Marysville Library Blog

Friday, March 26, 2010

Who are the Librarians in Marysville?

When you come into the library, do you ever wonder who the librarians are, or what they're about? Wonder no more, here we are!

Kathy got her Masters in Library & Information Science at the University of Washington in 2007. As a Children’s Librarian, she loves working with all different ages and watching how the children grow and develop, but gets a total kick when she can put a book in someone’s hand that makes them go “Wow!” She’s always on the lookout for ways to get middle-grade boys excited about reading, and she is the go-to person when a Spanish-speaking patron needs help. She loves reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, history, teen fiction and romances.

Mark got his Masters in Library & Information Science in Rhode Island in 1994. What he loves about his job is the challenge of the reference work. He loves sleuthing out the answer and finding what people really need. He maintains our reference section and spends part of his time answering questions as an on-line librarian. He likes to read European fiction, experimental fiction, and mysteries.

Mamie is our Assistant Manager, and got her Masters in Library & Information Science at Kent State (OH) in 2005. She likes the wide variety of tasks that she gets to do, and all the people she can help. She likes to read teen fiction, health and how-to nonfiction, and magazines.

Mary Margaret got her Masters in Library Science at the University of Washington. At the library, she teaches the computer catalog and database class. The favorite part of her job is finding information for people. She likes to read historical fiction, mysteries, science nonfiction, animal nonfiction, history and some science fiction.

Laura got her Masters in Library Science at Indiana University in 2006. As a Teen Librarian, she fortunately loves working with teens. She loves recommending a book to a teen and having them come back and tell her how thrilled they were with it. Then she loves it when a teen turns it around and recommends a book to her. She revels in the creative aspect to her job, including all the fun programs she can put on for the youth in our community. She likes reading all teen fiction, and some of her favorite authors are Shannon Hale and John Green.
Eric received his Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Washington in 2000. As the branch manager at Marysville, he takes real pleasure in the basic philosophy of libraries: he likes that our libraries are available to everyone in the community who chooses to make use of them. He loves the wide variety of things libraries provide and the variety of people he meets. He most frequently reads contemporary American literary fiction in the traditions of Hemmingway, Stegner, and Roth but enjoys the occasional crime mystery. He keeps his eyes open for outstanding teen and children’s fiction and has found several graphic novels that he enjoyed in recent years.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Impact of Library Use on Our Community

What impact does library use have on our community?

The Marysville library keeps statistics on how much we are used and our numbers keep growing with over 1000 patrons a day visiting us and record-setting numbers of items going out. That means that more of our books, CD’s, DVD’s and other materials are being checked out than ever before.

Our storytimes are always well-attended, and our recent program for adults on controlling clutter was standing-room only. We partner with community organizations, and work with local schools to provide outreach and literacy services to students in preschool through high school. I could tell you heart-warming stories of how we have helped homeless families find help, or provided job-hunting resources to the unemployed, or helped provide legal forms to those who are in a dispute, or how we help recent immigrants who need advice in Spanish. One day I worked with 3 different gentlemen who hadn’t been in the library for decades, but discovered that we have wonderful information on car repair. We help children and teens find books that will touch their hearts and excite their interest; the more someone reads, the better they will get, just like practising a sport. We regularly talk with people looking for information about their interests, who also love the social interaction the library can provide.

Some say that "all information is on the web, what do we need libraries full of dusty books for?" I say that not only do we provide a guiding hand to the information, we fill in the holes to literacy and different social needs.

“Historically, the purpose of public libraries was to safeguard democracy and to 'divert behavior from socially destructive activities and expose the populace to literature and acceptable recreation'.”

How has the library positively impacted your life?


Citation: Toward Developing Measures of the Impact of Library and Information Services. Full Text Available By: Durrance, Joan C.; Fisher-Pettigrew, Karen E. Reference & User Services Quarterly, Fall2002, Vol. 42 Issue 1, p43, 11p;

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Joy of Browsing

When you're number 156 on the list for the new James Patterson, your favorite author hasn't produced the eagerly awaited next novel in her series and you're already trying the latest diet/nutrition/exercise book and you can't get on the computers anyway---what to do?
This is the time to browse. This is the time to walk down an unfamiliar row of books and let something grab you as you walk by. The following are some of my encounters:

Mr. Allbone's Ferrets (Fiona Farrell)-"an historical pastoral satirical scientific romance, with mustelids". The subtitle says it all.
Central Park in the Dark (Marie Winn)-a study of the wildlife of Central Park. Not the thug and drug wildlife, but the wildlife that has always lived there.
Watery Grave (Joan Druett)-scientific expeditions in the exciting and dangerous Age of Sail.
And it's a murder mystery, too.
Buzzwords: a Scientist Muses on Sex, Bugs and Rock 'n' Roll (May Berenbaum). Dave Barry thinks it's the funniest book ever written by an entomologist.

Try it! For the joy of SERENDIPITY (a really great word needs to be spelled in all caps)