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April 2017 Librarian Lines

April Librarian’s Lines

Linda LeBert-Corbello

 

 

There are many occasions in life when a person can be totally surprised, humbled and shocked!  At a Chamber of Commerce Banquet held recently, that sentence would describe me.   To my total surprise I was awarded 2016 Employee of the Year for Jefferson Davis Parish.   It is with humble gratitude that I can tell the people of this parish that all my work is joy.   Coming back to my home parish has allowed me to give back to the parish that formed me educationally, spiritually and definitely as a reader!    As a child, I walked to the library in the summer and participated in Summer Reading Programs!  We attended schools led by professionals that worked hard to provide the best education possible.   Jefferson Davis Parish Schools and Libraries are still on that same quest.   I applaud my home parish for what I learned and what I continue to learn from the resourceful and progressive individuals I have come to know so many years later.  Thank you for allowing me the joy of giving back through my work to a parish that has and continues to give the best to its citizens.   The Library Board of Control and the employees of this library system share in the award.  Working together we are constantly trying to keep a collection that meets the needs of all people.  Humbly and with sincere gratitude, I thank the Chamber for such an honor.

 

 

 

As we continue to witness the evolution of public libraries, we continue to incorporate so many new programs and offerings of books, e-books, magazines, e-magazines, video games (One-Play) and so much more.   Check out our Jefferson Davis Parish Library website and our Facebook page!  Recently, when talking with a mother, I discovered that her child did not like to read.   I suggested the use of a database on our website: Tumblebooks.   Tumblebooks is a site that allows a child to select age appropriate reading materials.  The materials are labeled with the AR (Accelerated Reader) points.  Additionally, the books can be utilized where the child listens to the story as the words light up on the page.  This site would be helpful to any child, no matter the reading capability.  All Tumblebook readers enjoy the colorful pictures, music and stories.

 

A new application was available on March 1, 2017 at Jefferson Davis Library.   Many libraries throughout the United States already utilize HOOPLA.   HOOPLA has 600,000 items available.  All items are available with no holds.  Patrons will be allowed six items per month.  Time restraints on materials include:

 

  • Videos-3 days (includes television programs & movies)
  • Music-7 days
  • Audiobooks, eBooks, comic books-21 days

 

Recently, the staff attended a webinar that explained the process for utilizing the HOOPLA site.  The site is user friendly.  Each patron will set up their own account and can browse, borrow, play and return materials on their own.   Even if you run out of time for completion of enjoying what you checked out, you can borrow again immediately.  That is such a great benefit…no waiting.

 

Denice Sonnier, our technologist, is available to assist patrons with HOOPLA and any other website or database. 

 

Congratulations to the Young Readers Choice Schools!!! Young Readers Choice is a program sponsored by the Louisiana State Library.   Librarians and educators select a list of books each year for specific grade levels:   Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.    Lorraine Dees, Registrar of Voters, sends her personnel with actual voting machines for the children to vote. Joann Blair validates the poll results. The schools that participated this year included:  Fenton, Jennings Elementary, Jennings High School, Lake Arthur Elementary, Lake Arthur High School, Welsh High and Welsh Roanoke.   The librarians at these schools are to be commended for fostering an interest in the program.    The winners selected at our local level are sent to the State Library. The winners included:

3rd – 5th Grade

Winner : Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, illus. G. Brian Karas

Honor : I Survived True Stories: Five Epic Disasters by Lauren Tarshis

6th – 8th Grade

Winner : The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Honor : Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

Teen Readers’ Choice

Winner : To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Honor : Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

 

 Many thanks to all who participated and to those who assisted in the process.  My staff and I visited various schools and were delighted to see the interest of the children and the democratic process!

 

Looking forward to many more great adventures in our library service for our patrons …contact me at 337-824-1210 with any recommendations or suggestions.  

 

Again, it truly is my joy to be of service to the people of our parish.  I love coming to work each and every day!

