On Tuesday, Bev & Rich Rubel (great volunteers and hard workers in the Gregory County Historical Society) transported and set up a new two-sided banner depicting scenes from the past of Gregory County. It was very professionally done and a great summary of some of the history of the towns in the county, some of which have disappeared over the years. This wonderful exhibit will be here until September 14. Come in and take a look. Thanks for sharing it with us, Rich & Bev!
Even though I no longer formally teach in a classroom, around this time of year I always start thinking about bulletin boards, new supplies and the chaos of beginning another year of motivating young minds to grow and create. And it was always sad to see the students with which I had shared a year-long relationship move on to another class and teacher.
So it was a very fun day for me today when Sara and Jeff allowed me a few minutes this afternoon to meet with the faculty of the Gregory School District during their in-service session to share info about our library and encourage their partnership with us.
Then I was able to visit the school library where school librarian Holly has been busy creating an under-the-sea environment complete with a yellow submarine! She is SO creative. I really have appreciated her partnership with us over the past few months. She is a fountain of great ideas. (My idea of a perfect vacation is visiting libraries and "borrowing" ideas!)
What a great afternoon...and now I get to order books. Whoo hoo!
Today I discovered that the folks at BASIC ESL are very helpful. Kevin helped me set up a link on our LINKS page to a free resource for patrons interested in learning ESL. (Their logo pictured here.)
Although we already have a great resource in Learning Express for learning new languages, this resource is geared just towards those who want to learn English as a second language. When using the link, it will connect patrons to our Gregory Public Library page at BASIC ESL. Then the user can decide to try the resource out by using INSTANT ACCESS or by registering for free. The registration process is just a way that a user can save and keep track of progress through the course. It is not a means of invading privacy!
We hope that this new online resource will be a benefit for our patrons.
Patrons enjoying free root beer floats at the library on a hot day (August 13, 2015). Thanks for stopping by! We plan to make this an annual event to celebrate summer one more time before school begins again.
In order to facilitate safe traveling in SD, the library has added a free driving program to its LINKS page. Although we currently use the wonderful Learning Express learning modules, this is another venue which patrons can explore as they work on driving skills in preparation for driver licensing. There are practice tests for motorcycles, CDL, and automobiles as well as online driver's manuals specific for the state of South Dakota. We hope that this proves beneficial to our community!
NOTE: The new 'Read Aloud' toolbar (found in the footer of every page) includes tools that will allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility. All of the tests can now be read aloud for those with vision problems, ESL speakers, and those with learning disabilities, like dyslexics. (from Driving-Tests.org)