Aberdeen’s New Library Open House

Aberdeen’s New Library Open House!

Aberdeen-Library

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Come on out to the library located at 519 Kline St. on Tuesday, July 21st and Wednesday, July 22nd between 4:00-6:00 pm. There will be floor and design plans shown of the new library for the community to be able to come in and look at. Along with that, there will also be representatives from the Library Foundation Board and the Library Board of Trusties on hand that will be able to answer any questions or talk through concerns considering the new library. 

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Libraries Are Not Just For The Best Sellers: Reference Librarians

Check out this blog post that explains why libraries are not just for the best sellers and the importance of reference librarians in our libraries.

“Get away from the top 10 best sellers and find something new…

One recent Saturday morning I woke up and our toilet didn’t work. My first instinct was to get The Mr. to come fix it, but he works nights and had just gotten home so I wanted to let him sleep. I loaded my kids into the car and we walked into our local Lowe’s store. The first associate I asked for help didn’t know what I needed, but he walked me to the plumbing counter where I proceeded to ask for “the thingy in the toilet behind the thingy.” And yes, I really did say thingy twice. After he asked me a few questions he knew exactly what I needed and we got the part. I even somewhat successfully replaced it myself when I got home, although that is not the point of this story, the customer service at Lowe’s is.

Not too long ago a man came into my library wearing slacks, a button up shirt and a tie. He signed up to use a computer, which sits right next to the Reference Desk where I sit. After a few minutes working he started asking me some questions. It turns out that he was recently laid off and he was trying to apply for jobs. So we began talking resumes. He asked if he needed…Read mor

Saving Our Public Libraries in a Paperless World

Just because our lives are becoming more and more focused on technology, does not mean that our libraries are becoming less important.

Check out this article “Saving Our Public Libraries in a Paperless World”

“Just because we can go paperless does not mean that we should…

With all the emphasis lately on paperless, ebooks, the Internet, and so on, it may seem that the humble community library that we all grew up with is under attack. But there’s plenty of evidence that the library is changing with the times and has as big a role in our society as ever—and it’s getting some staunch defenders. We wanted to do our part.

Faced with tight budgets and cutbacks, local and state governments have been cutting library budgets, even as the economy is improving. Some detractors are even saying…Read more 

We Can Not Lose Our Libraries

Libraries are a vital resource for many people. Not everyone has access to internet, books, quiet study spaces, etc at home. The library allows everyone free access to all of these; we can not lose our libraries.

“If we are not careful we could lose much more than just a library building…

Public libraries in America are under attack. If we’re not careful, we could lose one of our nation’s most valuable learning and community resources.

In an American Library Association (ALA) survey of 7,260 public libraries on public usage and funding for the budget year 2011-2012, 57% of participating libraries reported that their funding was flat or decreased. Twenty-three states cut funding for public libraries – the third year in a row that 40% of states did so.

No doubt one reason for this erosion of financial support for public libraries is that we live in…Read more

Take Your Child to the Library

Libraries are great for children, and it is not just because this a place where they can learn to read.

Read more and see why you should take your child to the library!

“I learned to print my name almost before I could read it — for the sole purpose of getting my own library card. I was so young I had to stand on tiptoe to see over the check-out desk and hand the librarian my application. When the librarian, in turn, handed me a library card with my own name typed on it — not my mother’s — I was ecstatic. I literally wore out the card in a few months, off and running toward becoming a lifelong reader.

Recognizing the role the library played in my becoming a book lover (and a career children’s editor), I herded my kids into the library as soon as they could toddle. Libraries had changed a lot, of course, but — just as I did — my kids quickly felt at home there. The children’s librarian came to know them, helped them select books, and, even better, encouraged them to also choose their own books. Libraries have played such an essential role in our family that I’m almost gobsmacked when…Read more

Don’t forget about the library

Google and the internet can not teach us everything we need to know.

Also, what if this so sacred internet access is not available to you? The library is the great equalizer and source of education in our communities. Don’t forget about the library!

