New Carlisle Public Library Named One of the Nation’s Best

Thank you New Carlisle for making us a Three Star Library! 

Library Journal’s fourth national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public library Service 2011, identifies 262 Star libraries. Created by Keith Curry Lance and Ray Lyons and based on 2009 data from the IMLS, it rates 7,513 public libraries.  The highest performing libraries were given either three, four, or five stars based on circulation per capita, visits per capita, program attendance per capita, and public Internet uses per capita.  In Ohio, 37 star libraries were identified.

For more information about this article, visit the Library Journal website.

Welcome Kelly

Kelly Palma has joined our staff in the position of Reference Librarian/Circulation Manager.  Kelly graduated from the University of Alabama, receiving her MLIS in August 2009.  She worked at the Tuscaloosa Public Library for three years in the Bookmobile Department.

Thanks New Carlisle For Making Us #1 Again

The New Carlisle Public Library has recently been given an honor we could not have imagined without the help of our patrons; one of America’s Top 100 Libraries! HAPLAR (Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings) has placed NCPL in the 100th percentile when it recently tabulated the 2009 library rating scores. The HAPLR Index is similar to an ACT or SAT score with a theoretical minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1,000, although most libraries score between 260 and 730.  The HAPLR Index web site provides a method for obtaining score cards and rating sheets for individual public libraries. It also provides further information on the rating index and other services provided by the author. To find out more about the ratings and other top libraries, go to

Follow The Library On The Web

You now have to power to interact with the library wherever you go!  NCPL is now on two main social networking sites, Facebook and Twitter!  Come check us out! FacebookTwitter **You may not be able to view our complete profile unless you have an active account with that website.

Coupon Printing Software & Job Search Sites Added to Adult Computers

Everyone is looking for more and more ways to save money through these tough times. NCPL now has way for you to save a couple of extra bucks the next time you go to the supermarket and many other places. Coupon printing software is now on all Adult Computers and is ready for use. Scan your card at the Adult Reference Desk and start saving today!

In addition to the new coupon software, we have added many new job search sites to all of our Adult PC’s as well. These can be found under the “Favorites List” in Internet Explorer. Don’t forget to check out the State Library Website for more way to help you find help in tough times.

Overdue Fines to Change

Beginning May 1, 2009, NCPL will be changing many of our current policies.  The first change that you will notice is our hours.  Due to our dwindling budget, we will be cutting operation hours by six.  The next change you may have already noticed.  As of April 1, we have placed a $.05 fine on all children’s materials and videos.  Children’s DVD’s will still remain $.50.  A list of complete changes is listed below.

Library Fees: (Effective May 1, 2009)

Adult Materials/CD’s/Videos $.10/day All DVD’s (Except Educational) $.50/day

All Videos $.05/day Teacher Loans $.05/day

Computer Printouts $.10/page Replacement Library Card $2.00

Lost AV Bag $2.00 Lost Magazine Cost of Magazine

Lost/Damaged AV Case $2.00 **Children’s Materials $.05/day

Educational DVD’s $.10/day Fine Cap $8.00

No Computer Use If Total Fines are greater than $5.00

Damaged Materials $1-$5 or replacement cost (fine dependent on damage)

** Children’s Materials began $.05 fines April 1, 2009.

If you have any questions about any of our new policies, please feel free to call the library at 845-3601.

Thanks New Carlisle for Making Us a 5-Star Library

Thank you New Carlisle for making us a 5 Star Library! Recently, Library Journal released a ranking of star libraries across the United States. 7115 libraries were evaluated and given either 3,4, or 5 stars based on circulation per capita, visits per capita, program attendance per capita, and public Internet uses per capita.  In Ohio, 31 star libraries were identified. Out of those 31, only 15 libraries were identified as 5 star libraries. Again, thank you New Carlisle for making us a 5 star library!

For more information about this article, visit the Library Journal website.

New Carlisle turns 200 years old in 2010! Help us celebrate!

2010 is just around the corner. That is a very important year for our town. New Carlisle will be turning 200 years old! As one of the oldest settlements in our area, New Carlisle has a very rich culture and history.  In preparation of the bicentennial, a campaign has been started to try and make it a fun and interesting year for everyone that lives in New Carlisle! Visit their website with the link on the left hand side of the page

Library Recieves Piece of New Carlisle’s Past!

On Monday August 18th, city crews began to install a piece of New Carlisle’s past here at the library! Patrons can now find out what time it is with our new sundial! The Sundial was recently taken from the old New Carlisle High School building on Madison Ave. City crews felt that the sundial could be better used in a place where people are more prone to find it. NCPL is very pleased and excited to be the new caretakers of this piece of New Carlisle’s history.

The sundial can be found in the strip of grass right outside of the main entrance to the library.

Downloadable Books

If you have a portable MP3 player, you can check out and download audiobooks to your MP3 player, and all at no charge. I have a small black MP3 player in my purse with two bestsellers, a "learn Spanish" audio course, the classic Treasure Island, and one of Lillian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who" mysteries, narrated by the incomparable George Guidall. All of these audiobooks I virtually checked out and downloaded, from my home computer, using the link right above this paragraph. Try'll love it. I think this is the most intriguing and promising service public libraries have ever offered.

If you have questions, email me at

Unfortunately, this service won't work if you have an IPOD or shuffle - it's not yet compatible with Apple's products.

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