2012-04-16: Information Station Column
“A great library doesn’t have to be big or beautiful. It doesn’t have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable. A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.”
― Vicki Myron, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
“A Great Library Provides” and I have been reminded of that again just this week. As librarians, our job is to provide. We provide many things – books, of course, but we also provide programs, internet access, research materials, reference help, technology help like eReaders, meeting rooms, DVD cleaning, we provide book recommendations – the list goes on and on. But our goal is not just to provide lots of things – but to provide services and books that YOU, as our community, want. This is YOUR library – we may work here – but our job is to serve YOU! So I just want to encourage you – stop in, join us online – on our website or Facebook page – tell us what you want. This can be things like book recommendations all the way to programming ideas – we DO want to hear from you – that is what makes our library strong and makes it what you want – remember, it is YOUR library!
When I first started reading the prologue for this book, The Grace Effect, I thought, “I am going to give this one to my husband – I think it’s too deep for me!” But as I got into Chapter 1, I knew I was going to LOVE this book and I didn’t put it down (well almost anyway) until I was DONE! It is an exceptional book – it is, at it’s core, a wonderful adoption story – the author, Larry Alex Taunton’s, story of travelling to the Ukraine and their roller coaster ride to get their 10 year old daughter, Sasha. But interwoven throughout that story, is the story of Taunton’s challenge in life – to get people to see that the world IS a better place with Christianity and Christ – How Grace makes life palatable. Taunton travels the world sharing and debating this truth – how we all need Grace. But woven in Sasha’s adoption story, this truth is all the more seen and recognized through the life of this little girl.