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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940)

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road published September 5, 1957.

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road published September 5, 1957.

What you need to know for the library move

You may have noticed lots of posters, advertisements, PSAs and such around Ames the past few weeks/months as we try to let people in Ames know about the impending library move and what it means to library customers over the next month or so.

Here’s the rundown:

Next Sunday, August 17, 2014, is our last day open for business at 620 Lincoln Way.

The ceremonial Book Brigade will be that evening. Participants can gather at 620 Lincoln Way or 515 Douglas and fill in the line in between. There will be volunteers and staff directing people along the route. 

The book drop at 620 Lincoln Way will close at 8 am on August 18. We will start accepting returns that morning at 515 Douglas in the drop at the front of the building.

Nothing will be due while we’re closed. No fines will accrue.

Holds will still be processed until we close and people will have a full 5 days to pick up their holds. But those 5 days can be split before and after we’re closed. This means some people will have 1 day to pick up their holds at 620 Lincoln Way and 4 days to pick up their hold at 515 Douglas after we REopen on September 14 for example. 

The catalog will still generally be accessible while we’re closed except for some (hopefully) short periods while we’re moving servers, etc. You’ll also be able to put what you find on hold and pick it up after we REopen.

Ebooks and e-audiobooks will still be available for checkout on WILBOR

You’ll still be able to pay your fines online.

September 5 the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation will host a fundraising gala at the REnewed building. You can register online for that event.

September 14 we’ll have a civic event and celebrate the Grand REopening of the library! The library will be open normal Sunday hours, 1-5 pm.

Outside in Iowa

Spent part of my afternoon walking around beautiful Ada Hayden Heritage Park in north Ames. It was a beautiful day to walk all the way around the lake, and I saw a number of plant and animal species I could identify, including a great blue heron, a few goldfinch, a field mouse, some red-winged blackbirds, and much more.

There were also many plants and animals I saw that I couldn’t identify, so I started poking around in the catalog and found some field guides. I also poked around looking for a good app, but apparently many of the apps crash or are poorly laid out and the good old paperback field guide is still the way to go.

We have LOTS of field guides at the library so depending on what you’re interested in identifying there are choices. Birds of Iowa by Stan Tekiela is a handy size for carrying around on a walk. It includes lovely pictures and general information about each species.

Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie is another good one. It has large photos and detailed descriptions about each plant.

And if you’re interested in identifying trees, we have Native Trees of the Midwest.

The weather has been beautiful, and we hope it keeps up for our impending move (less than 3 weeks left until we get started!). 

For over half a century, the comic book industry has been dogged by the work of one man, the anti-comics crusader and psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. His bestselling 1954 book The Seduction of the Innocent convinced parents and politicians alike that comics were a direct cause of violence, drug use, and homosexuality among young people. It led to the restrictive editorial code issued by the Comics Magazine Association of America, and a national movement to keep comics away from children and teens. Though Wertham claimed his evidence came from thousands of case studies, it turns out that he was lying. 
Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)

Book Clubs Take Note

Every year at the end of spring we go through the book club collection, decide what to remove and pick some titles to add. We’re currently in the process of putting out the new selections, so keep an eye out for some great new titles to enjoy and discuss with your book club! 

Already processed and out on the shelf are:

Gulp by Mary Roach - Entertaining and often hilarious science writer Mary Roach tackles the mysteries of the digestive system in her most recent book.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini - Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother through poverty and harsh winters in a small village in Afghanistan in 1952.

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro - Boston painter Claire Roth survives on painting reproductions. She’s promised her own show if she’ll paint a copy of a Degas, one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

We’ll continue putting out our new selections as they finish getting processed.

APL Dates to Know
The return to 515 Douglas Avenue is coming! The library will begin to hit some important dates in the next few weeks as we prepare for the move.
July: Shelving and furniture will be delivered to the Renewed Library!
July 1: We will stop taking interlibrary loan and purchase requests.
July 28: Item due dates will be extended so that nothing is due while we are closed.
August 17: The Book Brigade will begin at 4pm.
August 18-September 13: The Library and Bookmobile will be closed.
September 5: The Ames Public Library Friends Foundation Gala will begin at 7pm.
September 14: Grand REopening!
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.
— Lloyd Alexander