How many columns does that add up to?
In the fall of 2006, I attended the annual conference of the Minnesota Library Association and had a conversation with several other librarians about publicizing what is happening at our libraries. Someone mentioned doing a column for the local newspaper. I thought that sounded like a winner, and it might work for Grand Rapids. Britta Arendt gave the go-ahead, and a library column became a regular fixture in the Herald Review. I enjoyed writing it and letting people know about upcoming events, new books, online resources and great opportunities at the library.
After a few years of weekly columns, I decided to share the fun and asked Amy Dettmer, Will Richter and Tracy Kampa to rotate the responsibility for writing the column with me. You have probably noticed that we have different styles, but we all include the upcoming events at the library for the next week or two. The list of events each week has gotten longer, as we have added more preschool story times, more programs for kids and teens, and more adult programs. Thanks to the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library for their support for our programs, and more!
I hope you take advantage of what we have to offer.
This is the last column I have the privilege of writing, as I have about four weeks left as Director of the Grand Rapids Library. My last day at the library is Feb. 9, and we’re having a party on Friday afternoon, Feb. 8. Please stop by and allow me to thank you for being wonderful library users and supporters! I am not planning to leave the community, but plan to play, be creative, and do some traveling. Will Richter will take over as Director beginning February 10.
This week at the library:
Mondays, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and Saturday, 10:15 and 11:15 a.m.
It’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.
Supernatural Lake Superior with Chad Lewis
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m.
Take a visit to the strange side of this Great Lake! With bizarre tales of UFOs hovering over the water, phantom ships disappearing into thin air, haunted businesses along the shore, deadly sea serpents, mysterious creatures, and sinister men in black—this program will change the way you view the majestic lake. This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Ages 13 and up.
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 3:30-5 p.m.
Come build with us! Get creative and make some great Lego scenes. We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination and the construction. All Lego creations are displayed in the children’s area for the month between Lego Club gatherings. Build something fun on the third Tuesday of each month.
Wednesday Writing Group
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 5-7 p.m.
Join the library’s writing group—the third Wednesday of each month. Writers of all genres and styles are welcome for discussion or simply to write. Space is limited. Recommended for ages 16 and up.
Crucial Conversations for Aging Discussion Groups
Registration is open now for upcoming sessions at the libraries in Calumet, Coleraine and Grand Rapids. Build on insights gained from communities around the world where people are living longer, healthier, and happier. Small group discussions help participants identify and cultivate the most important components of longevity – joy, meaning and satisfaction – into their own lives.
We’ll explore practical ways to create a lifestyle you enjoy and identify strategies for you to develop happiness-boosting habits through self-care, community engagement, legacy building, and a right-for-you life purpose.
Few Tax Forms
The program to supply public libraries with tax forms has been drastically cut. Grand Rapids Area Library will receive very limited quantities of basic Federal forms and instructions. The library will have one book of reproducible Federal forms. The IRS has not provided an estimated ship date.
To order tax forms from the Internal Revenue Service:
www.irs.gov/forms – to view and download
www.irs.gov/orderforms – for USPS delivery
1-800-829-3676 – for USPS delivery
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is no longer providing state tax forms and instructions to libraries and counties. Find Minnesota tax forms and instructions at www.revenue.state.mn.us, or by calling 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll free).
You are welcome to come in and use our computers to download and print needed forms at a cost of 15 cents per page.
Note: The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are a variety of activities and celebrations taking place in the community.