Thursday, December 13, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Granby Free Public Library

On December 1, 2007 the Granby Library Trustees held an Open House from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Granby Free Public Library’s Carnegie Building. This Building was officially opened on Nov. 23, 1917. It was built with the help of a $5,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation on land donated in the 1880’s by Dexter Taylor, a descendant of Granby’s original settlers.

December 1 was a day set aside to celebrate the present and remember the past. Food and entertainment were provided, including World War I recipes, baked by Library Trustees. Library staff, some Trustees, and two Granby patrons came dressed in period costume. Original blueprints and architectural renderings of the building were displayed. Many other Carnegie libraries sent the Library cards and other mementos, which were also on display. Entertainment included a performance by Richard Clark, who reenacted Andrew Carnegie’s life. Attendees were given commemorative bracelets and a newspaper entitled Then And Now. A commemorative quilt was on display at the Library and included the thank you Andrew Carnegie cards that school aged children had created. Available for sale were notecards depicting the Library during the different seasons. Also on sale were watercolor prints of the Library… A special cancellation stamp, designed by Library Trustee Nancy Evren, which commemorated the dedication of the Carnegie Library building, was available for use for the first time at the Open House. A time capsule, containing items culled from library patrons’ suggestions, was buried on the library grounds. Senator Gale Candaras presented the Library with a citation from the Commonwealth. Trustee chair, Virginia Snopek, presented Library Director, Jennifer Crosby, with a plaque, listing all the directors of the Library since its inception (pictured above right).

While planning for a future home in a community library, the Trustees of the Granby Free Public Library were proud to provide the Town with this special day of celebration, remembering our past.

~ Virginia Snopek, Trustee Chair, Granby Free Public Library

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Best of the Best in 2007

Picture Books of Distinction in 2007

Saturday, December 15
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Presented by Susan Bloom, Emeritus Director of the Center for The Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. In anticipation of the presentation of the 2007 Caldecott Medal awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children for the preceding year, Susan selects her favorites. In her presentation she shares with the audience what makes these particular books rise above the others. Focusing on illustrations and the interplay of words and pictures she shares her insights as to why she considers these books the “best of the best.” (2 Professional Development Points) Free with Museum Admission.

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A Librarian's Worst Nightmare

I subscribe to "The Library Link of the Day" as a means of keeping updated on the latest news in our field. Today's link, "A Librarian's Worst Nightmare" by Jacob Leibenluft [Slate, December 7, 2007] is a fascinating article that focuses on the many reasons why Yahoo!Answers "now draws 120 million users worldwide".


~ Janet Eckert, WMRLS