December 19, 2014

New Search Features Are Coming to the Catalog

The Kanawha County Public Library system is working on allowing users to search, select, and download materials in WVDELI directly from the catalog. However, at this time, there are several issues to keep in mind while searching the catalog.

BookMyne App Users – You will NOT be able to access the downloadable materials from the catalog and will need to access WVDELI directly.

Searching for Downloadable Materials:
Currently, when searching for downloadable materials:
• You can limit your search by only these facets:
– eFormat (i.e., MP3, Adobe EPub),
– eReader (i.e., Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader),
– Author,
– Publication Date,
– Format (i.e., Book, eAudiobook, eVideo).
– Subject, (if you are wanting eMusic, choose Music in the Subject search limit)

Please note: eMusic is not working correctly at this time. You will be able to search for and display titles. However, If you click the “Download” button, you will see an error message to contact library staff. The title is actually checked out to your account but must be downloaded from WVDELI. Our vendor is looking into the problem but has no solution yet.

• Using the search target of “Everything,” you will see all titles in the system including the downloadable materials. However, if you use specific search limits (except those listed above), you may NOT see any of the downloadable materials.

• If you change the search target drop-down box from “Everything” to “Digital Catalog,” you will ONLY see downloadable titles with the “Preview” and “Download” buttons. The “Preview” will give you a quick sample of the title. Click on the “Download” button and the title will be checked out/downloaded to you.

• Currently, the only features available from the catalog are preview and checkout/download. If you want to place holds or renew your downloadable materials, you will need to access WVDELI directly.

If you need assistance, please contact the Reference Department at 304-343-4646. ext. 1221.



December 11, 2014

WVDELI upgrade planned

Currently, searches for WVDELI titles in the KCPL online catalog are redirected to the WVDELI site to download the content. Beginning Dec. 15, KCPL will be migrating WVDELI records to a new platform which will allow users to search and download WVDELI items directly from the KCPL online catalog.  During this time, you may notice some electronic records disappearing from the online catalog.  They will reappear the week of Dec. 22 in a new, easier to use format.

During this transition, users will continue to be able to go directly to WVDELI to search and retrieve downloadable items.


November 4, 2014

Media contact: Terry Wooten, Marketing & Development Manager, 304-343-4646, ext.1287

Kanawha County Public Library asking supporters to collect “Loving My Library” yard signs

Beginning, Wednesday, November 5th, all Kanawha County Public Library locations will be accepting “Loving My Library” campaign yard signs for recycling. “We greatly appreciate all of the people in Kanawha County who have supported the library levy by putting signs in their yards and neighborhoods,” said Alan Engelbert, library director. “After the election, we are asking all of our supporters to collect any “Loving My Library” signs they see and bring them to their local KCPL branch. Branches will have designated areas outside their building where signs may be dropped off.”

The library’s delivery van will pick the signs up from each location and store them for recycling or reuse. Some branches are planning craft programs that will use the leftover signs for holiday decorations. “Volunteers have spent the last few weeks putting signs up throughout the county so it will take a few days to get all of them picked up, but we hope to have all of them collected soon,” said Engelbert. For more information, contact any KCPL location.

November 4, 2014

Media contact: Terry Wooten, Marketing & Development Manager, 304-343-4646, ext.1287

Upcoming events at Kanawha County Public Library

Following is a list of upcoming events scheduled at Kanawha County Public Library. We have many more. For more information, visit the library’s website at

Memoir Writing 101: Navigating Scene Summary and Retrospect in Memoir
Memoir includes three features: scene, summary and retrospect. Participants will be provided with examples from selected memoirs and will draft short pieces using these features. An extensive resource list will be provided. The workshop will be presented by Frances Simone, a professor emeritus of Marshall University’s South Charleston campus. Central Recovery Press recently published her memoir, Dark Wine Waters: My Husband of a Thousand Joys and Sorrows. For more information go to Class size is limited. Registration required. Adults.
Main Library
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

St. Albans Writes: Dr. William H. Dean
The Advisory Board of the St. Albans Branch Library is proud to present St. Albans Writes, a monthly speaker series featuring local authors. November’s speaker, Dr. William H. Dean, author of Coal, Steamboats, Timber and Trains: The Early Industrial History of St. Albans, West Virginia, and the Coal River Valley 1850-1925, spent his career in education teaching history at various colleges and universities in West Virginia. As a 1955 graduate of St. Albans High School and a lifelong resident of St. Albans, he wanted to record its early history as an industrial town. In an interview with Anna Patrick of the Charleston Gazette, Dr. Dean said, “I wanted to tell the story, set a few inaccuracies straight and point out how important industry was. Coal came first. The timber industry really built St. Albans. The railroads sustained it. Now, it is just a residential community.” Registration required. Adults and teens.
St. Albans Branch Library
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.

What you need to know about the Foundation Center
Learning about this fantastic resource is useful for non-profits and individuals alike. Learn to search this massive database and use Grantspace to find out about grants for you or your organization. There is something for everyone. Space is limited. Registration required. Adults.
Main Library
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m.

Fun for Fluffy & Fido
Everyone likes getting presents, especially our four-legged friends! Come to the Elk Valley Branch Library and make your BFF(Best Furry Friend) a special little toy just for them. Or make something to be donated to the animal shelter (some items will require sewing). Teens (ages 11-19).
Elk Valley Branch Library
Monday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.

Hampstead Stage presents Oliver Twist
The Hampstead Stage Company presents this Dickens’ classic about a young orphan, Oliver, who overcomes great hardships in Victorian London. It is a coming of age tale about survival and friendship. Through this play, Hampstead hopes to encourage students to rise above insurmountable odds and help those around them. Registration required. Recommended for grades K-8; teens & adults also welcome. Elementary 6-11, All Ages.
Main Library
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Elk Valley Branch Library
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
Cross Lanes Branch Library(at Cross Lanes Elementary School – public should register in the school’s office when entering the building)
Thursday, Nov. 20, 12:30 p.m.
Riverside Public Library
Thursday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.

Operating Schedule
All Kanawha County Public Library locations will close early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and will be closed all day on Thursday, Nov. 27 to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nitro Public Library will be closed all day on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for Veterans’ Day. Nitro Public Library will also be closing early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26; all day on Thursday, Nov. 27; and all day Friday, Nov. 28 to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday.