October Lost in the Stacks

by Blair Henson, Library Director

It’s spooky season! At the library this means our staff have been busy but having fun decorating the library, planning awesome programs (pumpkin painting anyone?!), finalizing their Hallowread lists (more on this later), and welcoming the month of scares with open arms (Amuck, amuck, amuck!). We’ve got lots of programs planned for all ages, so make sure you check out our events on our myLIBRO app, our website (https://guymon.okpls.org), or on Facebook! Pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, a costume parade for the little ones, and a special event for Halloween night to introduce Guymon Public Library’s newest and most exciting newest addition to our services! Keep an eye out on myLIBRO, our website, and/or our Facebook page for details.

Halloween is a time to celebrate all things spooky and scary! And for some bibliophiles, it’s a time to celebrate Hallowread! Hallowread is observed by creating a list of scary, spooky, and/or horror-filled books and dedicating your reading time to reading those books during the month of October. I started celebrating Hallowread with several other librarians in Oklahoma two years ago. Most of us have read the classic Stephen King thrillers, so we branched out to new horror/scary story genre authors. Some personal favorites, and my Hallowread authors for this year, are Darcy Coates (“Then the voice rose, flooding his ears, filling his head, raw and battered with terror: ’There are bodies in the walls.’”), Isabel Cañas (the new gothic novel!), and Alma Katsu (I can’t wait to read her haunted Titanic novel). I’ll be posting the books as my Director’s Picks for this month, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for those titles. Or feel free to dash on over to our Facebook and share some of your own picks!

Our featured digital service this month is Brainfuse’s HelpNow. HelpNow is an all-in-one suite of tutoring services where tutors and students communicate in real time in an online classroom. Students can also access the writing lab to improve writing skills, collaborate with others and more. One of our favorite features is a bank of flash cards and practice questions for all subjects including math, science, English, etc. The service also offers practice tests for students taking the ACT and/or SAT. Do you have a student who isn’t sure which field to study in college? HelpNow offers an exploratory test to help place your student in the appropriate field of study. And, as you can see, HelpNow isn’t just for elementary and secondary education. The service also has assistance for adult learners in college or working on preparing to take the GED. Access to HelpNow is free for anyone with a Guymon Public Library card! We’re always excited about new books at the library! October’s featured children’s book is A Spoonful of Frogs. Frogs are the most important ingredient in a witch’s favorite treat—but they are also the hardest to get into the cauldron! From acclaimed author Casey Lyall and Caldecott Honor artist Vera Brosgol, A Spoonful of Frogs is a humorous and wholly original picture book—and a winning recipe for readers who loved Dragons Love Tacos and Room on the Broom. Our teen featured book this month is Prince of the Song and Sea by Linsey Miller. The first in a new young adult series, Prince of the Song and Sea retells the story of The Little Mermaid from Prince Eric’s point of view. And, finally, our featured adult book this month is The Poison Machine by Robert J. Lloyd. The follow up to The Bloodless Boy, The Poison Machine is set in London in 1679 and features real historic characters such as Christopher Wren and Isaac Newton, as early scientists Harry Hunt and Robert Hooke of the Royal Society stumble on a plot to kill the Queen of England. Check out these titles and more on our library catalog (https://guymon.biblionix.com) or by stopping by the library. See you in the stacks!

MyLIBRO library app!

With the myLIBRO app you can:

  • search for items
  • place & manage holds
  • manage multple cards
  • read or listen to eBooks and eAudiobooks

Getting Started

Download the myLIBRO app:

Open the myLIBRO App and select the Create myLIBRO Account button.

  • Choose Guymon Public Library and enter your
    • Library Card Number
    • Library PIN (This is usually your password. Call the library if you need any help with this.)
See all the app features

Download the myLIBRO app user guide and learn how to:

  • use myLIBRO on an Alexa device or the app voice mode
  • add other users and libraries to your account

Also check out myLIBRO’s getting started and search tips videos.

Questions?

Call (580)338-7330

myLIBRO Patron Experience Demo

Teen Programs for September and October

Teen Game Night will be September 23, 2022 from 3-5pm. There are no sign-ups required. For any questions please call the library at 580-338-7330.

