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Celebrate National Library Week and Write Your Library a Love Letter…

April 18, 2014
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It’s National Library Week (April 13 – 19) in America – not a global celebration run simultaneously unfortunately but let’s take it to our corner of the world, shall we? Libraries have changed from the ‘quiet, echoing halls’ of bygone days into spaces enjoyed by all ages, classes and cultures. There is investment in new city libraries and fierce support for numerous small libraries in towns and small hamlets alike. As you can read in this article – libraries are well loved around the globe and have adapted to the needs of their visitors.  The range of traditional and modern buildings is striking.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/travel/irpt-library-fascination-travel/

I have included images of our new library, which my community is extremely proud of. The original looked like this. It served it’s community well and there is still a fondness for the ‘old’ building.

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The interior of the new one is spectacular – as you can see here. With numerous specialized spaces it caters to all.

Sherwood-Park0022

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What is your library like? Do you love spending time there? Does it have a unique feature?

I enjoyed this article and thought we should write our own love letter to our library. So that is the fun prompt for this week. Mine is below.

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/blog/2014/04/15/5-unforgettable-love-letters-to-libraries/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ChronicleBooksBlog+%28Chronicle+Books+Blog%29

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Love Letter to Strathcona County library, Sherwood Park, Alberta.

With gleaming glass panels reflecting the light and spectacular artwork adorning your walls, you are a vision to behold. A comfortable chair nestled into an alcove embraces the solitary reader while communal study rooms and computer desks cater to the young and senior alike. Your glowing fireplace makes for a cozy reading nook or a place for conversation sitting on low sofas. The story tree changes with the seasons as children read and listen to fascinating words under its branches. You embrace all who enter and feed their minds. It is a privilege to call you my own and I love the hours I spend within your walls.

Share your library love letter below.

 

 

 

 


On Target?

My latest article for Strathcona Connect

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Another service that will be greatly missed is the hair salon – Magicuts. Again the staff was very friendly and accommodating and the prices were excellent. Some may say the service was ‘basic’ as there was no manicures, pedicures or ‘gel’ nail service but not everyone wanted a ‘full’ package – just a haircut! Again regulars have had to make alternative arrangements and have lost that special relationship with a hairdresser who ‘knew’ their hair.As we all know our Zellers store in the Sherwood Park Mall has been liquidated and will be replaced with a Target store in the spring of 2013. For many of us it has been sad to see Zellers go. The small café was a welcomed and more peaceful break from shopping as opposed to the bustle of the food court at the other end of the mall. Its position was ideal, tucked into the corner and away from the main thoroughfare. A meeting place for many; the café and its calm atmosphere and friendly staff will be greatly missed. The ‘regulars’ are now misplaced and a routine broken. Let’s hope the new storeowners will make provisions for them.

It is sad to know so many Zellers staff have left, their years of experience discarded. However, let us hope that many others will benefit from the ‘new’ store as employees and customers. Life goes on and although it is human nature to avoid change, let’s give the new store a chance. Their ‘Give with Target’ Canada did achieve its $1 million goal to help Canadians in need – so was this a ‘sweetener to help swallow the bitter pill of Zellers demise? You choose.

Target’s own promotional mission statement states ‘Our mission is to make Target your preferred shopping destination in all channels by delivering outstanding value, continuous innovation and exceptional quest experiences by consistently fulfilling our Expect More. Pay Less. Brand promise.’

Let’s keep them to that promise and use our ‘marke

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