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September 2016 newsletter

posted Sep 4, 2016, 4:34 PM by Cutler Memorial Library   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 4:35 PM ]
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CHECK IT OUT! The Cutler Memorial Library Newsletter for September 2016
Open Sunday, Tuesday, Friday 2pm-8pm and Wednesday, Thursday 10am-2pm
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Tuesday Night Knitting continues! 6:30-8pm

September is Library Card Sign-up month!

If you’re reading this newsletter… you probably already have your own library card.  But what about your family members, your best friend, your co-workers and neighbors?  If its been a while since they were in a library, they probably have no idea what they’re missing! Your enthusiasm might be the friendly nudge some of them need to “get around to it.” Don't be embarrassed to bring it up in conversations: “Have you been in your local library lately? Did you know that the Cutler Memorial Library is open 3 nights a week until 8 pm, including on Sundays?” Perhaps they’ll be glad to know how many things their library card provides access to: parks and museum passes, hands-on bins, a telescope, e-books and downloadable audiobooks, magazines, movies and of course BOOKS! The more people who use the library, the better the library reflects and supports the needs and interests of its community. So shout it from the rooftops: WE WANT YOU TO HAVE A LIBRARY CARD!

Libraries are evolving in many ways, but at the end of the day, it's still about providing ACCESS, CONNECTING people with each other and with the resources that will enrich their lives, and supporting individual and community-initiated CREATIVITY and LEARNING by facilitating SHARING... of ideas, materials, talents, experiences, stories, facts, images, et cetera! What WILL that look like in the future? It's fun to imagine. But we're doing more than just imagining at the Cutler Memorial Library; we're planning an expansion for today's increased and changing uses as well as for tomorrow's innovations and challenges.
"Who are you, that we serving?" 
(Or, in other words: what matters most to you? What kinds of things are you interested in? What struggles are you working to overcome?) Please: there are probably ways we could support your endeavors and facilitate your interests that none of us have thought of yet! The best way for us to develop our collection, offer programming, set policies, et cetera, is to know the community we're serving. Take five minutes and tell us about yourself! You might see a reflection of what you shared on the shelves or on the calendar some day...
Practice the steps of "The Lawnchair Brigade" at the library Wednesday the 14th, 6-6:30, or learn during the parade line-up (10 am), Saturday September 17th at the Plainfield Park & Ride. You'll need: a folding lawnchair, a pair of sunglasses and a baseball cap.
The Classic Book Club 
meets most 1st Mondays at the library,
151 High Street
(US Route 2)
at 6 pm.
If you are a first-time attendee, it's best to confirm the date and location in advance (as occasionally a month is skipped or the venue moved).
In October: discussing Shakespeare'sRomeo and Juliet. 
Summer Readers!
Did you challenge yourself to read more this summer?
One reader from each age group (adult, teen & youth) will win a reusable "book browsing" bag; just email me your name and age with preferred mode of contact and the words "Summer Reading" beforeSeptember 15th!
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Digital "Content!" Borrow Books to Read or Hear

More and more people are enjoying materials they have borrowed via their local library over the internet. Most commonly-used cellphones and all tablets, e-readers and computers have the capacity to become an "extender" of your local library's collection! Commuters (and other car-riding listeners): most portable devices can be plugged into car stereo systems these days, you might just need an audio cord. The selection on LISTEN UP, VERMONT is far better than what we are able to offer in physical format. Let us show you how! It can be tricky for the less-tech-adept, but we've taught even the most reluctant borrowers how to successfully upload e-books and audiobooks onto most devices. Let us show you how. In fiscal year 2011, the first full year statistics were available, 13 Cutler Memorial Library patrons borrowed 82 titles. This past year, 57 users borrowed 881 titles. In total, since we began to offer e-content, 138 different people have borrowed material 3,213 times! If they can figure it out, you can too. Five people from Plainfield have borrowed more than 200 titles from this collection. Just in terms of audiobooks, 1167 different titles were borrowed. Our physical audiobook collection has 211 items, for comparison.

