Public Administration & Military Science

Dog Soldiers

Halfway through the huge Social Sciences category, I arrived at books dealing with Public Administration & Military Science. This section had books with topics that include general considerations of public administration, specific fields of administration, public administration of economy & environment, foot forces & warfare, mounted forces & warfare, air and other specialized forces & warfare, engineering & related services, and sea forces & warfare.

I am a military brat. My father served in the Air Force. My husband served in the Army. We’ve had family members in the armed services which probably date back to recorded time. Additionally one of my brothers served in the Army and the other brother was a Navy SEAL. My nephew is a marine. All branches of the armed services are represented in my family. I grew up around air force bases and played in old planes as a child. Being a child I took my environment for granted and though I was exposed to this world, I now realize that I know very little about it. Because of my background I found this section as fascinating as it is informative.

There are many picture books in this section which are very helpful. I was able to trace the development of uniforms which turned out to be quite interesting. I hadn’t realized before the gradual changes uniforms have made not only in appearance, but also in technology. Picture books can trace uniform insignia or actual uniforms. As an example that even the jacket covers show one can trace U.S. army uniforms from 1755 to the present in The American Soldier U.S. Armies in uniform, 1755 to the present by Philip Katcher

The American Soldier to current and  futuristic uniforms in 21st Century Soldier by Frank Vizard and Phil Scott, Popular Science.

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From all of the pictures it is interesting to note how the tools of a soldier are carried on or in addition to their uniforms which seem to have been gradually changing over time to the point where the uniform itself is becoming a major weapon and defense armor.

There is one tool of a soldier that can not be given enough credit-soldier dogs.

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Dogs have been present in every US engagement and operation in some capacity since WWII (and probably before that). It was a military dog named Cairo working with Navy SEALS that took down Osama Bin Laden. The book Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage is a must read. Goodavage traces the involvement of working military dogs (WMD) in history and explains what it takes to make the cut as a WMD. There are both heart warming and heart wrenching dog stories included in this book in which handlers tell the stories of many unsung heroes.

For more about soldier dogs, check out these blogs:







Continuing on through the nonfiction books of the Fulton County Public Library, I arrived in the Economics section. This category encompasses broad topics such as labor economics, financial economics, economics of land and energy, cooperatives, socialism, public finance, production, and macroeconomics. Since there is no way I could possibly cover all of those topics in one blog post I’ve chosen to concentrate on the first two-labor economics and financial economics.

The recession that hit around 2008-2010 affected many middle class families causing hardship. Many were forced into underemployment or unemployment. Of those who were able to return to work many were unable to get a full time position or a job that paid anything but poverty wages. Most lost insurance and other job related benefits such as retirement packages. Millions of Americans now fall into a category known as the Working Poor. In 2013 this is what that looked like:

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Although there have been some improvements in the economy in the last 3 years, many former middle class families still can’t make ends meet. Even with minimum wages increasing in some areas (and minimum wage going up at least $1 since the graph was made),  millions of full time, hard working Americans with families still find themselves living at or below poverty level wages.

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Often people are forced into working multiple jobs just to make ends meet. Many of the books I read in the Economics section focused on this issue. Even more alarming are the number of households headed by women raising children alone and the number of married women who are the main bread winners in their families but still making considerably less money than men doing the same job. The work world tends to discriminate against women with children. Particularly noteworthy books that I read dealing with these subjects follow.

The Betrayal of Work


This book, The Betrayal of Work by Beth Shulman, does an excellent job of describing the dead end cycle that many American families find themselves caught in. Shulman follows several full time, hard working people and describes the sorts of conditions they must deal with on a daily basis.

Selling Women Short Selling Women Short by Lisa Featherstone is a book detailing reasons for a class action lawsuit (Dukes v. WalMart ) which exposes many labor and ethical violations in the retail sector. After reading this book,  the reader will have a new appreciation for the need for change in the American workforce.

Overwhelmed Brigid Schulte does a remarkable job in Overwhelmed Work, Love, and Play  When No One  Has the Time of exploring the balance (or lack thereof) that many people (mostly women) experience between work and leisure time. This is especially an important work when one considers that in many cases women must work extra hours just to make up pay differences or split shifts due to needing to take care of children. Although a rather long read, this book has many important points to make and is well worth the time.

About the time I was reading these books, I was handed the following new addendum at work; author unknown.

