Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Anonymous Note & Gift of Appreciation/Fall Book Discussion

On August 23rd, the Library received in the mail today an anonymous donation from a library user complimenting the library staff . There was a note with the cashier’s check stating “I appreciate all the employees for their knowledge and kindness”. I have no idea who gave the donation but it was great to hear about the work the library's staff is doing; if the person is reading this, I thank him or her very much. Very nice way to start a week!

The Fall Book Discussion Series is almost upon us. We are thrilled to have Phyllis Downey leading the discussion again this Fall and look forward to see you at the three programs. The books for the 2010 Fall Book Discussion are O'Keefe by Britta Benke (Sept 16th), Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Oct 21st) by Jamie Ford, and Every Last Cuckoo (Nov. 18th) by Kate Maloy. All discussion will start at 7:00 on the above dates and copies of each book will be available for sale at the library if one wishes to purchase a copy. Thank you again, Phyllis!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Next Crafty Book Club meeting

The next Crafty Book Club program is September 8th, not September 15th. Futher information will be out soon.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Land Across Street Update

I wanted to take a moment and update information about the property across the street from the library that was purchased at the end of last year. The sidewalk is currently being replaced and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. While the ground is allowed to settle this summer, the library is working with Randall Miller & Associates on designing and preparing the parking lot to meet current zoning laws and regulations.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Web site update

The Library has been working with Visionary Web for the past month on a new web site design. At this time, the design has been completed and the conversion process to the new website starts. We hope to have the new web site ready in the next couple of months. I want to thank Jeff Knee, Wayne Barkey, Polly Howell, and the Wabash Carnegie Public Library staff for their help and advice through the process.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Circluation New Highs, Revised Web Site, Suggestion Box, and Exciting Fall

Summer is winding down and the library has a terrific one at that. In the next paragraph or two, I will highlight some new "happenings and goings" for the library.

The 2010 Summer Reading Program has been awesome and quite a success. The 2010 Summer Reading Program has helped to spur two straight months of new high numbers for June and July in regards to library material checked out. In June, there were over 16.000 items checked out and over 14,000 items in July. There is definitely some reading going on this summer!

The library has been through a process of working with Visionary Enterprises on redesigning the library's web site. After a lot of drafts and revising, a design has been selected and the new web site should be in place this month or September at latest. I want to thank Wayne Barkey, Jeff Knee, and Polly Howell for their work and advise in this process.

The library is also in the process of putting in a suggestion box in the upstairs at or near the Circulation Desk. This is an opportunity for our customers to provide constructive feedback on ways of improvement, customer service, appreciation of, etc. We hope this provides an avenue for you to tells us "what you think" . You are always welcome to see me (door to my office is usually open) or contact me at (260) 563-2972.

Are you ready for Crafty Book Club or the Fall Book Discussion series? Both are back again this fall. The Crafty Book Club starts again on August 11 and we are taking sign-ups now. There will be a Crafty Book Club program each month until the end of the year (see previous blog entry for upcoming dates). Phyllis Downey will leading our Fall Book Discussion series starting in September. More details will be available in the near future. So make sure you join us for these events.

Thank you for your continued patronage to the Wabash Carnegie Public Library and we are serving you well!

See you at the library!

Ware W. Wimberly