Recently, we conducted a library survey of hours, hoping to get input from the community on when you most use the library. We heard from over 400 of you; thank you. With limited staff, the question raised to the library board was can we open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday? The number of hours open would remain the same, but the hours would be compressed to make a shorter day for staff. Overwhelmingly, the response was for evening hours until 8 p.m., so our hours will remain the same and not change at this time. Please keep in mind that staff will be stretched and at times there may be only one of us available.
The comment was made that there are not enough "good books" to read in the library. I would hope that no one leaves the library without finding a book. It could be that people limit their selection to the two 'new' bookshelves in the front of the library, when in fact we have a whole building of materials. The popular, bestselling books may not stay on the shelf long. After a year they are shelved in the general collection, perhaps without someone seeing them. Staff is here to help you find a good book. We have a shelf full of reader advisory tools. If you need ideas for books, please ask.
The second part of that comment, "there are not enough good books to read in the library," was made because too many of another kind of book was purchased. Yes, the reading habits of this community are varied and that is a good thing. We all do not enjoy the same type of book, so there is a lot of variety in our collection. We are a farming community with a large population of long-lived people. We are a college town with a large student population. We have a significant number of Christian-focused people in the community. Many of our families are long established, while others are new to the community and may have come from a larger metropolitan area. So believe me, we get requests for a surprising variety of materials. In addition to a variety of reading habits, there is an ever increasing number of formats. We may order the same title in three or four different formats (regular print, large print, audio and electronic). Every time another format becomes available (audio tape to CD, VHS to DVD, Blue Ray, etc.), our collection budget gets further divided, so the same dollars have to cover more options. We really do have a limited budget. But, we also have the resources of the entire library system, which includes the collections of ten other libraries (Douglas County, Fergus Falls, Elbow Lake, Glenwood, Hancock, Browns Valley, Wheaton, Perham, Pelican Rapids, and New York Mills).
The library is closed three days in November: Veteran's Day, Monday, Nov. 12 and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Our display case for November features a collection of bird figurines, on loan from Judy Oldenburg. If you have an interesting collection of objects you would like to display in future months, please call the library to schedule an exhibit, (320) 589-1634.
The good book that may have gotten away:
Ahab's Wife by Sena Jela Nasland, 1999
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, 2004
Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg, 2009
House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, 1985
Life of Pi by Yann Martel, 2001
Lovely Bones by Alice Seybold, 2007
A Place Where the Sea Remembers by Sandra Benitz, 1994
The Red Tent by Anita Diamont, 1997
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillebrand, 2001
Sitting Practice by Caroline Adderson, 2008
South of Superior by Ellen Airgood, 2011
Enjoy the rain and this Thanksgiving season.