212014Jul

Choosing Civility

You may have heard me mention a book called Choosing Civility: 25 rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M Forni in one of my previous columns.  All library staff was required to read it two years ago as we undertook a project to look at how we do business.  Basically it’s all about remembering your manners…

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82014May

The Importance of Summer Reading Programs

If you’ve been anywhere near a public library during the months of June, July and August, you probably noticed the increase in noise and excitement as young children and their parents and caregivers flock to their local libraries. Summer reading plays a major role in public library programming.  It is important because it provides more…

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172014Mar

Libraries as Community Centers

Libraries as Community Centers If you had come to May Memorial and Graham Public Library on Saturday, March 8, as I did, you would have seen every single chair occupied, people sitting on the floor reading books with their children, small groups browsing the honor paperback section and people reading magazines.  You would have seen…

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132013Nov

Support Your Local Libraries!

Support your local libraries! In a speech she made to the Metro School Librarians in Tennessee, songwriter and author Janis Ian said “Books fill the empty pages of our hearts.  They leave their language on our souls.  Whether a story leaps at us from the printed page, or whispers to us from a CD, or…

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212013Aug

End of the Year Review

I’m in the process of doing end of the year reports and getting ready for the new fiscal year.  This is always an interesting time to look back at what we have accomplished and get excited about the new things being offered in the upcoming year.  I thought I’d share a little with you. Between…

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152013May

Springtime

I love springtime.  I’ve always thought of spring as a season of renewal.  The earth comes alive with her colorful cloak of flowers and greening trees.  It’s the time of year when the world is full of possibilities.  The days stay lighter longer so there’s more time for working in the dirt, planting new flowers…

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262013Feb

Thinking the Best

Last year Alamance County Public Library staff read Choosing Civility: the Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni.  At our annual staff development day in September, we voted on the 25 practices Mr. Forni discusses to choose 10 that we felt best applied to our perception of how we want our organization to operate. …

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162012Nov

Winter Reading

It’s dark now, when I come home from work.  The days and nights have gotten colder and I have to scrape frost off my car in the mornings before I can drive to the library.  Many people dread the onset of winter months.  I have found that, as I grow older, I enjoy this time…

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292012Jun

Local Libraries Make a Big Difference

Did you know Americans go to school, public and academic libraries nearly three times more often than they go to the movies? Check out these other interesting statistics: • Reference librarians in our nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 5.7 million questions a week. • There are more public libraries than McDonalds’s in the United States….

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32012May

Books, Doctors and Desert Islands

I recently had to go to Alamance Regional Medical Center for a biopsy.  I was pretty nervous about it, so when the radiology technician took my blood pressure, you can imagine that it was high.  She gave me five minutes to calm down and took it again.  It had gone up!  By this time, the…

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