Teen Movie Night: November Criminals will be September 30, 2022 from 3-4:45pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided. For any questions please call the library at 580-338-7330.

Teen DIY Wood Fall Décor: October 7, 2022 from 3:30-4:30 pm. Sign- ups are required there are limited spots available. Please call 580-338-7330 to reserve your spot today.

Teen Game Night: October 14, 2022 from 3-5pm. Come and enjoy a night of videogaming with your friends. For any questions please call the library at 580-338-7330.

Teen Steam: Pumpkin Carving- October 21, 2022 from 3-5 pm. Sign-ups are required there are limited spots available. Please call the library at 580-338-7330 to reserve your spot today.

Teen Movie Night: Ghostbusters: Answer the Call- October 28, 2022 rom 2:50-5pm. Drinks and snacks will be provided. Please call the library at 580-338-7330 for any questions.

BrainFuse HelpNow and JobNow added to Digital Resources

Check out our Digital Resources Page for more information and to get started!

HelpNow

After more than two decades and millions of tutoring sessions, Brainfuse is one of the most experienced online tutoring companies in the nation. HelpNow is a unique tutoring, homework help, and studying suite designed to assist patrons of all ages succeed.

JobNow

Brainfuse VetNow

JobNow provides you with practical tools to help you get a job.  On the home page, you have three services to choose from: Career Resources, Resume Builder, and Ace the Interview.

Sequoyah List 2021

Come to the library today and check out one of our books from the Sequoyah display!!

With this award, Oklahoma honors the Native American leader Sequoyah for his unique achievement in creating the Cherokee syllabary. Sequoyah chose eighty-five symbols to represent all spoken sounds of the Cherokee language. In so doing, he created a way to preserve his people’s language and culture.

 

Citizenship Test Vocabulary

Ways for students to cope with tricky vocabulary on the speaking test portion of the Citizenship Test!

Many citizenship teachers have reported that students are being asked to define legal terminology from Part 12 of the citizenship application form (N-400) as a test of their English speaking ability. A coalition of national immigrant advocacy groups has objected, warning that the practice is inconsistent with naturalization policy (because these advanced legal terms are not “words in ordinary usage”).

But while we wait for the practice to be halted nationally, and examiners to be properly trained, Lynne Weintraub, author of Citizenship: Passing the Test—Ready for the Interview, is offering a tool to help citizenship students prepare in the event they are asked to provide definitions of these difficult words.

In this three-page downloadable PDF, she identifies a word or phrase in each question that is likely to cause difficulty for students and suggests a simple way of explaining it. While these are far from precise definitions, we hope that they will be enough to convince an examiner that the student understands the topic of the question.

Tricky vocabulary in Part 12 of the N-400 application

Emergency Broadband Benefit is Helping Households Connect During the Pandemic

We’re spreading the word about FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit. Having a broadband connection is essential for households gain access to jobs, healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Enrollment starts May 12.

visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit

What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a temporary FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford broadband internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The benefit offers:

  • Up to $50 per month discount for broadband service
  • Up to $75 per month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet bought through a participating provider if the household contributes more than $10 but less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Can Apply

A household is eligible if someone in the household meets one of these criteria:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline.
  • Gets benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program or did so in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Got a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.
  • Had a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020.
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating broadband provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Learn more: FAQs for Emergency Broadband Benefit

3 Ways to Apply

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process. See Providers in Oklahoma: Emergency Broadband Benefit Providers in Oklahoma
  2. Go to  GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it with proof of eligibility to:
    Emergency Broadband Support Center
    P.O. Box 7081
    London, KY 40742

Questions and Answers about the Broadband Benefit

Do I get the Funds Each Month?
No, the participating broadband provider will get the funds directly from the EBB program.

Which Providers are Participating?
Broadband providers choose whether or not to participate.  See a list of Providers in Oklahoma.

Will I Be Automatically Billed at Higher Rates if the Program Ends?
No. Households will need to opt-in to keep their service once the EBB program ends.

See more questions and answers: FAQs for Emergency Broadband Benefit