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Thursday, April 25, 2013

SHARE update a success

The April 9 go live of SHARE, a new, larger database for the Forsyth Public Library went very smoothly overall, said Library Director Rachel Miller.

“I’m sure this has been somewhat of a challenge for patrons, “ she said, “but everyone has been so patient. I think it’s gone very well. Patrons seem very pleased with the new look, new options and the access to so many more materials.”

The new SHARE database was a result of a state-mandated merging of four Illinois library systems, including the local Rolling Prairie Library System. By coincidence, the Libraryon- the-Go website offered to patrons also completed an upgrade that makes it “even easier to use than before,” Miller said, noting that library staff are eager to help patrons navigate both newly upgraded systems for searching and checking out materials.

LEGO Club meets May 9

The last chance for kids to have some LEGO building fun at the library this spring is Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. Drop ins are welcome, no RSVPs needed. The club will resume this fall.

Speaker to present ‘The Vietnam War and Today’s Military’

Tom Jones, author and Vietnam veteran, will be speaking at Forsyth Public Library on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. on the topic of the Vietnam war and its impact on today’s military, including the increased role of women in combat, the growth in engagement by the National Guard and the development of military technology. Jones will discuss this influence and talk about the similarities and differences between the military of the Vietnam era and today.

Vietnam artifacts on display

Several Forsyth residents have loaned Vietnam-era items to the library for display in conjunction with Decatur Public Library’s hosting of a traveling Vietnam War Memorial exhibit on May 16-19, “The Wall That Heals.” The items are featured in a glass display case in the center of the library.

Baby TALK classes

Baby TALK is held at the library each Wednesday in April from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Drop ins welcome (parent must attend).

Book clubs meet

Newcomers are welcome at each of the library-hosted book clubs. The Food for Thought Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. Forsyth’s Bookkeepers Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 17.

Drop in and make a craft

Kids are welcome to stop by the library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, to make a craft for Mom for Mother’s Day. All materials will be provided

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