FEB. 26 CHECK IT OUT: Grand Forks and District Public Library introducing homebound service

Grand Forks and District Public Library is launching a brand-new service to deliver books and other items to homebound patrons.

There is a lot going on at the Grand Forks and District Public Library.

There is a lot going on at the Grand Forks and District Public Library.

I’m so excited. And I just can’t hide it.

Here’s why: the Grand Forks and District Public Library is launching a brand-new service to deliver books and other items to homebound patrons!

The Homebound Delivery Service will be available to anyone who cannot come to the library to pick up materials – whether it’s a 14-year-old boy who broke his leg and is bed-ridden for three months or a grandmother living at an extended care facility.

Patrons can either call in requests for specific books/DVDs/magazines/etc., or they can request that items be picked out for them based on their preferred genres or authors.

Give us a call at 250-442-3944 if you want to find out more.

AGM

Our annual general meeting (AGM) will be held at the library on March 6 at 7 p.m. We’ll keep it brief, and will provide refreshments – come to meet your new and existing board members and to find out what’s been keeping us busy here at the library.

Your family tree

If you’re the kind of person who likes historical novels, you might like digging into your own family history. This year, the library has purchased a subscription to ancestry.com – which makes it easy for you to play detective and see what you can find.

Our genealogy group meets once a month, and its next meeting is March 6 at 10 a.m. It is always looking for new members, and will help steer you in the right direction. One thing to note: ancestry.com can be accessed through the library website (see the link on the front page under “Databases”), but can only be used in-library on one of our computers.

Learn to sign

No, that doesn’t say “sing,” it says “sign!”  We’re partnering with Sunshine Valley Community Services to offer basic sign language classes, Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The classes are drop-in, and open to all ages. Registration is not required.

Call Heather or Tammy if you have any questions 250-442-3335 (ext. 208). Happy singing!

Top 10 most checked-out movies of 2013

Out of Time 2001: A Space Odyssey Adaptation Billy Elliot Fair Game Singin’ in the Rain Sudden Death Synecdoche, New York The Edge The Good Shepherd

Top 10 most checked-out mysteries of 2013

NYPD Red, James Patterson Bones are Forever, Kathy Reichs Delusion in Death, JD Robb Mad River, John Sanford The Blackhouse, Peter May The Bone Bed, Patricia Cornwell The Drop, Michael Connelly The Professionals, Owen Laukkanen The Red Pole of Macau, Ian Hamilton The Wrong Man, David Ellis

Avi Silberstein is library director for the Grand Forks and District Public Library