My Eating Habits

I need to change my eating habits.  I don't mean that I need to go on a diet.  I mean I need to change my eating habits.  I'm in a rut.  I have the same things over and over.  The Kroger app could write my weekly shopping list. Because I really need to change my eating habits. 

It's not too often that I go on Pinterest, but when I do, I typically get caught up in recipes. My Facebook feed has been taken over with fast-motion video clips of fattening party favorites and lunch box suggestions.  And, of course I can Google anything from Brown Betty to Hoppin' John.  Meal ideas come at me from every which way, but I'm still uninspired. 

Last week, I found inspiration in the library's cookbook collection.  It was there that I found cohesive meal ideas and recipes worth the paper they were printed on.  These recipes weren't written by bloggers who need to hammer out weekly recipes in order to meet a deadline and maintain a fan base.  Rather, the books were inspired by the recipes.  These authors took the time to select their very best recipes, hone techniques, give clear instructions, and include beautiful photos.  And, all of it was there at my simple to just pull a book off the shelf and leaf through the pages.  No ads.  No reviews with suggestions that make you second guess the recipe. And, no shopping list in the sidebar leading you to local sale prices.  Just tried and true recipes worth sharing with the world.

Tonight, we're having Mediterranean tuna melts.  Simple, yet inspired. Exactly what I've been looking for.

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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A Familiar Song

Several years ago, during Heritage Fair, the library welcomed Father Boniface Hardin to Pendleton.  Father Hardin was a social activist and founding president of Martin University, a Predominately Black Institution in Indianapolis.  Because he bore an uncanny resemblance to Frederick Douglass, he would perform reenactments of the abolitionist's famous speeches.  It was for this reason that he was at Falls Park that day in September.

There was a small crowd of about 30 gathered around Father Hardin as he gave a rousing interpretation of one of Frederick Douglass' speeches.  After the speech was finished, he began to sing the spiritual, “We Shall Overcome.”  But, somewhere around the third verse, he forgot the words. He started to hum along to the tune, but we could all sense him trying to capture just one or two words that would bring everything back to mind.

And then we started hearing the words.  At first they came softly, with a little bit of self-consciousness, but then they got stronger and clearer.  It took me a moment to realize that the singing was actually coming from behind me.  This small crowd knew the words to  “We Shall Overcome,” and they begin filling the awkward space around us, until the awkwardness fell away and compassion and humanity took its place.

I remember that moment as something incredibly profound.  And I feel emotional thinking about it even now.  I can hardly remember another time in my life where I felt so connected to unfamiliar people in a shared experience of genuine support and kindness.  I truly felt that we were all one that day, even if only during a few verses of a familiar song.

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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Mission 595 is Launching

Recently, some of us took a field trip to the Muncie Public Library's Connection Corner.  It was there that we would have a first-hand look at their Digital Climbers program, an after-school, incentive-based S.T.E.A.M. initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math).  "Climbers" complete challenges and earn points which can be cashed in for prizes.  When they complete a predetermined list of challenges, they advance to earn a new badge. 

We tried a few of these challenges.  My favorite was the Osmo pizza challenge.  With an iPad mounted before me and game pieces laid out on the table in front of me, I successfully served custom-ordered pizzas to an interesting array of colorful characters.  The lion only wants red toppings on his pizza today.  The hippo likes veggies.  And, the blue guy wants pineapple and anchovies?!  As I'm building the pizza with these pieces, the iPad registers my movements, and I interact with the characters up through the payment process where I make change with tiny currency.

Next, we used a Mac to create a song on GarageBand.  Ours started out with some catchy Dixieland horns before the chanting monks finished it out.  It was pretty bad, but somehow I was still proud of it.  After that, we Photoshopped a celebrity pic by giving Robert Downey Jr. a few pimples and a garish tie.  I learned quite a bit that morning, but I was also actually having fun.

And now your Pendleton Community Public Library is one of the official pilot libraries for the program we're calling Mission 595.  With a generous $5,000 educational grant from The Kroger Co., the library was able to purchase a MacBook, iPads, Osmo kits, Snap Circuits, Gravity and Laser Mazes, and more.  Kids aged 7-12 can visit "Mission Control" (aka the children's program room) on Friday, January 5th any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to see what Mission 595 is all about.  

