Page Writer Update

Gardening Web Addresses

Rock ‘N’ Read at the Library

Books Recently Reviewed by the Page Writers

Summer Youth Conduct Book Sale

Children's Books Reviewed by the Page Writers

Library Receives Four Computers from Gates Foundation




















































































The Bookletter

July 1999


Page Writer Update

If you are interested in what is new at the library, the Page Writers at the Mary H. Weir Public Library have now completed over 1900 annotations of new books!  The annotations are appearing on the  Mary H. Weir Public Library Web Page at under Library News. The annotations are divided into eighteen categories. To view the annotations in any category, click on the book that lists the title of that category. As new items are added to the collections, Avery, Celia, Cynthia, Cynthia, Nancy, and Patricia write annotations, and they are added ot the web page.

A new Page Writer, Celia, joined the project in July. Jamie, who joined the project in June, has move on to other employment. Since the project began, there have been 24 Page Writers, 11 of which have moved on to other employment. There are currently six Page Writers.

In June, the Page Writers and the public participated in a workshop presented by West Virginia Northern Community College.

The Page Writer Project was funded by a grant from the Dollar General Foundation and the United Way of Middle Tennessee and was developed in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Human Services, Weirton United Way, West Virginia Northern Community College, Regional Education Service Agency (RESA VI) with Change, Inc., Personnel Temporary Services, Weirton Area Literacy Council, Weirton Area Business and Professional Woman's Club, Weirton Lion's Club, and the Mary H. Weir Public Library.

The Project allows the participants to develop writing skills while gaining a sense of accomplishment and becoming computer literate.

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Gardening Web Addresses

Summer is in full swing and if your garden need help, Web Feet: The Internet Traveler's Desk Reference recommends the following sites:

Garden Web: The Internet's Garden Community

Virtual Garden: Where Gardeners Grow

Ortho: Home, Lawn, & Garden

Gardener's Supply Company

Gardening: A BH&G Guide

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Rock ‘N’ Read at the Library

The library was rocking every Monday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. while the children in the summer reading program and their parents recorded books in their reading records. The source of the music was a juke box placed in the library by Tri Area Amusement.

This year there were 97 children enrolled in the summer reading program. The children made pet rocks and lava bottles. They were entertained on July 12 by Diane Bannister who sang and played guitar. Several of the children joined in the fun with rhythm instruments.

The children participated in a coloring contest and nominated their favorite books for the Hall of Fame Book. July 28th was the last day to record books for the summer reading program and the awards program was held on July 30th  at 1:00 p.m. The children celebrated the end of the program with food, prizes, music, and with Limbo and Hula Hoop contests.

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Books Recently Reviewed by the Page Writers

Home SongLyVyrle Spencer

A New World WonBarrington King

 Escape From Sonora - Will Bryant

Her Own RulesBarbara Taylor Bradford

Stories from the Hills - Barbara Yeager

Softball: Steps to SuccessDiane L. Potter

The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity Scott Adams


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Summer Youth Conduct Book Sale

Four participants in the Northern Panhandle Private Industry Council's Summer Youth Program were working at the library from June 22nd to July 30th. The youth workers  were involved in several special projects. These projects included cleaning furniture, cleaning shelves, moving supplies, checking the number of times books have circulated, and cleaning and doing minor repairs on books. They also made signs, posters, and bibliographies and conducted a used book sale in front of the library. The book sale ran Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the month of July.

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Children's Books Reviewed by the Page Writers

Some Good News: The Cobble Street CousinsCynthia Rylant

Princess MeganTrisha Magraw

The Secret of the Attic - Sheri Cooper

Eloise in ParisKay Thompson

Ever World: Search for Senna - K.A. Applegate

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsJ.K. Rowling


Library Receives Four Computers from Gates Foundation

If you have been in the library recently, you may have noticed new computers and old computers that have been relocated. The Mary H. Weir Public Library received four new Gateway computers from the Gates Learning Foundation. In addition to these four computers, ten additional Gateway computers have been purchased to upgrade the computer lab in the Weirton Technology Center, lower level.

The new computers will have the Windows NT operating system and can be set up to accommodate the different populations using them. The computers come with Microsoft Office Small Business Version. Windows NT allows a version of the screen for children and the adult version can be adapted to large print.

Before the new computers were installed in Room C, the ceiling tile, wall tile, portable walls, and carpet were cleaned, and the walls were painted. New furniture has been ordered to better accommodate the 17 inch monitors that come with the Gateway computers. Computers that were in Room C have been relocated to the public access terminals and to staff locations.


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