 

Be on the lookout for the Summer Reading Schedule.   We will distribute to all students through the school system.  We will also have flyers available at all libraries.   We will have a large ad in the Jennings Daily News.   Can you believe summer is coming so fast?

 

 

February 2017 Librarians Lines

February Librarian’s Lines

Linda LeBert-Corbello

 There are many occasions in life when a person can be totally surprised, humbled and shocked!  At the recent Chamber of Commerce Banquet, that sentence would describe me.   To my total surprise I was awarded 2016 Employee of the Year for Jefferson Davis Parish.   It is with humble gratitude that I can tell the people of this parish that all my work is joy.   Coming back to my home parish has allowed me to give back to the parish that formed me educationally, spiritually and definitely as a reader!    As a child, I walked to the library in the summer and participated in Summer Reading Programs!  We attended schools led by professionals that worked hard to provide the best education possible.   Jefferson Davis Parish Schools and Libraries are still on that same quest.   I applaud my home parish for what I learned and what I continue to learn from the resourceful and progressive individuals I have come to know so many years later.  Thank you for allowing me the joy of giving back through my work to a parish that has and continues to give the best to its citizens.   The Library Board of Control and the employees of this library system share in the award.  Working together we are constantly trying to keep a collection that meets the needs of all people.  Humbly and with sincere gratitude, I thank the Chamber for such an honor.

 As we continue to witness the evolution of public libraries, we continue to incorporate so many new programs and offerings of books, e-books, magazines, e-magazines, video games (One-Play) and so much more.   Check out our Jefferson Davis Parish Library website and our Facebook page!

 A new application will be available on March 1, 2017.   Many libraries throughout the United States already utilize HOOPLA.   HOOPLA has 600,000 items available.  All items are available with no holds.  Patrons will be allowed six items per month.  Time restraints on materials includes:

 

       •Videos-3 days (includes television programs & movies)

       •Music-7 days

       •Audiobooks, eBooks, comic books-21 days

 

Recently, the staff attended a webinar that explained the process for utilizing the HOOPLA site.  The site is user friendly.  Each patron will set up their own account and can browse, borrow, play and return materials on their own.   Even if you run out of time for completion of enjoying what you checked out, you can borrow again immediately.

 In the near future, Denice Sonnier, our technologist will offer classes at all libraries in which she will be allowed to deliver the same webinar on HOOPLA that we attended today.  Check our website and Facebook page for the scheduled times.  We will also post notices at all libraries.

 Congratulations to the Young Readers Choice Schools!!! Young Readers Choice is a program sponsored by the Louisiana State Library.   Librarians and educators select a list of books each year for specific grade levels:   Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.    Lorraine Dees, Registrar of Voters, sends her personnel with actual voting machines for the children to vote. Joann Blair validates the poll results. The schools that participated this year included:  Fenton, Jennings Elementary, Jennings High School, Lake Arthur Elementary, Lake Arthur High School, Welsh High and Welsh Roanoke.   The librarians at these schools are to be commended for fostering an interest in the program.    The winners selected at our local level are sent to the State Library.  We are eagerly awaiting the final state totals to see who the award winners will be.  We will post to our Facebook and Library Website.  Many thanks to all who participated and to those who assisted in the process.  My staff and I visited various schools and were delighted to see the interest of the children and the democratic process!

 Looking forward to many more great adventures in our library service for our patrons …contact me at 337-824-1210 with any recommendations or suggestions.  

 Again, it truly is my joy to be of service to the people of our parish.  I love coming to work each and every day!

 

 

Librarian’s Lines

August 2016

Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello

 

“Louisiana Libraries:  Shaping the Future.”   This is this year’s theme for the Louisiana Library Association.   My first job working in a library was the summer of 1969 when I graduated from high school.  I worked at Calcasieu Parish Central Library on Pujo Street in Lake Charles while attending McNeese State University.  Upon graduating from McNeese I was a school librarian for a period of twelve years!  So much has changed.  I actually typed catalog cards and meticulously filed them in those wooden card catalog cabinets.  Teachers actually were using 16mm films to enrich classroom learning.  There were no computers and no one knew what the Internet was! Encyclopedias and reference books of all types were what students used to complete research.

