Friday, September 27, 2013

At the Library - Sally Holt, librarian Raymond Village Library

The Raymond Village Library is now automated and books are being checked in and out at the desk.  As time goes by more features will be added so that patrons can put holds on books, check and renew books on their library record and look up books online.  An additional computer has been added for patrons to use to use for Internet access and a computer that can be used for looking up books is also available. 

Libraries have changed a great deal over the last several years in many ways, but particularly in the area of technology. There has been much discussion regarding where libraries are headed.  R. David Lankes (2012) says that a great library inspires, challenges and provokes the community and respects the community it serves.  The library of the future is about library creation and sharing. 

What ways will libraries remain the same? They must regularly assess the needs of the communities and develop services and programs to meet those needs.  And continue to be warm, welcoming and informational places for people to gather. 

“Dig into Reading,” was the theme of the reading program this past summer for children and teens and was very well-attended. There were several programs offered throughout the summer with science and math themes. Now, that fall is here baby/toddler story time is back on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday is pre-school story time also at 10:30 a.m. 

Looking for “wicked good fun”?  You are invited to meet the funniest woman in Maine. Susan Poulin has earned this title, first by writing a book titled “Finding Your Inner Moose”, and then by entertaining groups explaining the contents of her book. Susan will be at the Raymond Village Library on Wednesday, October 9 at 6 p.m.  This is a free program for the public, so plan to join the fun.  As seating is limited, please pre-register at the library, or call 655-4283, or email

In keeping with the spookiness of Halloween, the book group has chosen the novel, Haunted Ground, by Erin Hart. When two farmers were cutting turf in a bog in Ireland and discover the perfectly preserved severed head of a beautiful young woman, an Irish archaeologist and an American pathologist come together to investigate.  Other mysteries surface in the small Irish town as the case of a missing wife and child is reopened.  The story is set rich with Irish culture, traditional music, folklore and the ever-present link between past and present. We invite all interested readers to join us, at the library on Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. for an interesting discussion.  The book will be available at the library upon request.  For more information, call 655-4283.

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