Albert City Library News

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Albert City Public Library Board is pleased to inform the public that Director, Mary Johnson, finished the first half of her Public Library Management classes in May 2009 and received the full 75 out of 75 points to pass the first session. Mary has just begun the second half of her classes. It is another 8 week course that ends in October. When she finishes, she will be awarded her certificate in Library Management, a requirement of the State Library of Iowa and to uphold the Tier 3 level of accreditation held by the Albert City Public Library. Congratulations Mary, and good luck with your studies.

This summer the library acquired several issues of four Swedish magazines and books dealing with Swedish heritage. They are: The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist the book, Sweden & America, and Swedish American Genealogist the magazine. We are pleased to have these available in our Library because of the huge Swedish heritage of many of our townspeople. Thank you to Ken Peterson, brother of Maurice Peterson of Albert City, for donating these fine books and magazines to our library.

Replacing our VHS movies with DVDs is a huge undertaking that we feel is necessary with the change in technology, so to keep up with the times we have begun to take the first step. Some of our not so new but wonderful viewings for movies this month will be: Shooter, Castaway, 50 First Dates, Sex and the City, Monster-in-Law, the Legend of Bagger Vance, The Man from Snowy River, Bella, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Red Badge of Courage, and Good Morning Vietnam. Children's new movies include: The Happy Elf, Stuart Little 2, Stitch!, The Three Musketeers, The Incredibles, Sesame Beginnings-Beginning Together, and the Water Babies. Come on in and check them out!

In the book department we have lots of new young adult offerings...Sarah Dessen's "Along for the Ride", L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Emma Dilemma and the Camping Nanny, Pip: the story of Olive by Kim Kane, E.L. Konigsburg's The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place and some graphic novels for those that like comic book style...The Color of Water and The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa.

Adult fiction and non fiction titles include: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, the Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace, A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore, The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson, Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann, 10-10-10- by Suzy Welch, Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, In the President's Secret Service by Ronald Kessler, In Different Stars Above by Daniel Brown, A Brave Vessel by Hobson Woodward, What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen and How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy just to name a few.

Story Hour started Friday, Sept. 11, from 10-11 a.m. The children had a lot of fun with new leader, Lisa Ellis. We look forward to all the fun and creativity in learning that will be provided this year every Friday morning.