 

How incredibly fast have our society and our libraries moved into shaping the future.  Besides the age old supply of books and materials, libraries are core centers for all types of information science.  The databases offered via our connection to the State Library of Louisiana are amazing sources of information for people of all walks of life…the student, the researcher, the teacher, the citizen, the children, the explorer, the traveler, the adventurer…the list is endless.  Jefferson Davis Parish Library continues to provide as many sources of information and books and materials as is humanly and financially possible.  Please enjoy your local library!

 

Welsh Branch Manager Denice Sonnier has been promoted to Cataloger/Technologist.   Ms. Sonnier is an eleven year employee of the library system and was welcomed with open arms by all members of the Jennings staff. Ms. Sonnier will be working with the process of cataloging our library materials as well as providing all services regarding technology!  Jean Stoute has been promoted to Welsh Branch Manager.  She worked in a variety of capacities for the library to include children’s programming, teen programing, nursing home and assisted living visits and a number of other ‘job roles’ for the library system since 2014.  Lisa Royer, our new Assistant Branch Manager in Welsh, comes to us with many skills as an educator and is certainly going to be an asset to the Welsh community.  

 

 A FAX Machine will be installed at Jennings Headquarters within the next few weeks.   After continually having numerous calls regarding fax services, Denice Sonnier, one of our staff members delved into a study determining what would be available.  After her research and discussion, it was decided that we will have a self –serve FaxScan24 Kiosk set up.  All other library branches do offer fax services!  A phone line connected to the Fax Machine will instruct the patron on how to utilize the Kiosk.  Debit cards or credit cards will be the only method of payment for faxes.  One may ask the question, “What if I don’t have either card?”  Many stores offer debit cards for a small fee.  The cost for faxes will be $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page.  I certainly hope this service will assist our patrons in situations in which a fax is needed.

 

Another service that is available is personal tours and demonstrations for teachers or librarians requesting such services.   Denice Sonnier recently provided a tour for students from Bethel Christian School.  The students were able to work on the computers to ‘tour’ the Jefferson Davis Parish website and databases available to include: 

  • Pronunciator-“Learn one of 80 languages, practice English as a Second Language or study for the citizenship test.”
  • Learning Express- “A comprehensive interactive learning platform of tests, courses, software tutorials, and career preparation for students and adults.”
  • Louisiana Gumbo-historic Louisiana photographs
  • Louisiana Homework
  • Freegal- E-Music
  • Overdrive- E-Books
  • Zinio- E-Magazines
  • Cypress Resume
  • Accessing books using the online catalog (OPAC) was also introduced. Finally, a history of the historic post office that became our wonderful library was shared.  Teachers and librarians are welcome to visit and learn more about the tremendous opportunities that await them and their students at the library.

Librarian’s Lines

Dr. Linda LeBert Corbello

January 2017

 

Our library system enjoys working for our patrons and fulfilling our mission statement in the process.   Providing R & R classes and FYI classes have been very successful with our adult population. I commend Iris Hollier-Holland, our secretary, for arranging the Jennings classes.  I commend the branch managers Kitty Marsh, Jean Stoute and Deanna Lemaire for arranging adult classes at their libraries.   

 

We recently hired a new Mobile Branch Manager, Tracy Trahan.  She comes to us with energy and fabulous ideas for enhancing our Mobile Branch services.   A new schedule has been issued that will provide the Mobile Branch services more often and in different locations.  All patrons will be delighted with her genuine concern for others and her friendly personality.  Ressie Stutes has been hired as Assistant Branch Manager for Elton.  She has so much energy and creative ideas to share with the Elton patrons.

 

Commendations are in order for Denice Sonnier.  She has been reassigned as the Cataloger/Technologist.  As part of her new duties she has implemented an excellent offer entitled: HOW DOES THAT WORK?  Here is information from the handout that can be picked up at any library on what she provides for patrons:

Have you ever asked that question?
Do you wonder how to use overdrive or need to know how to create a resume?

