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Apr 15
2014

Redesign our "Bell Garden"!

Posted by heather in Announcements

The Columbia County Rural Library District is asking for your help in redesigning the garden area in front of the library. As a continuing effort to grow and serve the community better, CCRLD would like to create an open and inviting outdoor space in front of the library.

The Columbia County Rural Library District and the Friends of the Dayton Memorial Library are sponsoring a design contest for the Bell Garden space in front of the library. The winner will be named at a special reception and will have the opportunity to see their design, or elements of their design implemented. The winner will also have a plaque in the garden and have the opportunity to name the new garden area.

Contest guidelines:

The space is 21’ 6” along the east and west edges and 19’ north and south. The bell is on a base, which is 3’ 8” square.

The budget for this project is $1000 for labor and materials.

The contest is open to all ages. Both groups and individuals are encouraged to enter.

Required elements:

  • There must be some spaces for seating.
  • All plants and other elements must be low maintenance
  • There must be at least 10” of hardscaping or xeriscaping/ drought resistance landscaping around the perimeter. This is to protect the basement from water damage due to maintaining thirsty plants. (Existing plantings will be relocated.)
  • The design must compliment the architecture; this includes incorporating the bell and design elements that are in scale with the building.
  • The winning design will be a pleasing and inviting space for people to relax and enjoy.

Preferred elements:

  • Xeriscaping (landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water)
  • Native plants
  • Low maintenance and weather resistant architectural/art elements
  • Edible plants

To enter, please submit no later than 5pm, Friday, May 16, 2014:

  • A scale drawing of your plan, on an 11 x 17 sheet paper, that includes a key to the elements in your design.
  • A brief written description of your plan.

Contestant’s plans will be on display in the library from May 19 to May 29. Community members will vote to decide the winner.* A reception will be held in the Delany Room on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6 pm to announce the winner.

Prize:

  • The winning designer(s) will see his/her design implemented*
  • The winning designer(s) will have the opportunity to name the new garden
  • The CCRLD will install a plaque engraved with the garden’s new name and the name of the designer(s) somewhere in the garden.

*If the results of voting are not decisive, the library reserves the right to use elements of the winning design along with elements of other designs, as the budget allows.

 

For more information, call the Columbia County Rural Library District at 382-4131, email library@daytonwa.net or come by the library at 111 S Third, Dayton.

Mar 14
2014

Celebrate National Potato Chip Day!

Posted by heather in Events

Celebrate National Potato Chip Day with us at the library!

Taste-test the newest culinary sensation -- chocolate-covered potato chips -- all day!

And while you're here.... you can check your email, browse the videos, or even... read a book! :-)

Jan 31
2014

Oldest Books in Our Library Followup

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

I got an interesting response today from Sean Lanksbury (and forwarded by Jeff Martin) at our very own Washington State Library regarding that "Oldest Books in the Library" post I made back on January 10th. Sean writes:

History of Washington, The Evergreen State, from Early Dawn to Daylight is done in a grandiose and heroic style very common to late 19th century histories.  The Editor, Julian Hawthorne (1846 - 1934) was the only son of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and painter Sophia Peabody.  The work was the editor’s second work of Historical Non-Fiction, following The Story of Oregon: A History With Portraits and Biographies, (New York, NY: American Historical Publishing, 1892.)  Hawthorne was also known as a writer of gothically-styled Romantic Era novels, which were commercially successful but critically disdained for not following in his father’s footsteps.  His non-fiction editing fared better in critical circles.

Colonel George Douglas Brewerton was a poet, sketch artist and painter who during his military service was part of Kit Carson's 1848 expedition from Los Angeles, California to New Mexico. He gained some notoriety for publishing a three-part work on the trip in Harper's Weekly.   Brewerton came to Tacoma in the mid to late 1880s. WSL has a copy of a poem he wrote and recited memorializing the Grand Army of the Republic and fallen soldiers to a Tacoma crowd on Decoration Day (c/k/a Memorial Day) in 1889: 

http://stlow.iii.com/search~S1?/o69957550

Sources:

"George Douglas Brewerton: Painter, Historian, and Poet of the Far West," by Lewis O. Saum. The Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 94, No. 1 (Winter, 2002/2003), pp. 3-13)

"Julian Hawthorne." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Literature Resource Center. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. 

