Friday, December 31, 2010


As we bid adieu to 2010,
the staff fondly remembers patrons who will no longer walk through the Library's doors. We are grateful to have known them. They enriched our lives and the lives of so many in our community.

Flora Rubio Acosta
Mabel Ballard
Jessie F. Bray
Bob Davis
John Fischer
Pat Garvey
Don Gasperson
Sue Kniss
Dorothy Lukas
Dan Murphy
Ray Stumbo
Lee Yarborough

We apologize for anyone we have inadvertently forgotten. Kindly let us know, and we will add them to the list.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

'Tis the Season

People were in and out of the Library today, stocking up on holiday reading, picking up DVDs to watch over the long weekend, browsing through magazines in the reading room... The weather and the holidays make this a cozy time of year.

This week we've had so many Pagrovians and patrons stop by to wish us "Happy Holidays." And more than a few have dropped dollars into the donation jar, written a check, added canned goods to the Food for Fines bin.

'Tis the Season for giving. And the spirit of generosity manifests in numerous ways... Here in the Library, we have all our wonderful volunteers who help the staff get books back on the shelf; pull the holds you request; check book lists; type inventories; take books and CDs to homebound neighbors, sort through the mountain of book donations we receive... We watch one computer user assist another with setting up an email account. People browsing the New Book Shelf share favorite reads with the person standing next to them. One reader helps another carry their books out to the car.

This season, the Library has also been the recipient of some creative gift-giving. One Book Club skipped their annual gift exchange, and had all their members write checks to the Library. Another patron picked up some Fund Our Library donation slips, and filled them out in honor of friends on her gift list, (and attached a check). For the second December in a row, we received a donation of $10,000. The donor asked to remain anonymous.

All these gifts share the spirit of caring and sharing, generosity and gratitude. All these gifts capture the spirit of the Library - and You - the community that uses, depends on, and loves the Library.

We thank you for your many kindnesses. We are grateful for your generosity. And we wish you all a holiday filled with comfort and cheer.... and good books, great movies, and wonderful music.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A New "New Book" Display

Everybody loves new books. And Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have a new Book Display to feature our recent acquisitions.

Each side of the display has 5 shelves. Fiction titles are located on one side; Non-Fiction titles are on the other side.

The New Books Display is currently well-stocked. So come by and pick out a few new titles for your holiday enjoyment.

"Thank You, Friends of the Library"

Friday, December 10, 2010

Emily Dickinson

Last night, Emily Dickinson made a rare public appearance, at our library, and transported her audience into the land of poetry. Every seat was filled. And every person present received a gift - of reverie, "aha!", affirmation, consolation, laughter - something that deeply touched his or her soul.
In celebration of Emily's birth, (December 10, 1830), Dr. Barbara Mossberg shared her scholarship and passion for Dickinson and her poetry. She opened with lines from the well-known poem:
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you - Nobody - too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd banish us -- you know!
With wisdom, humor, and splendid storytelling, Dr. Mossberg embedded us into the existence of the unique and gifted poetess.
Watching Dr. Mossberg is not unlike watching a feather with wings. Her voice, face, and body exude lightness, exuberance, wonder and awe.The evening closed with everyone singing "Happy Birthday, Dear Emily," and eating gingerbread made using Dickinson's recipe.

The evening was sponsored and hosted by the Friends of the Library. As Dr. Mossberg said, "The Friends are truly our friends."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

New Self Checkout Machine

We're delighted to announce that our new Self Checkout Machine has arrived. It's easy. It's quick. And it automatically prints you a receipt!
We think you'll like it. Come try it out!
The SelfCheck was purchased with monies from our Building & Equipment Fund. Thank you to all who have contributed to that fund!

Friday, December 3, 2010


Looking for a gift - for a friend?
Looking for a gift - for yourself?
Looking for a good read during a rainy weekend?
Looking for a stash of books for the holidays?

If so - come to the
Friends of the Library Booksale!
Saturday, December 4th
noon - 3 pm

Great books, for children and adults!