Whatever the question is we want to help!!

How Does That Work?
is our way of answering those
tech questions you have!

Time: 1:00—3:00PM

Elton Library—1st Wednesday of each month

Welsh Library—2nd Wednesday of each month

Lake Arthur Library—3rd Wednesday of each month

Jennings Library—Call for appointment or email:  Denice Sonnier @ 824-1210 or dsonnier@state.lib.la.us

 

A new addition to our library is ONE PLAY…where a patron can download video games via our library website!   Over 1500 PC games and over 500 Android games can be downloaded anywhere and anytime.  There are no holds or waiting as the games are always available.   Share this idea with teens, friends and your family. These games are the latest ‘rage’ among young people.  Games can only be downloaded from an individual’s home to their device.   How awesome is this???

November 2016 Librarians Lines

NOVEMBER LIBRARIAN’S LINES DR LINDA LEBERT-CORBELLO We are earnest at our efforts to get the newest Delicious Christmas cookbook to the public for the holiday season. Delicious Christmas has certainly added to the holiday season for many people as this special book has been offered for over thirty years as a free service to the public. Rhoda Marsh began typing the cookbook in her early years of being an employee for Jefferson Davis Parish Library. As many of you know by now, Rhoda Marsh passed away November 4, 2016. She was one of the most conscientious employees I have ever known. She came to work for the library system when she was a mere eighteen years of age. Over the thirty three years she worked for the library system, she managed to learn every facet of library work. When I was hired for the job as Director of Libraries, it was Rhoda Marsh who had the task of teaching me how things were accomplished in the Jefferson Davis Parish Library System. She was thorough! Although she was a cancer survivor and continued with health problems, she never felt sorry for herself. She would come to work and just plod away on whatever tasks that needed to be completed. She once had two bad ankles and actually wanted to work so badly that she rode our dumbwaiter to the second floor just to get to her desk to do her work. That is real dedication! And bravery…it is dark in there! Even after she retired, after the appropriate waiting period, she returned to work for us on a part-time basis. Her work continued to be impeccable. She taught all of us how to have courage and how to be of good faith. Our Board of Trustees President, Janice Esthay, suggested the idea that we continue with the Delicious Christmas cookbook, but this year the book will be a compilation of “All Things Rhoda.” Ms. Esthay has been going through all the back issues of Delicious Christmas to find Rhoda Marsh’s recipes. I think Ms. Rhoda would be more than thrilled to know of the special effort to remember her at this time. Christmas was a special time to her. Each year she looked forward to the day after Thanksgiving to listen to Christmas music throughout the day. Ms. Rhoda was a fantastic cook, an untiring employee and a very good friend to all. As an administrator, I can vouch for her loyalty to all of us. Her loyalty is an attribute that was important to me and to all our employees. “All Things Rhoda” is a gesture of remembrance of a big-hearted person who worked tirelessly to fulfill her job responsibilities while always helping others. She would be pleased to know of this endeavor on her behalf. Please enjoy your free copy of the cookbook this year as well as enjoying Ms. Rhoda’s tasty treats and a memory of a rare individual who enriched the lives of all she met. They will be ready for distribution by December 8, 2016. We welcome Elliot Cassidy and Marsha Pfeiffer as new Jefferson Davis Board of Control members. Both come to the board with a background rich in experiences in the legal profession. Their knowledge and willingness to serve is greatly appreciated. I will be updating you on their backgrounds and fields of expertise in my next Librarian’s Lines. New books are continually filling the shelves of libraries throughout the parish. Patrons are welcome to give suggestions to employee personnel for audios, books and e-books & materials. Hoping all enjoy a great holiday season. Hold onto special friends and family and make sweet memories!

