One of the most intriguing books I have read in a long time is Room by Emma Donoghue. Unique. A boy and his mother are in a room– apparently imprisoned. How do you raise a child when there is no freedom of movement.
Librarians are trained from graduate school days to always be neutral– providing material on all sides of an issue, answering any question with a professional approach, using all reliable sources to locate the answer to a question but yesterday provided a real test– Packers or Steelers. How did you decide? I ended up rooting for the Packers. I did love the commercial with the little boy in the Darth Vader costume and hated the Doritos one with the guy sucking the cheese off his buddy’s finger. What were your favorites and hates?
There will be no fines for the day and a half that we closed.
I hope everyone was safe during the storm. In town, we had no electricity failures so the library’s computers are fine and we are warm here today. We are open and ready for business.
I attended an all day meeting in Utica last Wednesday that dealt with the new reality. I sure wish I knew what to say. There will be a merger by June 30. But the State of Illinois is now proposing a delivery system for the whole state. I wonder what that might look like– hubs in various large cities? To be anounced. I keep attending meetings in person and by webinar and although I am learning with everyone else, there is not much definite yet.
We are all paying attention to the potentially massive storm coming. Hope everyone has plenty to read and watch. We’ll be open unless we have to close for our staff’s safety or because the roads are too bad for patrons.
Please remember to put our 80th birthday party on your schedule. Although the library itself was started in 1893, this buildingwas opened in February 1931. We will have tours and food. You can see the third floor, the dumbwaiter that is still in use today to move books from one floor to another and the secret staircase.
We have several employees who have worked here at the library for 15 years or more. What changes we have seen– from the card catalog to Internet, to e-books, to computer word processing for the public. The mission remains the same– to level the playing field for every citizen by providing access to knowledge to everyone . I wonder what changes the next 15 years will bring.
Did you know that when you get a library card now, the card comes with a key ring “card” as well? So you can have your library card on your keyring and always have it with you.
The grant application is due on February 1 and we are working hard. The featured title will be The Maltese Falcon. We have all seen the movie, right? When you read the book, I sure could hear Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade.