Friday, May 30, 2014

Farewell, Sue

When Sue Van Der Horn and her husband and young family wound their way through the Portneuf Gap and into Inkom after driving the thousands of miles from New Jersey, they looked up at the craggy hills and felt they’d finally come home. That was in 1977. Two years later, on October 29, 1979, Sue began working at the Pocatello Public Library in the technical services department. Her good friend, Lou Chavers, mentioned there was a position available and so Sue applied. When she was hired, Sue did not realize she would be spending the better part of the next four decades surrounded by the books and friends and changing technology that make up the library world. But stay she did, and now, 34 years and 7 months later, she finds it hard to believe so much time has passed.

Along with serving under many different directors and witnessing incredible changes in advancing technology, Sue figures she has touched and processed and stamped and cataloged most of the books that have been added to the library for quite some time. She was trained by Joan Shurtliff to do the intricate and detailed work of cataloging books, and later spent seven years as head of the Technical Services department. She then moved into the position of Associate Director where she spent the years until her retirement. Certainly Sue has witnessed tremendous changes in the library environment as she came on board in the era of typed index cards and the card catalog and is leaving after seeing the library move to the fully integrated Polaris operating system.

But through all those decades of service, some things have remained the same: the good feelings of friendship, love, and harmony among the library staff members, and the responsibility of serving Pocatello by providing excellent books and other library materials to the public. What will Sue do now? “Of course it is hard to say good-bye to my library family,” she says, “but I want to sit on the deck in the mornings and enjoy the garden and a cup of coffee without having to go anywhere.” She has no great plans, but she does want to spend time with her aging parents, enjoy long days with her husband, visit her grandchildren, and most of all, just live spontaneously without a schedule. Thank you, Sue, for your long years of service and your example of quiet, cheerful perseverance. We’ll miss you, but we know we’ll see you often because you’ll always need something good to read. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

Kathryn Poulter, Youth Services Supervisor

Thank you, Bookmobile Volunteers!

Usually we have a monthly spotlight on a single volunteer. This month I would like to thank the many volunteers that have helped with the bookmobile over the last two years.

There were a lot of volunteer and staff hours that went into starting and running the bookmobile. The volunteer drivers were wonderful. Not only did they drive (which I was very thankful for) they were enthusiastic and always looking for more ways to help out. So a big THANK YOU! to all of our bookmobile volunteers!

Don’t forget the Book Wagon will be out this summer on a regular schedule throughout the city parks (check our website or stop in a pick up a schedule) or look for it at the Farmer’s Market and other community events.

Kristy Lyon, Circulation Librarian and Volunteer Coordinator

Summer Reading Kickoff

Marshall Public Library’s summer reading kicks off on Monday, June 2, and runs through August 15.

An Interactive Physics Demonstration hosted by Dr. Steven Shropshire of the ISU Physics Departmet will begin at 5 p.m., and the whole family is invited! Dr. Shropshire will do two additional demonstrations this summer on June 30 and August 4, both at 5 p.m.

Read on for more information on summer reading for children, teens, and adults!

Children’s Summer Reading

We would like to invite everyone from birth to 12 years old to participate in our awesome summer reading program for kids. This year’s theme is Fizz! Boom! Read!, and it’s all about science and experiments and reading and explosions. Come to the library or register online at the library’s website to receive your summer reading log. The reading log has ten test tubes with a word on each test tube. To fill in a test tube, either read a book or do a project related to that word. For example, to fill in the Nature test tube, read a book about nature, or go outside and make a leaf rubbing, or count all the birds you can see in an hour, or some other project you come up with using your imagination. After filling in all the test tubes, come back to the library and turn in your completed reading log for a prize—a free book! Then take another reading log and do it again to earn a second book.

In addition to our regular storytimes, there are many additional activities for children of all ages during the summer.

* Take part in our Summer Art Institute on Mondays at 1 p.m. each week.

* Meet the Book Wagon at a park on Tuesdays. Hear stories and get a free book!

* Come on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. to see special programs and hear stories.

* Join our beginning knitting and crocheting club at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons.

* Watch book-related movies on Thursdays at 2 p.m. to get out of the summer heat.

* Play in our Hands-On Science Stations on Fridays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Kathryn Poulter, Children’s Librarian

Teen Summer Reading

Sign up for Spark a Reaction, our teen summer reading program for youth in 6th -12th grades. For each 3 activities you complete, win free books or other prizes.

Join us for Reactor Mondays at 2 p.m. for activities involving food, crafts, or a science experiment, or come to a movie for teens on Spaced Out Fridays at 2 p.m. Additionally we will have a special after-hours TEEN party on Friday, July 25, from 7-9 p.m. And all of this is FREE! For additional information check out the Young Adult BLOG @

Kath Ann Hendricks, Young Adult Librarian

Adult Summer Reading

The summer reading program for adults is themed Literary Elements. Adults must register so they can receive their literary table of elements that contains seven challenges. Second, complete three challenges and receive the first prize. Then complete all seven and receive a second prize. The program runs through August 15. The challenges include reading books and attending library programs.

Upcoming programs include:

* Chair Yoga June 3 at 7 p.m.

* World Wide Knit in Public Day June 19 at 6 p.m.

* Family Science Program at 5 p.m. (with Dr. Shropshire) on June 2, June 30, and August 4.

* Geek Trivia at 2:30 p.m. at CoHo (904 S 4th) June 14, July 12, and August 9.

* Summer Movies at 6:15 p.m. on June 18, July 9, July 23, and August 6.

Becky Hadley, Readers Advisor