Gardeners, rejoice; the Heirloom Seed Library is open again

Spring must be near — the Heirloom Seed Library is open for business.

This is the third year that gardeners can grow their own vegetables, herbs and flowers by checking out seed packets on display at two branches — the Library Station and the Midtown Carnegie Branch. Gardeners can check out up to four packets of heirloom seeds with a valid library card. We especially love to hear from teachers and parents, including one Library Facebook follower who commented, “We need to go to the library for our school garden!”

Stephens appointed University Librarian at Washington University

Denise Stephens, university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), has been appointed vice provost and university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, according to Provost Holden Thorp. Stephens succeeds Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, who left the university last July.

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Fontbonne Librarians Keeping Pace with the Information Landscape

Fontbonne librarians Peggy Ridlen and Jane Theissen explore the evolution of Fontbonne University’s online General Education Information Literacy course, LIB199 Information Literacy in Higher Education in a new book.  Their chapter, “Adapting to the Evolving Information Landscape: A Case Study” was recently released in a new monograph in the Chandos Information Professional Series entitled Distributed Learning: Pedagogy and Technology in Online Information Literacy Instruction edited by Tasha Maddison and Maha Kumaran.

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MRRL Board Talks Strategy

Missouri River Regional Library Director Claudia Schoonover wants patrons of both branches to know their voice matters.

Last year, both library users, non-users and staff participated in a survey and attended monthly community meetings to voice their opinions on what they would like to see in their local library. In turn, that feedback was used as a guide in Saturday's MRRL strategic planning session.

Christian County Library Plans to Add Digital Features

Did you receive an e-reader, tablet, or smartphone for Christmas? The Christian County Library can help you get the most out of your device, whether you are a technology novice or just looking for new ways to enjoy your device.

Former Thespian Receives 'Harvey and Me' Painting 47 Years After Show

John Hunter has plenty of blessings to count this time of year.

He survived the May 2011 tornado and beat a subsequent fungal infection that many have assumed was caused by the storm. He also is a survivor of thyroid cancer.

But Hunter, director of the library at Ozark Christian College, has a new reason to be thankful this year. It's a painting that he has desired in the 47 years since he starred in his high school's fall show, and although it's a minor blessing compared with others, it's no less meaningful to him.

"The painting was just kind of a relic, memorabilia from that play," he said.

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