October Librarians Lines

October-Librarian’s Lines
Linda LeBert-Corbello
“The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one’s devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas-a place where history comes to life~ Norman Cousins”
I recently found this quote…it was buried beneath a stack of favorite quotes that I have collected. It sparked a few ideas within me. I think that a library is not to be worshiped, but respected. Where else can a person find a physical piece of evidence of good thinking, creative writing or ideas that run as long as the world is round? Sure, I know the Internet can fill in for so many things, but for this lady the book will remain my best friend until the day I die. That reminds me when John Kennedy, Jr. spoke of his mother Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s death; he spoke of her peaceful passing surrounded by family and added that she was also surrounded by her books. I knew she was a great scholar, a speaker of various languages and a prominent public figure. Yet, when he included that she had her favorite books near her, I was deeply moved.
I moved recently and had to face the daunting task of deciding which of my many books would be moved to my new home. I had collected so many. The task was difficult. I would make a give-away stack and within a few minutes would retrieve a title that I knew I would want to either re-read or refer to at a later date. I brought many books to the
library’s FREEBIE Bin. I am always delighted at the joy some of our patrons have when they find something of interest in the FREEBIE Bin! I still have plenty of books in my own collection. They are really like a best friend! I agree with Socrates when he states that the library and its books are a delivery room for the birth of ideas! Anytime I refer to one of my own books…new ideas are born!
Now on to library business! A need that we have noted within our parish is education on various aspects of technology. Recently, we reassigned an employee, Denice Sonnier to serve as a cataloger/technologist. She had an outstanding idea of how to meet the needs of our patrons by offering classes at ALL branches. Below is her new program. I trust you will find an interest in this amazing outreach program entitled:
How Does That Work?
The Jefferson Davis Parish Library offers many FREE services through our website and databases. Whether you are new to our system or have been here for years you may still be asking the question, “How Does That Work?”
Freegal? Overdrive? Cypress Resume? Legal Forms? E-mail? Etc…
Starting in January 2017, Denice Sonnier will be at each of our libraries once a month to meet with you and answer those questions.
Each library will have a specific day and week each month. Time and date will be posted at your library, on the Jeff Davis Library’s Facebook Page and Website Calendar.
If possible call your library ahead of time with your question. This will allow Mrs. Sonnier the opportunity to prepare to answer questions and teach you a new skill.
Don’t let these great services pass you by. Learn how to use them so you can start enjoying them today!!!
Myra Spears will be sharing the work as children’s story time and teen game time in Lake Arthur Library and Jennings Headquarters. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in teaching children. She is a delightful person that will enrich the lives of children of all ages. Her new schedule begins on November 7 2016:
Monday 10 AM-11AM Toddler Time –Jennings
Tuesday 10 AM-11AM Toddler Time –Lake Arthur
Wednesday 4PM-5PM Game Day-Lake Arthur
Thursday 4PM-5PM Game Day-Jennings
A new employee has been hired for the Elton Library as Assistant Branch Manager. Donna Hotard comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University. She has extensive experiences in both the teaching field and in the area of library work. We welcome her to her new position and look forward to the ways in which she will touch the lives of the patrons in Elton.
Kay Hebert has been assigned as full-time Mobile Branch Outreach Librarian. Ms. Hebert has been working steadfastly at the ideas for outreach for a number of years. Her expertise and
patience in reaching those patrons in need has always been done in a professional and creative manner. Continue to check our Facebook and Website to see the newest endeavors that she will provide for the homebound, the rural communities and the many creative outreach ideas for all ages. Communities visited include: Fenton, Buller, Topsy, Raymond, Roanoke, Lacassine and Jennings Homebound Patrons. Mobile Branch Manager includes homebound deliveries to the Jennings Veteran’s Home, Jeff Davis Living Center, Camelot and Westminster Apartments. Welsh Branch Manager delivers materials & books to Bayou Villa and Golden Age of Welsh.
Your library belongs to you. Use it to the fullest. If you have any need we have not met, contact Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello at 824-1210 or 540-6729. We all love our jobs and enjoy the birthing of ideas, sharing of materials and serving the patrons of Jefferson Davis Parish.

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