Sunday, September 27, 2009

And then there's poetry

Oh, right. Forgot another thing. We (the library committee/board) have been talking about this for a while, but it's finally getting off the ground: the John Trigg Ester Library Lecture Series. Marjorie Kowalski Cole has agreed to be the inaugural speaker, and will kick us off on Wednesday (Sept. 30, 7 pm at Hartung Hall). She'll be speaking on poetry.

Libraries aren't just passive repositories of information: they are cultural centers, hosting and sponsoring all kinds of events that bring people and ideas together. The Noel Wien library has story hour for kids, hosts talks and movies and book discussion groups, trains people to reach out to kids in the schools (the Guys Read program is a great example of this), and so on. The Ester library has so little room that it has been unable to do much of this. With the gazebo, we can do some things, and now with our library lecture series, we can do more--even though we don't actually have a space of our own in which to hold events.

Still, it's a start. And once we have our own, actual library building, we will be able to do much more for the community.

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