- THE BELL TOWER
Everyone knows that the OWHL collects excellent materials in support of the curricular and recreational reading interests of PA students. And lots of grown ups in the community appreciate our current best-sellers, feature films, printed magazines, and downloadable ebook and audiobook collections. But if you have children who are not yet in high school and you haven’t brought them to the OWHL, you (and they) are missing out on a great opportunity. Emily Goss, who joined the OWHL staff last fall as our main circulation librarian is also our designated Children’s Librarian. Emily is committed to enhancing our collections for Babies, Young Readers, Tweens, and Young Adults by adding the best new titles and responding to community requests.
In order to make the PA community aware of these materials, she recently created Pinterest Boards where you can see and explore our recent additions to the Children’s, Tween and Young Adult collections. Pinterest describes itself as “a tool for collecting and organizing things that you love.” If you already have a Pinterest account, you can “follow” Emily’s Boards to make sure that you always know when we add new books. And when you are logged in to your account, you can click on the book cover for a link to the catalog to see if the book is available before you make your trip to the library. If you don’t already use Pinterest, consider checking it out. But you don’t have to create an account to view Emily’s Pinterest boards. Simply save the appropriate links below to your browser for future reference.
Children’s Books & DVDs: Follow this Board if you have children from infants to early chapter book readers.
Tween Books: Follow this Board if your children are making the transition between early chapter books and YA books. Click on any book cover to see the book in our catalog. From the catalog you can find out if it is available or checked out and browse other books that you might enjoy. If your selection is not available, you can place a hold to request it from another library. (You’ll need a PIN for this. See Emily to get your PIN if you don’t have one.)
Young Adult Books: Follow this Board / to see books for older readers. Many PA students love this collection, and adults have been known to enjoy YA fiction as well. Because there are so many YA books out there to choose from, Emily has added a lengthy annotation to each image on her Boards so that you can decide whether the book sounds like a good fit for your reader.
What’s in the works?
For Children’s: based on community input we will gradually add some leveled reading options to the children’s section and will continue to grow the picture book collection. The annual Newbery and Caldecott medals will be awarded later this month at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association to the best books for children published in 2013. They will be added to the collection immediately (if we don’t already have them!)
For Tweens: keep an eye out for additions to the Magic Tree House, Lunch Lady, Warriors, and Big Nate series. We are also adding some new series such as A to Z Mysteries and Origami Yoda.
For Young Adults: we continuously expand this collection with award-winning titles and recommendations from readers in our community.
And if you are an adult, you might consider “Liking” our Facebook page to be the first to know when we purchase new books and recreational DVDs. You can also ask Emily to help you sign up for our weekly newsletter devoted to new materials. If you have ideas regarding authors, titles, or series that you would like to see us acquire for readers of any age, please let us know.