Employee Handbook

Sick Days

We will no longer accept a doctor’s statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

Personal Days

Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday & Sunday.

Lunch Break

Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch as they need to eat more so that they can look healthy. Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure. Fat people get 5 minutes for lunch because that’s all the time needed to drink a Slim Fast.

Dress Code

It is advised you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing $350 Prada sneakers and carrying a $600 Gucci bag, we assume you are doing well financially and therefore do not need a raise.

If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better so that you may buy nicer clothes and therefore you do not need a raise.

If you dress in-between, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.

Bereavement Leave

There is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives, or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.

Restroom Use

Entirely too much time is being spent in the restroom. There is now a strict 3 minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper will retract, the stall door will open and a picture will be taken. After your second offense, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the “Chronic Offenders” category.

Thank you for your loyalty to our great company.

We are here to provide a positive employment experience.


Although I read many books pertaining to financial economics there is one that I favor above all others. It is The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

The Total Money Makeover

Dave Ramsey has a common sense, no nonsense approach to money that will benefit anyone.  As he says in his book, it doesn’t matter if you make $20,000 or $200,000 a year this plan will work for you. My husband and I have taken on this particular challenge and we are seeing immediate results. Mr. Ramsey first attacks some financial myths and then redirects areas of thinking. He lays out a basic plan in which participants work their way through 7 baby steps. In my opinion this should be required reading for everyone. Dave Ramsey has literally helped thousands of people improve their financial situations.



Social Sciences

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The next category of the Dewey Decimal System explores a very wide array of social categories and systems. This section is so broad that I will need to split it up for comment. Today I’ve chosen to comment on the first two Dewey subcategories of Sociology & Anthropology and Statistics.

In the beginning of the 300 section, there are many books about specific groups of people. I read about what it takes to have great relationships, a whole generation of Millennials, the Red Hat Society, women in general, the poor, and people trapped in dead end jobs (aka the working poor).  Books with numbers from 300-309 make up the Sociology and Anthropology books. I’ve chosen to mention just a small  representative cartload of books in this category .

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Brief comments in Dewey Order follow:

The 100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships by David Niven, Ph.D:  Sharing simple secrets of great relationships, this book claims  to share what scientists have discovered and tell you how to use those discoveries in your own relationships. A quick read, the book has some interesting secrets.

The Millennials Connecting to America’s Largest Generation by Thom S. Rainer and Jess W. Rainer : This was a very positive and informative book about the millennial generation. I was born pretty much on the dividing line of the Baby Boomer/Millennial generation. In some ways I’ve always felt I have a foot in both generations and it was interesting to me to see how much of the overlap is significant to my life. Additionally I have a tadpole who is a Millennial and it is interesting to see how her world differed from mine growing up. I have read other things about Millennials which basically forecast the gloom and doom of our changing world, but I found this particular book to be a refreshing, hopeful, and positive statement of the people who are taking over the next generation.

The Red Hat Society’s Laugh Lines Stories of Inspiration and Hattitude by Sue Ellen Cooper: This book pokes fun at women over 50 who do not want to grow up and still want to have some play time. It is a good illustration of  life to be lived after 50.

Fake It More than 100 Shortcuts Every Woman Needs to Know by Jennifer Byrne :This is a quick read and somewhat humorous book about women finding time to accomplish everything they need to accomplish. While many of the shortcuts are helpful, some are more tongue-in-cheek.

Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich: This book explores the fact that millions of Americans work full time for poverty level wages and can’t make ends meet for even the most basic of necessities. The author took the unique approach of going undercover and living among the working poor in order to research this topic. It is interesting to note that she herself would not have been able to make it without the safety net she kept in place for herself; a net not available to the working poor. In my opinion, everyone needs to read this book.

Real Questions, Real Answers About Sex The Complete Guide to Intimacy As God Intended by Dr. Louis & Melissa McBurney: The authors have divided this book into six sections and leave no stone unturned. This book is appropriate to engaged as well as married couples and is filled with good advice. In my read through of the library, I have come across many books on this topic and this is by far the best book of them all. I highly recommend it.

Even though I am reading through the library, there are certain categories of books that I dread reaching. When I saw that statistics was one of the Dewey categories, I was rather dreading it. I did not enjoy statistics in college! As it turns out, the statistics category has been shrinking in most libraries and I found only 3 (!) books  numbered from 310-319.

