During the week of April 10-16, 2016, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the dynamic changes that are happening in today’s libraries. April 10-16 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by offering “Food for Fines”, fine forgiveness in exchange for canned goods, during the weeks of April 10-16 and 17-23, 2016. Library patrons with outstanding fines for overdue materials are encouraged to “give back” to the Library, as well as the community, by bringing in canned goods or boxed food items (no glass allowed). Participating patrons will receive $2 of fine forgiveness for each canned good or boxed food item donated. Please note that anyone is welcome to contribute to the food drive – not just those with outstanding fines!
Food items collected will be donated to Hope Southern Indiana and Mid-Town Commons. Both organizations operate food pantries in neighborhoods surrounding the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. If outstanding fines are keeping you out of the Library, now is your chance to reduce your fines and return long overdue items, while also donating to those in need in our community.
As part of National Library Week, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library has also designated Tuesday, April 12, 2016 as Patron Appreciation Day. We are offering a special “thank you” to our patrons with refreshments in the Library, beginning at 9:00 am while supplies last. During the entire month of April, the Carnegie Center for Art and History, a department of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, is holding a Stock the Shelves Art Book Drive, and seeking new or gently used, art-related coffee table books and art-related hardback books for children, for a new family space at the Center. Donors can drop books off at the Carnegie Center during regular museum hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:30 pm).
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. The theme for National Library Week this year is “Libraries Transform”. Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Libraries today are more about what they do, for and with library users as opposed to what they have for patrons. Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, attend an educational program, or just relax. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, downloadable music and magazines, online databases, online catalog services, and more – all accessible in person or online. Follow along during National Library Week with the hashtags #NLW16 and #LibrariesTransform.
The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed on Sunday, March 27 for the Easter holiday.
The library will open at 10 AM on Friday, March 25th due to Staff Safety Training. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Library Board member Pamela Poe has been awarded a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship to live with a host family in China, tour historic sites, and hike the Great Wall. She is a Media Specialist at Floyd Central High School and is one of 100 educators taking part in the 2016 Fellowship program.
For more information about the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship, click here.
The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library invites the public to stop in and meet new Library Director Melissa Merida on Sunday, March 6, 2016, from 1:00-3:00 PM, in the Library’s Strassweg Auditorium. This informal “meet and greet” event is an opportunity for members of the public to introduce themselves to Melissa, and to also visit with Library Board members, department managers, and staff. Library Board Secretary Pamela Poe will say a few words to introduce Melissa, and welcome her to the Library, at 1:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served.
Melissa Merida comes to the Library after six years with Purdue Extension Floyd County, where she served as County Extension Director and 4-H Youth Development Educator. Prior to her position with the Floyd County Extension Office, she worked for the Brownstown Community School System and the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County, in positions relating to these school systems’ Media Centers. Merida acquired substantial library experience during her tenure with the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, where she worked in a variety of roles ranging from public service, as an inner city branch librarian and assistant manager, to program librarian and trainer serving the library’s 26 branches, to webmaster and computer trainer for library employees. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library staff and Board of Directors welcomed Melissa Merida to the Library on Monday, February 1, 2016, her first day as Library Director.
Join us for an evening of culinary competition on Monday, March 7th from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in Strasweg Auditorium. The Soup & Chili Cook-Off is an opportunity for you to bring your best soup and/or chili recipes for tasting and judging. Not really a chef? You can still join us to taste and vote for your favorites.
Prizes will be awarded to winners. We’ll have categories for Best Soup, Best Chili, Audience Pick, and the new Heirloom Award for the best soup or chili passed down through generations.
This is a free event open to the public. Only those who wish to enter a dish must register. Entrants will need to bring 4 quarts of soup to the event.
Register online at http://bit.ly/SoupChili or call 812-949-3523.
The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 15th for President’s Day (Library In-service). The library will reopen on Tuesday.
This February, we are showing our love for the library. We want to know what you love most about the library. Is it our collection of books and movies? Is it our monthly programs and special events? We would love to know. All month long, stop by any main desk to fill out your own heart! Entries will be displayed on our bulletin board downstairs.
The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed on Friday, January 22nd and Saturday, January 23rd due to the snow and weather conditions.
The library will reopen on Sunday, January 24th at 1:00 PM.
For future updates, call 812-944-8464 or visit our website.
The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 20th due to the snow and weather conditions. The library is set to reopen on Thursday, January 21st at 9:00 AM.