Mooresville Public Library

Mooresville Public Library
MPL Courtyard

Friday, April 14, 2017

MPL Indiana Room Staff Hours

It's been awhile since we posted our Indiana Room staff schedule.  Staff will be available in our Indiana Room on the following days and times:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays:  12-8 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays:  9 am-5 pm
  • 2nd & 3rd Fridays:  9 am-5 pm
If the Indiana Room is locked, please stop by the Circulation Desk to ask that the room be unlocked.  There is limited access to reference materials when Indiana Room staff is not present, however.  Items that may be checked-out, however, are always available, once the door is open.

Use your Evergreen Indiana library card to checkout materials from the Indiana Room. Many items circulate from the Indiana Room.  Typically, circulating items have a spine label that reads the letter I followed by a Dewey Decimal Number and the first three letters of (usually) the author's last name (sometimes it's the first three letters of the item's title, if there is no author listed in the catalog for an item).  For example, if you wanted to checkout an audio CD recorded by the library's composer, the call number would be I 786.76 BUC, and it would be shelved in numerical sequence--in this case, along the wall shelves on the far left side, by the windows.  Go ahead and check these recordings out.  They're well worth a listen.

Reference materials (usually with a yellow "reference" label affixed to the spine) do not circulate but may be used inside the library.  Special collections, such as yearbooks, rare monographs, vertical files, microfilm, obituary cards, realia, displays, etc., do not circulate. For instance, if you see a book with the call number I REF 977.2513 MOR, then it's a reference book and does not checkout.

Please ask staff if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How Will We Transform You?

This week (April 9-15, 2017) is National Library Week.  The theme is Libraries Transform.  Our promo trailer elaborates.

Libraries Transform (2017 National Library Week Promo Trailer)
by Mooresville Public Library

How will we transform you, or you, us?  Find out on your next visit.  See our huge yellow transformer by our front entrance, where we have staff photos sharing what we love about our patrons.  (Click photos to enlarge.)

SRCS Brings You More to Checkout

Looking for something that isn't available in our Evergreen Indiana catalog? No problem! The Statewide Remote Circulation Service (SRCS) is now available. Choose among over 30 million items to checkout. Click the logo below to get started.

Click Logo (Above) to Begin

Clifford C. Furnas: Olympic Athlete, Prominent Academic, and Famous Mooresvillian

Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969) graduated from Mooresville High School in 1918. He earned his bachelor degree from Purdue University (1922), at which he excelled in track and field. He secured a position on the U.S. Olympic team and competed in the 5,000 meters event at the 1920 Olympic Games in Belgium.  He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan (1926). From 1926-31 he worked as a physical chemist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Minneapolis.  Thereafter, he became a professor of chemical engineering at Yale University.

Clifford C. Furnas (1900-1969)

Clifford C. Furnas as a Mooresville High School junior
(Class Photo from the ’17 Packet [MHS yearbook, 1917)
(Click Image Above to Enlarge)

In 1941, at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, Furnas caused a sensation when he recommended the development of solar power as an alternative energy resource to fossil fuels.  During World War II, he directed the Curtiss-Wright airplane division.  In 1954 Furnas became chancellor of the University of Buffalo.  He served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Eisenhower administration (1955-57).  In 1962, he guided the University of Buffalo’s transition into the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo), serving as its first president until his retirement in 1966.  He published many noteworthy scholarly books and articles throughout his distinguished academic and professional career.
Checkout a book describing his lifetime achievements from our Indiana Room collections. Visit our Famous Mooresvillians web page to learn more about famous folks from around these parts.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Have DVD, Will Travel

Evergreen Indiana, our catalog consortium, is conducting a pilot program in which many participating E.I. libraries are allowing DVDs to transit to patrons at other E.I. libraries.  In the past, patrons had to visit the E.I. library that had a particular DVD to check it out.  Now, you may place holds on DVDs held at other E.I. libraries (at least those participating in the pilot), and the DVDs will be sent to you at your home E.I. library (i.e., the one whose name appears on your E.I. library card).  It works just like other items that transit (e.g., books, audiobooks, etc.)  Our promo trailer explains.

Evergreen Indiana DVD Transit Promo Trailer,
by Mooresville Public Library

Find a DVD you'd like to watch at our library, and, if you have an E.I. card, place a hold on it, and if it's one of our "transiting" DVDs, it will come to you!  May I make a viewing suggestion?

The Worst Movie Ever Made
(Made Funny by Rifftrax)

Rifftrax makes fun of bad movies.  There are plenty of laughs here, especially since Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) has been voted the "worst movie ever made."  Click the MANOS image above to go to our Evergreen Indiana catalog to place your hold. This is one of our transiting DVDs, so you'll be good to go.  If you're really interested in the film, we have a behind-the-scenes book (and a novelization) in our catalog, also available to checkout.  We have several other Rifftrax DVDs, as well as its predecessor, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (all will transit, by the way).

Place your DVD holds now!  Have DVD, will travel--that's our motto.

P.S.  Readers my age may recognize that I based the title to this blog post on the television series, Have Gun -- Will Travel (1957-1963), starring Richard Boone as Paladin. Here's the series' theme song, "The Ballad of Paladin," sung by Johnny Western.