Lynn Hobbs


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Holiday Traditions

Growing up in Minneapolis, we had a local department store called Dayton's.  It was like the Macy's of Minneapolis, and in true Macy's form, the holiday festivities at Dayton's spared no expense.  Every holiday season, we would visit the Dayton's display, a life-sized exhibit that rotated its literary theme.  Despite the fact that I was very young when we strolled through the dazzling displays, I still remember many of them, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where I was terrified by seeing a boy about my age stuck in a big tube.  The displays were always so real, and honestly a little creepy, with mechanically- animated mannequins portraying scenes from books.  Various faces would jerkily turn to look directly at me or lift an unnaturally quick hand to hang a stocking or offer a piece of candy. 

Despite the creepy mannequins, I remember those exhibits fondly.  It was our annual tradition to see the display as a family, and it just enhanced that wide-eyed feeling I had as a child during the holiday season. 

I hope that the library's annual holiday open house is a similar event for kids in Pendleton.  For well over a decade, the library has been hosting holiday festivities where we welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the children's department.  This year's open house will be held on December 10th from 1-3 p.m., and kids can get their faces painted, enjoy holiday treats, and visit with a real live reindeer.  This year, visitors will also be able to enjoy the Friends of the Library's display of gingerbread cottages, all vying to be the contest winner.  I imagine these kids twenty, thirty, forty years from now saying, "We would go to the library every year to see Santa and his reindeer.  Those were such fun times."  And, not at all creepy.

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My Sweet Tooth

I love Willy Wonka.  Not Gene Wilder Willy Wonka or Johnny Depp Willy Wonka.  I mean the actual Willy Wonka, the candy factory that's churning out brightly-colored, fruit-flavored goodies right this very minute.  Nerds, Gobstoppers, Runts, even Pixie-Stix and Fun Dip.  I like them way better than chocolate or cookies.


My taste in candy has never evolved past my childhood.  The sweeter and fruitier, the better. I should probably be ashamed to admit my penchant for high fructose corn syrup, carnauba wax, and yellow #5.  Or the fact that I actually prefer artificial banana flavor over real banana flavor.  But, I'm not ashamed.  I like what I like, and I like Willy Wonka.



With Halloween just behind us, my pantry is well-stocked with my favorite Willy Wonka candies.  Some of these are very similar to those that are included in the gingerbread house kits that can be purchased by contestants in the Friends of the Library's Gingerbread Cottage Build. 



Stop by the library any time in November and pick up a cottage kit entry for $20.  Use that as a starter kit for the most fantastical gingerbread cottage you can create. Or, if you're feeling really confident, forego the kit for a $10 entry fee which comes with a gingerbread recipe and cutout templates.  Deliver your cottage to the library on December 6th or 7th, and we will put it on display for patrons to enjoy during the library's Holiday Open House on December 10th.  Those who attend can vote for the People's Choice winner, and our panel of judges will award prizes in three other categories.  



I cannot wait to see the display of delicious cottages.  And, I promise to keep my hands to myself, no matter how much my sweet tooth might be tempted.




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Why can't I break out?

There are things that I'm good at.  And, of course, there are things that I'm not good at.  But, then there are the things that I think I SHOULD be good at, but I'm just not. Like breakout rooms, for example.  I like puzzles, and I like to solve problems.  I'm pretty good at that.  So, why for the life of me, can I not find my way out of a breakout room?

I've done a few breakout rooms, and I think that they are so fun.  I overthink things so much that the people who sit in the room, the ones who are available to provide clues, actually laugh at me.  Yet, I feel like every time I've done a breakout room, I've left with ways that I can improve upon my skills for the next time.

For example, listen VERY carefully to the instructions you receive when entering.  Listen to them twice, or even three times. I applied that to my next breakout experience, but that time the instructions weren't even instructions.  There were no hidden clues, not even red herrings.  I wasted precious minutes listening three times to Dr. Candice Bore talk about how I needed to save the planet.  And I did not save the planet.

Second, just because you use a tool once to retrieve a clue doesn't mean that you won't ever use it again. I applied that to the following breakout experience, but that time I really did only need to use the black light flashlight once.  I spent 30 minutes shining that flashlight on every blasted thing in the room.  And the only thing I learned is that the walls are clean.

