Here is a list of titles that we could barely keep on the shelf in 2018! Which books or movies on the list are your favorites?
We have events and prizes for babies to adults. We kick off June 30 and have at least one event nearly every day this summer. Read for prizes at every age level. More information to follow in a special newsletter supplement in mid-June focused on Summer Reading.
What's going on this summer? Download brochures listing activities for:
Adult Summer Reading
Teen Summer Reading
Children's Summer Reading
There was a lot going on this year, but that didn't stop our patrons from enjoying the various offerings from our collection! Lets take a look at the most popular titles this year at the Meredith Public Library.
The Dewey Decimal System. Taught to most of us sometime in elementary school, is a numeric way of finding non-fiction books on the shelves of libraries. There is an organizational method to those numbers, seemingly cryptic except to those in the library-know, but not very user friendly to those wishing to browse our shelves of non-fiction.
Some public libraries have decided to switch to the bookstore model of organizing books, where words such as TRAVEL replace the Dewey number 910, HISTORY replace 930-940 & GARDENING replace 630 to make their shelves more user friendly.
After some debate, we at the Meredith Public Library decided to experiment with switching some of our popular non-fiction collections to the bookstore model (called BISAC) to see what our faithful library patrons think of it. Joyce has been working tirelessly researching BISAC and making the switch and so far has completed Travel, History, Cooking and Gardening.
So for example in our Cooking section, all cookbooks will have the main heading of COOKING on their spine label. Then there are subheadings. So if you are looking for Italian cookbooks, the spine will look like:
Taking a trip across the pond? The spine label would look like this:
Need to learn about Germany's past? The spine label would look like this:
We are still working on the best way to organize the shelves since most of our books are still in Dewey and it makes it confusing to see both systems being used. We are still working out some kinks. New non-fiction books, regardless of their spine label, are still shelved with new non-fiction on the main floor.
So, we welcome your feedback. What are your thoughts on using the bookstore model over Dewey? Would you like to see us switch all of our non-fiction books over to the bookstore model of change back to Dewey?
We are looking for ways to make our collection more accessible to everyone, so your input would be most appreciated. While checking out your books, please give your opinion at the front desk and this information will be forwarded to me.
-- Erin Apostolos, Library Director.
Most Popular Check Outs of 2016
There were a lot of great titles out this year! "Check out" the most popular picks of our patrons after the cut!
Darktown by Thomas Mullen.
Grappling with race issues, Atlanta hires its first black officers. They are then faced with a crime where a black woman goes missing and was last seen in a car with a white man. The description compares the tone of the novel to Dennis Lehane. It is "a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice" .
The author of many great and well-lauded titles, Kate Atkinson is our author of the month for September. All this month, check out our display of her available titles in the fiction room!
Some of her titles available in our catalog:
Life After Life
A God in Ruins
Started Early, Took My Dog
One Good Turn
The Meredith Public Library benefits from a wide collection of digital titles via Overdrive. All you need is a library card with us and you can plug in and take your reads on the go. Our ebook collection also has many titles that we do not have in our building.
So, whats new for ebooks and eaudio books this month?
The Librarians and Library Aides of the Meredith Public library: Erin, Chris, Matthew, Karen, John, Cherie, Joyce, Jessica, and Linda. Please check out our Staff page for more information.