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City Charter Available
April is National Poetry Month
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Workplace Literacy Project
The Mary H. Weir Public
Librarys Page-Writer Workplace Literacy Project, funded by a grant from the United
Way of Middle Tennessee and the Dollar General Foundation in partnership with the West
Virginia Department of Human Services, Weirton United Way, West Virginia Northern
Community College, Regional Educational Service Agency, Change, Inc., Personnel Temporary
Services, Weirton Area Literacy Council, Weirton Business and Professional Womans
Club, and the Weirton Lions Club is continuing to provide job skills and employment
experience to the Community Work Experience Program, or CWEP, participants.
Since January, the CWEP participants have been scheduled for 712 hours of library work
experience and training to help them ready themselves for future employment opportunities.
The participants receive help in developing writing skills and creating resumes. They may also receive private tutoring. Two of the CWEPs
trained by the library have already found employment and are no longer with the program.
In addition, several new participants have joined the program.
The collection of annotations of new
books, CDs, and videos that the CWEPs have been writing is growing daily. These
annotations are published on the librarys web page at http://weirton.lib.wv.us. They will give the public
an overview of the content of new material available at the library.
Another project that CWEP participants are instrumental in completing is the obituary
index that will soon be available on the librarys web page. CWEP participants are
extracting information from obituaries printed in the local paper and creating a yearly
alphabetical index. Work is currently being done on obituaries from the early 1930s.
Beyond Words Celebrating Americas Libraries
The Library will be observing National Library Week April 11 through April 15, 1999.
This years theme is "Beyond Words Celebrating Americas
Libraries." Several special activities are being planned for the week.
Spring Story Hour began the first week of March with 65 Children
ages 3 to 5 enrolled in four sessions. The children meet once a week for an eventful hour
filled with songs, finger plays, stories, movies, and crafts. Each session has a theme.
The themes for April are Arbor Day, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales, Manners,
and the Circus. Its not too late to join in the fun! Classes meet in the activity room of the library every Tuesday at 1:00 and
6:00 and Wednesday at 1:00 and 6:00. Children may be registered by calling the library at
797-8510 and asking for the Childrens Librarian, Mrs. Sandy Reardon.
Copies of the proposed city charter are available at the library. In addition,
the proposed charter is available online. To locate the charter from the "West
Virginia Northern Panhandle Community and Information Resources" page (http://weirton.lib.wv.us), click on Hancock County on the
map located on the right side of the page, then click on the city of Weirton on the same
page. This will bring up a page with links on the left. Click on "Weirton on the
Internet" then click on "Weirton Community Development". This brings up
"Welcome to the City of Weirton." At the bottom of this page is a link to
"Election 1999." Under this link is the "Proposed Charter for the City of
National Poetry Month
April is poetry month and
although there are many books available on the subject, there is another resource
available that may surprise many library patrons. Web Feet, a monthly resource
guide to academically oriented Internet sites recommends several Internet sites for
locating poems and information about poets.
British Poetry 1780-1910: A Hypertext Archive
of Scholarly Editions (http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/britpo.html)
allows the user to access full text of such classics as Beowulf, The Rime of the
Ancient Mariner, The Charge of the Light Brigade, and Leaves of Grass.
Modern British Poetry (http://www.columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/)
contains works of such poets as Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, James Joyce,
Alfred Noyes, and D. H. Lawrence.
- The public is invited to join us in honoring volunteers on Thursday, April 15 at 10:30.
- A Book Sale will be held Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 4:00. Donations are
- As part of the celebration of National Library Week, the Mary H. Weir Public Library
will be waiving fines during that week.
- Saturday, April 17, will be the start of a two week series of events to coincide with
A&Es presentation of Horatio Hornblower, a series of four programs based
on Captain Horatio Hornblower, the second of C. S. Foresters novels.
Each event will take place on a Saturday from 10: 30 to 12:00. Map Making and Ship Drawing
Contests will be held with the best entries to be posted on the librarys web site.
- All students visiting the library during National Library Week will receive a
library book bag and a bookmark.
The Romantic Era (http://members.aol.com/ericblomqu/romantic.htm)
includes a wealth of information about poets of that era and includes an audio clip of the
In addition to the sites recommended by Web Feet, there are many other
interesting sites related to poetry on the Internet. These sites might also be of
The Academy of American Poets (http://www.poets.org/poets/default.htm)
Poetry Magazine ( http://www.poetrymagazine.com/)
National Poetry Month (http://www.poets.org/npm/index.cfm/)
Childrens Poetry Links from the Allen County Public Library (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) (http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/Childrens_Services/poetry.
The John Hancock Pen Club and the Northern Lights Poetry Society
are sponsoring a POETRY NIGHT READING & RECEPTION at the Library on Monday, April 26
from 7 to 8 P.M. Bring your favorite poem or an original poem that youve written to
share at the "Open Mike."
The Testament - John Grisham
Southern Cross - Patricia Cornwell
Inner Harbor - Nora Roberts
Send No Flowers - Sandra Brown
Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
A Sudden Change of Heart Barbara Taylor Bradford
Seize the Night Dean Koontz
Critical Mass Steve Martini
Vector Robin Cook
Ransom Julie Garwood
Ashes to Ashes Tami Hoag
Message in a Bottle Nicholas Sparks
Looking for a periodical or journal? A list of periodicals available at the Mary
H. Weir Public Library is now available on the librarys web site in the Reference
section. This list includes the publication dates that are available and the location
within the library where the specific periodicals are kept. Periodicals listed in blue
print have links to that periodicals own web site.
If you cannot locate what you are looking for in the librarys
collection, the West Virginia Library Commission has provided another valuable resource to
all of the libraries in West Virginia. The UMI Proquest Database of periodicals is
available over the Internet but only at locations that subscribe to the service. Through
this service, the Mary H. Weir Public Library can search and access hundreds of
periodicals. Many of these are available in full text version, which means that the
article may be printed out from the computer at the library.
During the first two weeks of March, 109 library cards were distributed to
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