PLOS is once again participating in the movement to speak up against sexual violence. If you donated $5 to show your support, don't forget to wear jeans to work on Wednesday, April 25. Donations are due by Monday, April 23 - - so you can still run them over to Kim at Hoyt. Your donation supports the Sexual Assault Center of Child and Family Services.
A Poet of Our Own
Congratulations to Alexander Verdoni, Hoyt Library Shelving Page, for winning first place in the Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) Poetry Slam held March 23 at the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. Alexander received $100 for his winning entry. The Poetry Slam was held during the Theodore Roethke Poetry and Arts Festival.
Pro Tour Qualifier
Congratulations to PLOS Substitute Josh Ohlendorf for going undefeated in the Magic: The Gathering Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier. Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers (PPTQs) are the first step for new players on their path to the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour. By winning a PPTQ, Josh qualified for this season’s Regional Pro Tour Qualifier in Indianapolis.
Check out Zauel Library's Latest Bulletin Board - Thanks, Beth!
Check out Alyssa McCarty's First Bulletin Board at Butman-Fish
Check out this artistic work created during Butman-Fish's March 23rd Preschool Storytime. Various awesome artistic preschoolers were led by Butman-Fish Children's Librarian, Maureen Beckrow, to paint a colorful bunny just in time for spring. "I am so excited with how our project came out," shares Maureen (AKA Miss Maureen). "It looks so great on the library wall! Happy spring everyone!"
Around the World in 80 Days
Sixteen world travelers attended the St. Patrick's Day Open House held at Zauel on March 17.
The group pictured left is making rainbow suncatchers during the program.
On March 22, nine world travelers designed fans during the
Around the World in 80 Days visit to China.
United Way of Saginaw County Honors PLOS
The United Way of Saginaw County recently chose PLOS to receive our Hetherman Campaign Award for a small size firm. This award honors the company and the employees for excellence in the United Way annual community fundraising campaign. "The Public Libraries of Saginaw did an outstanding job of increasing donations and contributions this past year and we felt that you should be commended for this accomplishment," explains Jackie Taylor, Community Investment Coordinator with United Way of Saginaw County. "We cannot thank you enough for all that you did to help ensure the success of the campaign."
Kathy Thornhill, PLOS United Way Coordinator, will accept the award at the United Way Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 1st at Horizons Conference Center. In addition to the award, the Public Libraries of Saginaw will be featured in our Annual Report.
3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Launch!
Our new website launched April 2. Thanks for your continued patience as we continue to work through some of the glitches. We hope you are getting used to the new format.
Patrons missed the "My Account" button, so we brought it back!
Many staff and patrons also miss the "New Books" feed, so we are working on getting that added.
If you have questions or concerns about the new design, please let Jen Harden know.
1 - NINA WOOD - SUB
8 - MELISSA CASEY - BF
8 - AMY KNICKERBOCKER - WICKES
12 - JIM CHERRY - HOYT
24 - KALUM MEYERS - ZAUEL
26 - MAISHA DEBRODT-SHARPER - BF
5 - LEO LEFEVRE - HOYT
7 - KAREN BUTLER - HOYT
15 - MICHELLE ZIMOSTRAD - HOYT
20 - LORI SUGDEN - BF
28 - RUTH ANN REINERT - HOYT
Anyone who knows Chiara Genovese, knows how much she enjoys spending time with her family, researching and watching old movies, and traveling. All three came together last year when Chiara and her family spent three weeks traveling Route 66 from Michigan to California and back through Colorado and Utah. "This was a high school dream that didn't happen until now," Chiara explains chuckling. "I didn't have time after high school, but my whole family made it happen last year. It was a dream come true."
During their journey, one of Chiara's favorite stops was the La Posada (Fred Harvey's last great railroad hotel) in Winslow, Arizona. "We spent two days there," explains Chiara. "I didn't want to leave." Chiara shares that during its heydey in the 1930s, the hotel was a favorite destination of Hollywood stars. Many of the rooms are named after these Old Hollywood actors. Chiara was honored to stay in the Roddy McDowell room during her visit. "Every day was an adventure and I loved it all, but this particular stop, with all of its Old Hollywood history, was extra special."
Back at home, Chiara and her sister, Tessa, spend time researching Old Hollywood and enjoy watching old movies together. "We read lots of books on the topic and share with each other," Chiara shares. When asked what her favorite movie of all time is, she explains that choosing the right movie is like pairing wine with food. The movie has to fit the mood you're in. Having said that, she said that A Matter of Life and Death starring David Niven is one of her all time faves. "This movie actually inspired JK Rowling to write the King's Crossing section in Harry Potter," Chiara explains. While not a huge fan of the Harry Potter movies, Chiara quickly names the Harry Potter books as her favorites. "I like the whole series as an entity. The Harry Potter books made me like libraries. I went to a Harry Potter event at the library and realized how much libraries can do to help people. That's why I do so many open houses at Zauel."
When asked her favorite quote, Chiara shows me the engraving on her necklace. It bears Mother Teresa's famous saying, "Do small things with great love." It is this quote that drives Chiara every day. Stop by Zauel Library and visit Chiara at the Zauel reference desk or one of her many tween, teen, or adult programs. Just a quick aside - - she shows lots of good old movies in Zauel's meeting room!