In observance of Independence Day, the Library will be closed on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th. Have a great Independence Day!
Catalog and online account services will be down on Sunday, June 7th due a software upgrade, and possibly on Monday, June 8th. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call 812-944-8464 to renew library materials.
It’s almost time for the 2015 Summer Reading Club!
June 1st – July 31st
Starting May 1, register online at http://nafclibrarysr.evanced.info
Choose your Summer Reading Club:
- Ages 0-2
- Ages 3 – going-into-5th grade
- Grades 6-12
Children ages 3 to going-into-5th grade can choose to track minutes or books. Read and log your minutes or books from June 1 – July 31. Once you’ve met your reading goal (10 hours or 25 books), visit the library to collect a packet of coupons and a FREE BOOK!
The first day to collect prizes is June 15.
• Children ages 0 to 2 will get a sheet with early literacy activities to do with an adult.
• Children going into grades 6 to 12 may sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Club online or in the Teen Scene on the lower level of the library.
National Library Week at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
We enjoyed celebrating National Library Week here at the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. Thanks to the many patrons who visited the library and participated in our contest.
Our three grand prize winners for the contest are:
- Michelle Buskirk – Adults
- Tristan Winstead – Children’s
- Wesley Davis – Teens
We had a total of 7,460 materials checked out during National Library Week. 3, 786(Children), 485 (Teen), and 3,189 (Children’s). Nearly 100 patrons participated in the contest.
The library will be on a 2 hour delay this Friday, March 6th, due to the cold weather conditions and will open at 11:00 AM until 5:30 PM.
John Darnielle, for all intents and purposes, is one of my favorite bands, The Mountain Goats. He writes, composes, sings, and plays guitar for all their songs, which are notable for their humorous and heartfelt storytelling. So, I was intrigued when I saw that he had written a book, and moreso when I heard that it had won an American Library Association Alex Award, which is the award given to works of literature that were written for adults but have high appeal to teen readers.
Wolf in White Van is a strange book. Its structure unfolds like the mazes depicted on the book’s cover, a story with layers upon layers. It’s the story of Sean Phillips, an avid sci-fi/fantasy fan who was disfigured in an accident when he was 17. While he was recovering, he began shaping imaginary worlds that he turned into Trace Italian, a role-playing game that is played by snail mail. Players write Sean a letter explaining their turn, and he writes back to them with the story of what happens next. Wolf in White Van is simultaneously the story of Sean, the story of Trace Italian, and the story of some of Trace Italian’s most dedicated players. They’re all the same story, of course–the story of people looking for meaning and connection in the world, trying to create connections between fiction and reality.
Some of my favorite parts of Wolf in White Van were the excerpts we got from the game itself:
Could the map be wrong? No: as the tower rises you see symbols that bear no resemblance to the ones you know will mark the spires of the Trace Italian. Half-scratched pictures, shapes that could be letters, clusters that could be numbers. This is not the bulwark, not the housing that guards the Trace. And still it rises.
I’d recommend Wolf in White Van to anyone who knows what it’s like to get lost in a fictional world, even if only for a little while. 4 stars.
Due to the cold winter weather, the library will be closed on Saturday, February 21st. Stay tuned for future updates.
Due to ongoing weather conditions and the expected wind chill, the library will be closing early on Wednesday, February 18th at 6 PM. Stay warm and safe, everyone.
New Albany-Floyd County Public Library Offers Winter Reading Club for Children, Teens, and Adults
The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is offering Winter Reading Club programs for individuals of all ages, beginning Monday, December 1. There are 3 separate programs for children, teens, and adults. The Winter Reading Club provides an engaging opportunity for New Albany and Floyd County residents to read, awarding participants with prizes for meeting their goal.
The Children’s Winter Reading Club and Teen Winter Reading Club will run from December 1 through January 31. The Children’s Winter Reading Club is geared towards children in Pre-K through 5th grade. Interested participants and parents can visit the Children’s Room to sign up and pick up a game board, which will be used to track progress and reward children with prizes. The Teen Winter Reading Club is aimed at individuals in grades 6 through 12 and will offer a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card, in addition to rewards for meeting book goals. Participants can sign up for this program at Reference Services Desk.
Adults can enjoy their own Winter Reading Club, which will run for an extended period from December through February 28. The Adult Winter Reading Club challenges participants to read and review books. The program will offer weekly prize drawings. Mini prizes include a tote bag with select gift items. Grand prizes include a fleece blanket, quilt, and more. Adults can sign up for the program through the library’s website or by visiting the Reference Services Desk at the library.
Contacts for Winter Reading Club Programs
Abby Johnson, Children’s Services Manager
Renata Sancken, Teen Services Librarian
Lori Eskridge, Reference Services Librarian
Join us on December 6th for a Gingerbread House Workshop! Registration is required. Register by calling the Children’s Room at (812)-949-3528 or by visiting our online calendar at: