Thursday, November 29, 2012

December Book Club

December's Book Club will be Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 pm or Monday, December 10 at 1:00 pm. Pick the best time to fit into your schedule and join us as we discusss "Christmas Books"!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Adopt-A-Book

Don't know what to buy this holiday season for gifts? Stop by Talcott library and "Adopt-A-Book" for that someone special! You can select a book from our display that you would like to give as a gift. Talcott will bookplate it in the gift recipient's name for you and you will receive an official certificate of adoption for your gift recipient. Create a unique holiday tradition and share your love for reading by adopting a book at Talcott. Program will start November 26 and run through December 22.

"CHOCOLATE for the TALCOTT SOUL"


"CHOCOLATE for the TALCOTT SOUL"
 
Come enjoy an afternoon of Chocolates and live Music.
We have Gift Baskets and used Book Sale to help with your Holiday shopping


Holiday Used Book Sale

 
 
 
Give the gift of reading and help support Talcott Library!
Stop by and shop the sale .
 
 Used books, DVD's and more. 
 
 December 1st-- $5.00 a bag
December 2nd-- $3.00 a bag
December 3rd--- $1.00  a bag

 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Vintage Book Crafts by Nathan Koch

 
Thanks to Nathan Koch for the wonderful donation to our library decor.  His hand made stenciled vintage book pages are a perfect fit in our children's area.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

GIFT BASKETS

Gift baskets available with hand crafted items made by our talented community. 

Donate $1.00 per ticket or $5.00 for six tickets to bid on baskets.

Winners selected on December 2 at 3:00 pm

Do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds used for children's programming.

Friday, November 16, 2012

"ROCKTON HERALD ARCHIVES"

Rockton Herald Archives

http://rockton.advantage-preservation.com/
  • Archive of newspapers from 1877 to 1922
  • Digitalized MicroFilm of the Rockton Herald
It's easy to use:
  • Select publication title
  • Enter topic to search
  • Search based on year and/or month
For a "How-to Use" Tutorial click the link below
Great source for local history!
Use it to locate family members, historical events, past photos and much more!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Club just for Adults

November's Book Club will be Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 pm or Monday, November 12 at 1:00 pm.  Pick the best time to fit into your schedule and join us as we discusss "Banned Books".  Read a banned book and bring your comments.  Stop by the library today to get a list of Banned Books.

Adopt-A-Book for the Holidays

Don't know what to buy this holiday season for gifts?  Stop by Talcott library and "Adopt-A-Book" for that someone special!  You can select a book from our display that you would like to give as a gift.  Talcott will bookplate it in the gift recipient's name for you and you will receive an official certificate of adoption for your gift recipient.  Create a unique holiday tradition and share your love for reading by adopting a book at Talcott.  Program will start November 26 and run through December 22. 

Chocolate for the Talcott Soul

Do you LOVE chocolate!??  Join us for the annual: "Chocolate for the Talcott Soul" event on Sunday, December 2 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  This event is part of the Rockton Christmas Walk activities.  Be sure to include it on your holiday rounds!  We will enjoy chocolate treats, live music, and holiday shopping that supports your library.  Make this an annual tradition at your house.   For more information, visit the library.

Holiday Used Book Sale

"Talcott Friends of the Library" Holiday Used Book Sale
Shop and help support YOUR library!  Stop by, lots of great deals on used books, DVDs, and videos. 

Saturday, December 1
9:00 am-3:00 pm

Sunday, December 2
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
(during: Talcott's Chocolate for the Talcott Soul")

Monday, December 3
9:00 am-8:00 pm

Monday, October 8, 2012

NEW-Adobe Digital Editions 2.0


Adobe released Digital Editions 2.0

It’s a new version of the software patrons use to read eBooks on their computers and transfer eBooks to eReaders like the NOOK. ADE 2.0 comes with a bunch of improvements and changes you should know about. First, the “User Interface” has been completely redesigned to be screen-reader friendly.



That’s right, you read that correctly. ADE now works with screen readers for low-vision and visually impaired users. Specifically, NVDA, JAWS, and VoiceOver are compatible for menu navigation and reading books.

 You’ve probably also noticed that each eBook is now represented by a simple tile. There are no more hover-over context menus. Instead, ADE uses the standard right-click (or control-click for Mac) menu for individual eBook options.

