Library news & updates
The Library will be closed on Nov. 12 for Veterans Day Observed and November 22 for Thanksgiving.
Happy Election Day! If you are looking for early results for the national and state elections, I can't help you. But I can give you early results for our library user survey! So far, results indicate that y'all are very happy with our customer service and online collections, but not so much with the library building and adult programming:
The funnest question on the ballot this strategic planning season, though, asks patrons to rank, in order of priority, the following objectives. Encouraging reading and providing reading material takes the show, followed by promoting information literacy and and providing internet access. What an exciting time to be alive!
The survey so far also indicates that only 60% of our collections budget should be spent on physical collections, and 40% should go toward electronic collections. Do you disagree? Take the survey and make your voice heard! Do you agree? Take the survey so we have enough feedback to be of statistical significance! The results of this survey will steer our strategic plan for the next five years, so let us know how we are and aren't meeting your needs.
Douglas Reads:
Patrons have told us these books are good and we think you might think they are good too

Very Interesting - Full of good stories.

A post-apocalyptic steampunk romp with giant moving cities that eat each other!

An interesting look at the inner workings of the Russian government. Svetlania is a complicated woman.

Humorous main character makes use of his lawyer skills and contacts to learn 'who done it' in this easy-read mystery.
Upcoming Book Clubs:

The Young Readers Club
November 8 @ 6pm.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Intrepid Readers
November 15 @ 6:30pm.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Book Bunch
November 15 @ 6pm.
Truce by Jim Murphy

Greatest Book Club Ever
December 6 @ 6:30pm.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Senior Center Book Club
December 12 @ 10am.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Other Library Programs:

Celtic Calligraphy with CJ Kennedy
Tue, November 27, 6pm – 8pm

In this 2 hour workshop, explore the exquisite, round shapes of the Uncial alphabet, a letter style used from the 3rd to the 8th centuries C.E. This hand is usually associated with Irish/Celtic writing. Though
ancient, Uncial letters lend themselves to modern applications for greeting cards, invitations,
scrapbooking, and art journaling. Participants will also learn how to create a knotwork design. Come and
unleash your inner Celt.

Music and Movement with Deb Hudgins
Every Tuesday at 1:00 pm.

Bring your preschool aged kids and their younger (maybe even older) siblings to a themed weekly song and storytime. Get those wiggles out and learn things while doing it. Smooth naptimes are not guaranteed after the program, but the likelihood definitely increases.
Director's Note:

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