Archive for May, 2008

Gearing up for the SRP

Ahhh, the Summer Reading Program. It happens once a year, during those hot-as-heck months when it seems that everyone but you is enjoying countless hours of leisure. Librarians all over the country are frantically gearing up for the SRP just about now.

The Frisco Public Library finds itself in the fortunate position of attracting hoards of children, tweens, teens, and parents—and that’s during the dead of winter. Come summer, the crowds get so thick you can barely see the (quickly vanishing) shelf of Junie B. Jones books from the reference desk just ten feet away. Yes, this is a good thing. Yes, it means we are indeed a kick-butt library. But it’s also enough to make me tremble slightly in my sensible(ish) shoes.

Check out what FPL’s got going on:

Kids’ ProgramsTeen Program

To really kick things off this summer, I’m having two wisdom teeth pulled and eight cavities filled tomorrow morning. I took off tomorrow and Friday, and I don’t have to work the weekend, so I brought home plenty of reading. On my coffee table:

Art Fraud Detective by Anna Nilsen (David the librarian raved about this one!)

The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckle (First in the Sisters Grimm series)

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (I keep meaning to pick this one up.)

Junie B. Jones and the Smelly Bus by Barbara Park (What is all the fuss, people? It’s my job to find out.)

Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman (First in the My Weird School series)

Hopefully I’ll be able to read despite all the painkillers, and hopefully I’ll be able to function again normally come Monday. God knows I need to be in tip-top form to survive the SRP!

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What are Library Services Really Worth?

Quickly see how much you’d be paying out of pocket for a variety of services if not for the free public library!  Check out Chelmsford Public Library’s Library Use Value Calculator, a cool tool that kick butt librarian Jaclyn brought back from the TLA conference in Dallas this year.  May be especially helpful for a City Council meeting,  during budget times, or when you need a reminder that what you do really matters!

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