 
Activating compatible eBook readers with ADE has become real easy. You just plug in the eBook reader you want to activate, then drag the book you want to read over to the device. That’s it. The Adobe ID is automatically registered, and the book is transferred all in one step.



ADE 2.0 does have one quirk that you should know about (remember, it’s brand-spanking-new). The banners across each eBook that show how many days are left on a loan aren’t always accurate. If you check out an eBook for three weeks, it might say that there are only two weeks left for you to read it. Don’t worry, the loans will still expire at the right time, and we’ve let Adobe know what’s going on.

 

 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Free Online ACT tests

Did you know, you can get online help via Talcott's website for ACT, SAT, GED test and more?  Before your student takes the test this fall, they can go to the Talcott website and practice.  To find the ACT practice test, go to Talcott website:  www.talcottfreelibrary.com, click on: "Online Databases", click on "Gale Testing and Education Reference Center", search for the ACT practice test.  You will need your Talcott patron barcode as Patron ID. 

WIFI Hotspot!

Did you know Talcott is a free WIFI hotspot?  Stop in with your laptop and enjoy the quiet of the library to get that special project done or surf the net.  Or, you can use one of our public computers.

Teen Babysitting Workshop

Is your teen looking for a job opportunity?  Why not babysit?  Babysitting is an easy way to earn money, have fun with little ones, and keep busy.  This special babysitting workshop offered at Talcott will teach your teen how to get started as a sitter, how to care for different age groups, emergency procedures, first aid and much more!  Get your teens to sign up today at the library and start earning "$$$" soon!

Workshop will be offered on Saturday, November 3 and 10 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm each day.  It's for boys and girls, ages 11-15.  Class enrollment is limited, so sign up early.  $20 fee for course to be paid when registering.  Make your check out to Colleen Bowman.

Instructor:  Colleen Bowman.

Flu Shot Clinic at Talcott

Thursday, October 18
11:00 am-1:00 pm
Winnebago County Heath Dept. will host a flu clinic at Talcott.
Flu shots:  $25.00
Pneumonia Shots: $60.
Cover by Medicare B or Part B Supplement at no cost to you.

Book Club Just for Adults

Join us for the next book club:  Thursday, October 4 at 6:00 pm or Monday, October 8 at 1:00 pm.  This month, we will discuss mystery novels.

Halloween Parade

Join us for the traditional annual Halloween Parade starting at Talcott Library.  We will "trick or treat" down Main Street.  Little ones can show us your "spooky" costumes.   Will start at 10 am on October 31.  No story hour on Wednesday in the am or pm. 

Fall Familly Nights

Fall Family Nights return starting Tuesdays, October 16 to November 20 at 6:30-7:30 pm.
These fall's theme:  "Read Around the World".  Bring the family and join us for stories, activities and crafts.  Free.  No registration required.

Friday, September 14, 2012

What's next in a Series.

You can find what's next in a Series by going here on our website, or click the link below.
What's next in a Series

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Child Passenger Safety Sept. 16 - 22



DID YOU KNOW:

In 2010, 655 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 64% of whom were restrained.

• Also in 2010, an estimated 119,000 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

• In 2009, 161 Hispanic children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

• 3 out of 4 kids are not as secure in the car as they should be because their car seats are not being used correctly.

• Using the correct restraints reduces infants’ and toddlers’ chances for fatal injury by 71% and 54% in passenger cars respectively.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Get a library card and win prizes!

Celebrate with us in September!  It's National Library Card Sign-up Month at your local libraries.  Get a library card at Talcott and win prizes all month!  Stop by today.  It's your child's most important school supply!

Friends Bus Adventure

Just a reminder!  The Friends of the Talcott Library Bus Adventure will leave Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 am promptly from the Old Stone Church at 101 E. Union Street.  If you have purchased a spot, we will see you there!  Let us know how you enjoy the day.

Flu Shots Offered @ Talcott

Stop by the library Thursday, October 18 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm and get your flu shot!  Winnebago County Health Department will be at the library.  Flu shots are $30.00.  For more information, click the link below at Winnebago County Health Department.

  Winnebago County Health Dept.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

DID YOU KNOW?


