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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.

Friends to Host Adult Spelling Bee

posted Jan 26, 2017, 1:31 PM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 2:05 PM ]

The Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library located in Moulton, Alabama is sponsoring an Adult Spelling Bee on 28th February 2017, 6:30 pm to raise funds for the Library. As you may be aware---local budgetary cuts mean we must reach out to our communities to help fund our library. The library appreciates the help and support you have given in the past.

We are inviting organizations and groups such as yours to sponsor a team of three or five adults (defined as 21 years and older). Your team{s} could be co-workers, family, or friends and multiple teams from the same organization are eligible. Entry fee is only $100/team. Register your team @ https://docs.google.com/a/lawrencecpl.org/forms/d/1rfKTaDTzRcf8g_DKes258gT59lnXjVVIxHCTewmyNcs

The public is invited to come and watch the tournament. This event promises great fun and entertainment for everyone. Thank you for your generosity and we hope to see you there!

Rules of the Bee Hives
Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library – First Adult Spelling Bee 2017

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. MC/announcer 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 30 seconds 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
  1. Teams’ failure to hold up board with word spelled in 30 sec counts as misspelled.
  2. Illegible or ambiguous writing counted misspelled.
  3. Erasing word before directed counted misspelled.
  4. Judges determine correct spelling. Judges inform team if word is correctly spelled.
  5. Use of a ‘Stress-Bee-lief’ card in order to remain in competition allowed.
  6. 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.
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. Cards explained:

**Rebuzz  This one allows a team one misspelled word and avoid elimination. May purchase up to two.
*First Rebuzz $10.00      *Second Rebuzz $20.00
**Buzz-off   This is a pass on spelling a word. Two may be purchased.
*First Buzz-off  $10.00   *Second Buzz-off  $20.00
**Stinger  Allows a team to pass and choose another team who must try to spell the word passed. Only one stinger is allowed.
*Stinger  $50.00

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.

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.

Merck Manuals Online Available at the Lawrence County Public Library

posted Jan 4, 2017, 12:54 PM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (January 4, 2017) – The Lawrence County Public Library is pleased to announce online access to the Merck Manuals at lawrencecpl.org.  

The Merck Manuals are a widely used medical resource for professionals and consumers published since 1899. The digital form has both a professional version, with more advanced content for medical students and professionals, and a consumer version, with easier to understand content for laypeople, and translations to many languages, including Spanish, Korean, and German. Considering the relatively short lifespan and high expense of medical reference texts, this is a great opportunity to have a continuously updated medical resource available to patrons. 

Access to the Merck Manuals are made possible by the Alabama Public Library service and is part of Merck’s Global Medical Knowledge 2020 initiative, which aims to make current medical information accessible to 3 billion professionals and patients around the world by 2020.

Christmas Cheer at the Lawrence County Public Library

posted Dec 9, 2016, 1:12 PM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (December 8, 2016) – Join us for Thursday, December 15th for a day of Christmas Cheer at the Lawrence County Public Library!

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. the library will be hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest.  Drop by, have your picture in your ugliest Christmas sweater made, and the library will determine the winner based on how many likes the pictures receive on our FaceBook page by Friday morning.  A book tote with a few miscellaneous items will be awarded to the winner.  Family members of library staff will not be eligible for the prize.

The Friends of the Lawrence County Public Library will be hosting an Open House at the library from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. We hope you will drop by!

During the Open House the Friends will also host a book sale.  Stop by and grab some great stocking stuffers!

Mrs. Claus to Visit the Lawrence County Public Library

posted Dec 7, 2016, 8:54 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

(Moulton, AL), (December 6, 2016) – The Lawrence County Public Library is happy to announce that Mrs. Claus will be visiting the library during Children’s Story Time on Tuesday, December 13th.  Mrs. Claus will arrive at 10 a.m. and plans to read a Christmas story to the children.  She will also allow photo opportunities for the children during story time.  We know that Mrs. Claus would be excited to see as many children here as possible.

The Children’s Story Time occurs weekly from 10 until 11 a.m. on Tuesdays during the school year.

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

Amnesty Week & Canned Food Drive

posted Nov 16, 2016, 12:31 PM by Rex Bain

(Moulton, AL), (November 16, 2016) – Each year the Lawrence County Public Library loses books. Some, of course, are legitimately lost and will never be recovered. 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 is, according to library records, checked out. And, 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.

