Washington Evening Journal

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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2018

At the Library

By Debbie Stanton, Library Director | May 07, 2018

I am very excited to be passing the helm of the Washington Library ship to a talented and experienced school librarian, Bryna Walker. She will start on June 4, and I hope you all get the chance to give her a warm Washington welcome.

One of Bryna’s first jobs as Library Director, other than figuring out how to unlock the front door and where the mechanical room is, will be to lead the board, staff, and community through a new 3-5 year strategic plan for the library. Our current 2-year plan will be expiring in December, and I wanted to share a few highlights from the plan we are finishing up:

Know Your


Activities completed to help bridge the divide between residents and resources: creating a summer information flier for parents with info about summer camps, the pool, and other activities of interest; partnering with the schools and YMCA in enhancing summer school programming; working with the school district to close the “food gap” at the beginning and end of summer; partnering with Latinos for Washington to offer bilingual programs of interest; reclassifying the Juvenile Non-Fiction area to help children independently explore subjects; and implementing a fine-free card to make our collections accessible to everyone.



Activities completed to encourage reading and creating: offering free artistic events (music, poetry, etc.) for the community on a monthly basis; offering passive activities quarterly for children who are visiting the library; encouraging local musicians to perform for the Noontime Concert series and local artists to teach classes and display artwork in the library; and purchasing local art and music.

Visit a Comfortable Place

Activities completed to provide useful physical and virtual spaces for our residents, and to promote local history: updating the library’s website to include local content, including the Local Authors Collection, Local Historic Research, and Southeast Iowa Digital Collection of digitized newspapers (http://www.washington.lib.ia.us/digital); preserving the Patsy Wilson bookplate collection, including preparing items for display and providing access to the digital images through the Iowa Heritage Digital Collection (http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?collection=150); respectfully disbursing the library’s Native American artifacts collection in a manner most appropriate for the items in the collection while working as stewards of the city’s and library’s interests; and completing the LED replacement project to improve the sustainability of the library’s physical resources and reduce costs.

I was very excited to help accomplish these and many other goals during my time here at the library, and I look forward to seeing the exciting future that our library will have under Bryna’s leadership!

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

Adult Fiction

The Innocents by Ace Atkins

The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans

Shattered Mirror by Iris Johansen

Old Black Magic by Robert B. Parker

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson

Twisted Prey by John Sandford

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Large Print Fiction

The 17th Suspect by James Patterson

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Shoot First by Stuart Woods

Adult Nonfiction

Unselfie by Michele Borba

The Whiskey Rebellion by William Hogeland

How To Raise Kind Kids by Thomas Lickona

The Wizard & the Prophet by Charles C. Mann

What Are We Doing Here? by Marilynne Robinson

Unmedicated by Madisyn Taylor

Large Print


It’s All Relative by A. J. Jacobs



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