Þ You can use our website from home 24/7 to place materials on hold, renew items,
         use our online research databases and much more!

Þ You can check out eBooks/audiobooks for free with your library card.

Þ Rent popular DVDs and music CDs with your library card.

Þ Use research databases to take practice ACT/SAT, GED test and more available on our website. 

Þ Attend a children’s, teen, or adult program include story hour.

Þ Use the free WIFI or a public computer.

Þ Use the copier, meeting room, or register to vote.

Visit your library in September and see what Talcott has to offer! 

 

September Book Club

Read a Biography:

  • When:
    • Thursday, September 6 at 6:00pm
    • Monday, September 10 at 1:00pm

WIFI

Need a place to sit and use WIFI?
Talcott Library is a free WIFI hotspot. Stop in with your laptop and enjoy the quiet of the library to work on projects. Or, use one of our public computers.

Parents/Teachers: Explore our website!

Our website provides valuable information for parents and teachers. Click on "Reference" and "Parent/Teacher" Resources. you will find AR Booklist, links for stories/games to help your child practice reading, classroom materials available such as "Traveling Tales" and much more!

National Libary Card Sign Up Month

To get a library card, you must bring in proof of Talcott Free Library residency in the form of one ID with your current name and address. Children, ages 6 and up are allowed to get a library card with a parent/guardian.
Get a Talcott library card in September and receive a free Talcott DVD/video coupon and be entered in a special drawing for some "fabulous" prizes!

Ancestry Library Edition

September 19, 6:00pm     Sign up early, only 10 people will be able to attend.

Dave Johnson will be again to help inform and guide you through the use of "Ancestry Library Edition"
  • How to start a basic search
  • Forms available on the site
  • How to follow the links on the site
  • Other westes available for search

Register to Vote!

Register to vote at Talcott Free Library before October 9 to vote in November election.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Facebook

Remember to check us out regularly on Facebook.
See Story Hour pictures, Programs and many other exciting
happenings at the Talcott Free Library.

   http://www.facebook.com/#!/talcottfreelibrary

Congratulations YA Winners.


Thank you all of your summer "Reading is so Delicious" Readers.  Congratulations to all of our winners, and Special Thank You to all out Local Merchants that contributed to our "Delicious" Pizes.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Everyone had such a good time at our end of the "READING IS SO DELICIOUS" Pizza Party. The day was so beautiful, we were able to go outside and eat our pizza and cookies. Thank you to all our local merchants who donated all our prizes and treats.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lego Donations


Talcott Seeking Lego Donations

Doing some summer cleaning of your kids’ toys?  Bring your slightly used Legos to us so kids can enjoy “Lego” time at the library.  Donations currently being accepted.




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Friends Bus Adventure


Friends of the Talcott Library
Bus Adventure is Booked!
Saturday, September 8
7:30 am –6:00 pm

We will leave on the bus from Old Stone Church at 101 E. Union Street, Rockton.      
Be there promptly at 7:30 am!       


Track your reading history


Can’t remember what you have read? 

You can capture your  reading history on your patron account.    Go to our website from home or at the library and log into your account.  Click on “My Reading History” to turn it on. You will have a record of items checked out from the moment you turn the reading history on.  Need help?  Ask us!  


Adult's August Book Club


Just for adults...
Next Book Club:
When:  Thursday, August 2 at 6:00 pm OR Monday, August 6 at 1:00 pm

This month: Read a local history book


Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up

Thanks to all that participated in our Summer Reading Program! 
              358 Adults, 190 Teens, 581 Children
Great job reading this summer! Visit our facebook page to see program photos and videos.

Thank you to our  program sponsors and volunteers that helped especially our Talcott Youth Volunteers!  Special thank you to our sponsors:

Culver’s
DairyHäus
First National Bank
Flying Pig
Friends of Talcott Library
Gem Shop
Hilander (Schnuck’s)
Hononegah Women’s Club
Kraft Foods
Pizza Hut
Rockford Ice Hogs
Rockton Inn
Rockton Lions’ Club
Wal-Mart Supercenter





Book Reviews and More!

