We are upgrading to a new website, soon. So, this will potentially be the last post of this blog. We want to thank you for reading!!!
When the library is reopened and services recommence, you can rest assured that your reading needs will still be met, and that our staff will continue to find creative ways to keep our community connected. Library staff across the country, and even the world, have been saying for years that “…we’re more than just books.” And that’s true, of course!
In fact, “we’re more than just books” is the underlying sentiment woven into every effort that we put in to promoting services and programs that are otherwise auxiliary to the shelves with printed, bound pages organized in alphabetic order or classified by subjects. The gravity of saying that we’re “more than books,” which was heretofore probably interpreted as a cosmetic PR slogan, can and will be demonstrated substantially, more substantially than ever, by libraries everywhere in the year ahead.
The library can, should, and hopefully always has been more than books, and instead more about making an impression, broadening perspectives, enhancing lives, creating opportunities for connections, and nurturing a lifelong love for reading and learning. We hope that what you take home with you from the library that is more than a book, and instead, a memory… Or, a new perspective. We strive each year to cultivate the prospects for creating a cherished memory–of the time you spent here.
If not a memory, maybe it’s an insight, whether it’s gained from something that was fun and educational through a program we hosted, a storytime led by librarians, a lecture, or community conversation led by an artist, a specialist, an author, or a local politician. Or, maybe it was a new skill you learned from a hands-on crafting event or perhaps an online training course.
In the time leading up to this world-changing moment in history, we had already focused on our ability to host compelling, fun, and educational events here inside the library, for a live audience. But that doesn’t go away–it’s just that we’ll get creative and go ‘virtual’ for a little while…We’ll be facilitating video versions of our programming in the months ahead, delivering to you the same quality of compelling topics, presenters, crafts, and storytimes that would have otherwise been featured at events hosted inside the library as in-person gatherings.
The modern library is not fundamentally limited to being defined by a physical collection of books. The modern library is its staff, its patrons, and it is its community. Every staff member of your Ferndale Library appreciates how foundational it is for us to be delivering a dynamic spectrum of services to the people of our city, be it through digital content, online databases, the tried-and-true knowledge-base and research of our Reference Librarians, the early literacy development of our Youth Services, the congenial/helpful Circulation Specialists, and all of the inventive topics and content of our programming.