Thanks to a grant from the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, customers of the Christian County Library will soon find more powerful, faster and more versatile computers - and an easier time getting a turn to use a computer.
Four computers purchased with grant funds and two bought with library funds are strictly for public use.
The 80 Gigabyte computers are pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, Encarta Reference Suite, Microsoft Streets & Trips, and Magic Schoolbus programs, and a full range of tutorials. All Gates computers will be available for word processing and other personal uses, internet access, and local information from a print and content server which is included in the grant.
Before the grant, computers available for public use include two for the library catalog, one just for word processing, two internet access computers for adults, one CD-rom computer for adults, one CD-rom computer for children and a combined internet-ready and catalog computer for children. The grant will increase the number of publically-available internet computers for adult use to six. Spanish keyboards will be available for two of the computers.
The new computers, printer, server, switch and related equipment arrived last week. The library will close Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5 to allow Gates personnel to install the equipment and train library staff in its use.
On Saturday, November 24, at 2 p.m. the Christian County Library will formally name the library's public meeting room "The Dorothy Landers Netzer Room."
Mrs. Netzer volunteered to circulate the petition for an election and then campaigned for the April 1949 county election which established and funded the Christian County Library District. A former teacher in rural county schools, Dorothy served for forty-seven years as a trustee on the county library board. She retired when she stopped driving in 1996
In 1949, the county library had no building, only a series of bookmobile visits where delivery of books to one scheduled location was very dependent upon checking in and re-using materials from the previous stop. When Mrs. Netzer retired from the board, the Christian County Library was a 10,000 square foot building with over 50,000 volumes, internet access, video tape and audio book collections and preparations underway for library automation.
Boy Scouts, the Christian County Health Department, Extension Clubs, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Billings, Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Easter Seal Society, Parent-Teacher-Association, and Ozark Area Community Action Cooperation were some of the other organizations to whom she gave time and support.
After Dorothy Landers Netzer's death in the summer of 2001 at age 90, the Board of Trustees of the Christian County Library voted to name the meeting room in her honor
A brief ceremony is planned for 2:00 p.m.Saturday, November 24, 2001. Afterwards, Wayne Glenn will sign copies of his new pictorial history of Nixa. Other local authors and artists will have their books and artwork available for viewing, signing and discussion.
The event will complete the library's "Fill the Shelves" week. From November 19 through 24, library users may return past due items free of charge in return to bringing one non-perishable food item for each two dollars owed. Contributions will go to the Community Center's food bank for distributions to low-income residents.
The public is invited to come honor a good citizen, visit with some interesting folks and maybe get a bit of Christmas shopping done - all at the same time!
Christian County Library is located at 1005 N 4th Ave, Ozark, on the hill above the rodeo arena in the city park or a block east of Finley River and about two blocks northeast of the old Ozark mill beside the old steel bridge.
Help during the week of November 19 - 24, 2001. Help the library get back missing items. Help the Community Center restock its food pantry. Help yourself clear your library account - fine free.
In exchange for one non-perishable food item for each two dollars past due fee owed, return library books and other materials without paying or owing money to the library.
All food collected will be given to OACAC for distribution through the Community Center's program to supply food to families in financial need.
Past due penalties accumulate at the rate of five cents per item for whatever days the library is open. Individual limits are $1.50 per item. Postage for each notice mailed is added to the total.
Fine amnesty does not apply to missing or destroyed materials or to penalties previously owed.
In memory of her parents, Will & Mildred (Fox) Deeds, Carolyn Deeds of Springfield recently contributed $500 to the Christian County Library. Long-time residents of Christian County, Mr. and Mrs. Deeds were grain and beef farmers and active members of the Ozark Presbyterian Church.
Born in 1877 in Christian County to John T. & Francis E. (Collins) Deeds, Will Deeds had very little education. He attended a one-room school at Elk Valley and studied from the "Franklin Reader". He was, however, a voracious reader and always subscribed to many periodicals. Carolyn still has a leather bound unabridged dictionary and a book of Shakespeare used by his family
Mildred was born in Fair Play in 1893, a daughter of John and Mary Francis Fox. She graduated from Methodist Girls School in Marionville. Mildred enjoyed keeping scrapbooks of short poems and religious and inspirational clippings, and before her marriage, gave book reviews. Carolyn recalls that when she was "baffled" by college poetry, her mother - with her high school education - was often able to lend her a helping hand.
