Highlight: How Artists See . . .

photo of a new art series for children
This delightful and visibly engaging art series opens the world of art history to young minds and eyes in a unique, yet simple, manner.  Grouping notable and well-loved works into categories such as People, Families, Weather, The Elements, Animals, etc. increases memory retention through the “science of relations” so to speak.
Each book covers a broad –  yet not overwhelming – amount of artworks, artists, and time periods.  The short biographies and recommended further readings at the end of each book complete this valuable new resource that we are very grateful to now offer.

PrairieCat Now Offers Personalized Schmaling Homepage and New Digital Media Service

PrairieCat is new and improved!
Now when you arrive at the login page which has been personalized for Schmaling, you will see many scroll bar menus featuring national bestsellers and new items from various genres at Schmaling.
Toward the bottom of the page, you will find links to eRead Illinois and a new ebook service: biblioboard.
Biblioboard differs from eRead IL in that you are able to actually download most books that they offer (public domain stuff), as opposed to limited borrowing time or waiting for availability. Furthermore, ANYONE in IL can access this for free – you don’t need a library card! You just must physically be in Illinois when you first create your account due to their geolocation-based authentication system.
To describe biblioboard in their own words: they boast of “a growing assortment of rich historical and locally curated multimedia content–available to all with the ease of unlimited, multi-user access.”  Upon visiting the site a few times, I have noticed a large and changing variety of subject groupings that they refer to as curations.  Some have included British Children’s Literature, Scholarly Works on Film and Media, Shakespeare, Historical Primary Source Documents, Exhibits from National Libraries and Archives, Mathematics, Business and Law, Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Community History … there are seriously to many to name.  There are also video and audio selections, including music.  And while it isn’t necessary in order to utilize biblioboard, they do offer a Kindle app.

Christmas Giving-Trees

decorative image of a christmas tree with ornaments on it
As the Holidays approach, the Schmaling Memorial (Fulton) Public Library is asking you to give the gift of reading to the community. There are three Holiday Giving Trees in the Library –one is located at the 5th Street entrance, one in the Children’s Room, and one on the main floor. On each tree, you will find a variety of hand-crafted ornaments, each featuring a reproduction of a different book or audiobook cover. The Library is asking its generous patrons to choose books to sponsor. Your sponsorship will help the Library to purchase the books on the trees.
When you sponsor a book, Library staff will affix a book plate inside the book to let everyone know that it was your generosity which made the purchase of the book possible AND, best of all, you will receive the book first once it arrives at the library! Many of the books have not yet been published and each of the ornaments for those titles also have the title’s release date on it (you may have to be patient for some of those). If there is no date listed on the ornament, then the book has already been published but the Library has not yet purchased it.

 

photo of an ornament on a Christmas tree

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Thanksgiving Hours

thanksgivingSchmaling will be CLOSED Thursday, the 23th and Friday the 24th for Thanksgiving; we will reopen for normal Saturday hours.  Enjoy the holiday!

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy