It's Your Library; Check it Out!
If you were to sit where I sit every day, you would hear many stories and even local gossip from our Patrons. I often tell people that we who work here are not just librarians, but also social workers. For some interesting reason, when people enter the Library, they feel that they can “unburden” themselves and share many things with us. In all honesty, we do not share what you tell us with anyone else…we keep our lips zipped!
I have reflected upon this quite a bit and realize that this happens because those individuals who work in our Library have some special qualities; among them are: kindness, patience, understanding, compassion, and just being good listeners. We are sometimes the only individuals who people will see in a week; and so we try to provide you with a smile, a friendly face, and always a listening ear. As a Staff we regularly talk about providing good “customer service” because we believe this is what gets you, the Patron, to come back and use our services.
As you are all well aware, the last year has been particularly stressful and painful in many ways. I have tried to keep that in mind when purchasing books and would like to recommend some new titles to you that could be uplifting and helpful:
- Wintering: the power of rest and retreat in difficult times by Katherine May.
- The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature by Sue Stuart-Smith.
- Holy Envy: finding God in the faith of others by Barbara Brown Taylor.
- Working Daughter: a guide to caring for your aging parents while making a living by Liz O’Donnell.
- First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks, and Romans, and How that Shaped our Country by Thomas Ricks.
- Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler.
- Acting with Power: Why We are more Powerful than We Believe by Deborah Gruenfeld.
- What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women by Marisa Porges.
- Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria.
- When the White Pine was King: A History of Lumberjacks, Log Drives, and Sawdust Cities in Wisconsin by Jerry Apps.
Many of you may have noticed the article in the paper last week about “New Library Considerations” I just want to emphasize the word “consideration” and point out that this is a slowly moving project that has two pieces to it, but has great cooperation among many interested groups. We’re doing much groundwork and hope to have good news to share with the Community later. In the meantime, stop by and see the new materials we are putting out and let us know what is going on with you!