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October 2020 Newsletter
Library Director's Report

Lots of activity in the library this month! On September 9, the outdoor transmitter for the wifi network was turned on. We now have wifi coverage over the whole western side of the library, including the main parking lot and the plaza in front of the doors. We are also moving ahead with a variety of upgrades to the library’s technology. In coming months the public will see more laptops available for checkout, changes to the printing system (including the ability to print from personal devices over wireless) and a months-long project to introduce self-checkout machines and faster circulation service. (Not to worry—if you prefer to check out at the front desk, you can still do that!)
 
There are some revisions to the library website! Patrons now have the ability to search either the catalog or the website just by toggling back and forth between the buttons in the upper left corner of the homepage. We are exploring the possibility of providing reference service directly through the website by chat, which would allow patrons and staff to share files and hyperlinks, including links to items in the catalog. Stay tuned for more details down the road.
 
Callista Faucher will be joining the library as our newest employee on September 29. Ms. Faucher has a great deal of library experience and we look forward to welcoming her at HPL.
 
Thanks to everyone who participated in the FHL book sale, both as workers and as customers. The event came off beautifully and made us all feel almost normal again. It’s another indication of how crucial the Friends are to making HPL the success it is—the Friends are so important, in fact, that the library has gotten calls from other institutions asking for advice on expanding their own Friends groups. Keep up all the wonderful work you do!
 
Cheers!
Dave Berry
Director, Homer Public Library
907-435-3151
dberry@ci.homer.ak.us
 
Come by the library and take a stroll through the newly renovated Story Walk.  The Story Walk was funded through a grant from the KLEP Fund of the Homer Foundation.

COME WALK A STORY! Bring your whole family to the library’s trail, read and interact with a new, fun picture book posted along our storywalk. For the month of October come and enjoy the fall colors and From Head to Toe by Eric Carle which people of all ages will enjoy:
 

 
Girls Get IT!

Alaska has been going great so far! Campers have made hydraulic bridges, light up tote bags, drawing robots, lava lamps, and more. We have had speakers representing various career fields, like Aeronautical Engineering and Technology Consulting. We have also had a speaker who is soon to be a freshman at CalTech! This week is our final week of projects. Fiona, Delilah, Olivia, and Neviya have had so much fun teaching campers about the world of STEM!
First Chapters for Kids

Claudia Haines' will read first chapters of books for kids and they are available via Sound Cloud on the library website.
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