Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fireman Jim postponed

Due to personal family circumstances, the program Fireman Jim's Safety Tips, originally scheduled for Friday, September 21, will be postponed to Friday, October 19 at 10:15 a.m. Signups will be taken beginning immediately for this rescheduled performance.

Fireman Jim's Safety Tips Program
Friday, OCTOBER 19, 10:15 a.m.
It’s a rock ‘n rollin’ good time as Fireman Jim Jansen teaches children ages 4 and up basic fire safety through easy to learn songs and live demonstrations.Call 665-8720 to register.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Family Place Registration begins Sept 17

First-time Newington participants may register for the Parent-Child Workshop beginning Monday Sept 17. This program is a 5 week series of free workshops for parents and children ages 1-3 years old. Meet other families, share thoughts and experiences, and talk with librarians and local child development experts as you play and read with your children. This program is designed to help you find out about community services available to children and parents.

Brothers and sisters under 5 are invited to join the fun.

The Workshop begins Monday Oct. 1 and runs to Monday Nov. 5 at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday Oct 2 - Nov. 9 at 10:15 a.m.

A light supper is served before the evening session.

Call the children's department 860-665-8720 to register.

Out of town families and repeat participants may register begining September 24.

Trinity College Returns to Newington

Tuesday Sept 18, 25 and Oct 2, 9 at 11:00 a.m. Trinity Professor Andrew De Rocco will lecture on "Nobel Lives: Five Women and Their Paths to the Prize." The classes will be examining five women who were honored with Nobel Prizes in the sciences: the Curies, mother and daughter; Marie Goeppert-Mayer(physics, Rita Levi-Montalcini(physiology), and Barbara McClintock(genetics). The classes are presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Trinity College. There is still room in the class.

Please contact Trinity at 297-2125 or email them or visit their web page for more information.

I attended the class about E=MC2 last fall. I learned a lot from the professor and the other students in the class.


Librarians Learn Web 2.0

The librarians at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library are learning about the social web and new applications that we can use to improve service to our patrons.

One new project is the teen book review blog - Teen Reviews. Currently teens can fill out a comment card and one of our librarians will add their review to the blog. See what other teens are reading and what they think about the books. We hope in the near future teens will be able to post to this blog themselves.

The reference department has created an internal wiki for our reference polices, memos, FAQs, bookmarks. We watched this YouTube video from Commoncraft shows to learn about wikis

As part of the reference wiki our Head of Reference also created a account with our frequently used bookmarks. You can check out the ReferenceDepartment Bookmarks to see what sites we often go to when we answer your questions. Commoncraft also has YouTube video on social bookmarking.

If you have any suggestions for web2.0 applications that the library could use to improve service please leave a comment on this post.


Friday, September 07, 2007

Fireman Jim's Safety Tips

Join us on Friday, October 21st at 10:15 a.m. for a rock ‘n rollin’ good time as Fireman Jim Jansen teaches children ages 4 and up basic fire safety through easy to learn songs and live demonstrations.

Call 665-8720 to register beginning September 7.

Nutmeg Nights - Project Mulberry

Children in grades 3 and up are invited to participate in a monthly activity and discussion of the 2008 Nutmeg Book Award nominees.

September’s title is Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park on Wednesday, September 19th. Join us for pizza at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m., then we’ll do a silkworm project of our own!

Call 665-8720 to register.