Saturday, August 08, 2015

Long Overdue Update

Yikes! It has been quite a while since I've updated the blog.  

As most of you know, we had a bit of a disaster at the library and have had to move out while they rip out and replace some drywall and carpeting.  We aren't sure when we will be back in our permanent home but hope that it will be sometime this Fall. 

In the mean time, the Library is settling in to it's temporary home. It didn't take long for our die-hard readers and computer users to find our new location. We would like to again thank all of our patrons for their support and understanding while we do repairs to the main Library.

Now that life is getting more settled we are back to cataloging both new releases and donated items. We just added about three dozen newly donated movies and are in the process of adding several new release movies including: The Woman In Gold, The Longest Ride, Sons of Liberty, and the kids' movie Home.

As for books, of course we have Alert – the newest Michael Bennett book by James Patterson as well as the newest releases by Mary Higgins Clark, Catherine Coulture, Jonathan Kellerman and the new book out by Harper Lee. We have an order in that includes the newest books coming out by Sandra Brown and Debbi Macomber but these won't be available until after Aug. 18th. We are continuing to add to our Easy, Junior, and Young Adult collections as well in the hopes that we will be well stocked by the time school roles around and kids need to start accumulating those pesky AR points.

If you haven't been to our temporary home yet, come visit us! We are at 201 South Main Street and are open our normal hours: Mon & Tue 2-7pm, Wed 9am-2pm, Thur & Fri 2-7pm, and Sat 10am-2pm. We have a small collection here and can interlibrary loan anything else you need that we don't have. We have three public computer with wi-fi and limited printing capabilities. The only service we usually offer which we are not able to currently is faxing. We do not have a phone line here. Unfortunately, this also means you can't call us. The best way to get a hold of us right now is through email –homerlibrarian@gmail.com or to stop in and see is in person.

Don't forget, if you need to return materials and can't get them here when we are open, you can still return items to the outside drop boxes at the Village Hall. We are checking those regularly.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Homer Library DVD Wish List

Do you have any of these movies on DVD
and don’t watch them any more?
Consider donating them to the Library!
Don’t forget….. Donations to the Library may be tax deductible!


13 Assassins 2010
1984 (which came out in 1984)
A Christmas Story 1983
A The Artist 2011
About Schmidt 2002
African Queen
Aliens 1986
American Splendor 2003
Anastasia (Disney)
Annie Hall 1977
Apocalypse Now 1979
Before Sunset 2004
Being John Malkovich 1999
Big 1988
Blade Runner 1982
Bloody Sunday 2002
Boys Don’t Cry 1999
Brazil 1985
Cape Fear 1962
Children of Men 2006
Chinatown 1974
Citizen Kane 1941
City of God 2002
Dirty Dancing
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007
Do the Right Thing 1989
Duck Soup (the Marx Brothers) 1933
The English Patient 1996
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
The French Connection 1971
Fargo 1996
From Here to Eternity
The Godfather 1972
Gorillas in the Mist
Gandhi 1982
Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001
House of Flying Daggers 2004
Home Alone 1990
In the Heat of the Night
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Jaws 1975
The Joy Luck Club
Key Largo
The Kid (Charlie Chaplin) 1921
The Kids Are All Right 2010
The Lives of Others 2006
La Dolce Vita 1960
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
Lonesome Dove
The Muppet Movie 1979
Memento 2000
Metropolis 1927
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Monty Python and the Holly Grail 1975 (we don’t have any Monty Python)
Old Yeller
On the Waterfront 1954
The Producers 2005
Pan’s Labyrinth 2006
Patton 1970
Persepolis 2007
The Red Balloon 1956
Rainman
Raging Bull 1980
Rio Grande
Rushmore 1998
Rocky 1976
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
Say Anything 1989
Seven Samurai 1954
Shakespeare in Love 1998
Some Like it Hot 1959
Stand By Me 1986
Star Wars – the only one we have on DVD is Revenge of the Sith (episode 3)
Steel Magnolias
The Straight Story 1999
The Ten Commandments
The Thorn Birds
The Tree of Life 2011
The Triplets of Belleville 2003
The Truman Show 1998
Taxi Driver 1976
Thelma & Louise 1991
There Will Be Blood 2007
Titanic 1997
Tuck Everlasting
Vertigo
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988
The Yearling

Yellow Submarine (the Beatles) 1968

Also, if you have movies  you'd consider donating but want to see if we have them first you can check our on-line card catalog (you can also use this to see if we have items you are looking for
and even put a hold on them) go to: 

     opac.libraryworld.com
     library name: Homer Library 


     no password required

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Help Us Replace Our VHS Movies!