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These books have been moved to the Reference Section of the library. As these actually are used as reference books, there isn’t much “review” to be done. Instead I will just comment that the probable shrinkage of this category of books is due to the Internet and information being readily available. This type of information could change by the time statistical books are published. You can probably surmise by these surviving books that Fulton County Public Library is located in a rural area of Indiana.

Full Circle

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I’ve now come full circle back to the religion section. I temporarily skipped part of the religion section to explore other library resources in front of it. Picking up where I left off, I resumed reading through the library in the 240’s and completed the rest of the religion section.  The following broad topics have been covered:  Christian Practices & Observance, Christian Order & Local Church, Social and Ecclesiastical Theology, History of Christianity, Christian Denominations, and Other Religions. As you can imagine, this was a lot of reading! There is no way I can cover in one blog post the many, many books I’ve read through.  Instead, I’ve chosen to share a few of the books that have really stood out to me in the remaining portion of the religion section and share a brief synopsis.

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Going in shelving order of the books I’ve chosen, the first one up for comment is Heaven Has Blue Carpet by Sharon Niedzinski.

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This is a delightful book about a woman and her family who left suburbia for the wide open spaces of country life. The story details how the Niedzinski family bought a run down centennial farmhouse and equally under cared for farmland.  This homestead was developed into a working sheep farm and a comfortable home. Throughout her description of this process Sharon describes being a shepherd and what it takes to look after a flock of sheep. True to her background in Christian ministries, Sharon draws some very interesting parallels to Jesus and his flock of followers.  This book has a conversational tone which is easy to read and is entertaining as well as challenging.

Next in this line up is Uncommon Marriage by Tony & Lauren Dungy with Nathan Whitaker.

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To be honest, this wasn’t a book that I really thought I would enjoy. As most of you are aware, I’ve been reading my way through the entire Fulton County Public Library. No one could possibly read every single book in a library, so my strategy has been to read many representative books from each section. I usually will shelf browse-in order of the Dewey Decimal system-until I’ve selected 5 books at a time. I picked this book up for it’s title, Uncommon Marriage. At the time I had no idea who these people on the cover were. I had absolutely no idea that Tony Dungy was a professional football coach, the first African American head coach to win the Superbowl, or a sports reporter. If I had, I probably would have skipped this book altogether.  I know nothing about football! However, because of my commitment to read through the library and broaden my reading horizons, I read the book anyway. I am glad that I did. The Dungys are a wonderful example of what it takes to truly be committed to a marriage in the good times and the bad. The Dungys are a Christian couple committed both to each other and to helping others grow spiritually. They are an excellent team and share their ways of supporting each other in achieving goals and dreams. They talk about the importance of staying connected to each other and how they’ve managed to do that despite grueling schedules. They truly can help others to have an uncommon marriage.

Moving on we come to Weird Because normal isn’t working [sic] by Craig Groeschel.

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This is a fairly easy read book. It talks about how normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Relationships are stressed or nonexistant. Normal people are living pay check to pay check and just can’t seem to break out of a miserable cycle. Many people claim to believe in God, but are not living out Biblical teachings. This book is like a breath of confirmation that lets the reader know he or she is not alone in being caught in a style of living that just isn’t working. Written by a pastor, Christ-centered topics which cover diverse topics from money to scheduling to purity and many others which will help the normal person break out of the rut and live with God’s grace and truth.

Confession Brings Possession by Dr. Norvel Hayes is a tiny little quick read book.

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There are powerful Scriptural truths contained in this little book. For this summary, I’ve chosen just to share what’s written on its back cover:

“All of the promises of God belong to the believing Christian. Whether we receive them or not is our choice. Learn how to affirm the Word of God in your hearts and release the power of God through your faith-filled words.”


Confession Brings Possession is a powerful book that will give the reader insight into how to release the power of God in their life.”

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic is a very inspirational book.

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Born without arms and legs, Nick shares his emotional and physical struggles related to his disability. Nick has found his passion in inspiring others and credits his faith in God as the source of his strength. Nick encourages others to accept what they can’t change and focus instead in what one does have control over. The reader is challenged to live a life without limits.

The last book I’ve chosen to share is Grieving a Suicide A Loved One’s Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope by Albert Hsu.