I guess the main thing to remember is to just have fun.  We expect that lots of people will have fun in the library's Harry Potter Breakout Room which we will have set up for groups to try on October 28 - 29.  Be sure to call 778-7527 to reserve your timeslot.  I hope you fare better than I usually do.

Lynn Hobbs
PCL Director

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Library of Things

On more than one occasion, I have had guests take a cursory glance around my house and ask, "Where's all your stuff?"  Truth be told, I don't have a lot of stuff.  Mainly, because I don't want a lot of stuff.  But, naturally there comes a time when I need some stuff, even if just for a day.  Take my recent birthday party, for example.  We decided to host a nacho bar, and I was in need of a triple crock pot.  Thankfully, I was able to borrow one from a friend, and I was able to keep the cheese, chicken, and beef warm throughout the festivities.

It's possible I may need a triple crock pot again.  But, I cannot really justify the expense for once every few years, nor do I want it taking up space in the house.  I suppose I could continually ask to borrow it, but that doesn't feel right either. 

That's where the "Library of Things" comes in.  Many libraries across the country, and even the world, have been circulating more than books.  Sewing machines, power washers, and triple crock pots have found their way into library collections, ready for checkout by patrons who occasionally need them.  Here at the Library, we're intrigued by the idea and curious as to how it might work in Pendleton.

Like any good collection development plan, we want to tailor our Library of Things to serve our unique community.  So, we need your help.  Please tell us what you'd like to see in our Library of Things.  What is that one item that you use every spring for a few hours, or that you might need for your annual birthday party?  I'm suggesting a triple crock pot.

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A Well-Deserved Retirmenet


Arriving at 5:30 a.m. every morning, before the sun rises, before most people even crawl out of bed, Head Library Custodian, Dean Whitesel, has already cleaned seven restrooms, vacuumed a 28,000 square foot facility, sanitized the public computers, and performed a walk-through of all mechanical areas.  Dean changed light bulbs and filters.  He mowed and mulched.  He fixed what was broken.  And, even on the coldest, most treacherous days of winter, he cleared our walkways of snow before we opened at 9:00 a.m.  He did all of this for the past twenty-plus years, and he never complained.  Because Dean cared.


You see it's no small feat to have an employee who gets along with everybody and is good at their job.  But, it's something truly special to have somebody who genuinely cares.  Somebody who cares about a building and the patrons who use it, who cares about a town and the people who live there, and who takes good care of himself so that he could continue to do strenuous physical work for all those years.



As a retirement gift, Dean asked each of his co-workers to sign his very first library shirt.  With Sharpie in hand we all wished him congratulations on a well-deserved retirement.  When it was my turn, I wrote a simple but true sentiment.  Dean is Superman!



Congratulations Dean!!



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Craft Stash

Years ago, after receiving a beautiful handmade card from a friend, I attended a hand-stamping class at a local craft store. When I walked out of there, I was well-stocked and ready to get started.  I bought stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, an embossing gun, colored pencils, various colors of card stock, and even a paper cutter.  I crafted handmade cards for about two months before the novelty wore off.  Then, I put all of my supplies in a tote that I got at a library conference, never to be used again.  I still have that tote, and all of its contents, tucked neatly away in a spare closet.  And, I have absolutely no interest in hand stamping anything ever again. 


On July 23rd the library is hosting a Craft Stash Sale, and I will be participating.  Here's how it works.  I will bring my tote of card-making supplies to the library.  Our evaluation team will determine the value of my items and make me an offer in "craft cash."  If I accept this offer, my supplies become the property of the library, and I can take my craft cash to the Craft Stash Sale where I can use it to purchase somebody else's knitting needles, embroidery thread, or acrylic paints.


Even if you don't bring items to the library for the sale, you can still stop in and purchase craft supplies with good ol' cash money.  We're doing this as a fundraiser, but the benefits aren't just for the library.  You can finally get that stuff out of your garage or attic while affordably enabling your next craft craze.  Any leftover supplies will belong to the library for use at future programs and activities. 


For more information, call the library at 778-7527 or email 



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Summer Reading is Here! Let's "Build a Better World."

