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Library 2010-2011 Budget Update

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

If you like The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan

The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan

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 Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan: "After having endured the miseries of a Japanese internment camp during WWII, 28-year-old Yun Ling Teoh makes her way in 1951 to the only Japanese garden in her native Malaya in a bid to convince its caretaker, Nakamura Aritomo, the former gardener for the Emperor of Japan, to establish a commemorative plot for her sister who died in the camp." (Library Journal Review)

If you liked The Garden of Evening Mists, you may also like these books:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. (catalog description)

 

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Wang Lang, a simple peasant farmer, takes as a wife a battered slave girl who becomes an indomitable, loyal woman. Working the land together, they prosper and increase their holdings, yet Wang eventually betrays his family and neglects the earth he had worshipped. (catalog description)

 

It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

We begin our sweet, pleasant tale in the jungle. Monkeys swing on vines. All is well, until a closer look shows that one of those tails does not belong to a primate. It's a Tiger!

David LaRochelle's book urgently orders readers to escape. We scurry into a cave where it is dark and shadowy. One of those shadows just happens to look like....A TIGER! Run!

Windigo Island: A Novel by William Kent Krueger

Windigo Island: A Novel by William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger has yet again captured his mystery readers by storm in his thirteenth installment of the Cork O’Connor series, Windigo Island. In the middle of a large and dangerous electrical storm, the body of a young Ojibwe girl washes up on the shores of Lake Superior, Minnesota, bruised and severely abused.

The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Ellen Brown

The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook by Ellen Brown

Fried chicken. Cornbread. Sunday morning bacon. Apple Brown Betty. All of these delicious, home-cooked foods traditionally come out of a cast-iron skillet. At my house, we have three or four of them that have been passed down through generations. While Ellen Brown’s New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook has takes on these basic things, it opens a wider range of flavors and techniques from around the country and around the world.

The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

In Bobbie Pyron’s The Dogs of Winter, five-year-old Ivan doesn’t know where his mother went. Maybe she traveled to the City to find work. She had lost her job at the bakery, so they hadn’t had anything good to eat for a long time, and the house had no heat. The bad man who lived with them just said she was gone. Forever.

If you like Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer's acerbic moods and learns of his shocking plans before demonstrating to him that life is still worth living.

If you enjoyed Me Before You, you may also like these titles:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.  (Catalog summary)


 

PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Everyone needs a guardian angel! Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other's sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He's left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed 'PS, I Love You'.  (Catalog summary)
 

The Big Elephant in the Room by Lane Smith

The Big Elephant in the Room by Lane Smith

When one friend starts to ask another about The Big Elephant in the Room, it quickly turns into a laundry list of minor wrong-doings. Perhaps the "big elephant" is how he scarfed down all the crunchy-nut ice cream. Maybe it is the fact that he still has that video game that he borrowed ages ago.

The Next Life Might Be Kinder by Howard Norman

The Next Life Might Be Kinder by Howard Norman

The Next Life Might Be Kinder, by Howard Norman, has one of those great first lines:  “After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alphonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me.”

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

For his first published novel, cartoonist and writer Edgar Cantero has given the world an exquisite and mysterious work of speculative fiction in The Supernatural Enhancements. The narrator, a twenty-something European man who only goes by A. Wells, inherits the Axton House, an old plantation mansion in Point Bless, Virginia, after he learns of a second cousin, (“twice removed”) who has recently committed suicide by jumping out of a window. To A.’s surprise, the suicide follows a familiar pattern in the Wells family tree: the same age, the same time of the year, and the same method of suicide…and the worst of it is, A. is getting especially close to falling in with the same death pattern himself.