I am thankful that all of my children and grandchildren will be gathered at my house for the holidays. As a parent, I spent a great deal of happy time reading to the children at bedtime especially. Those experiences are still the norm according to my unscientific survey of usage in the children’s department. Over 1,000 children signed up for summer reading and that means that at least that many parents, grandparents, caregivers brought children to the library and checked out books. Makes one thankful that some things never change.
“Thank you” to everyone who spoke at the Planning Commission meeting and/or City Council meeting. We are preparing for public input sessions as to the functions you want in your expanded library. Our days for hearing input will be the second week in December but we are finalizing the places first. Then we work on the gratn applicaiton to the State of Illinois. We are eligible for close to 65% of construction costs.
I am sitting in my office listening to the rain and absolutley delighted that we now have coffee for the public — and staff– to purchase. What a joy to get a cup of fresh coffee, sit in front of our fireplace with a book, magazine, or newspaper and use that time that we would have been raking leaves, etc to read. I spent the weekend getting ready for winter– cleaning the garage, putting away planters, and thinking about shopping for the holidays. I am enjoying planning for reading this fall. Dee
What a wonderful month we have had learning about Dashiell Hammett and The Maltese Falcon. Yesterday was another great lecture– this time about the 3 different movie versions of the book. The talk was given by Dr. Scott Balcerzak of NIU. I can’t wait to Netflix the first 2 movies. This week we have several more programs. Be sure to check them out.
The Big Read is off to a flying start. Sara Paretsky spoke eloquently about Dashiell Hammett and The Maltese Falcon as well as her own works. Coming up for adults is a public reading. If you would like to imitate Humphrey Bogart or any of the other characters let the library know.
Have you stopped by to see our flowers? Really really beautiful. We are enjoying these days of fall.
The Big Read starts tomorrow. There is an event almost everyday. Free copies of the book will be available at each event.