My sister is here visiting and we are doing some genealogy on the library’s databases. We are realizing that the Civil War divided our grandfather’s family– like so many others. So it seems fitting on the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War that many of us should do our genealogy to see how families were divided.
Last night I was fortunate to attend a farewell reception for Mayor Richard Daley. I asked the following question:
“As a director of a public library, I am aware of your advocacy for public libraries. I believe you have built more public libraries than any other mayor. Can you tell us how you became interested in the mission of public libraries in the City of Chicago?”
He replied that “libraries are the anchor of a community. “ They are open long hours and 6 or 7 days a week. Everyone can use the materials and the computers. He launched into descriptions of the partnerships that the schools and libraries have forged and the mentoring programs that are in the libraries. We are losing a national spokesperson for the importance of public libraries.
Tomorrow, all of the directors of libraries in PALS (now known as RAILS) will meet to discuss the implications of the 19 libraries that are leaving the system. Most of these libraries are in the corner of the state and some are in Iowa. However, their departure will affect the budget. There are other issues, of course, but the bottom line does concern all of us. Will let you all know later how things progress.
What a gloomy day. But yesterday the staff had training on checking out e-books so we can answer questions. May 31 is “go live” date. We are very excited about this new venture.
We had two excellent presentations yesterday for care of home libraries. Lynne Thomas of NIU’s Rare Book diviion said that if you are keeping your house between 65 and 75 degrees with low humidity, you are probably preserving yourbooks just fine. Sudden changes, humidity and light are the main culprits. Then two of our great book menders demonstrated basic techniques in book mending. As a public library, we do not do archival book restoration but we do mend books all of the time. Thanks to one and all who presented and who attended. We will do this again.
Don’t forget to stop by and wish the staff a happy National Library Week. We love our patrons. Yesterday was so much fun. I got to interview patrons for two hours. People love dthe lbirary, the staff and the resources. Lots of good wishes there. Dee
Stop in during this beautiful spring weather to see the new books, read a magazine and see what bulbs are pushing up through the earth in Frank’s gardens. It is National Library week and we have two programs for you. On Wednesday night, we have Mrs. Lincoln in front of the fireplace and on Saturday we have two programs in one– a basic book mending class given by the staff of the DeKalb Public Library and proceeded by Lynne Thomas of the Rare Book Room at NIU talking about when a book should be preserved.
Be sure to make time to vote today. Local elections are very important to all of us.
Once a month, the DeKalb Public Library has a radio show. This morning, Kathy Keyes, our PR and programming person, and I talked about Illinois Library Snapshot day which will be April 13. On this day, we will capture all kinds of statistics and interview people as they come in the door. Let us know how we are doing.
Have you ever wondered what people in a book club discuss? Some books lend themselves better for discussion than others but a good discussion can help the reader look at the book in a different light. For example, House of Sand and Fog is a page turner but difficult to read. One’s emotions are on a roller coaster while reading it. I have not read the book in a discussion but would love to talk to people about the book and the motivations of the characters.