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Library announces summer storytelling event theme: 'I am a Story - You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover'

I'm sure you're familiar with the well-known adage, you can't judge a book by its cover. As a librarian, I know how true this is. I can't tell you how often I've made a decision based only on a first impression, only to realize later I'd missed the mark. I've selected books based on cover art and thought, "this looks like a great book," only to be disappointed. The opposite is true, too. I've overlooked a book because the cover just didn't appeal to me – only to have other readers enthusiastically recommend it. I've then picked it up and found how much I enjoyed it.

I think this is true about many things (or people or places). Over the course of my life, I've made my home in large urban areas, mid-sized cities, and rural towns. Each has a different appeal. When I was offered this job, I had the advantage of being familiar with Central Oregon, and I knew I'd be leaning into small-town life here. I was used to living in cities or college towns with theater, sports, and other events; something happening every night. Moving to a small town was like looking at a cover of a book and wondering what was inside, even if I'd skimmed the pages earlier. I took the job, found a house to call home, and settled into small-town living. It did not take me long to find out what a gem this town is. The friendly and genuine people, the unique shops, and the relaxed atmosphere were a refreshing change for me. It did not take long to adopt and enjoy a slower pace. I find I'm walking more, sleeping better, and eating healthier.

When I hear the book-by-its-cover adage, I am reminded of the unexpected joys that come into our lives in all sorts of unforeseen ways.

How about you? What situation, people, or events have you thought would end up a certain way but ended up better, worse, or just different? What did you learn from it? How did it change you?

These are all questions the Library's "I Am A Story" project explores. We are hosting a 2-part event in the summer of 2022. During the 2022 Jefferson County Fair, we will introduce you to the program, and you'll get an idea of what to expect at the entire event in August. A few community members like you will share their stories about starting with one assumption and finding something unexpected. You think the person/place/event/thing will play out one way, and the unexpected happens. Sort of like getting on the airplane thinking you're headed to Florida and end up in Alaska. Whoa! Paradigm changed.

"I am a Story – You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover" is a community-focused event, and it relies on people like you to make it a success.

On Monday, Jan. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Library is open for you to come and learn more about how to share your narrative. WE WANT TO DISCOVER YOUR STORY. Everyone has one: large or small, life-changing, path-altering, attitude-changing. Maybe your story involves a flash of insight or learning to see the same thing with new eyes. We all have an important story to tell, and we want to hear it. Come by on Jan. 31 and find out more.

New Year's News

It's a new year! Here's what's happening.

If you have recently driven around the back of the Library to drop off your books, you may have noticed an ample open space to the west. The Annex is down, and the project is wrapping up. It has taken us a while to get used to it, but as we continue to see the potential of a new building, we are excited to be one step closer to that reality. We needed to reshuffle offices and storage space, and now we've settled into our new arrangements. In December, we welcomed Brenda, our new circulation clerk. Stop in on Thursday or Friday and say hello.

Several weeks ago, a customer called the Library and asked when the Book Mobile was coming to their area. That was a good question, and now we have an answer. We've purchased a Ram ProMaster 3500, and it will be ready to roll around the county this spring. Gretchen is busy creating a route schedule.

You might think that our library is a building with lots of books. We are so much more! Our program staff, Laura, Star, Adriana, Gretchen, are collaborating on all sorts of programming inside the Library and around the county. Drop by and find out all that is happening here at your Jefferson County Library. You just can't judge a book by its cover anymore!

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