The Plainview Public Library is using a new tool called the IMPACT Survey to access how our community uses the technology services offered by the library. The survey asks patrons how they use library technology services like public computers, wireless networks, online resources, and digital literacy training, and helps gather information about how to improve those services. Getting a better sense of how our patrons are using library resources can be a powerful tool in determining what kind of services the library might need to offer and improving their outcomes. The library can provide better service with better knowledge of community needs. It only takes 10-15 minutes and is completely anonymous.
Edited on 3/10/14. This survey has closed and all links have been removed from the library website.
Monday, February 24 – Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Used Book Sale has begun! Check out 1000′s of gently used books and DVDs. Proceeds from this sale will be put towards a meeting table and chairs for the children’s room.
DVDs & Adult Hardcovers: $1.00
Paperbacks, Children’s Books, Audiobooks, CDs, cassettes: $.25
We are pleased to announce that we now offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system. Mango is free for all library patrons, and can be done online or via apps (Apple or Droid). There are more than 57 foreign language courses available (including Pirate!) and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Click on the Mango graphic on the right to see what the program has to offer.
Minnesota author Alison McGhee will visit the Plainview Public Library on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30pm. McGhee will read from her children’s books and discuss her creative process. Her books will be available for purchase and autographing.
This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Did you know that the library makes eBooks and digital audiobooks available to its patrons? Through our subscription to OverDrive, we are able to offer a wide variety of books that that can be read or listened to on devices such as e-readers, tablets, and smart phones. Information about OverDrive as it pertains to any certain device can be found on our website under eBooks. The library also offers free WiFi for those in need access to the Internet for book downloading.
Book Parties are an opportunity to read a particular book or series of books as a library community. About a month before the event, copies of the selected title are made available for checkout. Families can read the book together or individually prior to the event. Then everyone meets at the library for activities and conversation related to that particular book. For example, our November book party focuses on the short novel Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen. Because this book is very short, Meg will read it aloud during the event. Children will also have the opportunity to imagine what a pilgrim looks like and to create that figure using clothespins and donated fabric scraps. We will discover that all of us have much to be thankful for and that a pilgrim can be very different from what we first envision.
Join us on Monday, November 25th at 3:30pm for this fun event.
A Star Wars Reads Day Party will occur Saturday, October 5th at 10am in the Children’s Room of the Plainview Public Library. Jedi fans of all ages are welcome! Costumes are encouraged.
The Plainview Community Theater has generously donated tickets to The Wizard of Oz to be used by library patrons. Keep an eye on the yellow brick road in the children’s room. At random times from Friday, September 20th through Thursday, September 26th, you may find a certificate that entitles you to a ticket that will admit 4 people to the Wizard Sneak Preview on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 pm.
Updated 9/27 @ 9:30am: 10 of 10 tickets have been claimed.
Plainview Public Library
Wednesday, September 25th 7-8pm
Nick Ozment, as an American fairy-tale writer and critic, recognizes his own place in the lineage and influence of Baum. A popular speaker and panelist at conferences and conventions, including the World Fantasy Convention, Ozment has also taught courses on fantasy and horror literature at Winona State University in Winona, MN. He is a regular blogger for the online magazine Black Gate.
L. Frank Baum, who wrote hundreds of books, short stories, poems, and scripts, is best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels. Writer and critic Nick Ozment will deliver a presentation about how Baum’s world-renowned
stories were shaped by his home country and how, in turn, they have influenced fantasy and children’s books. Although Baum was working in a well-established tradition of European fairy tales, what he gave us in the world of Oz was a fairy tale with American roots steeped in New World soil.