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06/09/2010 - 2:50pm

Dear Library Users,

On behalf of the Library Board, the Friends of the Library and the library staff, thank you all for your support over the past budget season.  The good news is that, despite the current economy, the CRRL did receive additional funds in FY10-11.  The challenge is that we did not receive enough money to fully staff and operate all our libraries.


This means that, starting July 1, we will have to take the following steps:

  • Headquarters and Porter will be closed on Sundays.
  • Headquarters will be closed on Thursday evenings and Porter will be closed on Tuesday evenings.
  • The England Run Library will open on October 4.
  • Programs for children, teens and adults will be reduced.
  • Outreach to schools, including booktalks, SOL-related storytelling and database presentations, will be severely reduced.
  • Reduced staffing may result in longer waits for materials placed on hold and for books to be returned to the shelves.
  • Staff will not receive any salary increase for the third year in a row.

We do appreciate the one-time funding that will increase our book-buying capacity in the coming year.  However, the materials budget remains substantially below recommended levels.

Over the last several months, you made your voices heard. 

  • You sent almost 3,000 postcards to your elected officials stating why the library is important to you.
  • You spoke up for the library at supervisors’ town meetings, public hearings and meetings of county boards and city council.
  • You sent letters to the editor of the Free Lance-Star expressing your support for the library as homeschoolers, business owners, students and impassioned readers.

The library is especially appreciative of the effort made by the Friends of the Library to help library users make their opinions known.  Whether distributing postcards, selling T-shirts, or speaking up in public forums, our Friends did a magnificent job.

The Library Board and administration are committed to continuing to provide high quality library services with an emphasis on excellent customer service despite the budget shortfall.  Rest assured that our commitment to providing access to all our users remains firm.  Thank you for your support.

Donna Cote,
Library Director

12/19/2014 - 2:03am
The Space Between Us by Thrity N. Umrigar

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

The Space Between Us by Thrity N. Umrigar: "Family crisis closes up the space between wealthy Parsi widow Sera Dubash and her hardworking domestic, Bhima, whose granddaughter Sera is putting through university. " (Library Journal)

If you like The Space Between Us, you may also like these titles:

Animal's People by Indra Sinha
Ever since That Night, the residents of Khaufpur have lived a perilous existence. Their world is poisoned. Nobody has received compensation or help for the chemical leak, least of all Animal, as he is known, whose spine twisted at a young age, leaving him to walk on all fours. Though he inhabits a dark kind of half-life, he knows what love is. He has long harboured feelings for his friend Nisha but since she is enamoured of his friend Zafar he cannot even allow himself to hope. When Elli Barber arrives, an "Amrikan" keen to set up a free clinic to help the victims of the disaster, deep suspicion arises amongst the community. Animal resolves to turn the situation to his advantage and starts to investigate Elli's motives. 

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
A portrait of India featuring four characters. Two are tailors who are forcibly sterilized, one is a student who emigrates, and the fourth is a widowed seamstress who decides to hang on. A tale of cruelty, political thuggery and despair by an Indian from Toronto, author of Such a Long Journey. 

 

12/17/2014 - 8:56am
The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power

Henriette Lazaridis Power’s The Clover House is a romantic puzzle set in passionate Greece—both the partying Greece of today and its troubled World War II occupation. It is the story of a mother and daughter who never really bonded and the reasons why.

12/16/2014 - 12:42pm
Christmas Books

Like most families, we have our favorite holiday traditions. We decorate our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and, every year, my husband watches Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.  When I was young, my father always read C. Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” to my brother and I.  When my son was born, I couldn’t wait to uphold the tradition and searched for the just the right version that offered beautiful, detailed illustrations with a classic-looking Santa.  I hope your family has a favorite holiday read aloud. If “The Night Before Christmas” isn’t for you here are a couple of other suggestions; of course there are many more possibilities to enjoy as well.

12/16/2014 - 12:31pm
Grow a Reader Workshop

The next Grow a Reader workshop for childcare providers is scheduled!

Upcoming Grow a Reader Workshop

Title: Artists and Crafts - Fun art activities for your young budding artists
Place:  England Run Library
Date:  Tuesday, February 17, 2015 with a snow date of Tuesday, February 24
Time:  7-9 pm
Earn:  2 hours of credit
Who:  For all teachers and childcare providers of children 0-5 years old
 
Sign up begins January 5, 2015.  Call 540-899-1703 - Youth Services Dept. ext.233
12/17/2014 - 2:08pm
The Armageddon Rag by George R.R. Martin

Sandy Blair was not having his best day, or decade for that matter, when he got word that Jamie Lynch had his heart cut out. In The Armageddon Rag by George R.R. Martin, the child of the Sixties has been orphaned by the "Me" Decade. Now, it's 1983, and all of Blair's political ideals have earned him a middling career as a novelist and a lot of writer's block.

12/15/2014 - 11:41am
The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle

In Rebecca Tingle’s The Edge on the Sword, Flæd tries to ignore the man who pursued her. In truth, he had been behind her for all of the day, and at night he would sit outside her door. Golden-haired Flæd was accustomed to running free in the great woods with her little brother Edward, only returning to her father's stronghold to take her meals with her family and her lessons from Bishop Asser.

12/12/2014 - 8:20am
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.
 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: "As in The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood has seen the future, and it isn't good: get ready for ecological devastation." (Library Journal) 

If you like Oryx and Crake, you may also enjoy some of the following novels:

 

The Children of Men by P.D. James
The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race. (catalog description)
 

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
The Chyrsalids is set in the future after a devastating global nuclear war. David, the young hero of the novel, lives in a tight-knit community of religious and genetic fundamentalists, always on the alert for any deviation from the norm of God's creation. Abnormal plants are publicly burned, with much singing of hymns. Abnormal humans (who are not really human) are also condemned to destruction--unless they succeed in fleeing to the Fringes, that Wild Country where, as the authorities say, nothing is reliable and the devil does his work. (catalog description)

12/11/2014 - 10:57am
Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds

The top of the food chain has some serious self-esteem issues in Aaron Reynold's Carnivores. Lion, Great White Shark, and Timber Wolf are majestic and fearsome predators. This meat-eating crew might look tough, but deep down they are dealing with some major insecurities.

12/15/2014 - 12:30pm
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