So how to get started? Go to the App Store (called Google Play on Android devices) and download the Overdrive app for your device. If this is already Greek to you, just make an appointment with the librarian to bring your device to the library and get some 1:1 help! We don't mind a bit, we're glad to show you. But if you're still following along... create an Overdrive account if you don't already have one. Store your user name and password somewhere handy for reference. Then "search for a library" and it will point you to the Green Mountain Library Consortium. This web site is "Listen Up, Vermont," the portal to the digital collections. The Cutler Library has obtained exclusive content (we own dozens of licenses so our people don't have a long line to access those), plus there are many titles that are shared with patrons from libraries all across the state. You'll need to sign in, entering/selecting "Cutler Memorial Library" and then point and click on the text box that appears beneath the library name. On the log-in page, use 8504xxxx (8504 and your four digital library card number) to log in. If you are using e-books, you'll have to choose which format (e-pub, Kindle or in-browser) to borrow. If you're borrowing a Kindle-formatted e-book, you'll also need your Amazon account log-in and password, as the final borrowing step will be from and delivered to your device via your Amazon account 'cloud.' Some formats of e-book require being opened/transferred onto your device by way of Adobe Digital Editions so that access to the material is restricted to either one or two weeks (as you choose in your Listen Up, Vermont account settings). It sounds complicated, and it is a little bit... but most people get the hang of it after a few tries.

Why is there a wait for so many popular titles? Publishers prefer to sell libraries licenses that restrict access to their content to one borrower at a time. Most have a set number of uses and then the license expires. Some licenses to material are metered to only be available for a specified length of time, regardless of how many people borrow that material. Overdrive is our vendor and the web site Listen Up, Vermont is our platform for delivering the material. Green Mountain Library Consortium is a collective of (most) Vermont libraries who pool funds to afford this service and these licenses. There are multiple licenses for the most popular materials, but still there are often long waits for bestsellers. That's why the Cutler recently made a budgetary decision to pay not only as a subscriber for access to the entire collection but also for exclusive-to-Cutler-patrons licenses so that some items are only shared among our community members and not with the whole state. We have two recommendations as far as availability: chose to search first for only those items that are available to borrow immediately, using the settings on the advanced search page. This way you're sure to pick something you can borrow right away. The second time, browse without restricting results to "available now," but any time you see a title you would borrow that is currently on-loan, save it to your "wish list" so that the next time you log on to borrow, you can start there and see which of the items you've already identified as interesting are available immediately. 

So how much does this cost the library? Just as with the physical print and media products, digital audiobook licenses are, on average, far more expensive than e-book licenses. They range from $20 to $90, depending on the publisher, the title and the model of use (one-borrower-at-a-time, unlimited users for set periods of time, et cetera. E-books licenses can be as little as $6 but are typically in the $20 price range. Our wholesale and contracted discount prices for print and physical audiobooks are on-average about 2/3 that cost. Of course, physical books get damaged, lost, kept, stolen, defaced, moldy, etc. And the audiobook CDs get scratched, broken, lost and stolen too. Another factor to consider: digital content doesn't have to be recycled or given precious landfill space once we're done with it! E-book readers and reading apps allow readers to adjust the font size and brightness (usually) to accommodate different preferences and abilities. E-readers and tablets are much lighter than most physical books, too, so people whose strength is diminished from illness or advanced age can read for longer their arms tiring from holding the book! And audiobook players automatically remember where listeners leave off so that you can pick right back up where you left off even if you change listening locations (ie bring it in from the car). You never have to worry about changing discs or protecting them from damage! 

One final thought for people who have ignored e-books and downloadable audiobooks out of loyalty to physical-over-digital and the print medium. It doesn't have to be one or the other (in our lifetimes, at least)! Certainly, we'll be using BOTH into the foreseeable future. However, books made of paper might assume a different place in the lives of people several generations from now; most of use don't use scrolls or slate tablets anymore, after all, even though they still exist. The structure and form of libraries has and will continue to evolve right along side the formats we use to convey our stories, facts, lessons, rules, et cetera! Just as e-books are conveying the material contained within, the same as print books do, libraries will continue to serve by facilitating sharing, connecting, learning, creating and by providing access to information, materials, expertise and a safe, comfortable, functional space for all comers.