Opinion

Marshall library developing plan for future

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Well, we only have five days left of the 2006 Winter Olympics. I have had a fine time watching the coverage each evening. It is interesting to me when highlights from the 2002 Olympics are shown because I had a chance to visit Salt Lake City, Utah, last fall and I recognize some of the scenery. I actually went to Salt Lake City for training. For the first time, the Public Library Association was offering a week-long training titled "Planning for Results." This program was commissioned by the American Library Association and offered a wonderful opportunity for me to learn processes that weren't offered in library school.

And now that training is coming to fruition. In the next few weeks, a group made up of community members, staff and the library board will be starting the process of developing a three-year plan for the library. The survey was one part of that equation. The group meetings are the next step.

I am really excited about this process and what it will mean for the library. I firmly believe you can't get where you're going if you don't have a map. With a three-year plan, the library will have set goals and activities that will enable it to provide specific quality services and programs for the community.

Speaking of programs, you won't want to miss our visitor next week. The Cat In the Hat is coming to the library! Thanks to the local Parents As Teachers, Read Across America Night will be held at the library on Thursday, March 2, at 7 pm. Come on in and participate in our fun activities.

How can I support the Marshall Public Library?

-- Bring your receipts from Patricia's Foods into the library when you're returning or checking out books. Each month, Patricia's Foods will donate a portion of the collected receipts to the library.

-- When purchasing items from amazon.com, use the link to Amazon that appears on the Marshall Public Library's website (www.marshallpubliclibrary.com). A portion of your purchase will go to support the library.

-- Consider joining Friends of the Marshall Libraries. Membership forms are available at the library.

-- Honor a mentor. Celebrate a friend. Commemorate an event. A gift to the Marshall Public Library is a unique and enduring way to pay tribute to friends and family. Your generosity will be a lasting source of joy and enrichment for the community. For additional information, please call (660) 886-3391 with any questions.

New books

"Gone" by Lisa Gardner

"Plot to Save Socrates" by Paul Levinson

"Princess of Burundi" by Jill Eriksson

"5th Horseman" by James Patterson

"Looking For Alaska" by John Green

"Amalgamation Polka" by Stephen Wright

"Death of a Dreamer" by M.C. Beaton

Library events

Preschool Story Time - each Tuesday morning,10 a.m. Games,  stories, crafts. Appropriate for children approximately 3 to 7 years old.

Pajama Story Time - each Monday, 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Wear your jammies or come as you are. Games, crafts, stories.

Wee Ones Lap Time Story Times - For babies up to 24 months, each Wednesday, 10 a.m. Interactive finger play and song time for mothers and babies.

Travel With Lewis and Clark Series - every other Tuesday of the month, 6 to 7:30 pm. Moderated by Marvin Wilhite.