Want to learn more about a book?  Get a review?  Find out if it is age appropriate for your child?
Go to the NIC online card catalog on our website:  www.talcottfreelibrary.com

Search for your item and click on this button:




 








You can read descriptions and reviews.  Suggested reading levels also included.  (Not available for all titles.)  For more information, ask a librarian.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Last Day Summer Reading

"Juicy" Gymnastics / Yummy Ice Cream Social

Summer Reading Club

"Reading is So Delicious"

Thursday, July 26  7:00pm
"Juicy" Gymastics
with Miss Andrea




ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Yummy ice cream treats
provided by DairyHaus

Monday, July 16, 2012

Next Book Club-just for adults



August Book Club

Thursday, August 2 at 6:00 pm
or
Monday, August 6 at 1:00 pm

Topic to Discuss:
Read a local history book and come share your thoughts!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Sorry class has been cancelled due to family illness, to be rescheduled at a later date. Please check back.

Where:  Talcott Free Library
When:  Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14
(Two-Part Course)
Time:  9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For teens, ages 11-15. 
Cost:  $20.
Registration required at the library. 

Learn basic babysitting skills like "how to" get started, how to care for different age groups, first aid and emergency procedures and much more.  Sign up at the library today and start your new "summer" job!  Instructor:  Colleen Hawkinson.
  









Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What are you reading this summer?

Let us hear from you!  What are you reading this summer?  Are you downloading any eBooks or Audiobooks from our OMNI site?  These downloads are free with your library card. 

Click this link to go to the OMNI website:
http://omnilibraries.org

For more information, stop by the library! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Teen Babysitting Workshop


Sorry class has been cancelled due to family illness, to be scheduled at a later date. Please check back.

Where:  Talcott Free Library
When:  Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14
(Two-Part Course)
Time:  9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For teens, ages 11-15. 
Cost:  $20.
Registration required at the library. 

Learn basic babysitting skills like "how to" get started, how to care for different age groups, first aid and emergency procedures and much more.  Sign up at the library today and start your new "summer" job!  Instructor:  Colleen Hawkinson.
  









Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Like Reading Series Books?


Wonder What’s Next In YOUR Favorite Book Series?

Check out Talcott’s online source to help you find the next popular title in a series.  It’s easy!  Go to the Talcott website:   www.talcottfreelibrary.comClick on:

   ● “Good Reads”
   ● “What’s Next In A Series”
   Key in the author name, name of series, or genre
   and you will get a complete listing of books
   for that series.   
  Check it out!

Library Day @ Dairyhaus

Mark your calendar!

Tuesday, June 19

Noon - 10 pm

Show your library card and get 10% off your treats!

"Dairyhaus" Readers  (staff) will share some yummy stories
 at Talcott Library at 7:00 - 7:30 pm.

Dairyhaus located next door to Talcott Library.

Summer Reading Club Events

Book Club Update

Next book club for adults:
Thursday, June 7 at 6:00 pm or Monday, June 11 at 1:00 pm
This month:  Read your favorite Young Adult Book

READING IS SO DELICIOUS!

Summer Reading Club starts June 2 for all ages. 

Stop by the library and sign up to participate.

Watch for fun, FREE events for kids every
Thursday during Summer Reading Club! 

Ends July 28.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Watch Your Flower Garden Grow

Special free presentation @ Talcott!
Wednesday, May 23
6:30 pm -8:30 pm

Learn how to prepare your flower beds, sleect and layout plants, how to prune perennials and much more.  Get ready to enjoy your garden!  Join us as Master Gardener, Michelle Cox shares her expertise.  Free program for community.  No registration required.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Friends Used Book Sale










Mark your calendar! 

Next Friends of Talcott used book sale:
Saturday, May 19      9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday, May 21       9:00 am-8:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22       9:00-am 8:00 pm

Get ready for summer reading!  Stock up on gently used books, videos and DVDs at low prices and help support YOUR library!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Intro to Ancestry Library Edition

Wednesday, May 9
6:00-8:00 pm
Where:  Talcott Free Library

This beginners' course will show you how to use the new Ancestry Library Edition database now available to use at the library.  Instructor Dave Johnson will walk you through how to search your genealogy with this hands-on demonstration.  Bring a person of interest that would have been included in the 1930 census or before to get started.  Free.  Registration required at the library.  Register early, class size is limited.