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The author wrestles with his emotions and theological questions after the suicide of his father. Hsu acknowledges that there are no easy answers, but found hope in God Who comforts and offers hope for the future. Anyone who has been affected by suicide should read this book.

There are obviously many other books in the religion section and I encourage you to check them out!



Magazines and Newspapers

Continuing on from the Media Commons area, we arrive at the magazine and newspaper section. This is a long, double sided shelving unit.

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On the front facing shelves there are sample magazine covers. These are laminated and taped to the unit. They are alphabetized to help patrons and staff find what they are looking for quickly. For example, let’s say I was a patron looking for the magazine Every Day with Rachel Ray. I would quickly locate the vicinity of magazines beginning with the letter E and then find the magazine I wanted.

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Once a patron finds the desired publication, the shelf is simply lifted revealing all the magazines of that particular title.

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Here, the magazines are shelved by month making it easy to locate the most recent edition. All of these magazines are barcoded and available for check out.

As you can also see in the picture, this unit also houses newspapers.

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The most recent edition of the various newspapers will be visible with the most local news at the top.

Again, the shelves can be lifted revealing back copies of the newspapers.

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The top of the magazine/newspaper unit also stores honor magazines.

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Some of the most popular ones, in this case quilting magazines, have been grouped together and put into binders. The honor magazines work just like the honor books previously discussed in another post. Honor magazines do not have to be checked out, but the circulation staff should be notified how many magazine binders are being taken. The library counts honor circs as “in house circulation.” Patrons are on the honor system to return the binders.

In keeping with the display of artwork throughout the library, the top of this unit also is home to a few sculptures. The first one depicts two people with open books.

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The second is a bronze sculpture called The Reading Girl which, if memory serves, was donated to the library.

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Here are a few more pieces on display on top of the magazine/newspaper unit.

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As part of my read through project, I have explored all of the magazines shown earlier and several papers. I tend to gravitate towards magazines that have plenty of pictures and deal with the broad topics of family, home, cooking, and crafting. There are many other magazines that cover a vast array of other interesting topics.

The magazine & newspaper collection at Fulton County Public Library has in itself probably saved me hundreds of dollars since I can read all of these magazines and newspapers for free instead of subscribing to the magazines and newspapers myself. This has also helped to reduce clutter in my home since I no longer have to store my own copies!

Just for fun, here is a library savings calculator for you to play with to see how much your library can (or is) saving you:

Happy calculating!



Media Commons

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Just outside of the Indiana Room, we arrive in the Media Commons. This is a very versatile area which serves many purposes. This room is frequently used as a reading and study area. It is in close proximity to the newspaper and magazine area.

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The large glass wall in this area provides a favorite place for patrons to just sit and contemplate. The wall looks out into the library’s arboretum (which will likely appear in a future blog when the weather is warmer). Note the art work lining this wall. There is art of all kinds throughout the library. We saw some examples of this already in a previous post about the Indiana Room.

Lake Manitou Sunrise

The library is not far away from Lake Manitou  in Rochester, Indiana so you will notice that there is a wetlands wildlife theme running throughout the library. Even the carpet represents wildlife habitats. There are several nature preserves located in the vicinity. You will also see various live plants throughout the library and the majority of furniture is even crafted out of natural materials.

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You may have noticed the TV in this area. Libraries are changing considerably and are often a place just to hang out. This TV is usually muted, but set up for closed caption. Patrons can check out the latest news and weather among other things. The closed caption not only helps hearing impaired patrons, but also is considerate of patrons who may be reading or studying. Below the TV is a small shelf holding some games.

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This area also is a place where patrons can socialize with each other. Many times they will play games.  Gaming is becoming a part of regular programming at many libraries, including this one. Many patrons will bring games in and the library also owns several games that patrons can use. In this area, it is usually some sort of board game. There are a few multipurpose tables used from anything from reading and research to game playing and tech activities.

Fulton County Public Library (FCPL) offers two free tech classes a week and usually meets in this area at the Rochester branch. Taught by  Tweak Turtle cool turtle

and Twain Turkey, proud turkey

the tech classes offered at FCPL are as varied as the people taking them. Tech classes offer instruction and support for patrons who are users of laptops, tablets, kindles and other e-readers, smart phones, digital cameras, geocaches, gps, and various other devices. (If it’s technical, Tweak and Twain can probably help!) In addition to using the actual devices, they can also instruct on how to use a limitless array of software. A few examples (but by no means a complete list) include Excel, Email, Photoshop, and Microsoft products.