June 1st kicks off the beginning of our Summer Reading Program, and this year's theme is "Build a Better World."  We can surely get behind that!  In recent years, summer reading themes have become less about entertainment and more about making positive change.  Last year, we encouraged kids and adults to exercise their minds and bodies.  This year, we are asking everybody to help "Build a Better World."  That's easier said than done, but even the tiniest good deed can mean a lot.  

Not too long ago, I found a note on my desk that simply said, "Lynn Rocks."  Attached to that note was a Post-It that said, "found in the book drop."  I assumed that it was some kind of joke, but my staff assures me that it actually was found in the book drop.  I have that note pinned to the bulletin board behind my desk, and to this day, I still have no idea who left it.  It was a simple gesture that makes me smile every time I see it.

"Building a Better World" doesn't mean that you have to single-handedly solve the world's problems. Rather, I think it means to be nice to others and to our planet.  Pay a compliment.  Pick up litter.  Make someone laugh.  Plant a tree.  Each of these small gestures of kindness will collectively "build a better world."  I urge you to find and commit small acts of kindness every single day. Let's build a better world by building a better Pendleton, one good deed at a time. 

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We're Going Green!

It used to be that "green" was a bad thing.  If you were green, you were either nauseated or envious.  Of course, now "green" has evolved to mean that you are friendly to the environment...a good thing!  And, since the library likes to support good things, we are making some changes around here to "go green."

Would you believe that the library has nearly 1,000 light bulbs that burn for at least 65 hours each week?  We're making the switch to LED to save energy.  We're also making adjustments in our staff area, where we use motion-controlled lights.  It used to be that if the sensor didn't pick up on anything for an hour, the lights would turn off.  But I went around like a bandit a few weeks ago to turn them all to ten minutes.  Now it's become a frequent and comedic occurrence to walk by a staff office to see somebody doing "jazz hands" in order to get the lights to come back on.  But hey, it's good exercise, right? 

Finally, we are encouraging you, dear patron, to be kind to Mother Earth as well.  We are providing options for a better way to tote your library materials around.  For 25 cents you can purchase a plastic, reusable library-themed bag.  OR, you can purchase one of our $5 reusable bags which are made from recycled materials.  These blue bags have the library's logo and one of our favorite quotations about reading, uttered by Stan Lee, "Reading is very good.  And you can quote me!"  These bags are generously-sized with adjustable straps and a perfect side pocket for your library card.  Once you see one, I think you'll agree that $5 is a steal!

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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I was brought up on Sesame Street.  Sesame Street helped me learn how to count, how to read, and how to treat others.  Sesame Street also taught me some basic Spanish.  It was so integral to the program, even back in the 70's, that I thought nothing of the fact that I knew how to count, how to say hello, and how to say open and closed in Spanish. 

My parents both speak fluent Italian.  Growing up, they would slip into Italian when discussing things that they didn't want us to understand, like where they hid our Christmas presents.  My sister and I were desperate to learn the language so that we could understand what they were talking about.  In response, my dad bought a Berlitz Italian textbook, and used it as a template for our formal language instruction.  But, I really struggled with it.  Despite the fact that I was retaining the Spanish I was learning on Sesame Street, I was not retaining the Italian taught by my dad.  Perhaps if my dad were a fuzzy puppet, who would occasionally break into song, I would have done better.

There's definitely something to be said for making learning fun.  And, that's why the library is introducing MUZZY to our young patrons.  MUZZY is a language-learning resource for children.  It uses sound, animation, interactive content, and fun characters to make learning a second language easy for kids.  MUZZY includes eight languages such as Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, and Italian.  MUZZY is available from home, via the Puffin Academy App. You can also access it through the library's webpage, under "Watch, Read, & Listen Online," which can be found on the Children's page. Login with "PendletonPL", and use "MuzzyPendleton" as the password.  HUGE thanks to the South Madison Community Foundation for funding this language-learning resource, made just for kids!

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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Lemonade Stands

Did you ever have a lemonade stand as a kid? I know I did. It was always fun to team up with a friend, mix up the lemonade, and sell to our neighbors. Then we got to dream about what all those dimes and quarters would buy.
Well, the lemonade stand is still around. Now there is a national initiative to teach kids entrepreneurship using the lemonade stand. Lemonade Day was created to encourage kids to get out there and sell lemonade. It teaches them how to start the business, even encouraging them to look for funding or "seed money" to help them get started. Now Lemonade Day has come to Pendleton and your library is getting involved. We're offering a series of events to teach the kids how to host their own lemonade stands. We're putting another spin on it as well. If you want to participate with the library, you can host your stand here. The money raised at the library stands are going to directly benefit the children's department. Since the kids are doing the hard work, they get to decide how we spend it.