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Looking for Ideas

Talcott Library Board will host a series of small group meetings to receive input from the community on library services that are currently being offered and those that you feel would be of benefit to the community. If you would like to participate, contact
Bonnie Estrada at 815-624-7511

Monday, April 2, 2012

Celebrate National Library Week

Join us as we celebrate with daily "surprises" during April 9-14, 2012.

We have something for everyone @ your library!  Stop by and visit this week and help us celebrate libraries. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting started with a Windows Computer

Getting started with a Windows Computer

Using your Windows computer to enjoy titles from your local library is easy. All you have to do is browse for a title you want, check it out, download, and enjoy.

What you need

How it works

  1. Install software
    Any format listed below can be enjoyed from a Windows computer. Use the links to install the software.
*Kindle Books can be transferred from your computer, or delivered wirelessly to Kindle devices over a Wi-Fi connection.
  1. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Once you're there, find a title you want and check out. When you see the Download button, click it to open the title on your computer.

    For Kindle Books, the Get for Kindle button will take you to Amazon's website to deliver the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
  2. Enjoy
    Kindle Books:
    • Kindle for PC: If you selected a Kindle Book, you can use the Kindle for PC software to enjoy the title. Any notes you take, or bookmarks you make will be saved. If you ever check out the same title again, or buy it from the Kindle store, you'll find your notes safe and sound right where you left them.
    • Kindle Cloud Reader: Another option to read a Kindle Book is to use Kindle Cloud Reader. All you need is a compatible browser (Chrome or Safari) and an Internet connection. As long as you're online, you can read Kindle Books right from your web browser.
eBooks: If you found yourself in the mood to read an EPUB or PDF eBook, use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to enjoy the title. You can also use ADE to transfer eBooks to an eBook reader of your choice.
Audio / Video titles: If you decided to grab an audiobook or video, use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) to enjoy the title. To make your titles portable, you can use OMC to transfer them to your mobile device.

Getting started with a Mac

Getting started with a Mac

Using your Mac to enjoy titles from your local library is easy. All you have to do is browse for a title you want, check out, download, and enjoy.

What you need

How it works

  1. Install software
    Any format listed below can be enjoyed on a Mac computer. Use the links to install the software.
  2. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Once you're there, find a title you want and check out. When you see the Download button, click it to open the title on your computer.

    For Kindle Books, the Get for Kindle button will take you to Amazon's website to deliver the book to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.
  3. Enjoy
    Kindle Books:
    • Kindle for Mac: If you selected a Kindle Book, you can use the Kindle for Mac software to enjoy the title. Any notes you take, or bookmarks you make will be saved. If you ever check out the same title again, or buy it from the Kindle store, you'll find your notes safe and sound right where you left them.
    • Kindle Cloud Reader: Another option to read a Kindle Book is to use Kindle Cloud Reader. All you need is a compatible browser (Chrome or Safari) and an Internet connection. As long as you're online, you can read Kindle Books right from your web browser.

eBooks
:If you found yourself in the mood to read an EPUB or PDF eBook, use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to enjoy the title. You can also use ADE to transfer eBooks to an eBook reader of your choice.

Audio titles: If you decided to grab an audiobook, use OverDrive Media Console (OMC) to enjoy the title. To make your titles portable, you can use OMC to transfer them to your mobile device.

Getting started with MP3 players

Getting started with MP3 players

Using MP3 players to listen to titles from your local library is easy. All you have to do is check out and download a title, then transfer it to your device using OverDrive Media Console.
If you have an iPod, these articles may be more helpful:

What you need

How it Works

  1. Install software
    You can use your MP3 player to enjoy audio titles from your library. You'll need OverDrive Media Console (OMC) to transfer MP3 or WMA (if supported) audio files to your device.

    Note: You can look up your MP3 player on OverDrive's Device Resource Center to see if it supports WMA titles.
  2. Browse, check out, download
    To get started, browse to an OverDrive-powered library website. To find your library, try using search.overdrive.com.

    Next, check out and download an audiobook using your computer (Windows or Mac), then transfer it to your device (Windows or Mac).
  3. Enjoy
    Once you've transferred a title to your MP3 player, you can listen to it just like you would any other audio file.