The furniture in the Media Commons area is versatile and easy to move, providing large floor space area when needed. Often staff meetings are held in this area. The possibilities of this space are endless. Many spontaneous meetings occur here. Homeschoolers  and various other groups frequent this area.

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Bridging the gap between the Media Commons and the stacks, we find these study carols. These are also a popular destination for many patrons. Please note the art work above the back wall which continues the lake environment theme.

I have this odd urge to take my books and read at Lake Manitou!

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Indiana Room

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The next section of the library after the reference books is the Indiana Room. The view above is a panaromic view of the Indiana Room. Part of the Reference Department, the Indiana Room offers many amenities.

This is the entrance to the Indiana Room.

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Entering the Indiana Room and turning to the left brings us to the microfilm machine area.

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Using these machines and accessories, patrons can access archived older newspapers and print them. Archived newspapers can be used for various research projects and are also popular for genealogy projects.

Continuing to move around the wall to the right showcases a bookshelf containing school yearbooks dating back several years.

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Continuing to move to the right we see bookshelves and another enclosed bookcase.

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These shelves and bookcases contain Indiana historical books and biographies and various genealogy resources.

In the center of the room is a large round table that can be used for research projects or smaller group meetings. The room has a projector screen and a portable projector can be reserved to be used in this room.

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The library board frequently holds public meetings in this area.

The case seen in the picture to the right of the table is a changing display case. All displays in this room have something to do with the state of Indiana.

Continuing to move around the wall to the right of the second enclosed bookcase, we come to a small section of wall with this vertical file tucked between two windows.

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On top of this vertical file are hanging files for genealogy research. Inside of the vertical file are documents pertaining to Fulton County only and then documents pertaining to the state of Indiana.

Moving to the right of this vertical file brings us back to the door and out into the Media Commons.

Vertical Travel Section, Maps, & Reference Books

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The Vertical Travel Section is located to the right of the Reference & Information window. These file cabinets have brochures and some travel magazines organized alphabetically by state (Alabama-Wyoming) or by country (Africa-South Seas).  Each drawer is labeled according to the destination information it contains.

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Patrons simply open the drawer they are interested and take out the content that they want to read.  Everything in these file cabinets falls under the Honor collection. The materials in these drawers are not barcoded and do not have to be checked out with a library card. Just like the Honor books, patrons are requested to let the Adult Circulation desk know how many items they are taking. The library will record this material as “In House Circulation.” Patrons are on the honor system to return these materials.

When I looked through this section, I was thrilled to find pictures and information about my husband’s small home town in North Dakota. I was impressed that there would be this much detail in these files.

Near the vertical Travel Section is the Map Shelf.

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Some of the items on this unit are marked “Honor” and do not have to be checked out on a library card. The patron is requested to let Adult Circulation know how many of these items are being taken. Like the Honor books, patrons are on the honor system to return these materials. The items here that are not marked “Honor” are catalogued as Reference and must be used in the building. After use, either leave them on top of the shelf or on a nearby table. The staff will reshelve them. By leaving items out for the staff to reshelve, the library can better assess what materials are being used in the library and how often they are used.  This shelf contains hardback and paperback books of maps. The individual shelves pull out for easier access.

We have seen this bookshelf before, but from the other side.

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This bookshelf is located directly behind Grant Station and across from the map shelf. This shelf displays the most current legal notices and publications and also offers local and county maps that patrons may take and keep.

Moving to the right brings us back to the Vertical Travel Section.

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On the right side of this picture, the wall turns and brings us to a wall of reference books.

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As you can probably tell from the picture, the Reference section for hard copy books is shrinking. This is due to the popularity and ease of computers and databases. Most databases are constantly updated with current information and users can usually locate information easier with the assistance of search engines. Many of the books on these shelves have some sort of historical significance and also include things like encyclopedias and dictionaries. These books are all cataloged as Reference and must be used in the building. Just like the maps, they should be left on the tables after use for the staff to reshelve.

Reference & Information Window

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The next resource in the Reference Department is the Reference & Information window, sometimes affectionately referred to as the drive through window by the staff. Flanked on both sides by informational booklets, this window provides access to  Greta Grasshopper

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and one on one assistance.

