Notes from the Library
Library resources and events mentioned recently on our radio spot on WMTR-AM have included
- Our current lobby exhibit on the Greek Collection honors the Tsigas-Fotinis family of Roxbury, who donated the materials and who were named 2009 Library Champions by the NJ Library Association. (Aired May 2009)
- Looking at colleges this summer? We have an extensive collection of college and admissions guides, test study guides registration booklets and the FAFSA and other financial aid forms. (Aired May 19-Junew 16, 2009)
- Our Evening Book Club is looking for new members. The Master Gardeners of the Rutgers Extension Service will be here one Saturday in May and in June, to answer your questions. Two local authors will be speaking here in June and July. Please reserve your seats.(Aired April-May 2009)
- We are currently hosting the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit Key Ingredients, America by food. Local sponsors are the County Historical Society and NJ Council on the Humanities. In addition to the exhibit and a lobby display of cookbooks, our January Friday films are all about food. (Aired December 2008.)
- Our book discussion groups (AM and PM) are beginning their 11th year this fall. (Aired December)
- Sign up early for our computer and software classes. They fill up quickly! (Aired December.)
- Food for Fines will be offered again this year between October 1st and 15th. Food and money collected over the two weeks is donated to the Morris County Interfaith Food Pantry. (Aired Sept. 30th)
- Our series of career seminars resumed in September. Drop into any or all of the sessions, as you can; no need to take them in sequence. (Aired Sept. 30th)
- Our Library by Mail services are available for those permanently or temporarily homebound.
- Our Music and Media department has arranged two concerts for children this month and will be showing the Harry Potter films in July. For your summer traveling and entertainment, Music and Media also offers over 20,000 books on CD, tape or as downloadable audiofiles. (Aired June-July 2007.)
- Internet and computer classes are offered each month, at the library. To the popular e-mail and Word classes we've added Excel, PowerPoint. New in June are classes on online travel planning and car pricing and evaluation on the web. (aired May/June 2007)
- Music & Media department offers concerts and film series, an art print collectiion, and our Song Index, an online searchable database of indexing to over 82,000 pieces in our sheet music collection. (Aired January 2007)
- Planning for college? The library offers a large collection of college guides, financial directories, test preparation materials and the application forms for test registrations and financial aid packages. See displays and staff in our Reader Services department. (Aired December 2006)
- MCL's free Career Workshops resume in September. (Aired August-Sept. 5)
- Two upcoming programs are both sponsored by the Library Foundation: NJ Symphony Orchestra string quartet will play Mozart here on May 10th. Call our music department to reserve a seat. Reservations are also requested for the six-week film series The Sixties: America's decade of crisis and change, running from April 22nd-May 27th, Saturdays from 2-4PM. (Aired April 2006)
- In March at the library, an exhibit of quilts from the County Historical Society and tax assistance from VITA,
Medicare counseling from the National Council on Aging.
(Aired Mar. 4-Apr. 18)
- Did you know? we have 6,800 CDs, 4,200 books-on-tape and 9,100
videos/DVDs in Music & Media and 130,000 circulating books in Reader
- How to pay for college? We have a large collection of: school directories, under- and graduate programs;
financial aid directories, test study guides and registration bulletins. (Aired Nov. 22--Dec. 13)
- The library now offers
wireless access to the Internet. Teen Read Week will be celebrated in mid-October will prize drawings and programs for
middle- and hihgh-schoolers.
- New to the area? Welcome to the county library which offers, among other things, 6800 CDs,
4200 audiobooks, 7400 videos and 1700 DVDs. The library card from your Morris County town is what you also use here.
(Aired July 2005.)
- Books by Mail is a library program for the temporarily or permanently
home-bound. We also offer books on tape and tape players from the state Library for the Blind and
Handicapped. As the north Jersey Deaf Resource Center, we have equipment (TTY, decoders, etc.) for the hard of hearing.
(Aired October 2004)
- The online library catalog now includes a feature called "My Account" which allows you to look up
which materials you have out at any time and when they are due. To use MyAccount you will need a PIN (personal
identification number), which you get at your local, hometown library. Please apply for you PIN in person. Phone and e-mail
assignments are not being done, to best protect your privacy.
- MCL has two book discussion groups, morning and evening.
Take a look at what they've read and discussed. Both clubs meet year round, with facilitator
Marianne Kranz, of the MCL Reference Dept.
- With bad weather coming on, patrons may wish to use our
services for the homebound. The library mails material to you and return post is prepaid.
(aired Dec. 2-16th)
- Morris County Library is a state designated Deaf Resource Center.
We have assistive listening devices available for loan and a collection of 200 close-captioned videos for the hard of
hearing. (Aired Aug 13th and 20th)
- The County Library now subscribes to
Prices for Antiques, available on computers in the reference room. This
database "contains detailed information on antiques, collectibles, fine art and historic Americana sold at auction
throughout North America. " (Aired July 2nd and 9th)
Music Department has a collection of over 70,000 sheets of popular music of
songs going back into the last century. and if we don't own it? we can probably borrow it for you from libraries around
the country. (Aired July 16th and 23rd)
- Most commonly requested information on finding doctors are Guide to Top Doctors,
Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists, the Castle Connelly guide to Top Doctors in NY/northern NJ. Sources
available online are linked from the library's health resources web. (Aired Jan. 29, Feb. 5)
- Is that charitable donation being used effectively? Check organizations to which you are giving in the
GuideStar database, which lists financial data for over 600,000 domestic
non-profit organizations. (Airing Dec. 5th and Dec. 12th.)
Morris County Library,Whippany, NJ 2000
12 October 2006