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Nat’l Library Week: We Can Get That for You!

I hate telling people no.  Or pets for that matter, as my spoiled dog would tell you if he could talk.  But I really, really hate it when I have to answer someone with the negative. Which is one reason I love inter-library loans (ILL). Our library collection is, by physical and monetary necessity, limited. 

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Nat’l Library Week: The McPherson Room

Researching your family history?  Desperately trying to remember the last name of that old high school chum?  Devastatingly curious about the tunnels that supposedly exist under the streets of McPherson? The McPherson Room is the place for you!  So much more than a stuffy room full of dusty books, The McPherson Room

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Microwave Mentality

Few people would disagree that America today has what I like to call a “microwave mentality.”  We want things when we want them – right now – and sometimes we are willing to sacrifice quality in the name of brevity. Just like microwaving a frozen dinner instead of taking the time to prepare a

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One Size Does NOT Fit All

I have been told by numerous people to read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. “It’s so incredible,” they’d tell me. “You’ll just love it!” I didn’t love it. And that’s ok. Maybe this book just isn’t for me.  Maybe I’m not in the right mood for it.  Maybe the style in

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My Surprise Find

A few days ago, a patron brought back an audiobook, saying that it was skipping.  How frustrating to get halfway through a book, then miss a part because all you hear is eh—so—we—then—!  It’s like listening to the edited version of rap. Still, I ended up benefiting from this disaster.  After cleaning the

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Don’t Be Surprised if You See . . .

At the library, we tend to meet all kinds of people from various walks of life –  it is a great place for people with different interests and backgrounds to come together.  Here is just a sampling of the fascinating people we might meet at the library: The cowboy who likes to read about alternative energy.

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Bloggerific!

Writing a blog sounds easy, right?  You just jot down your thoughts; the whole thing is very informal, and we’ve got several people contributing to the library’s new blog.  So why are we all freaking out just a little bit? Because it’s harder than it sounds.  Sure, we have a lightning bolt

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The Library Laundry

I had an epiphany a few days ago. When I mentioned it to Ann, one of our Library Assistants, she gave me a wise, knowing smile, but I had never thought of it before. At the library, calling patrons to notify them that we are holding reserved books for them is like