Adventures in Libraryland: Library renovation ribbon-cutting set for Friday, June 8

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

We have all heard the horror stories about space renovations, whether it's in a private home or a public facility. All of us here at the library have managed to survive ours with only a few hiccups. Please accept this as an invitation to join us as we celebrate the completion of the project with a ribbon cutting on Friday, June 8 (that's this week!), at 4 p.m. The Chamber of Commerce will be overseeing the ribbon cutting and refreshments will be available for all who want to tour our newly designed Genealogy and Meeting Rooms.

It's another one of those weeks where I have a lot to write about for this column. First, I would like to extend a huge thank you to LaCrosse Lumber for the donations of wood and nails for the Builder's Fair last week. The event is widely attended each year and the weather cooperated nicely for the children to come and kick off Summer Reading 2007.

Next, I want to welcome you to the new format for the library column. I have been thinking for a while about how to make this column more useful for you, the reader. Here's what we have come up with.

There will be several topics -- each featuring a different title -- that will be updated each week. The first is called On Beyond Google, which examines databases and online resources available at the library. We hope to raise awareness of information that is accessible yet almost invisible because there's not a hard copy sitting on a library shelf. To borrow phrasing from another library -- "We pay so you don't have to."

The second topic will be a featured program of the week -- Check It Out. The list of new books and other materials will remain because it is very popular. Finally, there will be Circle of Days -- a weekly calendar of events in order to keep you informed about all that is happening at the library.

Our hope is that the new format will help keep you informed not only about what's going on in the library but also the resources that are available to you.

On beyond Google

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Check it out

You won't want to miss our living history program -- "Abe, Our Greatest President" -- on Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. Storyteller Jo Ho will be sharing her wit and wisdom as she portrays Nancy Hanks, Mary Todd Lincoln and more as she tells true stories of the man who became our 16th president. This program is suitable for children 12 and above through adults.

New books

Fiction:

"White Wash" by Alex Kava

"Spare Change" by Robert B. Parker

"When Day Breaks" by Mary Jane Clark

"The Navigator" by Clive Cussler

Audiobooks:

"A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini

Circle of Days

Friday, June 8, at 4 p.m. -- Ribbon Cutting for Renovated Genealogy Room.

Monday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. -- "It's a Mystery To Me" (Summer Reading event) with storyteller Jo Ho.

Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m. -- "Abe, Our Greatest President" with storyteller Jo Ho.

Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. -- Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees meeting.