Cheers,

Sean Lanksbury

So now we know more about these lovely old books in our collection. :-)

Jan 16
2014

Laptops for the Library!

Posted by heather in Library News

So you head into the library to check your email; it's a short errand and will only take you five minutes...

...But as you walk in the door you see that all the patron-use stations are full.

What do you do? It would just be a short email check, and the clerk at the counter tells you it would be ten minutes before the next computer is available...

We know wait lists for our patron Internet computers have been increasing. And at last, we have a solution!

The Library is proud to offer four Internet-access laptops for use by patrons! These new, Windows 8 machines are Internet-ready will check out for one hour to help offset those waitlist lag times.

Requirements are:

  • An account in good standing, defined as no fines, fees, or overdues on the account.
  • Patron must be over 18, and have a valid driver's license or state-issued ID.
  • Computers must be used within the library, and be returned to the Front Desk when the checkout period is up.
  • More in our Laptop Policy

Please inquire at the front desk!

Jan 16
2014

Teen Video Contest Underway!

Posted by heather in Announcements

This just in from the Washington State Library:

Know any teenagers who love making videos? Do you have a son or daughter who aspires to be the next Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow? There’s a contest happening right now that’s perfect for them.
It’s the 2014 Teen Video Challenge, a national video competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.
Here’s how it works: Contestants create a video 30 to 90 seconds long that encourages teens to read and use libraries this summer. Entrants need to include their interpretation of this year’s contest slogan, “Spark a Reaction.”
Go here http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/projects/summerreading/videochallenge.aspx to learn more about the state contest, download a contest entry form, learn what to include in a video, where to upload the completed video and how to send in a completed entry form. Contestants need to send in their completed forms by March 7. Any Washington teen or group of teens ages 13-18 may enter.
The contest is being held by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The Washington State Library is a partner in the annual contest.
One individual or group will be selected as Washington’s Teen Video Challenge winner and receive a $275 award. The library listed on the entry form will receive from CSLP and a $25 gift certificate for Upstart products. The winner(s) will be notified in April.
In addition, the Washington video winner and all notable Teen Video Challenge entries from our state will be available on the Washington Summer Reading Program page.
The Washington State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

Jan 10
2014

The Oldest Books in Our Library

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

While doing research in our newspaper archive other day, I had a patron ask me what the oldest book in our library was.

I did a little sleuthing and this is what I came up with:

Two books, Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World: History of Oregon, Illustrated and History of Washington Volume 1, both with print dates in 1893.

The Pen Pictures book has a lovely, embossed leather cover.

Unfortunately, we don't know much about these two books, other than they are very old. Both have complete page counts, and are an interesting look into the history of the Pacific Northwest.

If you are interested in taking a gander at these old tomes, please inquire about the Genealogy Reference section at the front desk. :-)

Dec 18
2013

World Book Night

Posted by heather in Events

Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by January 5, 2014 by going to www.us.worldbooknight.org, read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply!

Select the Columbia County Rural Library District as your pickup site.

On the night of the event, book givers can pick up their books at the library and we'll have refreshments available.


Dec 05
2013

New Mobile Library App!

Posted by heather in Library News

Thanks to the efforts of the Washington State Library and Boopsie, you can now access our library catalog and your accounts with the Library Now app! 

The Library Now app is available for Android, Mac, and Windows platforms.

Visit http://wa.boopsie.com/ to learn more!

Dec 05
2013

Executive Sessions for December

Posted by heather in Announcements

The Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees announces special meetings to take place on:

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 4 to 5:30 and 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2013 – 4 to 5:30 and 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of meeting is to interview applicants for the position of Director.

Dec 04
2013

Get in the Christmas Mood with Some Christmas Books

Posted by heather in Interesting Tidbits

Come check out our new display of Christmas books for the holiday season!



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