Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer Reading Winners!

We are pleased to announce the list of winners from our Summer Reading Program!

The following children won $25 gift certificates to the Imagination Station toy store. Congratulations and great job reading!

Jacob Cunningham, Bigfork
Arron Davis, Columbia Falls
Marianna Jouppe, Kalispell

In the Teen Program, the following participants won the grand prizes. Hooray! Good work and thanks for joining Summer Reading Program!

iPod Touch (2)
Casey Shea, Columbia Falls
Ashley Jones, Kalispell

Nook eReader
Lauren Christensen, Bigfork

Friday, August 19, 2011

Summer Reading Program Round Up!

This week is our final week of summer reading program events. Kids and teens can still log hours and pick up prizes until the end of the day Saturday. What a great summer! Scroll down to see pictures from our adventures; highlights included reading stories from a Nook ereader, making sand paintings and yarn paintings, designing t-shirts in the teen program, enjoying our wonderful Park Side volunteers, and eating a celebratory snack of foods from around the world.

Special thanks to Park Side Federal Credit Union and the Friends of Flathead County Library for generously funding our program. We also received support from Kalispell Parks and Rec and Norm's News. Thank you so much!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Best Picture Books of 2011 . . . so far

We recently stumbled across this very lovely list of best picture books of 2011 . . . so far. As the new Youth Services Librarian and the staff person newly in charge of picture book ordering, I am ever so VERY excited about picture books. And I am happy to tell you that FCLS has every single one of these fabulous books on order, on the shelf, or checked out and in some lucky child's hands. Visit our website and click on Library Catalog to place a hold.

Stay tuned this week for a Summer Reading Program photo round up!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Kalispell Library is "Bewitching"

Take a virtual tour of the Kalispell Library via "The Librarian Is In" blog. Justine Shaffner highlights public libraries worldwide, and she recently showcased our library.

In addition to raving about the historic building and interior features, she discusses the library branches, the many items available for checkout, programs for children and teens, and the Montana Shared Catalog.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Statistics can tell a story or two.

It's been a long time since I've taken a look at our web site statistics but found a couple of interesting trends popping up since my last peek. Williston, N.D. has cracked the top 10 list of cities visiting FCLS. I was a traveling road construction worker in a former life and spent some pretty boring evenings far from home. It makes me smile to think that those workers, who are driving across the state, are picking up some books to read or movies to watch while they are away from their families. Perhaps, a good audio book makes the long commute a little easier for them.

The other interesting trend is the amount of mobile devices that are accessing our web site. It comes as no surprise, as we have logged the most downloaded audio and ebooks throughout the state in the past few months. This data helps spark ideas on how to make a better experience while visiting our site on a mobile device.

In case you're a nerd like me- here is the order of mobile devices that have accessed our site.
- iPad
- Android
- iPhone/iPod
- Blackberry
- Windows