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June 2012 Library Links

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Deb Halverson

This has been a month of new beginnings, and one especially sad ending. One of the finest, prolific, most passionate and effective writers of our times, Ray Bradbury, left our planet this month There will never be a replacement for the mind and heart that gave us “The Illustrated Man”, The Martian Chronicles”, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”. Or, any other work he published.Does a librarian need mention “Fahrenheit 451”? Even that story goes far beyond mere books and futuristic fantasy, however.Thank You, Mr. Bradbury, for all you have given us.

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Summer Reading Program is absolutely the best beginning.  Yo! As of last count almost 80 folk have signed up for the reading rewards program, and no wonder! I have  again considered quitting the library for the summer and working on a “volunteer” basis, so I can be eligible to win the cool videocam we have as first prize for the 6th grade-adult groups. It’s easy to get through the reward prizes, based only on reading minutes, and on to the experience prizes that have other cool things to do; so why not? I say “I considered” that, but have decided not to. Why? Because I am hoping to be the librarian chosen to go with some lucky kid for ice cream, that’s why. Videocams are great, but Ice Cream with A Buddy is… Ice Cream with a Buddy! What could possibly be better?  Of course, it would be a horrific disaster if the winner of the “Ice Cream with Librarian of Your Choice” reward didn’t pick me; therefore I am accepting donations for the “Deb for Choice Librarian”, campaign starting now.  Never mind that Ashley is smarter and nicer, George gets more done and is nicer, and Fearless Director the one who keeps the library functioning- and is nicer. I promise no fees on late returns (never mind that’s already in policy, please. At least it’s a promise we all know I can keep), a top-notch, multi-talented staff at your library (See? I fulfill promises I make before  I utter them out loud!); and George walking a tightrope from the library flagpole to the water tower using only Hector the Corn Plant for his balancing stick (two out of three can’t be all bad, eh?)
Since I am not allowed to accept money for donations, I figure we can do a grass-roots campaign. So, just bring in your grass roots.

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We still have backpacks available, and the proceeds go to the Summer Reading Program. Only 4 smackers each, in colors of black, green, yellow, and blue. Lightweight, sturdy, and easy to carry. Dress ‘em up, dress’em down. Take one on a nighttime venture you can write about for the “Night” theme for this year’s SRP. Ever gone on a snipe hunt? Tracked down a vampire? Stalked the smart-aleck that tossed frozen marbles in your bed or covered you in shaving cream in the wee hours? These packs will carry whatever you need for all your adventures- day or night.

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We have expanded our purple dot section, the turnaround, to include all of our most popular authors. So now the new Koontz as well as the new Steele are found there, along with our other popular authors’ new releases. Makes it much easier to get the new stuff found, eh?

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Have to brag on the spooner mugs we have for one of our rewards for minute reading. They are black on the outside with a cool logo, red on the inside, with a lovely little red spoon that fits right into the handle. Real beauties, and handy, to boot! If you haven’t signed up for SRP yet, be sure to do so by the final date for signup, July 6th. You would be kicking yourself up and down main street if you let these fun rewards pass you by!

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Have yakked myself out of time again. Be sure to remember your library on the hot days; we are air conditioned and on the heat advisory days, a safe spot to hide from the heat.  As always, am proud and pleased to bring the library story! Thank you for your time.