Life is Good!

There are some great things happening in and around libraries that I wanted to share with you. I hope you find these snippets useful.

Jane Tucker, director of the  Astoria Public Library, reports that the renovation study and the recommendations of the library board to proceed with renovation were unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the City Council on Monday, January 6, 2014. The building program calls for expansion to 18,225 sq ft, a children’s center, a teen room, meeting space for 125, and more, to be completed in phases. Congratulations, Jane and Astoria.

The first meet of the Re-imagining Ready to Read task force was held at the State Library on January 10th. The goal is to better align the grant program with library youth services best practices and the 40-40-20 education goal. The task force will submit a proposal to the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees for inclusion in the 2013-2015 budget request of the State Library.

Our  friends at Pew Internet and American Life library project have released another report based on their current research about libraries. This one looks at e-book use and provides some very interesting data. These reports are so valuable to us but I think the “Media Mentions” on the website are often as interesting and important.

As I think most of you know, I commute to Salem from Corvallis. I have discovered that I don’t really like to listen to fiction but I have become reliant on non-fiction audio books, the longer the better. In memory of the late Nelson Mandela, I have been listening to Long Walk to Freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela. It is an amazing and gripping story and I recommend if highly, it certainly puts things in perspective for me. I haven’t decided if I want to see the 2013 movie yet. Has anyone out there seen it?

Now I am off to hear what has happened to Mr. Mandela…

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