Friday, November 30, 2007

Friends' Book Sale!

The Waterloo Public Library Friends group is conducting their book sale today and tomorrow. After a "members only" event yesterday, the Book Sale continues today (November 30) and tomorrow (December 1) from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Variable Computer Time

Demand for computer time at the Waterloo Public Library continues to grow. As you may have noticed, competition for computers is especially great later in the afternoons and on weekends. We are aware of the shortage of computers and are working to add more. In the meantime, our reservation system vendor has helped us to create scripts which adapt session to time to time-of day.

The result is that patrons who log on early in the day may have their sessions extended for as long as 90 minutes. However, at 2:00 p.m. each day a script runs which shortens the time available to 60 minutes--the minimum required by library policy.

The maximum time is also limited to 60 minutes on weekends.

At some point in 2008 we're hoping to add a few more computers. Until then, please bear with us as we attempt to allocate computer time as fairly and efficiently as possible.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Good News/Bad News

The good news is that the the Waterloo Public Library's leaky, drafty windows are about to be replaced. The bad news is that the contractor will be using about half of the parking lot to store materials and equipment.

We expect the windows to start coming out the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The contractor will start on the third floor and gradually work his way to the ground. With good weather and no complications we expect the project to be complete by late winter.

For more information, and a progress update, stay tuned to the Waterloo Public Library Reference Blog!

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Adult programming at WPL

We've got a lot of exciting programs coming up at WPL!

On Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m., UNI Professor Donna Hoffman will be discussing and answering questions about the Iowa caucuses. This talk will include a look at how Iowa's caucuses became so important, what role they play in electing presidents today, and what the future holds for the caucuses.

On Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m., author Todd Mishler ( will be giving a presentation about college football rivalries as he talks about his new book, Blood, Sweat, and Cheers: Great Football Rivalries of the Big Ten. After his presentation, he'll answer questions and be available for book signing.

We've got several other events planned, including easy ways to improve your health and the transition to digital cable. Check the blog for updates as we get them. We're also interested in getting your ideas about what programming you would like to see offered for adults at WPL. Email us at, call the Reference Desk at 291-4476 or chat with us on Meebo (see the box on the right) if you've got suggestions.

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