In observance of Labor Day, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th. The library will reopen on Tuesday, September 8th at 9:00 AM.
Additional upcoming closing dates:
- Columbus Day (Library In-service) – Monday, October 12
- Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11
Catalog and online account services will be down this Thursday as the library updates its software. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call 812-944-8464 to renew library materials.
On Thursday, July 23rd, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library will be closed for building repairs. In addition, the Library’s Thursday Morning Movie program will be cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Library is set to reopen on Friday, July 24th at 9:00 AM.
Due to impending storms and uncomfortably warm conditions at the library, the library will close early today and will reopen on Tuesday at 9 AM.
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.