LIBRARY NEWS - November 2016
What's happening at your public library?
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales."
Albert Einstein   
DHCLS opposes liquor store application next door to Downtown Library.
Last month, DHCLS went before the City Commission along with the Downtown Dothan Redevelopment Authority (DDRA) to voice its opposition to an application which would put a liquor store right across the street on the corner of Burdeshaw and Oates Streets. As Library Director, Jason LeDuc, put it, "The optics of juxtaposing a liquor store and a public educational institution such as a library would be most unfortunate." The application was defeated. Read the full Dothan Eagle article HERE.

NOW HIRING!
PT Library Assistants ($8.00/hour)

Do you think you have what it takes to work in a library? Are you adept at working with the public? Are you savvy with technology? Are you detail-oriented? Do you have a passion for reading and learning? DHCLS has openings for 5 PT Library Assistant positions for 20 hours/week paying $8.00 per hour. Current openings are at all locations in either children's or adult services. A job description and application can be found on our employment page HERE.

NEW ONLINE RESOURCE
Chilton's Auto Repair Database

Your car giving you some trouble? Skip the big bill from the mechanic and get under the hood yourself. The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) recently purchased the Chilton's Auto Repair Database for all public libraries in Alabama. It includes:

  • Maintenance and specification tables that provide the unique data you need for each specific vehicle.
  • Step-by-step service and repair procedures, and labor estimating tool to help you confidently determine your next move.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Close-up photographs and illustrations for visual support.
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams.

It's now accessible directly from the DHCLS website. CLICK HERE

Bookmobile Update
New Tires/Old Awning
Since January 1st, the Bookmobile has been operating 3 days/week meandering its way down dusty backroads to bring library service to the underserved in remote areas of Houston County. This month it finally went into the shop to get its 6 old tires replaced in order to give it more stability and safety as it hauls that weighty collection of materials to its eager users.  However, it also experienced some pain this month as a powerful Wiregrass wind gust on the day of Hurricane Matthew ripped its awning right off the side while it was parked at the Taylor Town Hall. Life giveth and taketh away. 
Alabama Public Library Service
5-year Strategic Plan Survey

Not many non-librarians know that Alabama has a State Library based in Montgomery that oversees and augments many aspects of public library service across the State. it is an invaluable resource for DHCLS.  The Alabama Public Library Service, or  APLS as it's known wants you to weigh in on what you think is important for public libraries in Alabama going forward. Their resulting strategic plan will define how they will apply their efforts and allocate their resources to help DHCLS over the next 5 years. Please click HERE and let them know your support for libraries. 

Event Spotlight - Nov 26th
Small Business Saturday

Mark your calendars to make sure and support Dothan/Houston County area small businesses on Saturday, Nov. 26th.   Small Business Saturday which is wedged in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday has continued to see extraordinary success and growth since it first came to be in 2010.  Shopping at local small businesses adds to the local tax base which in turn helps support your public library programs and services. So show your local small businesses some love not only on Nov 26th, but all year round. 
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