Any patron can come to the window to ask any question. In general, however,

 Ricki Racoon fields many questions from Grant Station and refers more in depth questions to Greta Grasshopper.

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 Typical questions that might be handled in this area involve actual reference questions that have to be looked up, genealogy questions, and questions pertaining to tax forms to mention a few. A patron may not know how to download e-books on their smart devices or e-readers so Greta helps them through the process. Some patrons need to have tests proctured. This is a service that the Fulton County Public Library offers free of charge. Greta is usually the staff member responsible for providing this service. When Greta isn’t working with an in person patron, she may be working with patrons on the telephone.

Much of the library’s “behind the scenes” work happens through the Reference Department. In addition to the responsibilities mentioned, Greta orders all of the books for the  Adult and Teenage collections. She processes Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests for books and movies and requests for new library books. Book donations are given to the Reference Department where Greta makes collection development decisions for the adult and teen collections. (Children’s book donations are handled by the Children’s Department.) Some books are sent to Technical Services to be cataloged for the library. Other books may be designated for the Friends of the Library monthly book sale, outreach programs, or even be used by various library programs. Hard copy reference books and the Indiana Room are also part of Greta’s responsibility.

Patrons may be interested in reading the Fulton County Public Library’s policy for book and media donations. If so, just click this:

Click to access Book%20and%20Media%20Donation%20Policy.pdf

All of the above is quite a bit of work and on extremely busy days, it can get rather crazy. The Reference Department employees show their collective sense of humor by posting this sign.

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No asylum would be complete without it’s own resident shrink which explains the presence of the bobble headed Sigmund Freud.

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It’s unclear if the staff want to give counsel or receive it. The patron should evaluate this on an individual basis.

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Moving to the left of the Grant Station, I encountered this bookshelf loaded with information and resources. The sign to the left of the bookshelf points me to the Reference and Information window (more on that later). For now, this bookshelf deserves a serious look because it offers a great deal of information.

On the top shelf alone, I found brochures, bookmarks, flyers, business cards, and folders loaded with helpful resources.

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Since this shelf is bound to be constantly changing, I thought I would share the types of information I found at this point in time:

Information on how financial aid applicants can avoid fraud and identity theft

Information on how to go to school or work in Indiana (

How to use Inspire, Indiana’s virtual library (

How to download eBooks & Audiobooks for your computer, mobile device, iPod or eBook reader from eIndiana Digital Consortium

Information on A to Z databases which is described as “Ultimate Databases for Jobs, Businesses, Mailing Lists, Background & Criminal Search.”

Information on How to do a job search, email job listings, and write a resume

Contact information for the Department of Education for information on local education contracts, ideas for improving schools, education research and statistics, policies and practices, or locating education experts.

A listing of digital resources offered by the Fulton County Public Library free of charge which include: 3M Cloud Library,, ARRC, AtoZ Databases, Britannica, Cypress Resume, Freegal, Inspire, HeritageQuest, Hoopla, Mango, Overdrive, Small Engine Repair Reference, Tumble Books, and Zinio. Those who have an Evergreen Indiana library card, an Evergreen PIN and a working email address will be able to access these services at

Information about HIP, the new Healthy Indiana Plan

College information about Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Kokomo, and Trine University

Moving to the second shelf I found more information about colleges, job searching, and flyers highlighting our Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) database. The ARRC boasts information about more than 35,000 vehicles from 1945 to present, 857,000 drawings and step by step photographs, and over 158,600 wiring diagrams.

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The third shelf sports free coloring books about fire safety for some of our tiniest patrons, a consumer information catalog, and a map of Fulton County and Rochester, Indiana.

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On the fourth shelf, the contents switch from general information to barcoded  sheet music that patrons can check out.  To the right of the actual sheet music is a sheet music index to make finding a specific arrangement easier.

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The fifth and final shelf packs in a lot of important information. The brochures on this shelf all pertain to services for the handicapped. There is an application for free individual library services to meet the needs of the blind, visually handicapped, physically handicapped, reading disabled and deaf. Approved applicants will be eligible to receive library materials with special accomodations such as playback machines and accessories.

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The remainder of this shelf contains various bits of legal information such as food inspection reports, the city of Rochester Wellhead Protection Program information, and many documents from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The older IDEM documents reside on this shelf. The newest ones are publicly posted elsewhere. There are also copies of various permit applications and notices of decisions made by IDEM.