On the Shelves: What’s Happening at the Vernonia Library

Changes Abound at the Vernonia Public Library

In this day and age libraries run operations using an automation system. Small libraries often find it difficult to purchase an automation system as they can be quite expensive. Here in Vernonia we have been very fortunate that an automation system was sought out and acquired in 2000. This has worked well for many years. Now, 13 years later, this system is no longer supported by the manufacturer and lacks the ability to upgrade any further. Time has become critical for replacement. Fortunately, on April 17th The Collins Foundation awarded over $5,700 to The Vernonia Public Library to replace the 13 year old system with a new web based program called Apollo by Biblionix. Some of the highlighted features:

  • The Vernonia Public Library catalog can be viewed in real time from any computer or touch screen device.
  • Patrons can reserve books, make book requests, identify favorite authors (patrons can be notified when a favorite author has a new book!), leave book reviews, and much more!
  • Patrons can receive a text or e-mail reminder 3 days BEFORE items are due.

In addition to replacing the old automation system the grant award will cover costs for replacement hardware, a receipt printer and staff training.

Please have patience with library staff as we try to navigate all of the changes. We are working hard to learn everything and be prepared for the transition but as with all change there will be a learning curve. Also, all patrons will be asked to complete a Library Card Application in order to update patron data. It is a requirement for the new system and should only take a couple of minutes.

Information about The Collins Foundation can be found at the Vernonia Public Library. The new system is scheduled to be online April 30, 2013. Enjoy!

Free discussion about the real history of African Americans in Oregon

Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state – a history that is not taught in schools.

This is the focus of “Why Aren’t There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History,” a free conversation with Portland State University author and adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha on Saturday, May, 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM at the Vernonia Public Library; 701 Weed Ave, Vernonia, OR 97064. This program is hosted by Friends of the Vernonia Public Library and the Vernonia Library Board and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Imarisha has taught in Portland State University’s Black studies department, where she has created classes about topics as diverse as the history of the Black Panther Party, race and the history of prisons, Hurricane Katrina, and hip hop as literature. She has facilitated writing workshops, for students in third grade to twelfth, in community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future.

Oregon Humanities (813 SW Alder St, #702; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas to change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, Responsive Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.