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Ruth Sawyer and the Way of the Storyteller

Ruth Sawyer lived an extraordinary life. Though born many years before women had the right to vote, there is no doubt that she was a thoroughly independent and extremely intelligent woman with a knack for collecting stories and retelling them.

She did more than collect interesting tales and set them in books, although that would be enough for many writers. But Ruth did more. For her, connecting children with stories was critical.  After attending the Garland Kindergarten Training School, she moved to Cuba in 1900 to teach storytelling to teachers working with children who were orphaned during the Spanish-American War.

April 13 is National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  I bet there is someone at the CRRL that you'd like to recognize for helping you out.

Got a favorite storytime reader?  Submit a star for them!  Did someone at the library help you with a school project or teach you a new craft?  Submit a star for them!  Did a reference librarian help you find information you needed or write a book match for you?  Submit a star for them!

Thanks to all the staff and volunteers at the CRRL for making it part of a thriving community.

Communities thrive @ your library

April 11-17, 2010 is National Library Week and is being celebrated with the theme 'Communities thrive @ your library.'  The CRRL supports a thriving community and gives patrons lots of ways to participate and give back to their community.  All week at all branches is Food for Fines - bring a can of food and get $1.00 off library overdue fines.  All food collected will be donated to local area food banks.  Or donate to the Red Cross blood bank at Porter branch's blood drive on Thursday, April

The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq

By Jeanette Winter

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The true story of librarian Alia Muhammad Baker, who saved thousands of books in the Basra library when war broke out in Iraq.

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Creative Marketing

Marketing

We were recently interviewed for possible inclusion in a book about word-of-mouth-marketing.  The authors are intrigued with how we market our library services and resources not just to our patrons, but also to our funding organizations, other libraries, and other organizations.  For example, staff have used free software programs to create a video entitled "Who Needs the Public Library?," which you can view on YouTube in our crrlvideo "channel."