What’s happening at Carnegie Library?

By Sarah Nichols - Carnegie Public Library Director

Recently, the library’s dependable atomic clock refused to update. After much trial and error, we decided that a new clock is in order. When selecting a clock for an historic building, not just any will do! The task of replacing this particular clock brought to mind the beautiful grandfather clock near our fireplace. At more than 106 years old, this grandfather clock still keeps time, chiming on the hour throughout the day. The local Cecilian Club donated the clock to the library in 1913. Not many things, more than 100 years old, are so reliable! Of course, this has required many skilled hands throughout the years.

Like this clock, so studiously keeping time just feet from computers, smart phones, and other gadgets with digital time keeping capabilities, in 2019, Carnegie Public Library is alive with contrast. Genealogical research sometimes requires 150-year-old hand scrawled birth records, as well as interactive online maps and databases. Light fixtures, original to our 1904 building share the air with Wi-Fi signals that enable communication and information exchange across the globe. Accessing a copy of a very rare book you are eager to read may require a week or more, as it travels from another part of the country to our library, or just seconds to download from Project Gutenberg or the Ohio Digital Library. Library work is full of gifts from time: Both tangible and not.

Coming up, both locations will also be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 29 for staff training. Remember, the Ohio Digital Library is open online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This year, our digital consortium is set to exceed circulation of more than 5 million items! Have questions about ebooks, or apps like Libby and OverDrive? Stop by or call to schedule a one-on-one “Tech Tutor” session!

Adults: Fridays in October at 4 p.m., the new “Carnegie Cinema Club” will gather in the library meeting room to chat about old box office favorites, modern blockbusters, and new Netflix favorites. We can watch clips, reminisce, and share suggestions with one another! Please call to register.

In Washington Court House: Join Ms. Noel and Mr. Aaron for stories, songs, and activities this fall! Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. is Preschool Storytime. This program is for children 3 – 5 years old, while Thursdays are Books & Blocks, for children 1 – 3 years old. Each week features a new theme! Siblings are welcome at either session. On Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m., children aged 8-12 are invited to a “Captain Underpants Party!” Decorate underpants, toss the toilet paper, tell gross jokes, and have a giant underpants relay! Call to register! On Friday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., children in grades 2 and up are invited to our new “Uke Club!” Aaron will lead this group for experienced and beginner ukulele players. Call to register. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m. children and families are invited to watch Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation on the library’s “big screen” in the meeting room!

In Jeffersonville: Toddler Time is back! Tuesdays at 11 a.m., little ones are invited to listen to stories, play instruments, create crafts, and socialize with other little friends at Toddler Time!

Information about all of our programs can be found on the library’s website, www.cplwcho.org, or by calling the Washington Court House Library at 740-335-2540 and the Jeffersonville Library at 740-426-9292. All programs are FREE, unless otherwise noted. Check us out on Facebook; follow us on Twitter @cplwcho.

By Sarah Nichols

Carnegie Public Library Director