The 2020 Community Read Committee met in October and welcomed Desiree Bergstrom as chair and Sandra Hahn as treasurer. "The Hearts of Horses" by Molly Gloss is the 2020 Community Read book.
The Adult Services and Children Services departments have already started brainstorming with the committee on possible activities. The book is available in print format, as an audiobook, and also on Kindle. The committee was looking for a book around which it could build activities for all ages. Eastern Oregon during the first winter of World War I is the setting of the book. Short of help, George Bliss hires young Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer, to help gentle wild horses.
"'The Hearts of Horses' tells the moving story of an unconventional, strong-willed woman bucking society's norm to gently train horses without breaking their spirit." — Temple Grandin, author of "Animals in Translation"
Spanish Services at the Library
Our Spanish Services Department is always thinking of new ways to inspire its customers. We have Spanish Storytime every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and an evening event on the last Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Children have fun listening to stories, singing, and doing craft projects with Adriana.
The programs usually last an hour or less, so mark your calendar – Nov. 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the library's Children's Section, and Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rodriguez Annex.
Our library also lends a variety of books, magazines, movies and music CDs in Spanish. Our cataloging department has been incredibly busy, and we have lots of new Spanish children's books on the shelves and waiting to be checked out. We are always interested in your feedback; please let us know if you have a request or if you have a suggestion for our Spanish collection or programs.
Radio Frequency Identification Project (RFID)
Tagging is complete for 95% of the library's collection. Our self-check and other hardware arrived; installation happens the second week in December. Customers will be able to check out books faster, and library staff will be able to take inventory easier and faster. The RFID tags also allow us to add features and services in the future.
Friends of the Library (FOL)
The FOL volunteers are busy getting ready for the Twice Read Book Sale, Dec. 13-14. We're excited to launch our inaugural December sale, and we're excited to try something new.
Mark your calendars and pick up some holiday gifts. Do you use the "(1) something you want, (2) something you need, (3) something to wear, and (4) something to read," family gift-giving formula? The library has "something to read" covered for you.
The Book Outlet will get started after the first of the year. Both the December book sale and the Book Outlet will be downstairs in the Rodriguez Annex. As a reminder, the Friends only accepts donations of gently used books on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Changing Library and New Programs
Have you visited the library lately? To prepare for the self-check coming in December, we've moved the hold shelf from the front of the library to shelves near the public computers. Our new community services specialist, Gretchen Schlie, is starting an Online Book Club; check out its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2134348833533956/.
Thanks to the generosity of the community, the fundraising for the Children's Area exceeded its goal; updating the area to make it ADA compliant should begin shortly. We have an optimistic goal of getting everything completed by the end of December. I'll let you know next month how we're doing.
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