Tuesday, February 28, 2012


The canal program scheduled for Wednesday, February 29, is full.  Due to the size of our community room we can only accommodate about 40 people and all of the available seats have been spoken for.  Walk-ins will be allowed in only after 7:00 PM if there are no-shows.  Thank you for your understanding.  The History Group is looking into the possibility of scheduling the program again in the near future.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


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Yesterday we presented our first drop-in technology session, Ask Winnie!  We had one visitor, which was a nice start.  Please keep this program in mind if you have questions about any technology related to library catalogs, databases, downloads, or using Microsoft Office programs, email, or Internet.  We can even help you set up a blog or decide on a web browser to use on your home PC!  Our next session will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 6-8 PM.  In March we have tentatively scheduled “Ask Winnie!” for Wednesday, March 14 (2-4 PM) and Tuesday, March 27 (6-8 PM). 

Meteorologist Art Horn will be back to visit us with a program called Weather Warriors on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 PM.  This Power Point presentation will feature stories of people with risky jobs that require them to face Mother Nature head on no matter how bad the weather.  Art always puts on a great program, so sign up early and click the REMIND ME button on our programs page to receive an email reminder a few days before the program.

Our Adult winter reading program is winding down, but there is still time to enter to win one of our grand prize afghans.  About 300 books have been submitted by 61 people and 6 prize baskets have been won.  Our last prize basket will be drawn on Tuesday, February 28 and our grand prizes will be drawn on March 6.  I guess we really didn’t need to beat the winter blahs this year, but it’s fun to have a chance at prizes just for reading a good book! Here are the two afghans that we are going to be giving away.  The lower picture is a cozy throw (crocheted by me) featuring 12 different blocks.  The picture just below this paragraph is a beautiful, patriotic afghan featuring 56 knitted blocks with maps of our 50 states plus the USA map knitted into each block.  It is large enough for a double bed (that’s two of our staff holding the afghan up above their heads in the picture) and backed with knitting as well, so it’s like a knitted quilt.  The USA afghan was made by our own Needlework group, which meets every Tuesday, and was backed and finished by Nancy Wenzel, the certified knitting instructor who runs our group.  Stop in and take a look at the afghans any time!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 22) marks the launch of Ask Winnie!, our new drop-in technology help sessions.  Stop in between 2 and 4 PM if you have questions about specific problems and questions encountered while working with Microsoft Office, Internet searching, email, the library's catalog and databases, downloading eBooks and audio books, or other technology issues related to library services and collections.  If we can't help you on the spot we  have other staff who may be able to contact you with an answer.  Please keep in mind that we are not the geek squad, but we will try our best to help you sort out your technology issues.  No regsitration is necessary for this drop-in program. 

We will be offering Ask Winnie! twice each month.  Our next session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, 6-8 PM.  Stop in and see us!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Presidents' Day

The library will be closed on Monday, February 20, in honor of Presidents' Day.

New DVDs

We have finally made the long-awaited decision to allow holds on new DVDs for Windsor Locks Library borrowers (meaning anyone who uses our library)!  This means that you no longer need to call or stop in hoping to finally have a chance at the newest popular releases.  You can place a hold to be picked up at the Windsor Locks Library (no interlibrary loans) whenever your name comes up on the list.  The catch is that the DVD will have to picked up within 24 hours of our informing you that it is available or the movie will be given to the next person on the list.  You can call us to request a one-day extension if you have a problem picking up the movie on time, but if we have an exceptionally long waiting list we cannot leave the movie sitting on the shelf for long.  I'm sure that none of you want to have your waiting time doubled because the DVD that you are dying to see is sitting on a shelf in the library for days on end!  We are hoping that allowing holds on the new DVDs will reduce frustration and, perhaps, even waiting time.  Let us know what you think.

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