Trick or Treat?

26 Oct

happy halloweenCan you believe it?  Halloween is this Thursday, October 31!  We will be hosting an inside costume parade for children at three different times on Thursday: 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 1:00 p.m.  We will gather in the youth services department and then start our parade through the library.  Each time slot will include the parade, trick-or-treating, and a craft.

This event is free and open for kids of all ages.

No registration required.

Affordable Care Act Information Session Returns

21 Oct

On Oct. 18th, Health Care Navigator Amber Poron visited the Lynchburg Public Library to give an overview on, and answer questions about, the Affordable Health Act.  She is coming back.

On Saturday, Nov. 16th, at 10:00 am, Amber will be in the Community Meeting Room to answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace. She will also set up appointments for people to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. So if you missed the first session, you have a second chance.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.lynchburgva.gov/library and click on “events” or call 434-455-6300.

The Affordable Care Act Web Sites

1 Oct

The Affordable Care Act is a law that was past in 2010 and puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms. Some of these reforms have already taken place, such as cost-free preventive services and discounts on drugs for people with Medicare. The next step of this law involves the Health Insurance Marketplace, which starts on Oct. 1st.

For information on how this Act affects Virginia and Virginians, check out ENROLL Virginia! At ENROLL Virginia! you can get free, unbiased assistance with the new application and enrollment process. They will also be running a toll-free help line where you find out about coverage and get connected to an expert in your local community.

Another place to look is Healthcare.gov.  There is information for families and small businesses, check rates and options, and FAQs about insurance basics and patient rights. This latest part of the Affordable Care Act may not affect you, to find out, check this out to see how it might.

Of course there are other sites with useful information as well. If you are a veteran, check out the US Department of Veteran Affairs site for how the Affordable Care Act will work with current Veteran benefits.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation has also created a site with lots of information about how the law is impacting Virginia. They have informative videos, charts, and reports.

If you have a small business, you may want to sign up for one of the free webinars the Small Business Administration is presenting in October.

Open enrollment may start on Oct. 1st, but it doesn’t end until March 31st. If you’d like to talk to somebody about the process, or get more information, you can talk to a Health Care Navigator. Lynchburg’s Health Care Navigator’s office is located at 513 Church Street. Call 434-841-2038 to set up an appointment.

KODIAK Shredding is back!

23 Sep

You can stop asking when, because we have a date. The KODIAK shredder will be at the Lynchburg Public Library at the Plaza on Saturday, Oct 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the front parking lot.

It is $10 per standard size copy box, which is typically 15″ x 12″ x 10″. A prorated price is available for smaller boxes. Payments can be made by cash or check.

Items that can be shredded include credit cards, checkbooks, and other paper products.

All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Lynchburg Library.

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Overdrive and the new iOs 7

19 Sep

Are you an iPhone user?

Apple released iOS 7 yesterday and many ofyou may have upgraded your device(s) or will be upgrading in the near future.

When an existing OverDrive Media Console (OMC) user upgrades to iOS 7, the app will fail when trying to open a DRM-protected eBook. New or first time users of OMC are unaffected by this issue.

We are resolving the issue but in the meantime, here are immediate remedies for users:

1) Re-authenticate the app with their existing or a new Adobe ID. Refer to the iOS
section of this
Help article for assistance. (Recommended) 

2) Uninstall and re-install OMC which will also require the user to re-authorize with Adobe.
IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear a user’s bookshelf, history, and app settings.

Audiobook users won’t notice that anything is different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks they already downloaded to OMC before upgrading to iOS 7. A user will receive an error message informing them to download the title again.

Guerrilla Drummers

19 Sep

During a typical day at the library you may hear the sounds of computers beeping, keyboards clicking, and people greeting each other. But this October you’ll hear something new, drums.

On Wednesdays, Oct 2, 9, 16 and 23, Rusty Elkland and his Guerrilla Drummers will be at the Main library from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, playing rhythms from around the world.

Rusty has spent eleven years studying music in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, and Mauritania, and now he’s here in Lynchburg to bring you music of the globe.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please see www.lynchburgva.gov/library and click on “Events” or call 434-455-6310.

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Meet and Greet with Carrie Brown

18 Sep

Join the Lynchburg Public Library and Given Books on Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 pm for a casual get together with the author of The Rope Walk, Confinement, and Lamb in Love, and pick  up her newest book, The Last First DayThe Last First Day,  available on September 17th, is about Ruth, a woman reflecting on her “harrowing childhood and the unaccountable love and happiness that emerged from it.” (Description taken from the book jacket).

Carrie Brown will  answer questions and sign books starting at 6:30 pm. She will be in the Main library near the Adult Fiction collection.   Request a copy of her book in our catalog, or purchase a copy that night from Givens Books.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Credit: Aaron Mahler

Credit: Aaron Mahler

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