Category Archives: Columns and Newsletters

Library columns from various newspapers and newsletters used to promote the library and library programs/news.

Vote YES in support of the Library

Manchester Library video

Manchester Community Library is using Vimeo to encourage voters to Vote Yes on town meeting day, to support the public library. Take a look at their Channel to see what they’ve created.

The videos are displayed on the MCL website, in newsletters, and of course at the MCL channel on Vimeo. The campaign includes stickers and a strong message, Vote Yes on March 1. Not voting is the same as voting no, a citizen tells us– and that means cuts in hours and services.

The messaging in “I’m cheap” is particularly appealing– a senior citizen who lives on a fixed income supports the library because he likes to save money. While walking and driving around Manchester, our hero talks about the library and how he saves by attending lectures, borrowing magazines and books, and taking his grandchildren in. He  calculates what the Library cost him in taxes– $47, or less than a dollar a week.

The scripts for these videos are carefully written to appeal to many audiences, parents, seniors, small business owners. The images are appealing– happy faces, the clean new library, the cafe where people have their heads together. Each video is well-edited and short, with “I’m Cheap” under two minutes.

Why Vote Yes is a page on the MCL website that gives the numbers– what the Library costs and how it’s been used this year. The total amount from town taxes is increasing; the share of the total library budget is dropping because of other sources of support. The usage statistics are easy to understand: people using computers. Nice job!

–More than 1,300 brand new members joined the new library.
–Over 50 community groups held meetings at MCL.
–Over 800 preschoolers and their parent/caregivers attended story times.
–People logged on to the public computers nearly 6,000 times in the first year of operation.
–More than 300 members took advantage of free 1-on-1 tech tutorials, eager to take advantage of enhanced their understanding of technology.

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Post a Selfie @ Brooks

Selfie librarian at Brooks Memorial Library

Selfie of librarian at Brooks Memorial Library

Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro came up with a new wrinkle for National Library Week 2014! Here, from the e-newsletter:

Celebrate National Library week (April 13-19) and show the world how lives change at libraries by posting a Brooks Memorial Library selfie on your social media sites-or ours. Here’s how it works:

Take a selfie, alone or with friends, in a favorite spot at Brooks Memorial Library. We recommend filling out a National Library Week thought bubble to include in the picture.

Suggested places to post include Twitter and Facebook. Not sure what a selfie is or how to take one? Brooks staff have iPads in the library and will help.

Selfie librarian with DDC book open at Brooks Memorial Library

Selfie librarian with DDC book open at Brooks Memorial Library

Need new trustees? ADVERTISE!

Brooks Memorial Library advertises for new trustees in their weekly e-newsletter. Specifics include the term length (3 years), qualifications (residency, “interest in maintaining a strong and visionary library,” and expectations: monthly meetings and service on one or more ad hoc committees.

“Applicants should sent a letter, or email, describing their interest in serving on the Library Board no later than Monday, January 3. Interviews will be arranged later that week.”

Cheap Storage and Good Will

The Roger Clark Memorial Library in Pittsfield used small town Vermont solutions for a big problem: where to store books and furniture while the old school building was rehabbed. Take a look at the library website for more details.

Potluck Book Club and Library News


The Solomon Wright Library in Pownal held a potluck for its December meeting. Members discussed books they had read and would recommend to others for enjoyment and gifts. Good discussions and good company!

The Library benefits three ways– a feel good program without much work in December; a list they can post and distribute with community choices; an easy newsletter article featuring readers at the library.

Here is the list of books discussed:
Two books by Michael Cox, published in paperback in 2009 Gothic thrillers, a bit of Dickensian style:

Glass of Time and Meaning of Night

Saratoga Trunk- Edna Ferber( who won the Pulitzer Prize for “So Big”)…. romance and a look at nearby Saratoga in the 1800’s… Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman were in the movie. An oldie but a goodie read!

Last Lecture by Randy Pausch “We can not change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand…..”

Have a Little Faith -Mitch Albom –Inspirational read.

19 Minutes: Jodi Picoult–Again Picoult addresses a contemporary issue (bullying and school violence) and her readers can work on their views of the problem as they read her novel.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver–Eating food grown locally and seasonally…. inspirational gardening.

Wishing, Hoping: Christmas Story by Wally Lamb

Christmas Train ( 2004) by David Baldacci

Cellist of Sarajevo -Stephen Galloway Inspired by an actual event, Canadian author Galloway writes of how 4 people try to survive in war torn Sarajevo.

Half the Sky-Turning Oppression into Opportunities for Women worldwide: difficult read but awareness of these policies by governments and/or nationalities against women.

I remember nothing- Nora Ephron. Short read, humor and biographical., Harry meets Sally author.

At Home: Short History of Private life by Bill Bryson–Again you chuckle with this author as you learn these oddities that changed life at home… Bryson is fascinated with why….. and brings you along as one who wants to know also. All of his books are enjoyable nonfictions!

I Still Dream About You- Fannie Flagg Upbeat novel, happy ending, enjoyable and fast read

Small Island by Andrea Levy: won 3 prizes and deserves them! Great characters in England during and after WWII, characters from the “small” island of England and Jamaica. Author uses actual events to portray and propell the actions and illustrate the challenges in life at that time.

Sarah’s Key -Rosnay –novel about the fate of the French Jews in 1942 and how the story of one little girl affects a family 60 years later.

” We go as Captives: the Royalton Raid and the Shadow Ware on the Revolutionary Frontier ” by Neil Goodwin Learn a bit more about Vermont history, captive Zadock Steele, good research.. just published this fall.

You are welcome to come and read with us…. 7pm at the library 2nd Thursday of each month.

Bring your coffee, tea, and enjoy the informal discussions…

Linda Hall, Director
Solomon Wright Public Library
Serving the Community !

Sharing on the Front Porch

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Front porch somewhere...


Libraries around the state are using local networking on Front Porch Forum to spread the word. Victoria Tibbits at the Westford Public Library posts a half page announcement every week about what’s new. Linda Hall at the Solomon Wright Public Library in Pownal uses Front Porch to ask for volunteer barcoders, promote the library book club and announce the library’s museum passes.
Front Porch Forum operates on a community basis, a moderated forum just for Vermont residents.

Lawrence Memorial tries out Tumblr

Lawrence Memorial Library started using Tumblr at http://lawrencelibrary.tumblr.com/. Users following the link from the Library’s Facebook page, see a short user survey, below.

Survey questions: why did you visit our webpage today? Did you find what you were looking for? If not, explain. Do you have a Facebook page? Are you a Friend of the Lawrence Memorial Library on Facebook? Given a choice, would you prefer getting library information from Facebook or from a website? We are considering a re-design of our website. Do you have any suggestions for improvements?

Lawrence Memorial Library on Tumblr

A short survey for web users