Thursday, February 18, 2016

What goes up, eventually wears down...

A new elevator will be installed in the Newport Public Library, temporarily disrupting service. 

Work on the elevator will begin on Monday, February 22, and will last up to two weeks. Those who need assistance getting materials or going downstairs can ask for help at the circulation desk. 

For more information, call the library at 541-265-2153.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Have a Kindle? UPDATE IT!

Amazon recently announced a “Critical Software Update for Kindle E-Readers," warning that your Kindle could become entirely useless without it:
Customers using an outdated software version on Kindle e-readers require an important software update by March 22, 2016 in order to continue to download Kindle books from the Cloud, access the Kindle Store, and use other Kindle services on their device.
Generally, every Kindle released between 2007 (first generation) and 2012 (5th generation Paperwhite) will need the update. Kindle Fires should be okay. Check Amazon for more specific details, and UPDATE!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Teen Room Coming Soon!

Teens have always been welcome in the library, with teen programs happening monthly and the hottest books, manga, and magazines, new and classic, on our Y.A. shelves.  Now we’re going one step further, with the creation of a dedicated Teen Room, which will provide a safe and comfortable space for teens to hang out, socialize, and play games from chess to Minecraft!

Reorganizing staff work space to make more room for teens!

The Teen Room plan grew out of the library’s efforts to identify new ways to best serve the community.  Recognizing that people of all ages and cultures have needs and interests that both diverge and overlap, we increased seating among the newspapers and magazines, expanded the large print collection, shifted the chapter books and children’s nonfiction for easier access for young readers, and rearranged the children’s room to be more comfortable and welcoming for families.  The new Teen Room is the icing on the cake, repurposing office space located near the front desk on our main floor to create a room which will be all teen, all the time.

Kids aged 12-18 will be welcome to hang out in the Teen Room, while library patrons who are younger or older will be allowed only short-term entry to browse the shelves. Many younger and older folks may be jealous-- the Teen Room will be the only library area with a gaming system, but sorry, folks-- it’s teen only, and teens will have to have a library card in good standing to be allowed to check out the games for in-library use.

Construction has now begun!  We ask that patrons hold off until March to donate items to the library-- we simply don’t have the space while we’re reorganizing.  We’ll keep you posted about the process, and ask for your patience with the temporary noises and disruptions of construction.

If you know a teen who might be interested in our new room, be sure to let them know. There is not a projected completion date quite yet, but the library staff are looking forward to it with great excitement, and we hope you are too!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Truth Universally Acknowledged

One of my favorite first lines comes from Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. While intended to be tongue-in-cheek, this line sets the stage for one of Austen's most beloved comedies of manners.

The 1940 adaptation of the novel will be shown at the Newport Public Library on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Greer Garson stars as Elizabeth Bennet, Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane Bennet, and Laurence Olivier as Fitzwilliam Darcy. While flamboyantly costumed, the spirit of this film stays true to Austen's sharp, witty portrait of rural 19th century social mores.  Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters. When the rich Mr. Darcy purchases the nearby Pemberley estate, Mrs. Bennet is determined he will marry one of them. But pride, prejudice, and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult.

Pride and Prejudice was critically well received upon its release.  The New York Times film critic praised the film as "the most deliciously pert comedy of old manners, the most crisp and crackling satire in costume that we in this corner can remember ever having seen on the screen."  The film received an Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White.