Building a Strategic Plan for the Library

A question that librarians are asked over and over again in this day and age is “are digital books the end of libraries?” Another version of this question is “is the Internet the end of libraries?” Most people that work in public libraries will be quick to tell you that neither scenario is going to… Building a Strategic Plan for the Library

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Service, Community & Citizens in April!

April is a month all about service, giving back to the community, and being good citizens.  April is a month about flowers blooming, trees growing, and rebirth after the dreary winter season that has just past.  April is all about transforming.  We at the library help to transform lives every day.  National Library Week occurs… Service, Community & Citizens in April!

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Welcome to the new Youth Services Coordinator!

On March 6, 2017, Elizabeth Weislak will take over as the Youth Services Coordinator for Alamance County Public Libraries. While Elizabeth is new to this position, she is certainly not new to our library system. We are excited about working with Elizabeth in this new endeavor! Elizabeth came to Alamance County Public Libraries in 2009,… Welcome to the new Youth Services Coordinator!

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Introducing our new Associate Director of Community Relations…

In the 10 years before I became Director of Alamance County Public Libraries, I worked as Head of Technical Services in another library. During that time, I became active in the Public Library Section of the North Carolina Library Association. It was during my tenure as Chair of this committee that I met a remarkable… Introducing our new Associate Director of Community Relations…

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Thanks to the Community

Libraries are uniquely positioned at the heart of local communities, enjoying public trust as repositories of knowledge and offering democratic access. Public libraries leverage their assets to open up new possibilities and dynamically engage the community. Alamance County’s mission is to provide learning opportunities for all members of our community to be successful in living… Thanks to the Community

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Spring Renewal

As I write this the snow is melting, the daylight hours are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer.  I was able to sit on my back porch and enjoy a good book and some sunshine yesterday.  There’s nothing like a hint of Spring to give you a sense of renewal. Your libraries are… Spring Renewal

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SOAR Award Nominees

Recently Alamance County Government implemented something they call the SOAR Award.  It is given each quarter to a county employee that demonstrates excellence in their field.  Nominations can be made by the public and by other County employees.  This past quarter 33 county employees were nominated.  Seven of those were from our libraries!  What a… SOAR Award Nominees

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A Book A Week

How many of you make New Year resolutions?  And the next question is, how many of you keep those resolutions?!  Last January, I promised myself that I would read at least 1 book a week during 2014.  Because my brain is too full to be able to remember everything, I keep up with what I… A Book A Week

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A Hidden Gem

My staff was recently involved in interviewing candidates for a position working in our library system. One of the people they interviewed referred to the library as a “hidden gem”, even though that person was a native of Alamance County. That led me to wonder how anyone in our community could be unaware of Alamance… A Hidden Gem

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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… Choosing Civility

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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… The Importance of Summer Reading Programs

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