Kendallville Public Library Adds
DVDs, Shuffles Collection
See a list of all the added DVDs
The Kendallville Public Library has been making some big movies this summer, including a large purchase of DVDs to fill out the collection.
The Kendallville and Limberlost Public Libraries have become a popular place to borrow DVDs – for FREE – including new releases.
“Libraries have always been about information and entertainment” said Library Director Gregg Williamson. “Whether that comes from books, CDs, downloadable media or movies, the library is the delivery platform for what the public wants. The DVD collection is a wildly successful area of service to our patrons. We have tapped into the pulse of our community’s thirst for entertainment.”
To help fill in some of the gaps in the collection, Williamson pulled a list of the top 500 grossing movies of all time. Then he and the staff began working to determine which were part of the library’s collection already, and which needed to be added.
The result is 250 movies that have been added in recent weeks.
The Friends of the Library generously donated $1000 toward the purchase of the DVDs, and Williamson has been able to stretch that money to cover all 250 new purchases by seeking out the best deals.
Two examples of how this gift has helped the library fill in the collection are the Batman and Rocky movie franchise. From 1989 to 2005, five Batman movies were released. The library had no copies of any of them, and now the library owns a copy of each. The first four Rocky movies are new to the collection, as well.
“Thanks to this gift by the Friends and some other recent acquisitions, we have seen an almost 10% increase in the total number of DVDs available at the library,” said Williamson.
Williamson invites patrons to review their home collections and consider donating titles that are not being used at home anymore. Even if the library already owns those particular titles, he said, the library can trade them for other movies not currently part of the collection. The Disney movies are very hard to come by and are some of the most requested items at the library.
Williamson has made it a priority to build up the DVD collection even further.
“In the future we hope to launch a major campaign to build our collection of TV series, Award-winning movies like the American Film Institute’s Top 100, Oscar winners and nominees, top shows of the twenty-first century, classics, and of course viewer’s choice,” said Williamson.
The look of the DVD section at the Kendallville Public Library has changed right along with the size of the collection. The Foundation for the Kendallville Public Library donated funds to purchase new shelving units, which are higher than the previous shelving and makes it much easier to browse through the titles.
Over the past few months, patrons may have noticed some other changes taking place within the Kendallville Public Library.
With the patrons in mind, the library has made some changes to the way items are displayed and in some cases, where they can be found.
In the Adult Services Departments, the staff has done some shifting of the newspapers and magazines. Current newspapers can now be found in the café (perfect for grabbing a coffee and reading the latest news), while magazines are all located in the Periodical/Magazine room near the Russell Frehse Genealogy Room.
The Russell Frehse Genealogy Room has gone through some changes of its own. Recently, the furniture was rearranged and the collection reorganized to make it even easier for you to conduct research.
Here are the rest of the changes in the Adult Services section:
· Science Fiction materials are located in the southeast corner of the library, near where the newspapers and magazines used to be
· The Westerns are located just outside the Russell Frehse Genealogy Room
· Biographies have been separated and are now along the west wall down from the computer lab
· Oversize Non-Fiction titles are on the tall shelves facing the Adult Reference Desk
In the Teen Department, the easiest change to spot might be the furniture. The long, wavy green couch that used to be situated near the Circulation Desk has now been moved to the other side of the Teen Department, to give some separation from the Children’s Department space. Teens who want to hang out at the high top tables now have a better view, as they’re in front of the large windows overlooking the lake.
In addition to the re-arranged furniture, the Non-Fiction collection and magazines can now be found behind the Teen Reference Desk, and new shelves have been added to the Fiction and Paperback sections, since the collections have both outgrown the space they used to have!
Replaced by the FOL Grant: