Race City Reads: Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Volume 86 | February 2024

Welcome to Race City Reads, sponsored by the Friends of the Library: the monthly newsletter where you can find updates about what's happening at the Mooresville Public Library.

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User Focused Design Survey

We want your opinion on our Main Library! If you use the Mooresville Public Library's Main Library location, this is your opportunity to help us serve you better. We have identified several areas that need to be addressed and would like assistance prioritizing these. 


You can fill out the survey here.

News From the Friends

The Friends will hold our annual meeting on Saturday February 3 at 10 a.m. at the West Branch. Everyone is welcome to attend. Our guest speaker will be Ms. Marian Lytle, Director of the Mooresville Public Library. She will share some future ideas for the Library. The Friends will elect the 2024 class of board members and share our fundraising focus for 2024. The meeting should be over by 11:30 a.m.

We continue to collect used books at the West Branch. Drop off dates and times are noted on our website.

We are excited to announce that the 2024 Children's Book Swap will be on Saturday April 20 and will be held at both the West Branch and the Main Library. We would like to thank our very generous ongoing sponsors for this event, Lembo and Montgomery Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, for increasing their financial support as we expand to two locations! Details on the swap will follow closer to the event. In the meantime if you have children's books you would like to donate to support the event, you can drop those off at the West Branch during our scheduled used book drop off windows(as mentioned above). Please do not drop books at any other time. 

Finally our next "micro" used book sale of our newest used book titles will be held on Saturday February 17 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Branch. This is a curated collection of recently published books or high value books which we only sell during staffed sales. We expect to have roughly 200-300 titles out for you to pick from. All books are $5 each. Our honor sale shelves remain stocked with older titles just inside the West Branch entrance.

Events at MPL

Backyard Bird Count- 2/5-2/19 at 10 a.m. at Main Library and West Branch

The Mooresville Public Library will be participating with the National Audubon Society’s ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’ (GBBC). Each year people from around the world come together to watch, learn about, count, and celebrate birds. Starting February 5, we will be releasing a DIY bird seed kit, bird log and library/GBBC instructions for participants. You can log your birds online through the National Audubon Society's website from February 16 through February 19.

Adult Services

Black Mooresville: The Untold Story Parts 1, 2, and 3 Showing- 2/8, 2/15, and 2/22 at 6 p.m. at Main Library

Celebrate Black History Month and join us to view Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Black Mooresville: The Untold Story. Each week we will watch one part of the documentary.

Heart of Flowers- 2/12 at 6 p.m. at Main Library

Join us to make a spiral flower heart craft for your home or your loved one! Registration required.

Teen Scene

Pokémon Club- 2/10 at 2 p.m. at Main Library

Teens and adults are invited to drop in and play Pokémon Trading Card Game. It is suggested you bring your own deck as the Library has a limited number of sets.

Pokémon Terrariums- 2/27 at 5 p.m. at Main Library

Celebrate National Pokémon Day by creating your own Pokémon themed terrariums. Registration required.

Kids Corner

Code Club- 2/8 at 4 p.m. and 2/22 at 6 p.m. at Main Library

Come try your hand at computer coding! Children, grades K-6, will get to explore the coding program – Scratch. No experience is necessary. Join us to learn how to make your own games, cartoons, and more!

Two sessions will be held each month and both sessions will cover the same lesson. Registration is required, and each child who will be attending the program will need to be registered. Registration will open two weeks before each session.

Book Marked- 2/15 at 6 p.m. at Main Library

Children ages 8-12 are invited to join us for a book club that will help make reading fun! This program will meet every 3rd Thursday of the month with a new book to read and unique ways to discuss it. Patrons are encouraged to take the books home to read and take notes on what they want to talk about in the next session. Write them out on post-its, draw your favorite scene, and even act out the dialogue; it’s up to you!

Pick up your copy of Unplugged by Gordon Korman at the Youth Services desk at the Main Library. 

Local History & Archives

Fiber Arts Display

Come check out our new Fiber Arts Display at the Main Library's Williams Wing! This display features various fiber arts from Library staff members and will be on display through mid-March.

For More Programs, Check Out Our Events Calendar!

Moore(sville) to Learn

Circulating Book Club Collection

Did you know you can check out what our book clubs are reading? Our circulating book club collection can be found at both the Main Library and the West Branch! Right now, you can find titles such as Book Lovers by Emily Henry, Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult, The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner, and many more!

We have multiple copies of each Book Club title that an be checked out for use by other book clubs in the community! If interested in additional copies, please submit a request through the Contact Us form on our website!

February Featured eResources: New Features on Libby!

by Travis Sherrill

Libby is one of the most popular resources that Mooresville Public Library patrons use to download books. For patrons who use Libby, we wanted to highlight two new features that have been added to the Libby app experience recently: Deep Search and Notify Me tags.  

Deep Search is a feature that allows patrons to discover titles that are not yet in our library’s collection. When a user finds such a title, they can add a Notify Me tag to be notified if the library acquires the title in the future. Patrons have two ways to discover titles currently not in our library’s collection:

If a patron searches for a title, author, or series and no results are found, Libby will automatically expand to a “Deep Search” that will display relevant titles not in the library’s collection, but are available in the wider OverDrive catalog.

Secondly, If a user performs a search that returns fewer than 100 results, the patron can manually apply a new filter called Deep Search to expand the search across the wider OverDrive Marketplace catalog. Deep searches will only include titles that are available for your library to purchase in OverDrive Marketplace. Users are not limited to the number of Notify Me tags they can place in the Libby app.

If a patron places a Notify Me tag on an item that is later purchased by the patron’s library, they will receive a notification alerting them the item has been purchased. The notification will allow the borrower to place a hold or borrow the title depending on the title’s availability. The title will still appear in the tag list for records purposes. Libby allows patrons to select the type of notifications they want to receive, in-app notifications, push notifications (mobile only), and/or email notifications. Users can set notification preferences and modify notification delivery methods in Libby’s in-app menu under settings> notifications.   

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