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The Jefferson County Library District fills the month with ways to engage the mind

Welcome to November! Fall is in full swing, and it's getting cooler. No more lawn mowing; it's football season. I'll buy you a coffee if you know my favorite college team (the library team doesn't get to play). But the MOST fun-filled event happening this month is DINOvemer!

Thanksgiving is almost here.

At the library, we are thankful for our community partners, the improvements we've been able to make in the library, and for updating our library van into a bookmobile, aptly named Miles van Go. For receiving grants that allowed us to have a robust 2022 summer reading program for children and adults, purchase a STEAM cart, diversify our collection that has books in print, audio, and digital; curriculum crates, board games, and our Whisper Room (if you don't know what a Whisper Room is, stop by the library and take a look), and our ongoing community storytelling program.

DINOvember is back!

It's time for our annual celebration of dinosaurs. This year CeeDee and Tomes will be traveling around the world with their new friends! CeeDee and Tomes are too big to go everywhere, and they've enlisted some smaller friends to go out and about in their travels around the world. Next year's summer reading program theme is the Wonders of the World, and our adventure starts this month!

Educate — Engage — Explore

At the library, our tagline is Educate — Engage — Explore. One way to explore is with our Discovery Pass program. With your library card, you can check out passes for the High Desert Museum and a Wilderness Pass between May and October. We are planning on adding other passes, and if you are a community partner who would like to provide a pass, please let us know. An activity's use, frequency, or other parameters are flexible and set up on the partner's terms. It's an excellent way to encourage County residents to try out your activity/event.

You can engage by checking out our new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), which includes various activities for ages 8-18. Young people between the ages of 8-12 need to have a supervising adult on hand. When I asked about the new addition to the library, our children's librarian, Laura, said, "I'm excited to have more hands-on activities available in the library, and this STEAM cart/mini maker's space is a great way to start."

Discover New Resources

FamilySearch. The Jefferson County Library is now a designated FamilySearch library. FamilySearch rounds out our ancestry resources, joining ProQuest, HeritageQuest, and Fold3. and FamilySearch are only available in the library; you can access HeritageQuest and Fold3 from home. Fold3 is a premier collection of military records from the Revolutionary War to World Warr II and includes historic war records, documents, and pictures.

Rest, Relax, Read

November is a great time to learn something new. Immerse yourself in a different book genre; there are plenty from which to choose. Mystery, science fiction, thriller, romance, western, contemporary, historical fiction, fantasy, poetry. Check out a cookbook and make a new side for Thanksgiving. Learn jewelry making, and review the era of history your young person is learning in school. Or my personal winter favorite, remembering algebra I so you're ready if your high schooler needs a little support (at least until they get to quadratic equations).

Winter is the season of rest and restoration. How many of you are like me — when the sun starts to set earlier in the day, I know that if I don't run any errands on my way home from work, I'm not going out later. Once I'm home, I don't want to go out again in the evening. Make a stop at the library on your way home — we're open until 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays — and grab a book to read by the fire or a movie to watch. Check out an audiobook and listen while you're making dinner. The holidays are coming, and early November always seems like a good time to reflect on the busyness of the summer months and September's back-to-school urgency.

Be Thankful

What's on your thankful list? I am grateful for the fabulous library team, the opportunity to work with these people daily, and a board of directors who believes in me. And for the chance to live in this lovely small town. I've lived in several large cities during my life so far; it's great to live in a place where you can walk into a bank, grocery store, or retail store and know people by my first name. Happy Thanksgiving month!

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