If you would like your child to participate in this event, please email Miss Sara at for more information.
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New Nursing Nook

I'm not a mom.  But, I don't have to be a mom to understand that nursing a baby in the restroom is kinda gross.  I mean, I wouldn't eat a sandwich in the bathroom.  And, I wouldn't want my kid to eat a sandwich in the bathroom, even if he or she was too young to know any better.  Sometimes there isn't a better option, and you've gotta do what you've gotta do.  But, at the Pendleton Community Public Library, we want to provide nursing mothers with an option WAY better than the bathroom.

To that end, we are pleased to introduce the Nursing Nook.  This space is dedicated specifically for nursing mothers and is equipped with a comfy chair and reading materials for moms.  There is plenty of space in the Nook for Mom, baby, and another kiddo that might be in tow.  A chalkboard wall and fun activities help to keep everybody occupied during mealtime for the little one. 

The Nursing Nook is located in the lobby outside of the children's storytime room.  The room is locked at all times.  Simply request the key from the children's reference desk or the main circulation desk, where it should also be returned. 

Even though I'm not a mom, I DO think it's pretty cool for the public library to offer this space for nursing mothers.  It shows that we value you, dear patron.  We value your health and wellness and that of your children.  We value your beliefs and your passions.  And we will always respond to your needs whenever possible.

Lynn Hobbs, PCL Director

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Homeschool Mint-Mobiles!

Our Homeschool Science & Social Studies classes had a lot of fun today with a quick intro to engineering! After gathering lots of good information, they tried their hands at designing their own cars and then angling them down an incline to see how far they would go (and if they would hold together!)

Take a look and see how they turned out!

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in memory and appreciation

It’s hard to believe that more than a year has passed since we said goodbye to our beloved library patron, Maxine Stover.  We were all so saddened by the news, as she was one of our regulars, somebody who came in nearly every day to take advantage of all the things offered by the public library.  Maxine was a member of the Friends of the Library, and the Friends planted a tree in her memory.  We dedicated this tree in 2015, and during the dedication ceremony, I felt compelled to say a few words about Maxine.

Maxine’s interest in books and reading was evident in her involvement with the library.  It was this passion that would ultimately lead her to a career as a technical services librarian, working in Zionsville.  But, the thing that really impressed me about Maxine was that she was the type of library patron we want everybody to be.  Not only did she check out books, but she involved herself in so many other ways.  Maxine attended programs offered by the library, ranging widely in various topics.  She found library programs to be an opportunity to continue learning about things old and new.  Maxine embraced new technologies and started reading books on an ereader.  She signed up for the library’s one-on-one computer assistance where she learned how to get the most out of her new device.  She even attended computer classes to improve her internet skills and learn about digital photography.  And she was a longstanding member of the Friends of the Library where she volunteered her time to help with advocacy, programs, and fundraising. 

Maxine was “patron extraordinaire.”  She was a part of the library, and the library was a part of her.  Her dedication to public libraries was reinforced when Maxine kindly willed a portion of her estate to the Pendleton Community Public Library.  Those funds have been specifically earmarked for the purchase of ebooks, a format that Maxine fully embraced as a true lover of reading.

We remember you fondly, Maxine.  And, we thank you for being a great patron, librarian, and Friend.

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Real News vs. Fake News

Lately there's been a lot of real news about fake news.  Although fake news has been around for a long time, it has finally found its place in the public consciousness.  But you see, librarians have always been aware of fake news, and we've always found it to be a great opportunity for us to show the value of what it means to be an information professional.

Back when the Internet became a "thing," many people started questioning the need for libraries.  People thought you could find anything and everything online.  For many years, we fought to show our constituents that we were still relevant.  Back then, the argument was that you needed a librarian to help you navigate the complicated waters of the Internet.  You may be able to type a question into Lycos or Ask Jeeves, but your results would never really have the answer you were seeking.  Librarians relied on their expertise in creating cryptic Boolean searches, using "and" "or" and "not" to find the real answer, a proficiency that surely no layperson could ever glean.

