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Author Virgil Todd Returning on 3/24/15

Virgil Todd, local author of three books, 
will return for another visit to the Farmington Public Library on Tuesday, March 24th at 9:30 am.
Virgil Todd was born in a small farmhouse on August 30, 1925 in the swamps near Fordyce, Arkansas.  When he was eight, his family moved to Benton, Illinois where his mother died when he was 11.  Broken-hearted, his father moved his six sons and baby daughter to a farm at Shirley, Missouri about ten miles west of Potosi. 
At 18, Virgil served in the army in the Philippines during World War II.  Not long after returning home, he met the love of his life, Lois Lollar and married her on Christmas day, 1949.  His book, An Irishman goes to War, Book 1: World War II, describes Virgil’s experiences in World War II and his life between wars.
As a newly-wed reservist, he was called back to active duty in Korea where he served for another nine months.  An Irishman goes to War, Book 2: The Korean War is an action-packed chronicle of the battles and trials Virgil experienced in this war. 
Virgil and Lois have been married for 65 years and have lived on the same farm that Lois was born for their whole married life (except for a single school year during which Virgil was hired as a counselor/teacher at Norwood, Missouri).  They have two children, Ann and Lynn.  
Virgil has always been an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing from the time he was a small boy.  He worked a number of years at Pea Ridge Mines near Sullivan, Missouri were he ran underground iron ore trains and drilled and blasted new tunnels.  When he was in his fifties, the mines closed.  He went back to school and graduated with a B.A. and then a M.A. in Education, both with a major in psychology.  After working as a counselor for a few years, he “retired” and started his pride and joy: the local farmer’s market were he is a well-known bibbed overall, straw hat wearing icon. 
Virgil has been writing poems and short stories most of his life.  His book, Wild Honey from the Hills, includes many of them.  He will have copies of all three of his books for sale. 

Update to Remote Access of Online Databases

The library has made it much simpler to access its subscription databases.  HeritageQuestOnline, Gale Databases, Ebscohost, and Learning Express Library can all be accessed here.  Once you click on a link from the list, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN.  Your PIN will be your last name, all lowercase.  Please contact the library with any questions.  

New Media Enhanced Children's Books

The library has purchased a really cool series of multimedia-enhanced books from AV2 by Weigl. for the Junior Non-Fiction section.  The books contain a code that when entered on the AV2 books website allows the child to view additional media related to the title.  Use the links below to learn more.  We'll be adding lots more titles in the future!

Text Message and Email Reminders

Did you know you can receive automatic text message and email notifications to remind you to return your books before they're overdue? Send us an email at library@farmington-mo.gov with the subject "REMINDERS" to let us know you'd like to be a part of this free service. If you want to receive text message reminders, please include your 10 digit mobile phone number and your mobile phone carrier in the email.



Technology Lessons @ Library  (click)

E-Book and Audiobook Checkout Available!

Missouri Libraries 2 Go

The library is now lending e-books and audiobooks online through the Missouri Libraries 2 Go website, powered by Overdrive. If you are interested in this upcoming service, please check out the help link at the top of the the molib2go.org website to see if your device is compatible, in addition to setup instructions. Please call the library with any questions regarding this service.  Additional help can be found at http://help.overdrive.com.

Additional guides available for download:

E-Reader and Tablet Classes @ the Library

Do you own an e-reader or tablet?  Would you like to learn more about these devices?  If so, please let us know!  We're planning on having some classes on various devices later this fall.  Contact the library at 573-756-5779 or by email at library@farmington-mo.gov.  We'd love to hear from you!

Having Problems with E-Book and Audiobook Checkouts?

The initial setup can be tricky, but the library wants all its patrons to be able to enjoy this excellent service.  You can either email the library at library_staff@farmington-mo.gov, or call 573-756-5779 for assistance, and someone will help you get everything set up as soon as possible.  You can also come to the library with your e-reader or laptop for additional help.