“Libraries are at risk because we have forgotten how essential they are. In the era of Google and Amazon, those with means can access information with greater ease and speed than ever before. As a consequence, in cities and towns across the world the same debate rages each year when budget time rolls around: What’s the purpose of a library in a digital age? Put more harshly, why should we spend tax dollars, in tough economic times, on a library when our readers can instantly get so much of what they need and want from the Internet? As the bulk of funding for police, fire departments, and schools – all necessary services – has become the responsibility of state and local governments, municipal leaders have been forced to ask a question that library supporters aren’t prepared to answer: are libraries necessary?

We keep having this debate because we have a very simplistic and skewed idea of why libraries matter. For most of us, libraries are good for one thing: getting information.

But most information today can be readily accessed in digital form, through computers or smartphones. How many times recently have you had a debate with a friend, only to resolve the dispute within seconds…Read more

Open

Open a book.

Open an iPad.

Open a system for comic book design.

Open a conversation.

Open possibility.

The library is more than just books. The library can open the world to you through technology, books, programs, and more.

“BOSTON — An old joke about libraries goes like this: A boy walks into a library and asks for a burger and fries. “Young man!” the startled librarian reprimands. “You are in a library.” So the boy repeats his order, only this time, he whispers.

So much has changed in libraries in recent years that such a scene may not be so far-fetched. Many libraries have become bustling community centers where talking out loud and even eating are perfectly acceptable.

The Boston Public Library, which was founded in 1848 and is the oldest public urban library in the country, is moving rapidly in that direction. With a major renovation underway, this Copley Square institution is breaking out of its…Read more 

 

Come one, come all!

Your public library is one of the most helpful and well loved institutions in your city. Libraries bring people together. They represent the diverse community and can promote equality. Everyone is welcomed and can be helped by their local library.

Come one, come all!

“The public library has features that make it different from any other institution. It is public, in the true democratic sense of the word, and it is free. The value of being free cannot be overestimated. You cannot hang out in the local coffee shop for free. You cannot hang out in the diner for free. You cannot hang out at the senior citizens center for free if you are not a senior. Yes, you can pass the time in the park or along the banks of the river, but not in December, especially not in Chicago. But you can hang out in a library no matter who you are, no matter what your income, no matter how you are dressed, no matter what your interest. The library’s philosophy is simple: Come one, come all.

The wide array of things that libraries offer means that they reach all levels of society. They make society better than it would be if left to its own devices. Libraries are a subtle, almost cunning, bulwark against the racial and socioeconomic segregation that society naturally gravitates toward, even when it does not do so out of malice. People congregate in libraries in a way that…Read more

About the Aberdeen Public Library Foundation

The Aberdeen Public Library Foundation was formed in 1993 as a way to accept and manage gifts bequeathed to the Library. Since that time, the assets have grown to over $1.1 million. A portion of the assets were used to help purchase the land for the new library in 2011 ($350,000) in conjunction with the City of Aberdeen. The Foundation has created a Friends Society and solicits members to give on an annual basis. These assets are conjoined with the total Foundation assets to provide ongoing support to the library. The Library makes special requests of the Foundation to help bring noted authors to Aberdeen or to help sponsor special events.

The Library Foundation will invest a portion of its assets into the new building, but will retain an endowment to perpetually fund technology needs above and beyond the city’s budget. A library of the future, especially one rooted in the digital, technological era, must never skip a beat when it comes to accessing technology.

In 2015 the Foundation launched the Beyond Books, Providing Access for All, campaign to raise $2.1 million to help the city of Aberdeen afford the new $8 million library. To become a member of the Friends Society, stop into the library to pick up a brochure. To make a gift to the Beyond Books campaign contact Troy McQuillen (605-226-3481).

The Foundation is a 501c(3) non profit and is not affiliated with the city or the library legally or financially.

PRESIDENT, Troy McQuillen (troy@mcquillencreative.com)
VICE PRESIDENT, Maeve King
TREASURER, Lavonne Miller
SECRETARY, Elizabeth Bollinger
Ken Krause
Jess Falken
LIBRARY DIRECTOR, Shirley Arment

 

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