Washington County Library (Pat Conley, Director) and Carver County Library (Melissa Brechon, Director) received a federally-funded LSTA grant, administered by State Library Services last year. See “Two Public Libraries Extend Lending Methods”, Streaming News, August 2010.
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal wrote an article about their idea of putting book lockers in heavily used public centers distant from a public library, notably Hugo, MN. For a thought-provoking article, read New Library Technologies Dispense With Librarians, WSJ.com, 10/25/2010.
Patrons love the new service and circulation is high. To read the referenced Library Journal opinion piece, written by James R. Lund, Director, Red Wing Public Library, MN, click here, A Vending Library Is No Library (4/15/2010).
To see info on upcoming federally-sponsored broadband workshops and a summary of the nofa, see these two postings by Ann Treacy, the blogger for Blandin on Broadband.
BIP & BTOP workshops : Minnesota location: 7/21/2009, 8-4:30, Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul
If you are interested in partnering in Minnesota, view and share ideas via the Minnesota Broadband Coalition’s site, Broadband stimulus ideas.
For ongoing updates from the library perspective, visit the ALA site, Know Your Stimulus.
Building a financial foundation for a library takes successful event planning for fund-raising. That principle was applied last week with “Lunch for Libraries”, a 2nd annual funding-raising event sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation (MLF). The MLF and its event Planning Committee really know how to host an event. Excellent food, lovely room, colorful centerpieces of fresh limes and gerbera daisies, time to connect, great local celebrities. Inviting invitation, themed program booklet with biographical data and lots of descriptive thank you’s, corporate sponsor. Donation envelope at each place-setting. Free pen. (My Ace Hardware black ball point died in the middle of my notes on how to stay healthy, so the pen from the Pioneer Press was put to immediate use.)
Linda Kelsey, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress and Merriam Park Library user, did well as an enthusiastic library advocate and hostess.
Dan Buettner, author and founder of Blue Zones, had a great smile and healthy aura, and assured us that a mostly plant-based diet, regular moderate exercise, naps, and good social contact over time contribute to longevity. I want to eat what he’s eating. What would you do with an additional 2-14 years of life? Read more books, visit more libraries? See www.bluezone.com for more.