What’s New

Did You Know, Week 7: Adult Literacy services in the Library? Try Reading Connections!

July 21, 2014

Were you wondering where “Did You Know” went?  It took a week’s vacation, but it’s back with several important topics.

The library is home to a great community resource that you may not know about--Reading Connections!  Reading Connections is an organization that serves all of Guilford County, and its mission is: “To provide and advocate for free, individualized adult literacy services to promote life changes for Guilford County residents and surrounding communities.”

Reading Connections got its start with its location in Greensboro, but the High Point Public Library has been the home of their High Point operation since 2010.  From this space, Reading Connections is able to provide free adult literacy classes and individual tutoring for residents of the Greater High Point
community.  Their classes focus on skills such as basic adult literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages, computer literacy, and much more.

The organization has a small staff that works out of the library, but they rely on community volunteers as tutors and teachers.  Volunteers do not need to have prior teaching experience, since Reading Connections provides all the tutor training and materials.

If you’d like more information about the classes or becoming a tutor, contact the Reading Connections Office at 884-7323, visit their website: http://www.readingconnections.org/, or “Like” them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/readingconnections.

This topic was one of several mentioned in the comments of the library technology survey we had in April.  We’ll be offering explanations on topics like this one over the next several weeks. To see the complete results of this survey, click here.

2014 Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs

June 16, 2014

The 2014 Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs are starting!
Rising 9th – 12th graders are invited to participate in the 2014 4TNS2RD- Spark a Revolution Summer Reading Program that runs from June 16th – August 9th. All teens that register by July 20th will receive a Pita Delite coupon. Contact Megan at 883-3695 or megan.bowers@highpointnc.gov for more information.

To register online, Click Here
To record your books, Click Here

Adults 18 and older can participate in the 2014 Literary Elements Adult Summer Reading Program that runs from June 16th – August 9th with registration ending on July 6th. Contact Megan at 883-3695 or megan.bowers@highpointnc.gov for more information.

To register online, Click Here
To record your books, Click Here 

More information on the 2014 Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs can be found here

City Directories and Yearbooks

June 5, 2014

Patrons can now access High Point City Directories and High Point Central (formally High Point High School) yearbooks online. The Heritage Research Center and the High Point Museum have collaborated with The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (DigitalNC.org) in an effort to provide broader access to historical materials. Links to these materials can be found on the Genealogy/Local History page of the High Point Public Library’s website.  Below are direct links to the city directories and High Point Central yearbooks.

Heritage Research Center
http://www.digitalnc.org/institutions/heritage-research-center-at-high-point-public-library/

High Point Museum
http://www.digitalnc.org/institutions/high-point-museum/

Noise Plan

May 20, 2014

The High Point Public Library is introducing a noise zone plan effective June1st, 2014.  The library has designated each area of the library as a community zone, a quiet zone or a silent zone.

Community Zones (C ) are areas where you may have conversations in a normal speaking voice and use your cell phone. 

Quiet Zones (Q)  may be used for quiet conversations between study partners and for brief, quiet cell phone conversations. 

Silent Zones (S) do not allow talking or use of cell phones.  Areas within the library are clearly marked with a C, Q, or S to indicate the noise expectations for those areas.

The next time you visit the library, please ask for one of our Noise Plan booklets which explains the new plan in detail.

Library Elf

February 18, 2011

HPPL, your perfect library, has purchased a subscription for you to the enhanced services offered by "Elf", your personal e-mail library reminder service. You can link to "Elf" here and sign up to start receiving convenient e-mail reminders about your holds, and reminders when your library books, DVDs, and other items are about to become overdue! 

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