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Tsunami and Me

Tsunami and Me
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Libraries: The Medicine of the Soul

Today, April 12, is Library Snapshot Day at thousands of libraries across America. Since the Libraries of Stevens County will be participating in this sharing of a glimpse of a day in the life of our libraries, I decided to drop in to the Chewelah branch, which maintains a free magazine exchange rack. Because I'm a magazine junkie and subscribe to a dozen publications, I took a hefty stack to contribute, accumulated over the past few months.

Libraries today will be accumulating statistics on how they serve their communities. They'll be tabulating how many patrons walk through the door, numbers of reference queries, numbers of people using computers, numbers of books transferred from one library to another in a system such as our county maintains, and routine activities such as holds placed, renewals, items cataloged, and books reshelved. They''ll also offer patrons comment sheets.

I visit my Colville branch at least once a week. This week I stopped by to pick up a hold, and will be returning Thursday to facilitate a discussion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel for the Colville book group. Next month I'll even be doing a presentation on writing for anthologies.

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." ~Cicero

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