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Big Library Read: Shakespeare Saved My Life

OverDrive is hosting another Big Library Read. The eBook from Laura Bates, "Shakespeare Saved My Life", will have unlimited access March 17th-31st. That means that there are unlimited copies for people to check out and no waiting.

Click HERE to check the title out for yourself!

Spotlight on Yvonne Reff

From The Frozen Librarian:

The Watertown Daily Times recently did a lovely piece on the new director at Flower Memorial Library, which I missed completely. Not surprisingly. I might be handy with a road map and good at Jeopardy, but otherwise, quite a lot gets past me.

But a blog interview with aforementioned new director was NOT gonna get past me, especially since I know the lady personally and she has helped me move my couch. Without further delay, then, my chat with Yvonne Reff.

Senator Patty Ritchie: Vote for your favorite library!

Senator Patty Ritchie, an avid supporter for New York libraries, asks you to "Vote For Your Favorite Library"!
An excerpt from the page says:
"Show Your Love by voting for your favorite library, and nominating an outstanding librarian, who I can recognize with a special certificate."
CLICK HERE to show your support for North Country Libraries and Librarians!

NCLS Road Trip: Hannibal to Mexico

Two of our fearless library directors, Noreen Patterson  (Phoenix) and Betty Maute (Fulton), had the idea to visit all 65 of our North Country libraries in one year. They hope to gain a better understanding of each library, and by writing about their travels, help bring our large system closer together - in spirit, if not in distance. Follow along with their journey at The Frozen Librarian!


Help promote e-resources at your library!

Tis the season...for people to receive phones, tablets, and e-readers as gifts! And since our libraries offer e-books, e-audio, and e-magazines, NCLS will be sending out material to help you promote these resources to patrons. You'll be receiving the following flyers in your delivery, but feel free to print out your own or upload to your website:


Children's e-book flyer (PDF)


Young adult e-book flyer (PDF)


Matt Corey will also be providing customized shelftalkers to help promote Zinio, so expect to hear from him within the next few weeks.


And, remember, you can always visit the NCLS E-media page if your patrons need help with their devices.


Happy Holidays!

Editorial: Libraries represent our freedom of thought

This editorial by Phoenix Public Library's Noreen Patterson appeared in the Watertown Daily Times on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Holiday Events at North Country Libraries

This time of year, lots of folks are looking for low-cost or no-cost activities for some holiday-themed family fun. Feel free to share what's happening at North Country libraries this December.


(Hey, North Country librarians! Don't see your event listed? Contact me with the details, and I'll add it!)

Mexico Library to receive $50,000 in special funding

Senator Patty Ritchie's office announced last week that as part of the $148,000 in special funding that the senator has secured for libraries in her district, Mexico Public Library will receive $50,000 to help with a building project.


Library director Dorothy Dineen shares the story of this unexpected - but very welcome - news.


Mexico Public Library, Mexico, NY.

Emma Flower Taylor’s signed childhood biography home at the library

Last week, Watertown resident Doris Bennet donated an autobiographical book written and signed by Emma Flower Taylor to the Flower Memorial Library. The Flower Memorial library was erected in 1904 by Emma Flower Taylor in memory of her father, Roswell P. Flower.


Flower Memorial Library's own Reference Librarian, Yvonne Reff, is particularly fond of the library's history and provides insight about this book in a recent Watertown Daily Times Article.


Click HERE to read that article!

Potsdam library honored

 POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Public Library was presented the 2014 Pride in Potsdam Community Award on Thursday at the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.

Potsdam Library director Pat Musante and Pam Yurgartis accept the Pride in Potsdam Community Award on behalf of the library board, staff, Friends of the Library and volunteers.“The nomination of the Potsdam Public Library for this award had overwhelming support,” said chamber executive director Marylee Ballou. “It has been an amazing experience just to read through all the letters … from longstanding library patrons … some for 10, 25, 50 years as well as parents who appreciate how the library helps them to build special bonds and memories with their children.”

The award reflects the ongoing efforts of the library to enhance the quality of life in Potsdam, Ballou said. The library has engaged in many specific activities that resulted in positive acclaim for the library as well as the community.

The Potsdam Public Library claimed the highest circulation in the entire North Country Library System in 2012 and 2013 and continues to have high circulation rates. They also lead others in the North Country Library System in the number of hours they are open, seven days a week including four evenings per week.