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Seasonal Differences

I am catching up on small jobs today  - tasks that need to be done but keep getting pushed aside for one or another things that come up. I'm making signs and sending out a press release about our holiday hours, I'm posting photos of our program yesterday to Facebook, I'm organizing our photos on my computer and I'm writing a long overdue blog post. While organizing the photos on my computer I came across two photos I took in June of some of the shelves in the youth section. As any user of this Library knows, the summer months are a little busy here. The beast that is the summer reading program has become a labor of love for us here. We are exhausted at the end of every day, but it is such a satisfying exhaustion. The interaction we have with area youth during these months is priceless. And the icing on the cake is that a lot of books get checked out and read. Read more »


Chasing Lincoln's KillerSandy Porter, the School Library Media Specialist, and I did booktalks yesterday at Manawa Middle School for the 7th and 8th grade classes. Booktalks are short, but highly interesting, presentations about books designed to pique the interest of listeners so much so that they want to read the book. They take a lot of work to prepare but they are worth the effort. We had lots of visual effects and Mrs. Porter did a great job of incorporating audience participation into her booktalks. We had a great time doing them. I must say though that I was exhausted by the end of the day (we did 6 presentations doing three books each) and I don't know how teachers do what they do. Really, they have my utmost respect. It was a good exhaustion though as our audiences were respectful and engaged. I love spending time with this age group and was grateful for the opportunity. And...by 4:30pm, two of the books I featured had already been checked out from the Library. Here are the books we featured - all of them are books that can be enjoyed by adults as well as youth.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson


The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers


Twelve Rounds to Glory: the story of Muhammad Ali by Charles Smith, Jr.


The Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music by Bret Bertholf

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. In short, it's the month when libraries work a little harder than usual to get people signed up for a library card. For several years the library has been hosting visits from the Kindergarten classes at Manawa Elementary School and Saint Paul's School. Read more »