June 2, 2020 – Georgia Mergler – The “Virtual” Library

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 21:45 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!


In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No reading or inductions this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend weekly Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.


Greg Griffin showed a video of Adrian Elcock announcing that this year’s Optimist International convention will be a virtual experience. The sessions are on a weekend. 6/27/2020 from 10 AM to 1 PM and on 6/28/2020 from 3 PM to 6 PM. CNO will reimburse the registration fee for any of our members that want to attend. You must actually attend the sessions to be reimbursed.

Georgia Mergler Presents the Virtual Library

Mike Bevis introduced Georgia Mergler, the Community Relations Manager at the Washington Centerville Public Library (WCPL) since 1997.

Her topic today was “The Virtual Library”. View her slide deck here.  

Librarians have been told for years that a good library should have a strong electronic library. Georgia has been given many reasons that support this statement in the past. However, she had never been told that a great reason would be in the case of a global pandemic where you must close the doors to the library.

The eCollection of WCPL is the largest growing collection at the library. Anyone with a library card to WCPL can access the eCollection for free.

The eCollection includes electronic versions of

  • Books (20% of circulated books are electronic)
  • Audiobooks from multiple sources
  • Music, including legal to download songs
  • Videos, including Acorn TV for British TV and Film
  • Magazines, from various sources

Online Learning Services Include

  • com (over 4500 courses to learn software and technology)
  • Treehouse (web, smartphone and computer programming)
  • Creative Bug (instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, baking and more)
  • The Great Courses (lifelong learning and personal enrichment lectures in Science, Health and Wellness and more)
  • See more at https://www.wclibrary.info/education/#online

Online Library Programming

  • Live Virtual Story Time
  • Permanent Marker Coaster
  • Booked for Lunch
  • Fun with Frosting Friday
  • Needle Felting Group
  • Community Video Nights
  • Digital Escape Room Game (this has gone viral)
  • See the calendar at view the calendar online

Pandemic Update

The “Ask the Librarian” feature of the library has been working during the pandemic. You can get help on the phone or online.

Library staff are now working at the library instead of home. They work at staggered times during the day to reduce the number of people exposed to each other.

The library has plenty of PPE supplies. All staff members are given a daily health screening which includes checking their temperature. All staff members wear masks. All visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Physical materials can now be checked out. Select items online and then set an appointment to pick them up curbside. The Centerville location is having their parking redone, so this service is currently only available at the Woodbourne location.

There is no immediate need to return materials you have checked out. WCPL would be overwhelmed if everyone brought back everything at once. There are over 50,000 items out in circulation. All due dates have been extended and no fines are being assessed.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.


Member Birthday
Kristen Marks June 2
Larry Larrimer June 4
Mike Cordonnier June 4
Dick Stevens June 5
Cindy Harris June 5
Jean Pummill June 6
Bob Vogt June 7

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Sue Jessee Happy her library book is not overdue.
Bob Collins Today’s presentation from Georgia Mergler was fantastic.
Dick Stevens Larry Lynde’s newest grandson was born today.