THE BOOK MARK
APRIL 2017 NEWSLETTER
KINGSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
A Note from the Director
In a speech given a few years ago for a literacy charity, author Neil Gaiman said this about libraries:
"A library is a place that is a repository of information and gives every citizen equal access to it. That includes health information. And mental health information. It’s a community space. It’s a place of safety, a haven from the world. It’s a place with librarians in it. What the libraries of the future will be like is something we should be imagining now."
In Mr. Gaiman's native country, many English libraries are being closed, leaving communities with no library resources. Many American librarians have been following the news on this issue, worried that something similar might happen here.
Now, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, is in danger of elimination. Tennessee libraries receive about $3 million annually through this program. The money goes to services like Tennessee Electronic Library, Tennessee READS, Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and tech support, including technology grants, through our regional library system. (Kingston is a part of the Ocoee River Region.)
If you have strong feelings on this issue (either way), please consider using the link below to look up the contact information for our Senators and Representatives. http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/lookup?0&m=101044
"The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them." -Neil Gaiman
(Mr.Gaiman's latest book, Norse Mythology, is available on READS.)
In observance of the upcoming Easter Holiday, Kingston Public Library will be closed Friday, April 15th, and Saturday, April 16th. We will reopen on Monday, April 17 at 9 a.m. our regularly scheduled time. If you want to return your books or DVDs during that time, please use the book drop located at the entrance to the library, and if you want to renew your items during that time you can renew them online.
Enter your library card number and your password and click the submit button
Note: First time users will use the password userpass and then you can set a new password for future use
Look for your name in the upper right hand corner with a drop down arrow underneath, click on the arrow
A window will appear with a list of options for your account, choose Items Out
You can then choose to renew your books by item or renew all
If you need further assistance, please visit or call the library at 865-376-9904 during regular business hours.
Roane Writers Group
Roane Writers Group was formed eight years ago as a support group for aspiring writers in Roane County. Since then we have met weekly in the Kingston Public Library. We have recently become affiliated with the Arts Council of Roane County which is a non-profit organization. Our goal is to encourage and inspire citizens of Roane County to develop their creative writing talents through mentoring and constructive criticism. Many have become published authors. This is the eighth year our group has sponsored a student writing contest for grades four through twelve, home schooled, parochial, public, and private schools. We have awarded scholarships and monetary prizes as well as publishing an anthology of their winning entries in short story, essay and poetry categories, thus these students also become 'Published" authors. If you would like more information about the Roane Writers Group, please call or come to library and someone at the desk will be glad to assist you.
Everyone has a story to tell...
Book Signing Event
April 8, 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Members of the Roane Writers Group will have a group book signing in the Kingston Public Library, April 8, Saturday, 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Local authors will present and sign their works in a variety of genres. The public is encouraged to attend and show their support for the local literary talent.
Civil War Speaker
April 20 at 6:00 p.m.
You are invited to join us on April 20 at 6:00 p.m. to hear Gerald Augustus speak about "The War Between the States" and Tennessee's role and involvement in the Civil War. Mr. Augustus, a Kentucky native, is a retired teacher and principal from Lenoir City Schools who received his Masters degree from the University of Tennessee. He is a published co-author and editor of the book Loudon County and Its People 1870-1999 that has been published in antique magazines and has been featured in the Heartland Series. Mr. Augustus is an avid collector of all things Civil War and is excited to share his knowledge with the public. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the Civil War and how it impacted East Tennessee.
New Books for Adults at the Library in April
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created a Legacy That Will Prevail by Jonathan Chait
The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn
Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals by Oprah Winfrey
Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century by Sarah Gristwood
Lion (Movie Tie-In) by Saroo Brierley
The Prisoner (A John Wells Novel) by Alex Berenson
Rogue Heroes: The History of the SAS by Ben Macintyre
Sports Illustrated College Football's Greates by Editors of Sports Illustrated
Wrath of the Storm (Mark of the Thief #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
We will have tech lab on April 15, Saturday, 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Bring your own device or use one of our laptops. Ask us questions about your device or choose from a list of items to learn something new. We will show you step-by-step the answer to your questions and help you learn what your device can do for you!
Movies at the Library
Take time out for a movie at the library
April 25th, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.until 2 p.m.
Bring your lunch or a snack and watch a classic with us
Movie title to be released soon
Are you looking for a way to keep track of what you read? LibraryThing may be the answer for you. LibraryThing is an online library-quality catalog that lets you keep track of what you read and connects you to a community of 2,000,000 book lovers just like you. You can catalog your books, movies, and music, and even borrow books from other members. It's free to sign up, and the first 200 books that you catalog are free or you can catalog as many books as you like when you join LibraryThing for $10 a year or $25 for life. You can take a tour of the website at https://www.librarything.com/
Tax Preparation Assistance
Do you need help preparing and filing your taxes? AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax preparation assistance at the Kingston Community Center beginning February 14 through April 11, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Special attention is given to those age 60 and older. Tax-Aide volunteers are trained by the Internal Revenue Service and will file your tax returns using the online e-filing system. Tax-Aides can e-file Form 1040 tax forms and basic schedules for free. If you are filing a more complex tax form, you are advised to seek paid tax assistance. Volunteers prepare returns on a first-come, first-serve basis. Taxpayers do not have to belong to AARP to take advantage of this free service. For more information call the Kingston Community Center at 865-376-9476 during regular business hours and someone will assist you.
Items to bring with you when filing your taxes:
copy of last year's income-tax return
social security cards for each person on the return
copies of ALL income statements, including W-2, 1099 and other forms showing income from interest, dividends, capital gains, stock sales or social security
receipts for medical and dental bills, prescriptions and medical insurance premiums
property tax and mortgage interest statement
receipts for charitable donations and other itemized deductions
a blank check or bank card to verify bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of refunds.
Note: Tax filers whose health insurance was through the Affordable Care Act will need to bring Form 1095-A (which should have been received by January 31, 2017) along with documentation if a health insurance exemption was received.
New Books for Children at the Library in April
Animal Atlas by Animal Planet
Dinosaur Dance by Sandra Boynton
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brogsgol (Caldecott Honor Book)
Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan (Newberry Honor Book)
The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond (Sendak Fellowship Recipient)
Best in Snow by April PUlley Sayre
Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli
The Cookie Fiasco by Dsn Santat (Caldebott Award Winner)
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie (Caldecott Honor Book)
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library supports early literacy among children ages birth through five years. Each month registered children receive through the mail an age-appropriate children’s book to read and keep as their own. And for children who are blind or visually impaired, the Imagination Library has available at no charge downloadable children’s audio books, and some of the books are available in braille format.* Parents or legal guardians can register their children, ages 0-5 years, by visiting the Kingston Public Library and filling out a form, or by going to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library website at http://usa.imaginationlibrary.com/register_my_child.php#.WNW9aaK1sdU and registering online. Is your child enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library? If not, register them today!
*Downloadable books require a special playback device. If your child does not have one, please visit or call the library at 865-376-9904 and ask a staff member how to apply for one through the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Braille format books are offered free-of-charge to eligible families and may be purchased at a low-cost by others. Please visit the Imagination Library website for more details.
Kingston Public Library
1004 Bradford Way
Kingston, TN 37763