Thank you to those who have responded to our DVD donation request. If you didn't see the flyer, we are trying to replace any movies that we still only have on VHS with DVDs. You'd be surprised at some of the titles we don't have on DVD (like Titanic - whaaaaat?). HERE is how you can help -- if you have movies on DVD that are just cluttering up your house, please consider donating them to the library. We also have a list of 'wish list' movies if you'd like to look to buy a specific movie for us or if you'd like to give us money (we LOVE money) we will use it to order movies on our wish list. The librarians have a copy of our list at the circulation desk. We couldn't be as good a library as we are without the help of our generous donors, so THANK YOU for your help!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Arts Education Week at the Library!

Did you know this is Arts Education Week? Did you know you can find many arts education resources at the library? Of course, when you think of arts education you first think of those really thick art history books that we have in the reference section or those really overwhelming (some would say boring) classic books of literature. But there is a lot more to the arts than those intimidating art history tomes or really long books by the Bronte sisters. 

For instance, did you know we have a whole collection of music cd's that showcase many of the different musical styles that have been popular over the years? We have classical, jazz, ragtime, blues, reggea, country, rock and even some more recent alternative music. We even have a small selection of different music styles from around the world. We also have many cd's of early American music which has been saved and reissued by a local St. Joseph company, Archeophone Records.  
For the more serious music student, we have books and audiobook lectures on how to appreciate classical music as well as a few books on how to teach your children about music.  We even have a 20-volume Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 

Aside from fine art, literature and music, film is one of the most popular art forms of today.  We currently have around 2000 movies available for our patrons to check out.  Some are just fun entertainment but many are good examples of film as art. You may have seen our recent flyer asking for donations of some of the classics that we currently only have on old VHS tapes.  The reason we are requesting help updating these is because certain movies are such a part of our culture that it seems like we would be doing our community a disservice by not having them available to future film enthusiasts.  While we try to get in many of the popular new movies, having a well-rounded cultural collection is just as important for film as it is for books.  We believe our library should be a place to find not just classics in literature, but classics in all art forms.  Because of this, we hope to enlighten and educate our patrons on the arts and hope that in many cases we are doing so while they think they are just being entertained by some fun music cd or movie. 

We hope that you will take advantage of your local library and bone up on your arts education this week - even if it is just watching an old movie or listening to some Ella Fitzgerald. 

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

March 2015 Events

Oops............. it looks like it has been a while since I posted anything. I guess I need to put this on my weekly to-do list so I don't forget about it.  We really are doing lots at the library - maybe that is why I run out of time and forget to update the blog! Well, here are the upcoming events for March - hope we see  you.

March 11 at 1pm 
Movie Matinee: The Theory of Everything
The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Little was expected from Stephen Hawking, a bright but shiftless student of cosmology, given just two years to live following the diagnosis of a fatal illness at 21 years of age. He became galvanized, however, by the love of fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, and he went on to be called the successor to Einstein, as well as a husband and father to their three children. Over the course of their marriage as Stephen's body collapsed and his academic renown soared, fault lines were exposed that tested the lineaments of their relationship and dramatically altered the course of both of their lives.Written by Spencer Higham
PG-13   123m

March 20 at 7pm 
Family Movie Night: Big Hero 6
From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," comes "Big Hero 6," an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6."Written by Walt Disney Animation Studios
PG  102m

Friday, December 05, 2014

Upcoming Events for December 2014

We have another exciting month coming up here at the library.  We will have our usual events - our movie matinee on Dec. 10th and our family movie on Dec. 19th but we will also have Santa in the Library on Dec. 6th from 10am-1pm and we are working on a kids' program during the Christmas break from school.  Thanks to some recent donations, after Dec. 6th we are going to start to have a puzzle table up every day through the winter.  If you get bored or cold at home, come on in to the library and help us work on a jigsaw puzzle! 

For our movie matinee this month we will be showing The Jersey Boys, a story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The movie matinee is always the second Wednesday of the month and starts at 1pm. 

Our family movie this month will be The Penguins of Madagascar: Operation Special Delivery.  In this movie, the hilarious and highly protective Penguins are back and ready to right the wrongs of injustice and deliver cheer to those that need it most. In Operation: Special Delivery , Skipper, Rico, Kowalski, and Private get trapped in a snowstorm, try to escape from the clutches of Officer X, and deal with visits from unexpected family. 

Look for more information on our holiday kids' program - I hear that we will be playing detective and learning about things like invisible ink and secret codes. 

If you ever have a question about programming or anything else about the library please call us at 217-896-2121, email us at homerlibrarian@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Super Heroes are coming!

Superheroes are coming to the Homer Community Library? When? November 15th at 2pm! (Please note change of day - it was Oct. 25th but we had to move it due to a super hero scheduling conflict.)

Pre-school and grade school kids - come show off your super hero powers! Don't have any? Come see if you can find some while doing fun games and crafts! Wear a costume if you have one but if not just come as you are (you know.... as your secret identity person).