, AL), (Revised: February 6, 2018) – The Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library has come up with a fun way to raise money to benefit the Lawrence County Public Library, as they will be hosting the second annual adult spelling bee on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Moulton Middle School cafeteria.


Holiday Hours at the Lawrence County Public Library

posted Nov 3, 2017, 11:02 AM by Rex Bain   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 11:57 AM ]

(Moulton, AL), (November 3, 2017) – In order to best conserve funds, the Lawrence County Public Library began implementing service changes the week of August 24th, 2015. These changes included closing the library at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, ending Fax, Copy & Print services 15 minutes prior to close, and locking the entrance five minutes prior to close to allow staff to assist remaining patrons on making their final selections. Having a local personnel budget appropriation of approximately 60% cut over the past several years, $32,000 per year in fiscal year 2015 to $12,650 for the current year, additional service changes are required.  

In order to remain compliant with State guidelines for receiving State Aid, the Lawrence County Public Library must remain open 40 hours per week the weeks the library is open or forfeit State Aid.  To assist with keeping the library on budget for fiscal year 2018, the library will be closing a total of three weeks during the upcoming holidays.  

The library will be closed:

Thanksgiving:  Monday, November 20 through Friday, November 24, 2017.  The library will reopen Monday, November 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Christmas:  Monday, December 18 through Monday, January 1, 2017.  The library will reopen Tuesday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Our digital library through Camellia.Net will remain open 24/7.  If you have not stopped by the library to get set up for Camellia, please take the opportunity to do so.

No fines will accrue during the weeks the library is closed during the holidays.  

While the library regrets having to make these changes, these changes will assist the Lawrence County Public Library in serving the residents of Lawrence County under current financial constraints. 

Library Retains the Services of a Material Asset Recovery Company

posted Oct 26, 2017, 1:04 PM by Rex Bain

(Moulton, AL), (Oct 26, 2017) – The Lawrence County Public Library has retained Unique Management Services (UMS) for material recovery and debt collection.  This service will go live beginning mid-to-late November for patron accounts with fines or fees which are over 30 days past due and are $25.00 or more. Currently, the patrons with fines/fees that exceed 30 days past due represents 4% of active patrons.

Each year the Lawrence County Public Library loses books. The vast majority, however, are still in the possession of the original borrower and could be returned if the borrower made a small effort.

What makes these losses especially difficult to bear is their effect on other borrowers. Imagine the frustration of a patron who desperately needs a particular volume to complete a project or some research, but finds that week after week the necessary book, according to library records, was never returned. At a time when book costs are spiraling upwards, replacing a lost or missing book can often be far more than the original purchase price.

Since 2014, the library has written off over $50,000 in patron fines and fees.  Those fines and fees are for lost materials and overdue fines patrons never paid.  Those fines and fees accumulated since transitioning to our current system in 2007.  The larger problem is the lost/damage fees.  As an example, a patron who checked out a high-demand item with a replacement cost of $153, never returned the item due in April.  The patron does not respond to attempts at contact.  As it was purchased with grant funding, the LCPL lacks the resources to replace the item without recovering the cost of the item from the patron.  

While material recovery is extremely important, it is unfortunate the LCPL lacks the resources to pursue these patrons with our current budget constraints.  With the assistance of UMS, our goal is to improve replacing lost items.  We hope many of these patrons will take the opportunity to return these items to the library before being referred to UMS. There will be a $12.00 fine assessed for patrons referred to Unique to cover associated recovery expenses.  

LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ECLIPSE PROGRAMMING

posted Aug 14, 2017, 2:03 PM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 2:04 PM ]

(MOULTON, AL), (August 14, 2017) — The Lawrence County Public Library (LCPL) has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that has not occurred in decades. 

Weather permitting, the library plans having an eclipse viewing party at the library on College Street.  The remaining supply of eclipse glasses may be picked up beginning at 11 a.m. on August 21st. A liability waiver will be required, and no more than one pair of glasses per attendee will be available until supplies run out.  Other than patrons who have attended our pre-eclipse programs, glasses will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Minors must have a parent or legal guardian present to obtain a pair and complete the liability waiver.  The library plans to stream the NASA Eclipse feed in the children’s library as well; however, we are unsure if internet traffic will degrade the stream.

