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At the Library

By LeAnn Kunz, Washington Public Library | Dec 03, 2012

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?" — George Eliot, Middlemarch

We are entering the season of giving and when I read this quote the other day it certainly resonated with me, as I am sure it does with my fellow co-workers. Here at the library we work in public service every day to attempt to make life a little easier for each of our patrons. It is a simple idea, helping and giving, with a huge variety of instances.

Often, of course, we find patrons the perfect book to read or sometimes, that informational book to help them educate themselves on their health, their garden problems or financial investments. Sometimes we fax an important document that must reach its destination quickly and sometimes we help patrons get to a job application online. Some days we simply teach someone how to use a computer mouse or how to make a photocopy on our machine.

Throughout the days and evenings, the library provides a variety of free programs for people of all ages. And some days we just listen. We do a lot of listening.The library is a place where we strive to provide help, hopefully with a smile, courtesy and kindness, even though we don’t always get that in return. It is very rewarding to our staff to give and to make someone’s day less difficult.

In that spirit, I want to mention that the library is again sponsoring the Mitten Tree. We are collecting donations of new children’s and adult mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks for those in need this holiday season. I’m sure you can recall how your fingers feel on those cold, Iowa days when you accidentally forget your gloves and are trying to fumble with the keys to your car door. Or maybe you can remember what delight you felt as a child to have a new stocking hat to wear to school! All donations should be dropped off at the library by Dec. 14.

The following new materials are available at the library.

Gifts & Memorials

The Black Box by Michael Connelly given in memory of Rosemary (Monie) Nemmers by Helen Doak, 100 Things Cub Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Jimmy Greenfield, given in memory of Jean Hall by her sister, Mary Putman.

Adult Fiction

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy, Nano by Robin Cook, Death Waits At Dakins Station by Merle Costiner, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Phantom Rustlers by Francis W. Hilton, Guns Against the Sun by Ray Hogan, A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin, Private London by James Patterson, Supervolcano by Harry Turtledove

Large Print Fiction

The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini, Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich, Sleep No More by Iris Johansen, Private London by James Patterson, The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

Adult Nonfiction

The Dust Bowl by Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns, Oddly Normal by Jon Schwartz, Voyage Weddings: Brides Dresses Designers, World's Best Travel Experiences

Young Adult Fiction

The Hunters by John Flanagan, The Invaders by John Flanagan

Young Adult Nonfiction

Habibi by Craig Thompson

 

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