Pyland serves books, coffee at Groves library

first_imgLAVERNA PYLAND Community connection: Groves Public Library volunteer. Fast fact: You can join her Fridays for coffee. Quick note: Pyland is a mystery lover. By Darragh Doiron The News staff writer GROVES — With one of those newfangled Keurig machines brewing up a caramel coffee amid stacks of good books, the Groves Library smells a bit like a coffeehouse/bookstore. Volunteer Laverna Pyland thinks that’s progress, but does find the big TV in the library a bit hinky. After all, the library was created for readers. The Friends of the Groves Public Library volunteer said she’s coming ‘round to the idea, if it will be tuned to history and news programs. As Book Nook manager, Pylander is prepping for the Friends’ 25 cent book sale in February, said Kaye Jones, another volunteer, who has an assortment of praise for Pylander. “She keeps the books for her church (First Baptist in Groves), and she is absolutely indispensable at the Groves Library,” Jones said. “She is the treasurer of the Friends, she manages the Book Nook, our small sale room, she co-hosts the Friday Coffee, and she is always willing to help in other areas.” At high school in the Texas Panhandle, Pylander began her relationship with books. “I worked in our library so I wouldn’t have to take PE,” she said. Her town of Quanah didn’t have a city library, she said. All these years later, she said she’s loving being back in the stacks. “I like to see people. We just talk a lot,” she said about joining up with Friends, and how it has allowed her to meet people with similar interests. “This has given me friends,” she said. A mystery lover, Pyland counts David Baldacci, A.J. Jance and John Grisham among her favorite authors, and all are available at the library. The February sale will include 25 cent reads. “You can’t beat that,” Pyland said. Groves Public Library will hold a Mini Book Sale for frugal book lovers through Feb. 13 in the foyer of the library, 5600 West Washington Blvd. Offered for 25 cents each, the hard-back books have been de-selected from the library’s holdings to make room for new purchases. Among the offerings are recent novels originally put in as “second copies” of popular works. Jones said shoppers will find books by James Patterson and Karin Slaughter mixed in with works by Catherine Cookson, Jackie Collins, P.D. James, Susan Howach, Janet Dailey and Louis Auchinclos, among others. Sci-Fi lovers will find works by Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, David Eddings and Alan Dean Foster. A limited number of non-fiction works are also available for the sale price. Books not sold at the bargain price during the two week mini-sale will be offered for $1 each during the Friends’ annual Shower of Savings book sale in April. The Friends of Groves Public Library is a non-profit organization existing to benefit the Groves library. The group most recently funded a learning center computer for the children’s department. [email protected]last_img read more

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County Council Considers Revising Library Policies

first_imgBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post [email protected] everywhere have experienced a lot of changes from the introduction of new technologies to changes in community expectations about libraries’ roles.The Internet and social media have had major impacts on library functions and services, more patrons are requesting e-books and e-magazines, but people still rely on libraries for information, programs, services and a sense of communityIn order to ensure that library policies stay relevant and up-to-date, the Los Alamos County Library board and staff recommended changes to some of the local libraries’ policies. These policies went before Council for its approval during Tuesday night’s meeting.The recommended policies changes included:Photographing or videotaping in the library Language would be added to allow the library to record library programs and events through photographs and/or video and use these photos or video to publicize and promote library services including posting on social media outlets. Additionally, the new policy would require patrons and visitors to obtain permission from other patrons or staff before videotaping or photographing them.  Donations The policy would be changed so that donations can’t be accepted on a conditional basis. This is to ensure operational efficiency and to eliminate potential issues around future disposal of donated items.Public Access Computing, Including Internet Use The recommendation is to do away with requiring signed permission cards for minors to use or view the Internet on library computers. Parental restrictions cannot be enforced and the signed permissions does not guarantee that a minor won’t have unauthorized access to the Internet.Meeting Space Access to public meeting rooms should not be based on meeting content or affiliation and therefore rooms will be scheduled on a first-come, first serve basis. Previously, nonprofits were scheduled rooms on a yearly basis before other reservations were accepted. Additionally, the library would be able to deny use of meeting rooms or reschedule a reservation if a conflict arises with a library sponsored function. The library plans to introduce an online reservation system to allow users to check meeting room availability and book rooms online.Library Manager Eileen Sullivan explained that the policies haven’t been updated since 2010 so it was time to review them. She said technology changes, the prevalence of social media, the Internet as well as the public’s expectation for libraries have all required changes in libraries’ operations and environment.“We are here to serve the community,” Sullivan said. “For us it is really essential to be tuned into what our community wants and needs.”She also pointed out Los Alamos is getting a lot of newcomers as a result of the Laboratory hiring new employees. It is important, she said, to accommodate what this new demographic wants in their library.“We strive to be aware of what the community needs from us and respond to changing needs,” Sullivan said.Work on the new policies started back in January. Sullivan said revising library policies was part of the board’s work plan.She explained the board reviewed the policies one-by-one. During each meeting board members and library management focused on just a few policies. Input was also gathered from librarians.Los Alamos County Assistant Attorneys Kevin Powers and Katie Thwaites also assisted in the process to make sure the revisions were clear and aligned with the First Amendment interpretations, Sullivan said.If Council approves the policy changes, (see update in Post later today) Sullivan said the library will reach out to users affected by the changes, develop guidelines that align with the revisions, and inform users of new procedures. She added library staff will work with regular meeting room users, so they are aware of the changes in scheduling. There will be a link on the library’s website for information about the meeting room software and how to use it. The hope is to have the new scheduling system implemented early next year. Los Alamos County Library System Manager Eileen Sullivan last_img read more

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Hawks’ Mike Budenholzer wins NBA Coach of the Year award

first_imgHawks’ Budenholzer is from the legendary Gregg Popovich coaching treeThe Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Budenholzer, who shocked the sports world by leading the team to the best regular season in franchise history, took home the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced today.Budenholzer won in a close race over first-year coach Steve Kerr, who guided his Golden State Warriors to a team-record and NBA-high 67 wins. Budenholzer’s Hawks won 60 games this year, the best in franchise history, and earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes and 513 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters. Kerr finished second with 56 first-place votes and 471 total points. Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks was third with one first-place vote and 57 total points.Budenholzer led Atlanta to a 60-22 record in his second season, besting their previous high of 57-25 set in 1986-87 during Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins’ playing days, and that feat was also accomplished in 1993-94.After posting a 38-44 record last season, Budenholzer oversaw a 22-win improvement. Atlanta tied for sixth in the league in offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) and ranked seventh in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions). Six players averaged double figures in scoring, but none eclipsed 17 points per game. The Hawks set a franchise record for three-pointers with 818, ranked second in the NBA in assists (25.7 apg) and finished in the top five in field goal percentage (fourth), three-point field goal percentage (second) and free throw percentage (fifth).Atlanta opened the season 5-5 before going on an absolute tear by winning 35 of its next 38 games, a stretch that included a franchise-record 19-game winning streak. The 35-3 run also featured a 17-0 January, the best calendar month in NBA history and a perfect run that earned the Hawks’ starting five the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month and Budenholzer his second NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month award of the season. Also, a team-record of four Hawks players were selected to the NBA All-Star Game, coached on the East team by Budenholzer.The Coach of the Year Award is named after legendary coach and Hall of Famer Red Auerbach, who guided the Celtics to nine NBA Championships. In 1996, Auerbach was honored as one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History as the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary.last_img read more

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No plans for deadly road

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows VicRoads is assisting with investigations into the cause of 18 February’s fatality in Tynong North, but has…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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