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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Children’s librarian retires

Forsyth Public Library’s first children’s librarian, Lorraine Getty, will retire Feb. 1.

Since joining the library staff in September 2001, Getty has distinguished herself as an innovator in children’s programming, said Head Librarian Jean Campbell.

“She has done so much to enhance the children’s department and is a familiar face to children and parents alike, as well as the teachers,” Campbell said. “Her background as a school librarian was a perfect fit for this job.”

Getty is credited with introducing “Story Quilt” preschool story times, shepherding an after-school reading program for school-age children and running the summer reading program. Advertising is underway to fill the vacancy created by Getty’s departure.

Getty plans to enjoy traveling with her husband, visiting family in different parts of the country, and putting her organizational skills back into her home. “And I’ll probably settle into some type of volunteer work,” she said.

“I will greatly miss the children, parents, teachers and all the many patrons who have made my work at the library a true joy,” Getty said. She also noted that she will miss her coworkers and Campbell, whom she considers to be “...a true mentor who helped me to develop the talent and skills” to make learning fun.

Got an e-reader? Download books for free through the library

Digital downloads for Forsyth Public Library patrons could become available by March 1 when it is expected that the new service LibraryontheGo will go online.

“There has been a delay,” said Head Librarian Jean Campbell, who initially was notified that access would come in early February.

LibraryontheGo allows books and other materials to be downloaded to a computer, an electronic book reader or any compatible audio device. Most e-readers are compatible with the program with the exception of the Kindle.

Along with Decatur, Mount Zion and seven other member libraries, the Village has joined a digital consortium offered by the Rolling Prairie Library System to obtain access to the digital books.

“If you live in the areas served by these libraries, you can get online,” Campbell said. To obtain materials for e-readers, individuals must have a valid library card from a member library, Internet access and software available to download from the provider, Overdrive.

Downloading an e-book is similar to the shopping cart system used by many websites. Book selections are made and put in a “book bag.” After check out, “quite magically [the text] appears on the screen,” Campbell said.

An e-book can be checked out for seven or 14 days. At the end of the checkout time, the book disappears from the e-reader. There are no late fees. “It’s been returned to the virtual shelf,” Campbell said.

There is a renewal process depending on individual titles, and a “hold” may be placed on books unavailable for checkout. How many copies of an e-book are available is dependent upon the agreement with the suppliers based on a fee.

Children’s librarian sought

Forsyth Public Library is seeking a part-time children’s librarian. Prefer ALA-accredited MLS or undergraduate school media degree, with public or school experience. Must have enthusiastic approach to all aspects of library service to children and young adults. Send resume and three references before Feb. 8 to Jean Campbell, Forsyth Public Library, 268 S. Elwood Street, Forsyth, IL 62535.

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