To remove at least one of the barriers to returning an overdue library item, the Lawrence County Public Library borrowers are encouraged to return their overdue books and library materials without penalty or fine during an amnesty to be held Monday, December 12th through Friday, December 16th. Materials returned need to be in good condition but no questions will be asked nor fines charged.

The theme of the amnesty is Share the Thrill. Return the Books! Overdue materials can be returned without charge to the library at 401 College Street.

The purpose of the amnesty is to promote the return of needed Library materials and the increased use of the Library. The amnesty does not include overdue fines still on record from previously returned materials.

To assist with overdue fines on record for previously returned materials, the library will sponsor a canned food drive from Thursday, December 1st until Wednesday, December 14th.  For each donated can that has not exceeded its expiration date, the library will deduct $0.25 from patrons’ fines.  The canned goods will be donated to The Good Samaritan in Moulton, AL.

For more information on the library overdue materials amnesty, please call 256.974.0883.

Help Keep the Lights On at the Lawrence County Public Library

posted Nov 2, 2016, 11:56 AM by Lawrence County Public Library   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 11:57 AM ]

(Moulton, AL) – October 28, 2016 – The Lawrence County Public Library will be launching its “Help Keep the Lights On” fundraiser on November 1, 2016.  This fundraiser will last until January 6, 2017 with the goal of helping make up the shortfall in local funding to the library.  Donations can be made online at www.HelpKeepTheLightsOn.com, in person at the library, or via mail.

Library funding has dropped significantly over the past year.  The library has responded by cutting staff, closing the library 4 weeks per year, and reducing the budget for new books and materials by 50%.  While tightening the library’s belt, your help is still needed.  The library can keep the lights on by closing a $22,850 funding gap with 5 organizations or people funding the library for one week at $2,680 each; and 5 people or organizations funding one day at $536 each; and 100 people or organizations funding one hour at $67 each.

Based on the cost of operating the library at $67/hour, we currently project the library will have a financial gap in maintaining the library operational the minimum required 40 hours/week to qualify for the State of Alabama’s Supplemental Assistance.  Assuming the library had all projected income at the beginning of the fiscal year, the library would have funds to operate until June 12, 2017.  Our top three funding sources fund the library for the following number of days:

City of Moulton:  75
State of Alabama Supplemental Assistance:  51
Lawrence County Commission:  24

The Lawrence County Public Library has been serving Lawrence County for over 40 years in our current location.  Libraries have an ever growing impact in their communities as a source of information access, employment searches, and activity centers.  Your donation will allow us to apply your gift where it is needed most.  Contributions help us further our collections materials, increase programming, update computers/furniture, maintain the library, and much more.

Donate today at www.HelpKeepTheLightsOn.com and help light up your library!  Donations are tax exempt.

Learn more about your library at www.lawrencecpl.org or call 256.974.0883 for more information.

SHHH! No More: Public Libraries Need to Hear From You

posted Oct 28, 2016, 8:37 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) will be hosting an online survey from October 24 through November 18 to help us gather information about public libraries for our next five-year plan in order to receive federal funds. The survey may be taken online at http://webmini.apls.state.al.us/survey or at one of the 225 public libraries around the state. 

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APLS receives over $2.5 million in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federal funds each year from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  These funds are allocated by Congress and are used to supplement the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, provide grants to individual libraries, and provide statewide databases (i.e. Learning Express Library, Chilton Library, and Ancestry Library Edition) and other resources for all Alabama citizens.  

By legislation and laws, the expenditure of these funds must be in accordance with the goals and objectives of the APLS five-year plan.  This plan must be approved by the IMLS.  The current plan expires on September 30, 2017.  The information received from Alabama citizens, library administrators, and local, state and national leaders will be addressed in the development of the next five-year plan covering October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2022.

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APLS is the state library agency.  It serves all citizens of Alabama through services provided to public libraries and state employees.   A seven member executive board appointed by the Governor oversees the agency.   Each member represents one of Alabama’s seven Congressional Districts.  The Library Development Division provides consulting service to public libraries on a variety of issues through onsite visits, telephone, email, and electronic newsletters (The WhAT’s Line and APLSeeds).  The Information Technology Division provides public libraries with advice on making equipment purchases and onsite equipment troubleshooting. To learn more about APLS, visit our website at http://statelibrary.alabama.gov/

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