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VPL Winter 2003 Newsletter

HOURS: Monday and Thursday 9-7, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9-5

"A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life."  Henry Ward Beecher

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Virginia Foundation Library Fund

Thanks to everyone who has helped kick off the Library Fund within the Virginia Foundation.  The Library Fund has received a number of generous donations since its inception in June, 2003.  It’s not too late to make a tax deductible contribution to the Library Fund for 2003.  As of October 31 the Library Fund is at $10,843.73.   Funds will be used for capital items, materials and programs.  For more information or to make a donation, contact Linda Niskanen at the Virginia Foundation, 749-8239

Friends of the Library Book Bags for Sale

The Friends of the Library are selling book bags to raise money for the Library Fund.  These flat bottom style tote bags have an imprint of the Virginia Public Library logo on the outside pocket.  So far, the Friends have sold 43 bags.  The bags are available for $10.00 each and would make great Christmas gifts!

Friends of the Library Annual Book and Bake Sale

The Book and Bake Sale held annually in September was once again a great success for the Friends.  $1100.00 was raised in book sales and the bake sale brought in another $400.  A big thank you goes out to all who helped make the sale a success by baking, organizing and volunteering for the event.

Cookie Dough Sales

65 quarts of cookie dough were purchased in October from the Friends of the Library Cookie Dough Fundraiser.  This brought in about $350 for the Friends, after expenses.  The Friends are planning on trying this fundraiser again in the spring.

Cell phone and Inkjet Recycling

Another ongoing project to help raise money for the library is Cell phone and Inkjet recycling.  To date the Library has earned 426 points from cell phone and inkjet recycling through the FundingFactory.  Each point is worth forty cents.  That’s $170.00 for recycling stuff most of us would have just thrown away!  Please continue to drop off your old cell phones and empty inkjet or laser cartridges at the Library.

Adopt a Book/Media Item

The Virginia Public Library materials budget for 2004 isn't’t looking any better than it did after the 50% cut received in 2003.  Thanks to the generosity of MANY library users over the last six months, the Library was able to purchase 75 books and 7 videos and 1 CD through the Adopt-a- Book/Media program.  Your participation in the Adopt-a-Book program is still crucial in 2004.  Choose from a pre-selected list of items the Library would like to own, but cannot afford.  This list is available at the Reference desk.  Participation in the Adopt-a-Book is $15 per book or music CD and $20 per movie.  The VPL has placed a separate Wish List on  To donate from this list, go to our Web site at, select Adopt-a-Book from the menu on the left and click the link under Wish List.  If you can’t decide on a title, you may still contribute and we'll select one for you.  Forms are available at the library or you can print one off our Web site on the Adopt-a-Book page.  Once your selection arrives, you will be the first one to take it home.  These programs also provide an opportunity to honor individuals, family members or friends with a commemorative bookplate.  We would like to include your name on a published sponsor list unless you wish to remain anonymous.  You'll also be eligible for a charitable tax receipt.  Please see our web site or speak with our reference librarian for more information.

New Computer Available for those with Vision Impairment

The Library recently installed a new computer and monitor with a large print keyboard to assist our patrons who may have low vision or vision impairment.   The VPL received the equipment thanks in part to a generous grant from the Virginia Foundation with support from the Friends of the Library and the Arrowhead Library System.  The new computer monitor enlarges the size of the print.  The screen tilts and swivels to help decrease glare and to put the screen at an angle that makes reading the screen easier.  The large print keyboard is easy to see and is color-coded for ease of use.  The computer makes magazine databases, encyclopedias, newspapers, books and audio materials throughout the region available to another group of library users.  The internet is also available on this large screen/large print machine to make it easier for those with low vision to have access to information.

Story Time at the Library

The winter story time session will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 from January 21 through March 3 in the library auditorium. Story Times are designed for children from four to seven years old and include finger plays, stories, crafts and a small snack. Groups of three or more should pre-register by Monday of the week they are attending. For more information, see Dawn in the Children’s room.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

The fourth annual Hot Reads for Cold Nights program will begin this year in January to help relieve those bouts of cabin fever. Pick up a journal, set a reading goal, write down your titles and win prizes for reading during the months of January and February. This program, designed to promote the importance of lifelong reading, will be held at many libraries throughout Minnesota and is supported locally by the Virginia Women of Today and the Virginia Friends of the Library.

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"Freely available, uncensored libraries are not only essential to democracy but also are inherently democratic.  In making recorded knowledge and information available to all and in giving assistance in locating and using that recorded knowledge and information to all, we not only support democracy – we are democracy." (Michael Gorman)

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