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At the Library

By Debbie Stanton, Library Director | Feb 26, 2018

Many of you may have already heard that my family and I will be leaving Washington at the beginning of the summer to move closer to family in Topeka, Kansas. If you read this column regularly, you have had the chance to read a number of “goodbye” columns, mostly from Library Pages heading off to the unknowns of college. I suppose we’re heading off to some unknowns as well, but I wanted to take the time to reminisce about some exciting projects I’ve had the opportunity to be part of for these last almost seven years.

First and foremost, I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people. The staff’s hard work has made the library what it is today – a bedrock of education and culture in the community that strives to transform the lives of everyone we meet. That is thanks in large part to the leadership of the Board of Trustees. These are local volunteers who care about the library and its place in the community and provide us with the vision, plans, and policies to make a difference. Finally, we would be nowhere without our wonderful local support – from city and county officials, to our library regulars who keep our doors open. We can’t say thank you enough!

In seven years I have seen the library become a place for local history – digitizing area newspapers, hosting research on the downtown historic district and west side housing district on our website, and creating a database for biographies of local authors (www.washington.lib.ia.us/digital). We have worked in collaboration with the Washington County Genealogical Society to make sure that their collection is protected and used for years to come.

I have seen our partnerships grow and develop to the point where we are now a go-to location for University of Iowa graduate students and faculty to perform, educate, and create. We have worked with the L.E.T.’s Center and Latinos for Washington to bring diversity to our programs and collection. We have worked with the schools and YMCA to support our youngest learners. We have also worked with social service organizations to reduce the stigma of abuse, unemployment, and homelessness, and to educate the public about these issues.

Finally, we have been honored with acknowledgment for our hard work – from the American Association of University Women’s Education Award to the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance’s Larry Eckholt Award for Arts & Cultural Advocacy. Jolisa was honored as a Citizen of the Year from the Chamber, and I celebrated one of the greatest days of my life being cheered on as a 40 Under 40 from the Corridor Business Journal.

It has been a wild ride! Thank you for being my road, my vehicle, and my journey along the way.

These are the new materials available at the library this week.

Adult Fiction

Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Agent in Place by Mark Greaney

Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosley

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Large Print Fiction

Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton

Fifty Fifty by James Patterson

Adult Nonfiction

Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

The Mark of Mokha by Dave Eggers

Mandalas To Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Amigurumi by Mitsuki Hoshi

All-American Murder by James Patterson

One Knife, One Pot, One Dish by Stephanie Reynaud

Adult Biography

Dinner With Lenny by Jonathan Cott


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