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If you could see all of the activity around me today, you would know that the answer to that question is “yes.”  Of course I would say that as a librarian, but the last few days have brought home to me how much our services are needed.

There is so much information available on the internet that people need someone to sort through information for them.  Librarians find creditable sources and libraries pay to use online databases that the general public cannot afford as individual  subscriptions.  Yesterday I showed a mother the Tumblebooks link on our kids page.  With a computer, children can see the pages of picture books on which the words are highlighted while the computer reads the text aloud.  I also explained the Maker Lab to a very excited patron.These are two of the many resources you can access with your library card.  We offer e-books and audiobooks that can be downloaded to your mp3 player through Overdrive, streaming movies from Hoopla, magazines through Flipster, music downloads through Freegal and a language learning program called Mango.  All of these services can be accessed from home through whatever internet device you own.

We currently have two terrific apps for your mobile device: the ACPL mobile app lets you browse the catalog, check the events calendar, store your library card info and renew books with a touch of your screen; the family app has games, information and much more to offer to parents of young children.  You currently need to have an Apple device to access the family app, but I’m told it will be available for android in the future.

Libraries are gathering points for the community.  Parents attend the same story times each week with their children and make friends with other parents.  Groups use our meeting rooms for quilting, dance, yoga, scrap-booking and, of course, meetings.  ACPL has its own theater and art gallery. There are also live music concerts throughout the year.  This summer ACPL again offers Rock the Plaza concerts outdoors on Saturday evenings.  Oh, by the way, we also have books.

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Patron Profile: Twylette Milton

TwyletteTwylette Milton has been a faithful Pontiac Branch patron since the branch opened in its current location, about eight years now.  She was very happy when the new branch was built close to where she lives. Every Monday we can count on Twylette to come into the branch, pick up her holds, order more books, and spend a few minutes talking to the staff.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 46 years old, have three children: 30, 22, & 10.  I love to read, and I am employed in customer service.

1.  Which library location do you use most often?

The Pontiac Branch.  It’s close to my home. The staff is so helpful I have no need to go anywhere else.

2.  What is your favorite thing about the library?

The books, of course, and the way the staff always helps me find the materials I’m looking for.  It’s above and beyond.

3.   What do you like to read?

EVERYTHING! Fiction. If it’s something I’ve never read or heard of, or recommended to me and looks and sounds good, I read it.  Nothing left out.  However some of my favorites are vampire novels.  I read some set in the Carpathians and could hardly wait for the next one.

4. What is your favorite book, or do you have a favorite author?

I have so many I wouldn’t know where to begin.  The list is too long to contemplate.

5.  How do you find new authors?

Other voracious readers’ recommendations, from the books I read, because there are lists of other authors in the back of most books.  I also read lots of anthologies.  I’ve found that it’s a good way to read multiple authors and see if I like them or not.  Then when I go to the library, I check to see what else they have written.   I use the Novelist database sometimes.  It gives me read-alikes, and that is really helpful for finding new authors.

6.  What library service(s) do you use most?

The holds.  I love to always have something in the wings waiting to be read.  And of course the librarians, they are always willing to find reading material for me.

7. I understand you like the library’s mobile app?

Yes, I love it.  I have been using it on my phone for the last couple months, and I am constantly on it.  I am always checking the catalog for new books on authors I like.  I place my holds and keep track of my account.

8.  Keeping track of the number of books you have read must be difficult.  Do you have a system for keeping track of the materials you have read?

Oh yes, I record everything I read to make sure I don’t read it twice.  That is, unless I want to read it again because there are so many books out there waiting for me.  Right now, I keep track of everything on paper.  The librarian told me about Goodreads.com as a way to keep track of the books I’ve read, but for now, I am still using paper.

9.  What do you think about our selection, at the branch or in the system?

I have no complaints because if the Pontiac Branch doesn’t have what I’m looking for, they’re always willing to find it and get it for me.   You carry the authors I love to read.  There are times when a book I want is not available at all, but I always have an alternate title or author.  Either way, I never leave empty-handed.

10.  As a library system, what could we do better?

Carry all the books in a series.  I am surprised when the library carries only part of the books.   I read lots of series and sometimes it’s hard to get some of the books because the library just doesn’t have them.

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Patron Profile: Lindsey Maksim

Librarians just love our patrons.  I will be highlighting some regular library customers on this blog.  Here is my  Q&A with Lindsey Maksim.  When I met her recently, she made me feel like a celebrity since I work at the library.  I’d like to share that 15 minutes of fame with her!

1. Tell us about you! I’m from Fort Wayne and I have a degree in history from the University of Saint Francis. I work for the City, and I teach yoga at Lotus Yoga Wellness Gallery and at Pranayoga School of Yoga and Health. I discovered yoga about six years ago and fell in love with it immediately. Music is a big part of my life. I don’t have any talent in making music, but I collect it and I’m always at shows. Last year I got a record player and now I’m collecting vinyl. I have amazing friends who have been passing theirs on to me, so I already have quite a nice collection.

2. How long have you lived in Allen County? My whole life.

3. Which library location do you use the most? The downtown branch. I live and work downtown, so I’m there quite often.

4. What types of materials do you like to get from or use at the library? Mostly I check out CDs and DVDs. Whether it’s a new band or a classic movie, the library has it. As for books, I usually check them out when I need general information on whatever my new fascination is or need new ideas on yoga, cooking, etc. I try to read every day, but I buy most of my books so I can add them to my personal library.

5. What is your favorite thing about our library? The selection is great. I can usually find what I’m looking for and always walk out with more than I anticipated, but really, I just love being surrounded by all the stories. It’s easy to get excited looking through all the books.

6. What one thing do you think we could do better? At least at the downtown branch, I wish there were more hiding spaces to read. Other than that, no complaints.

7. Have you ever been to a library program? What was the best part? I’m a big fan of the Rock the Plaza series. It offers live music, good weather and brings people downtown. What’s not to love?

8. Do you use the library from home? Yes! I memorized my library card number years ago after typing it in so often. Having access to the ACPL’s catalog and my account is extremely helpful.

9. What is your favorite book or movie or CD? I’m one of the most indecisive people in the world. I don’t think it is possible for me to pick just one in any category. For CDs, I love anything by Bob Dylan or Jack White. For movies, I love Woody Allen and Wes Anderson, but I guess I could say Annie Hall is my favorite. As for books, I tend to read history books and biographies but I also love Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut.

10. Do you have a tip for keeping track of the library material you have checked out? Take advantage of the opportunity and actually use what you borrow! When I check out items, I use them and return them right away.

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