All materials given to the library in memory or honor of individuals are noted with a bookplate inside the front cover. Contributions to the library over $250 are also recognized with an engraving on the "Library Partners" plaques by the library entrance.
The Deeds Memorials funded the following twenty-one new books now available for library users to read.
With the passing of Labor Day and teachers' and students' return to school, the Christian County Library resumes regular Saturday hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Requests may once again designate Nixa High School Library as a pick-up location. Public hours there resume Thursday night, September 13, 2001.
Kids and parents - The 2001 summer reading program is past, but the fall story hours for three-to-six-year-olds are just beginning. They are from 10:30 - 11:30 Tuesday and Wednesdays. The Early Learning Center parent-and-child activities are available on Fridays by appointment. Pick up a calendar at the library or check with Miss Lucinda or Miss Penny at 581-2432 to see what they have planned. And, don't forget to visit the children's CD-Rom computer workstation.
The Christian County Library in Ozark was recently awarded a $7,477 grant from the Missouri State Library to purchase a laptop computer and a data projector.
This equipment will be used to provide training for staff and the public. Library users will be shown how to best utilize the library’s three websites: the coolcat library catalog, the library’s homepage with links to hundreds of the finest websites, and the transcribed records website with Christian County information. Additionally, training will be provided for the use of subscription databases provided by the state. Firstsearch accesses the catalogs of thousands of libraries at once. EbscoHost locates periodical articles and provides full-text access to many of the articles found. A special “Searchasaurus” version is included for children. EbscoHost and Searchasarus are now available for patrons to use on home computers by entering their library card number on log-in. Gale databases provide information on authors, science. history and business. Newsbank has enhanced versions of on-line Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and News Missouri. There are also Grolier encyclopedias available on-line.
Christian County Library was one of 21 Missouri public libraries awarded an LSTA Basic Equipment Grant this spring from the Office of the Secretary of State, Missouri State Library. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) part of the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996, promotes access to learning and information resources of all types of libraries. Through the legislation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, based in Washington, D. C., provide federal funds to state library agencies, using a population-based formula.
The State Library agencies develop programs that address the unique needs of their states, sometimes through sub-grants, such as Missouri’s Basic Equipment Grant program to public libraries, as well as other grant programs to all types of libraries - public, academic, research, school and public libraries. The Missouri State Library also uses LSTA funds to support state-wide library services and initiatives.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library, the Children's Library now houses a computer loaded with a wealth of kid-friendly fun and educational CD-ROMs. The computer and software were given in memory of longtime Friends' members and officers, Chuck and Beth Rousseau.
Check out this list of great titles available to please everyone from birth to high school:
Kids make take one CD-ROM at a time, by signing a form at the front desk. Time limit of one-half hour will apply if other children are waiting. Parents or other caregivers are encouraged to participate with the younger children. Two children may use a CD-ROM together, but time limit still applies. Headphones are to be used with most CD-ROMS if the sound is likely to disturb other patrons.
The software will not be available for check out. The CD-ROM computer will not be attached to a printer, the network or the internet.
CD-ROMs have been available for adult use for several years. The library owns CD-ROMs of maps, telephone numbers, tax forms, genealogy, garden planting, art museums, software training, and University Extension publications.
The State of Missouri recently provided Missouri public libraries who agreed to the terms of usage a subscription to First Search. This database simultaneously searches thousands of library catalogs for books and library materials. Each record in FirstSearch indicates if the local library owns the item and lists other libraries which own it. Library users may then find it in their own library or make a request to consider the item as a purchase or an interlibrary loan. Individual libraries whose catalogs are included in FirstSearch determine which of their materials they can spare for inter-library loans, depending upon that library's use of the materials and whether it is readily replaceable if lost. Many older, rarer or more expensive titles may not be available for loan.
Library users may use FirstSearch at the library public internet computers from the Christian County Library Databases Link - http://christiancounty.lib.mo.us/databases.htmlBack to news list