Due to the uncertainty of how many patrons may attend, the library will be restricting some services the day of the eclipse between the hours of 11 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  During this time, there will be no print/fax/copy services or computer assistance available.  Our computers will be on for patrons who have library cards.  The library will not process new or replacement patron cards during this time or issue temporary IDs for computer use.  The phones will rollover to our answering machine’s outgoing message.  Fines will be waived on Monday, August 21st and Tuesday, August 22nd to prevent late fees impacting patrons who not reach us during the eclipse programming.

“This is a great problem to have,” stated Library Director Bain.  “We received only 200 glasses, but between phone calls and drop-bys, we have had almost 1,000 request for glasses.  Just this morning, we had around 30 inquiries within 2.5 hours of opening.  Since we do not know how this will translate into attendance numbers, we felt it safer to focus on this once in a lifetime event rather than auxiliary services.”

The LCPL has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation.  

LAWRENCE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY JOINS NASA AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN CELEBRATING THE CELESTIAL EVENT OF THE CENTURY

posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:08 AM by Rex Bain

(MOULTON, AL), (August 7, 2017) — The Lawrence County Public Library (LCPL) has joined more than 1,000 libraries across the country to participate in the celestial event of the century, the August 21, 2017 Solar Eclipse. During this national event, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States in a narrow band from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that has not occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago. The rest of the U.S. and North America will see a partial eclipse, with the Moon covering up only part of the Sun. It is aptly named the Great American Eclipse.  

The LCPL is located at 401 College Street, Moulton, AL. Our eclipse programs are free and open to the public.  As the LCPL only received 200 eclipse glasses, glasses will be available Monday, August 21, beginning at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Glasses will be limited to one per attendee.  Glasses will be reserved for those attending an eclipse program in August prior to August 21.  On August 21, minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to insure their child(ren) are wearing their eclipse glasses correctly.

The LCPL will offer a range of public programs to bring the excitement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to children, teens and adults. On July 21, the LCPL offered “Twinkle, Twinkle Great Big Star” during our Children’s Story Time.  On Thursday, August 10, Wayne White will be speaking at the LCPL on Eclipse Viewing Safety at 6 p.m.  The LCPL hopes to offer an additional program prior to the eclipse, but details are still pending.  For a full schedule of events, visit www.lawrencecpl.org or contact 256.974.0883.

“We are proud that the Lawrence County Public Library will participate in this national program,” said Rex Bain, LCPL Director. “We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find the solar eclipse to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.”

The LCPL has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library initiative, which are providing resources and STEM activities to libraries across the nation related to the eclipse. Partners include NASA, the American Library Association, and many other organizations. This project was made possible through support from the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, and the National Science Foundation.  

Lawrence County Public Library to Close for One Week

posted May 5, 2017, 11:21 AM by Rex Bain

(Moulton, AL), (May 4, 2017) – In order to best conserve funds for the fiscal year, the Lawrence County Public Library began implementing service changes the week of August 24, 2015.  These changes included closing the library at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays, ending Fax, Copy & Print services 15 minutes prior to close, and locking the entrance five minutes prior to close to allow staff to assist remaining patrons on making their final selections. The local personnel budget from the county appropriation has been reduced 62% since fiscal year 2015.  Due to this, the library is dependent on supplementing employee hours with volunteer hours in order to remain open 40 hours per week.

In order to remain compliant with State guidelines for receiving State Aid, the Lawrence County Public Library must remain open 40 hours per week the weeks the library is open or forfeit State Aid.  To assist with keeping the library on budget for fiscal year 2017, the library must close a minimum of four weeks during the year.  Previously, the library shutdown one week during Thanksgiving and two during Christmas.  The library will be closed beginning Monday, May 29 through Friday, June 2, 2017. In observance of a State and county holiday, the library will be closed Monday, June 5.  The library will reopen Tuesday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m.

Our digital library through Camellia.Net will remain open 24/7.  If you have not stopped by the library to get set up for Camellia, please take the opportunity to do so.

No fines will accrue during the week the library is closed.

While the library regrets having to make these changes, these changes will assist the Lawrence County Public Library in serving the residents of Lawrence County under current financial constraints.  

Earth Day 2017 NASA Citizen Science Project

posted Apr 14, 2017, 9:04 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

The Lawrence County Public Library is pleased to be part of Earth Day 2017.  Events will begin on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Libraries across the country will participate in this event, which is a special NASA citizen science project that allows participants to view clouds and submit their cloud observations through the GLOBE Observer App. These cloud observations will be used in conjunction with NASA satellite data to help scientists get a more complete picture of clouds in our atmosphere.