Then Siri came along with the amazing ability to answer just about any question with the push of a button.

Ah, but now, librarians are back in the fold of newsworthiness as Ambassadors for Information Literacy.  Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to have the skill to locate, evaluate, and use needed information effectively.  With news coming towards us at every turn, many people don't bother to verify the truth before believing what they are told and passing it along to others.  But, rest assured...your librarians will always be here, wielding the torch for truth and accuracy in the news stories we all consume.  It is simply what we do.

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Hard Work Pays Off

On January 16th, the library will be closed for our staff development day.  We'll start the day with an all-staff breakfast, where we will enjoy Jenny's Famous Cinnamon Rolls. That's a great start to what I hope will be a great day.  Our first order of business is to gather for an all-staff meeting where we will take some time to reflect on 2016.  As I prepare my notes for this meeting, I see that we did a whole heck of a lot!

This past year, we have been responding to the needs of our patrons who have been requesting quiet work space.  The library now has a dedicated quiet area where you can use a computer, enjoy a cozy fireplace, and finally get some work done.  With the help of the newly-formed Tween Advisory Board, we have introduced a new tween space with fun furniture and programming designed for 9-12 year olds.  In January, we will start work on a nursing nook which will provide a private, comfortable space for new mothers visiting the library.

We've also made great strides in our technology offerings.  The library has fifteen wi-fi hotspots to check out and take home.  We are also in the process of upgrading the library's wi-fi network to guarantee the widest coverage and the fastest speeds. And, Chromebooks are available for in-house checkout, especially for students who may need quick access.

But, perhaps the biggest effort over the past twelve months has been the redesign of our new website.  We're librarians.  We're fussy.  We want things to be just right.  We've been working with Solutions4ebiz here in Pendleton on a much-improved website. Our plan is to launch our new site on January 3rd.  Visit to see improvements such as a streamlined calendar that includes online registration for events and quick access to searching the library's catalog and digital content.  We also have a fun staff page where staff members answer the question, "What is your hidden talent?"  Find out on January 3rd!

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Days Off

I've had five, count 'em FIVE, glorious days off work for the holidays.  Today is the fifth day.  I had grand plans of sleeping in, watching a movie, and doing absolutely nothing.  But, here I am, working.  I'm sure there is a window to clean or a surface to dust in my house somewhere.  Yet, somehow I cannot stay away from the library.  It just so happens that I've got things to do.

We're getting ready to roll out a new website in less than a week, and there are links to check, photos to upload, and lots of text to proofread.  Over the past five days, it's been in the back of my mind.  As we prepared the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, the library's new website was in the back of my mind.  When we settled in to watch a movie on Christmas night, the library's new website was in the back of my mind. Even when we took Big Dan on a long walk around the Upper Fall Creek Loop, the library's new website was in the back of my mind.

I'm not sure how I feel about all of this.  In a way, I think it's great that I've found something that I'm passionate about.  I care.  I want things to be just right so that our patrons can delight in all that we have to offer.  And, yet there is another part of me that wants to let it go...just for a day, a holiday, or a special meal.

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2016 was a fun year!

Wow!  I can't believe it is nearly a new year.  When I took on the role of Children's Programming Librarian in February, I had no idea what was in store for me.  This year we had so many amazing programs.  We had visits from outside groups like Silly Safaris and Professor Steve.  Just last week we had a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their reindeer, Misfit.  As I look back with a full heart, I remember so many good times.  There were lots of laughs and smiles from the children.  I got to hold an armadillo!  I built a gingerbread house large enough for the kids to play in.  We had a visit from Piggie and Elephant from the Mo Willems' books.  We held a worm race here at the library.  The Mascot Stampede had us running and dancing with the Butler Bulldog, Charlie Cardinal, Rodney Raven, and the Pendleton Arabian!  So many days I came home covered in paint, glitter, or both.  Being able to provide programs for kids from ages birth-12 is an amazing privilege.  As I look back, it makes me excited to see what is in store for 2017!  Before we know it, Summer Reading will be starting and there will be a fresh batch of memories to be made.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our programs this year.  A huge thank you to the rest of the library staff, the VolunTEENs, the Friends of the Library, and the countless parent helpers who made my first year an amazing one!

~Miss Sara~


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