Thank you, City Manager Patterson, for allowing me to be the guest writer this month!
April is always a big month at the Library because we celebrate National Library Week – this year April 13-19. Mayor Manning will read a proclamation honoring the Library at the April 21 Council meeting. The Library again had our popular “Food for Fines” program. Patrons can have $1 in fines removed from their accounts for every can or box of food they bring in. The food is donated to Linn-Benton Food Share, and last year our library users donated over one ton of food through this event, showing what a generous community we are.
Another commemoration in April is National Poetry Month. The Library hosted a poetry reading on April 3 featuring local celebrities including the City’s own Councilor Hal Brauner, Police Chief Jon Sassaman, and City Manager Jim Patterson. I appreciate them sharing some of their favorite works of literature with us. We are also celebrating Oregon’s beloved poet laureate William Stafford with a discussion of his book Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems, led by OSU faculty member Karen Holmberg, on April 30 at 7 p.m. This program is part of the statewide “Oregon Reads,” which features William Stafford in this, his centennial year.
Piano music filled the Library April 9 - 12 with a series of programs and recitals. A Steinway engineer from Corvallis explained the inner workings of the piano, and library users were treated to lobby concerts by some very accomplished students. Events like this, co-sponsored by the Library and Corvallis-OSU Piano International, are what our library is all about!
Look for a number of bicycle-related events and programs at the Library in May, and the kickoff of Summer Reading for kids in early June. Most of our programs are funded, co-sponsored, or in partnership with other local organizations, as we work together to serve our whole community.
We are looking forward to a new fiscal year and the return of Sunday hours at the Corvallis Library. The 2013 Operating Levy included funding for these hours and they will start on June 22. Look for Library Board members at the library that day. They will be on hand to thank and welcome you! We also have reorganized our staffing, eliminating a management position and replacing it with several part-time front line staff to better serve you. Next year, we will update our Strategic Plan and conduct surveys to be sure our services are what you want and need. We will be able to accomplish this all within our department’s firm expenditure limit as the City works to achieve a sustainable budget. We are focusing on what we can do to best serve you, our reason for being.
Need something fun, free and enriching to do or read? Try your library!