Music Soothes the Soul

Music has been around for a long time. There are all types of music such as jazz, country western,Gospel ,the classics and many more. Music has been known to soothe the soul and set one’s spirit to a blaze. The idea of music as a healing influence which could affect health and behavior is as least as old as the writings of Aristotle and Plato. The 20th century profession formally began after World War I and World War II when community musicians of all types, both amateur and professional, went to Veterans hospitals around the country to play for the thousands of veterans suffering both physical and emotional trauma from the wars. The patients' notable physical and emotional responses to music led the doctors and nurses to request the hiring of musicians by the hospitals. Today, we are still using music to help patients. We don’t necessarily hire musicians but we have technological devices to help out. Music is used by everyone. Here at northwest branch we have various types of music that can be use for check out. Take a look around, you just may be surprised at what you find.

 

Science Fiction Book Club

Do you consider yourself a science fiction aficionado?  Would you like to discuss some of your favorite titles with fellow sci-fi readers?  Northwest is looking to start up a sci-fi book club but we desperately need active participants.  If you are interested or know someone who might be, please let us know.  As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to share them with us.  We hope to see you in the not-too-distant future!
 

Volunteer or Be Our Friend!

Are you looking for something to do? Do feel that you want to help out your community? Do you love books?

Well here we are! You can come on in and volunteer at your local library.  We are accepting volunteers 17 years of age and up. All you have to do is attend one of Volunteer Orientations held on the first Thursday of each month and fill out a volunteer application. You can start working immediately.  Northwest Branch FOL

You can also become a Friend of the Library.  The Friends of the Northwest Library Association provide financial support for programs and library materials through their book sales and other fund raising projects. Membership forms are available at the library and with a $10.00 donation you can start being our Friend. 

You can volunteer at any time and as little or as much time as you want because you will be your own boss! So what are you waiting for?

Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 4:00 pm  Volunteer Orientation

 

 

 

Nooks for Checkout?

Exciting news, everyone!  In the next couple of weeks here at Northwest, we will be launching a pilot program in which we will begin circulating Nook Simple Touches to interested patrons. 

In total we will have six Nooks in circulation - three of which will be YA-oriented, preloaded with popular YA titles and most of the titles from the 2013 Lone Star Reading List, and three of which will be adult-oriented, preloaded with highly requested and other popular adult fiction and non-fiction titles.

The Nooks will check out for two weeks at a time, with one renewal allowed if there are no other patrons on the waitlist to check one out.  To check out a Nook, you must present us with your library card at the desk, have had the card for at least 30 days, be at least 12 years of age, be in good standing, and fill out a form in which you agree to abide by the Nook Circulation Policy.

It may be a couple of weeks before the program starts up, but in the meantime feel free to stop by and reserve one.  We'll have a sign-up sheet at the front desk.  We're looking forward to it, and we hope that you are as well!

Let The Games Begin

It’s almost time for Game Day Frenzy and we are starting things a bit early this year. We will have Game Day Frenzy on a biweekly basis starting March 13th and continuing through May 22nd. The program will be held in the meeting room from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.  All are encouraged to stop by and play some games.  If you have any suggestions for ipad or ps2 games, leave a comment below.