Stoney Creek Current Volume XI issue 8- October 2012 
In This Issue
Libraries Touch Lives
Talking Politics
Read it, Watch It
Coming Soon...
Conference Dispatch

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Live, online homework help!

We are pleased to announce the availability of live, online homework help to the residents of Shenandoah County
Literati Public offers students in grades 3-12 access to Virginia certified teachers for help in the subjects of Reading, Writing and Math.
All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Help is available from 3-9PM on Mon-Thurs and from 9AM-3PM on Saturday.

Call or visit the library to learn more.

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Libraries Touch Lives


As many of you read this, you may still be cleaning up and recovering from Hurricane Sandy that left some of us flooded or without power in Shenandoah County, but wreaked far more havoc up the coast. I am grateful that the libraries survived with only a slight reduction in hours thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers.

As we move into the holiday season, the focus of the Shenandoah County Library Foundation's annual fund drive is "Libraries Touch Lives." I truly believe that our library system can have a positive impact in the community in so many ways. Whether you use our employment resources, individualized technology training, online homework help, family programming, or just stop in to check out books, I hope that you have had a positive interaction with one of our libraries in the past month.


You hear from us each month on our blog, website and newsletter, and we'd love to hear from you too! Send us an email, give us a call or just stop on by. And we hope you consider contributing to the SCLF annual campaign so that we can continue having a positive impact on your life and in your community. Thanks for reading!


-Sandy Whitesides, Library Director


Talking Politics

It's election season, and voting day is just around the corner. By now, you probably have an opinion about the Presidential candidates, but do you know who else is on the ballot? How about where to vote? Here's a quick guide to find out some of the finer details before you head out to cast your ballot:


Virginia State Board of Elections

If you live in Virginia, the State Board of Elections is a one-stop shop for just about everything you need to know except which candidate you should pick. Non-partisan, and authoritative, their website answers:

  • Am I registered?
  • Where do I vote?
  • What's on the Ballot?
  • What ID should I bring

And, of course, much more. If you live in Virginia and have any questions about election day, this should be your first stop.


Can I Vote?

If you live in another state - or need to help a family member who does - your next visit should be This non-partisan site is maintained by the National Association for the Secretaries of State and serves as a comprehensive resource for questions about voting.


Internet Public Library - Election and Voting

Curated by librarians (who else?) the Internet Public Library Election Guide has information about both partisan, non-partisan and mainstream media resources to satisfy all but the most rabid election-mania.


Visit your local Library

If you still want more information, just stop by and see us. We can answer just about any question you might have. Except, of course, exactly which candidate should get your vote!


Read the Book, See the Movie

Lately, we've noticed that the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin keeps flying off the shelf. We were a little confused until we realized that it might be because of the movie Lincoln scheduled to come out on November 9. So, we thought it might be a good time to suggest some other great Book/Movie combinations that might help you pass the time over the cold winter months. All of these are in our library catalog and you can search by title, author or director. For an even bigger selection than the ones pictured below, try our custom tag:"readitwatchit" (don't use the quotes).  
And speaking of movies...




You asked and we listened. Beginning November 5th, you will be able to place a hold request on that movie or television series you have been dying to see.


To browse the DVD collection or search for a sought after title, visit the library's online catalog from home. You may browse the DVD collection by genre or search for a specific title. Click on the request button next to the desired item. You will need to authenticate you account by entering you library card number and password. Don't know your password? Contact the library at 984-8200 to have it reset.


You may choose up to six items at a time  to place on hold; these items may be any combination of print or audio books, nooks, music CDs and DVDs. Please note: we continue to ask that you limit the number of new items placed on hold and checked out to 3 to allow everyone a fair chance to access new items. You will be able to pick up and return requested materials at the branch of your choice.


Thanks for your patience as we attempt to add more convenience to you. You only have to provide the popcorn and sodas. And now.......enjoy the show. 

Na No Wri...WHAT!?





Yes, you heard it right this first time - November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. And again this year the library wants to help you participate. We are hosting a live kickoff event on Saturday, November 3 and will host weekly write-ins on Thursday evenings in November from 7-9 PM. Download our flyer for complete information and call David at 984-8200 if you want to know more. 


Who knows, maybe you'll be the next Marissa Meyer, who's bestselling novel Cinder got its start as a NaNoWriMo project! For complete information on this national initiative, visit the website at




Conference Dispatch - Diane Cary vists ASRL in Raleigh


 In September Children's Librarian Diane Cary traveled to the annual conference of the Association for Small and Rural Libraries. This is her dispatch from the event:



What a joy to recently attend my first Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the theme of "Celebrate Libraries!", the tone was set for a learning and sharing experience for nearly 400 who attended, including 215 "newbies" like me. Also of note, several state libraries awarded grants to library staff to cover registration and travel expenses. This was a celebration in itself for grant recipients, many of whom felt that the value of their library work was reconfirmed by this state level financial support.


The general consensus of participants regarding the value of the conference was overwhelmingly positive. No complaints heard; how refreshing! First-timers resolved to attend the 2013 in Iowa because what they gleaned this year was so hands on and focused; many remarked that they could utilize session content immediately upon returning home. Many ARSL "veteran" attendees stated that they try to participate every year, when possible.


In addition to four top-notch keynote speakers, including Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Service, the scheduling by ARSL planners allowed me to attend eight workshops. A college professor presented tips during "Celebrate a Successful Family Literacy Event". "Surviving (and Thriving) During Challenging Times" reminded us to continue to focus on our individual community's needs, then look at what we can stop, so we can plan to start new programs or services. The "DIY After School Programs (for K-5th)" presenter handed us a terrific list of book titles, craft ideas, and other resources to use with this age group. A Louisiana speaker showed awesome photos during his "Razzle Dazzle em: the Glitz, Glam and Gusto of Material Displays". "Signature Events for Small Libraries" highlighted ways to raise funds and make friends. The remainder of the workshops were also helpful.

Getting Ready for the Holidays


Holiday Hours It's never too early to start thinking about the Holiday season! The County Library in Edinburg will observe the following Holiday Hours. Be sure to call ahead or check our website for the most up to date information about hours at all six of our library locations: 

Monday, November 12 - CLOSED (Veteran's Day)
Wednesday, November 21 - Closing at 2PM (Day before Thanksgiving)
Thursday, November 22 - CLOSED 
Friday, November 23 - CLOSED
December 24 - CLOSED 
December 25 - CLOSED 
December 31 - CLOSED 
January 1 - CLOSED   
Holiday Crafts and Cooking
Make sure to come in on those days we are open and get stock up on all your reading and entertainment needs. Don't forget about our great collection of craft books and cookbooks to keep the kids busy, decorate your house, and make sure all your visiting relatives get fed! Take a look at some of our suggestions below, but don't stop there. Search our catalog for the tag: holidaybooks or stop by to take a look at everything we have to offer. See you soon!