Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Post Clock in honor of Elizabeth Pearson

If you have driven by the Library since Tuesday, April 28th, you might have noticed something new at the Library. A Post Clock in honor of Elizabeth Pearson has been added to the building. The funds for the Post Clock and from the Elizabeth Pearson Gift Fund are NON-TAX money.

Elizabeth Pearson was a native of Wabash and graduated from Wabash High School. After High School, she moved to New York and established a a career there that involved travel to many places, including Africa. Later in her live, she returned to live in Wabash. She was a frequent user of the Wabash Carnegie Public Library. The Library's services was something she treasured. After living in Wabash for many decades, she retired to Kansas City before passing away in 1991.

A Elizabeth Pearson Gift Fund was established for the Library by The Elizabeth Pearson Trust through her Estate in the 1990s. With interest from this fund the Library has been able to do special projects and programs such as celebrating its 100th anniversary, bringing an author to Wabash for the 2008 Community Read, and beautification projects for the Library property.

We thank Ms. Pearson for her gift and lasting assistance in providing services to the community of Wabash!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fine Free Week and a Thank You

Do you have overdue fines on your library card that are preventing you from checking out materials? For $1.00, one has the opportunity to have all overdue fines waived and start anew in borrowing library material. From April 13th to April 18th, the Library is celebrating National Library Week by waiving overdue fines for $1.00 and having a drawing for a free book. The Library hopes regardless of owning fines to see you this week in the Library and that you enter your name in our drawing.

I want to take a moment and thank the Wabash Plain Dealer for their support and words in the Monday, April 13th, issue under the "Viewpoint" section. The Plain Dealer in "Our Take" highlighted National Library Week and was complementary of the Library Districts in Wabash County. The Plain Dealer has included articles by the Directors of various Libraries and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to communicate what is going on at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library. So, thank you Wabash Plain Dealer!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Legislative update/Spring Book Discussion/May 1st

As discussed in the previous blog entry, the Indiana Senate recently passed a bill that could possibly change the structure and organization of public libraries in the State of Indiana including Wabash County. As of April 5th, the bill referred to as Senate Bill 348 was not heard in the Indiana House of Representatives. It appears (although things can change quickly in the legislative sessions) that the bill will not be passed by the House and thus is considered politically "dead". Public Libraries as part of the overall discussion of streamlining local government will most likely continue to discussed in future Indiana legislative sessions past 2009.

Lottie Waggoner is currently leading the Spring Book Discussion. The theme for the Book Discussion is "War on the Home Front". The three books in the series are Life Class by Pat Parker (March 19th), Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (April 16th), and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (May 14th). All book discussions are on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. here at the Library. We had a great first book discussion and encourage you to attend the one in April and May. We thank Lottie again for her leadership and expertise!

We are looking forward to showcasing the Library for over 100 librarians and support staff from various communities in Indiana on May 1st. In order to use the Library for this event, we will be closed to the general public on that day which is a Friday. Due to the limited space in the library, the staff can not hold a conference and provide library services simultaneously. Due to this unique opportunity to showcase Wabash and bring tourist dollars to Wabash, we are thanking the public in advance for its understanding. If you have any questions, you may call me at 563-2972.

Finally, I just want to thank the community and patrons. It is a honor to serve this community.