The Earth Day 2017 NASA Citizen Science will kick off at the Lawrence County Public Library on April 18, 2017 as part of the Children’s Reading Program.  Children will learn about clouds, observe clouds, and have the opportunity to report their observations via the GLOBE Observer App.

The next Earth Day 2017 event at the Lawrence County Public Library will be Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. to observe clouds and submit your observations. Anyone can participate. By simply downloading the GLOBE Observer App on your mobile device you may also begin making cloud observations at any time. It is that easy! Because clouds change rapidly, frequent observations from citizens of all ages are encouraged.

Earth Day 2017 library activities are ongoing and we encourage people of all ages to download the free GLOBE Observer App and start making cloud observations. It is easy to install and suitable for all ages. Please visit https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app to access the link for Android or iOS devices.

Earth Day 2017 library events are published on the Lawrence County Public Library upcoming events and calendar at www.lawrencecpl.org.  Be sure to join us by participating in cloud observations and future activities for fun learning experiences and to help make our community a strong part of this national event.

Updated Adult Spelling Bee Rules

posted Feb 27, 2017, 2:29 PM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 2:44 PM ]

Rules of the Bee Hives

Teams

Each team will consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five players.
All members must be adults (21 yrs. And older). All teams must have registered and paid their entry fee ($100/team) prior to competing.

Competition Format

Teams will participate in rounds (swarms).
  1. Teams will spell in the order registered for the Bee. Placement in the Bee will be determined by the order in which a team goes out. IE: first to misspell a word gets last place, etc.
  2. One of the judges pronounces word, gives definition, uses in a sentence, and pronounces word again. Teams may request alternate pronunciation.
  3. Team members collaborate on spelling the word.
  4. Words pronounced and defined as according to Oxford Concise Dict. Alternate pronunciation according to the “How to Speak Southern” book.
  5. These procedures and official rules govern the spelling bee. Disputes resolved by judges. No appeals, no pardons nor commuting of decisions awarded. Disputes resolved over the correct spelling, illegible handwriting, or any other question (no matter how good) –Judges’ decision is final.
Preliminary Rounds
  1. Each team allowed one minute in which to spell and write word on board.
  2. Teams confer on spelling. Word must be written legibly, neatly, and as large as possible.
  3. All teams cease writing when timer is sounded and MC directs team display its spelling of word.
Hive (team) Elimination

Teams’ failure to immediately write word given at end of the allotted minute counts as misspelled.
  1. Illegible or ambiguous writing counted misspelled
  2. Erasing word before directed counted misspelled.
  3. Judges determine correct spelling. Judges inform team if word is correctly spelled.
  4. Use of a ‘Stress-Bee-lief’ card in order to remain in competition allowed.
  5. Each round is over when all teams had opportunity to spell a word. Rounds continue until two teams are left. Eliminated teams may throw their (vocal) support to another team but cannot help in spelling,
  6. No electronic devices allowed
Stress-Bee-lief

Teams may purchase Stress-bee-lief cards. Audience members or sponsors or teams may purchase them for a team. Each team will receive one card of each to purchase for use during the bee. Stress-bee-lief  cards are purchased at time spelling word is given. Cards explained:

**Rebuzz  This one allows a team one misspelled word and avoid elimination. May purchase up to three.
*First Rebuzz $5.00      *Second Rebuzz $10.00   *Third Rebuzz  $15.00

**Buzz-off   This is a pass on spelling a word. May purchase up to three.
*First Buzz-off  $5.00   *Second Buzz-off  $10.00   *Third Buzz-Off  $15.00   

**Stinger  Allows a team to pass and choose another team who must try to spell the word passed. Only one stinger is allowed.
*Stinger  $20.00

**Bee-line  Allows one team member to contact via cell or choose one person  from audience for help spelling. Cell must be on speaker mode.
*Bee-line $20.00  

Final Round Elimination

When only two teams remain:
  1. One team misspells, the other team has a chance at same word
  2. If second team spells word correctly, another word is given that same team. 
  3. This continues until one team spells word(s) correctly or both teams spell both words incorrectly.
  4. A max 3 rounds is played. No one declared winner.
To determine the winner==Five words are called out. Teams are given two minutes in which to write  the words on a piece of paper.  The team w/ most correct answers-- WINS. OR a crossword puzzle will be given each team, 30 sec to complete; the team with most correct answers—WINS.

Voting for Best Name/Costume

Vote for your favorite costume/name at a cost of 50 cents/vote. Max times to vote—6.
Voting ends when final elimination begins.

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