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Help us plan

You may not have heard it, but the library district board is looking to expand the library.
Naturally, we're all very excited about that prospect.
Right now, we are in the process of gathering information to see how we might expand and where.
Bigger chldren's department? Science/maker lab? More movies? More computers? More public spaces?
Help us do this planning by send me an answer to this question:
"At the library, I wish we had ________.'
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A nonfiction fave

Some of our library staffers favored nonfiction over fiction when naming their favorite books of 2016.
Among them was Juniper Schneider, who is an assistant librarian. Juniper said, when asked for his favorite work of the year, this:
" 'White Trash.'  It gives a 400-year history of the poor in America and the deliberate attempt to keep people in poverty and then blame it on them.  It’s a book every Republican ought to read."

Another favorite

I've told you my favorite book of 2016. Now, I'll turn this space over to other librarians to tell you what their favorite books were:
Our reference librarian Linda Eagleton had this to say on the subject:

"My favorite read of 2016 is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a memoir about a thirty-six year-old brilliant neurosurgeon,  who one day he was a doctor treating patients and the next day he was a patient being treated for stage lV lung cancer.  The struggles and the pain he endured during his final days gave him a clearer understanding of doctors and patients relationships and of his approaching mortality.  It is a heartbreaking story and it served as a reminder to me that  life is not always fair. Paul died before finishing writing his book. The book was published in January 2016 and was on the NYT Bestsellers list"

More favorites

The librarian in charge of most of our adult programming is Sarah Davis, and I asked her for her favorite books of this year.
Here is her response:

The best  fiction book I read in 2016 was “We Are Called to Rise” by Laure McBride.  It is about families, set in Las Vegas, Nev.  A soldier recovering from his wounds in the Middle East, both physical and emotional, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity, a family woman and her family struggling to get by in the land of lights. It will challenge you to think about our responsibilities to each other and remind us that of our  compassion and charity  to each other. 

The best non-fiction book I read in 2016 was “Life Is a verb: 37 Days to Wake" by Patty Digh.  She challenged me to get back writing and being more creative.  I went on to buy her second book that we don’t have in the library that is called “Creative Is a Verb."

Unlikely destinations

The last big trip I took was with my wife to Chicago to attend the wedding of her oldest grandson. We stayed in a motel in a nice suburb in the north part of the city, a longish walk away from a shopping mall.
To get the best rates, we traveled a day or two more than we needed, so I had a little free time unrelated to the wedding and events.
So, I walked over to the mall with no particular destination in mind.
And I wound up spending most of my time in a Barnes & Noble bookstore that was almost as empty as the rest of the mall on this particular day.
It was very pleasant, very familiar, very welcoming.
I like B&N stores, and I would stop by one in Austin if I had the inclination.
But, I wouldn't travel to Austin, any more than I would travel to Chicago, just to go to a Barnes & Noble bookstore.
The truth is that I wouldn't travel to San Francisco just to go to the City Lights Bookstore, either.
There are places on this planet that have bookstores that I would go specifically to see, however.
Like Hangzhou in China, home of the new Zhongshuge library.
OK, maybe not.
But there are surely a lot of very nice big bookstores around the world, and you can read all about them in the travel section of Sunday's New York Times.
Imagine: An entire section about great bookstores.
Imagine: Having the resources to go to places just to browse.
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