One Million Ebook Year!

It was New Year’s Eve when James Keenan (the Library Applications Supervisor for CWMARS) ran a report and realized that, as a consortium, we were 925 circulations shy of having circulated 1 million items in Overdrive. It wasn’t a record we were really cognizant of until that point, but we immediately made it a goal to break that record. And we did! The final checkout talley for 2018 is in at 1,001,975 digital loans. 5,849 of those were borrowed right here in Douglas.

CWMARS started circulating ebooks and other e-material in Overdrive in July 2005. We hadn’t circulated a million items until the middle of 2014, so we circulated more items in 2018 than we did in the first 9 years of providing the service. The biggest jump in digital circulation came with the advent of the Kindle and other e-readers. In 2010, annual circulation was 52,277. In 2011, more than doubled to 108,645. Since then, the numbers do this:

2011      108,645
2012      238,537
2013      366,592
2014      544,860
2015      700,856
2016      781,281
2017      834,355
2018    1,001,975

Happy New Year!

Six Word Memoirs

We have been collecting six-word memoirs on post-it notes at the library for a while to demonstrate that creativity doesn’t have to take up a lot of space or time. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Be who you want to be!
  • Love yourself and others will too!
  • Answers don’t come from other people.
  • Bob is nice. Be like bob.
  • Find grit within your own soul.
  • Find the grit within your CAT!!!
  • I want to get off now.
  • Don’t let the coffee get cold.
  • Love, live, learn. Forgive, forget, smile. 🙂
  • A Never-ending Series of Marvelous Misadventures.
  • Make choices and mistakes, then learn.
  • Be happy. Be kind. Be weird.
  • Don’t give up on yourself.
  • Be the change you want to be.
  • Sometimes bad jokes bring good laughs.

Winter Storytime

Join Miss Debbie for stories, crafts, songs, and shenanigans during our Winter Storytime at the Simon Fairfield Public Library. Winter Storytime starts on January 7 and lasts until March 6.

Monday storytime is at 1pm and geared for ages 3 to 5.

Tuesday storytime is at 6pm and is geared for ages 4 to 7.

Wednesday storytime is at 10am and is geared to ages 18 months to 3.

Please call the library at 508-476-2695 or email to register or ask further questions. Sign-ups are necessary to ensure adequate supplies of snacks, crafts, energy drinks, and free puppies for the children.

Note: If school (in Douglas) is cancelled, there is no storytime. If they are delayed, there is no morning storytime. If they are released early, there is no afternoon storytime.

Digital Streaming is Here

There’s a new blue button on the home page. Given the success of e-books and audio, we’re adding a streaming video service to our arsenal of literacy.

Kanopy is a streaming platform that you can use on your computer, or you can download the relevant app for IOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku. Adults can enjoy award-winning documentaries, film festival favorites, indie films, classic films, and world cinema. Kids will find films and TV series thoughtfully curated to help develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem.

To access Kanopy, either click the button on our homepage or go to Douglas library card-holders are currently allotted 6 play credits per month, and we’ve set a monthly cost ceiling that applies to the entire community (basically it’ll shut down before it breaks the budget). Hopefully we don’t bump up against that ceiling and everyone who wants can use all 6 of their play credits.

Starting Off the School Year Well

For the mom who is sending her child off to school for the first time or the dad who is hoping for a year of easier transitions and joyful experiences, Peaceful Life coach Janet Gonzalez will be offering a free workshop at the library on August 23 from 7-8pm. Some topics she will touch on are getting out the door in the mornings, welcoming your child home in the afternoon, and homework & bedtime in the evening.

Every Thursday is Mahjong Thursday

A new weekly event is popping up at the library. A group of seasoned mahjong playing patrons will be meeting to play at the library every Thursday from 12:30 to 4pm and are inviting new players. If you already know how to play, come play with some delightful people! If you don’t, come anyway and they will teach you.

Online Magazines are Here!

Online Magazines are here! CWMARS has added a first wave of 50 magazines to our Overdrive subscriptions. These are simultaneous use licenses, so they are always available to you no matter how many people are reading them. You can “borrow” them to download them to your device or read them online. You can find them in the Overdrive catalog, or you can simply click here to see a special page just for magazines.

Page Position Available

Looking for entry-level library work? The Simon Fairfield Public Library is looking for you! We need a page who can help us bring order out of chaos every other Saturday from 9 to 1, as well as an additional 4 hours every every week (ideally on Monday and Wednesday). We pride ourselves on offering a congenial, laid-back, but efficient atmosphere for our patrons and staff. We encourage applicants who will thrive in such an atmosphere.

Basic responsibility:
To shelve library materials. In addition, the library page will be trained to perform minimum duties on the circulation desk including but not limited to checking in and out of materials.

Minimum requirement: High school student or high school degree. Position requires basic knowledge of math and English and the ability to alphabetize and understand Dewey Decimal System.

None required

Duties are often routine but may involve making minor decisions. Employee is expected to ask questions rather than complete a job incorrectly.

Supervision required:
Employee works under direct supervision of Library Director; Children’s Librarian and Circulation Librarian.

How well the library page does his/her job has a direct impact on the overall operations of the library. If materials are shelved incorrectly, the efficiency of the library is negatively affected. The inability to find materials results in loss of service to patrons and is unacceptable.

The library page will have interactions with the public due to the nature of the job and the environment of a small public library. The page is expected to exhibit tact and courtesy and to refer to other staff if and when it is required.

The library page is expected to observe privacy policy and laws applicable to the public library.

Normal office conditions.

Manual Skills Required:
Filing, Shelving.

Physical Effort:
Little or no physical effort is required of position.

Occupational Risks:
Little or no potential risk of injury.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


How to Apply:
Please fill out an employment application and email it, along with a resume and any other desired documents, to Justin Snook at Applications submitted by July 7 will be considered. The Town of Douglas is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

Local Author Party

On June 5th, we welcomed 4 local authors and 26 guests to a literary party at the Library. The Friends of the Library put out quite the spread:

Paula Sullivan, Rachel Odell howe, Jane Willan, and Michael Stinger not only sold and signed books, but talked extensively about their writing and publishing processes:

Paula Sullivan is the author of Simply Being Happy, and Rachel Odell How is the author of Ripple:

Michael Stinger is the author of Runner’s Dawn, and Paula Sullivan is the author of The Shadow of Death:

The event drew a nice crowd, and we all enjoyed discussing books until well after the library “closed:”

This little one proved that you are never too young to start thinking about writing your own book: