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April 2019

LIBRARIES = STRONG COMMUNITIES 

This is the theme for National Library Week 2019, and what a true statement it is!  The libraries in this community (city/parish/school) are fighting daily battles for their patrons and students, waging war against poverty, addiction, abuse and neglect, loneliness, misinformation, illiteracy in all its forms, and so much more.  These are often done so on a one-to-one basis, so the services we provide usually go unnoticed.  National Library Week occurs every year in April and it is a time when libraries across America promote the value that we provide.  The theme this year, Libraries = Strong Communities, is part of a larger Libraries Transform initiative which developed the following statements: 

If you are already aware that your local libraries play these roles, then that’s wonderful!  For those unaware of what we do, I encourage you to visit your closest library or talk to a librarian.  Find out how passionate we are about developing a stronger community, where people feel safe and envision a wonderful future.

March 2019

This post is either going to land me on the hate list of all book lovers, or it will totally resonate with them. Either way, I must unburden my feelings. I have kept my silence far too long.
WHAT IF BOOKS ARE BAD FOR US?
There. I said it. Now let me explain myself…

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February 2019

“I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal.  Tryin’ to reach my goal, my power of speech.” 
Someone recently asked me why I love the musical Hamilton so much, and my answer was simple: because it captures the heart of America. While thinking more about that, I realize there’s a lot more to it than that.  It represents our belief that anything is possible, that everyone has the potential to rise above their situation.  This is also a core belief of librarians, so it makes sense that I would be drawn to this musical. 

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January 2019

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world … as in being able to remake ourselves. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Happy 2019 everyone!  This new year has brought much change to our library, including a new Director.  While 2018 was a time of reflection for us, 2019 is going to be full of new ideas, new or improved services, more community outreach and so much more.  What will never change, however, is our genuine love for this community and our commitment to providing high quality service to everyone.  Continue reading

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