Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Congratulations, White Oak Library District on their New Romeoville Library

If you haven't seen the newly renovated Romeoville branch of the White Oak Library District, you should!

Thanks to the Romeoville Patch, you can take a photo tour here.

The 46,000 sq ft library had its ribbon cutting ceremony last week. For anyone who had visited this library previously, be prepared to be amazed at the difference!

Our neighbors in the White Oak Library District approved a $23 million building bond referendum in  February 2010 to purchase and renovate the Romeoville library building, renovate and add a 5,000 sq ft to the Lockport library building and build a new library in Crest Hill. Congratulations to all who are working hard to improve the White Oak Library District's facilities!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Top Ten Reasons for the Whole Family to Register for Summer Reading!

  1. Excitement! Summer Reading can be an exciting time for kids to learn about something new that interests them - and their excitement is contagious.
  2. New Books! Whether its a bestselling author's latest or a debut novel, all the print summer blockbusters have arrived.
  3. Motivation! Setting reading goals for the summer will motivate the whole family to read.
  4. Friends! Connect with friends at Summer Reading special events like Family Bingo.
  5. Maintain Your Brain! Reading is exercise for the mind, keeping your skills sharp all summer long.
  6. Learning! Whatever your interests, you can learn more through reading. Kids especially won't even realize how much they are learning.
  7. Connecting! Pick a book or topic and have your own family book discussion to keep that dinner table conversation flowing.
  8. Sharing! Check out your favorite book from when you were a kid or pick up your child's new favorite to share each other's interests.
  9. Encouragement! When the whole family participates, you can encourage each other to reach your goals.
  10. Ice Cream! "Reading is So Delicious" this summer, culminating in the Grand Finale with ice cream sundaes for all!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Apologies for Registration Snafu

Our sincerest apologies for any trouble you may have experienced yesterday when attempting to register for Summer Reading or a special event. Evanced, the vendor that provides our hosted software for Summer Reading and events registration, did not notify its customers that a server upgrade would be done during business hours. This caused a service outage and extreme slowness in response time for the software throughout the day Monday. Occurring on the first day of Summer Reading registration and the first day to register for summer special events, this could not have come at a worse time for our community, on the Library's busiest day of the year.

The library staff has expressed our deep dissatisfaction with this vendor's service and shared with them the negative feedback the library received from the community due to this service interruption. The vendor posted this apology on their blog:

"We are continuing to work with our hosting provider to fix the speed issues experienced by our hosted customers.  Our hosting provider is working to install a load balancer today which we hope will be working by the morning of Tuesday, June 5.

We understand that the speed issue is an inconvenience to your staff and your community and we sincerely apologize.  We will continue to update the blog with additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you,
Evanced Solutions Support Team"