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Clippings February 19, 2016

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Image courtesy North Pend Oreille Heritage collection

Library Clippings for the week of February 19, 2016

Library News

Vandalized bench
A bench, donated to the Newport Library by Mary Yann in memory of her late husband, Garry Yann, was vandalized sometime between January 17 and January 19. The book drop at the library has been vandalized recently as well, with a garbage can emptied into the drop. Library officials say a group of people have been spotted hanging out in front of the library late at night. (Newport Miner, Newport, 1/27/16)

Little library that could (The Whidbey Examiner, Coupeville, 1/28/16)

Buildings

Reminder: library moving to temporary service (The Enterprise, White Salmon, 1/28/16)

Library takes step toward new building (Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, 2/2/16)

Letters & Editorials

Library loses human touch
This letter, written by Mitch Finley of Spokane, states: “A couple of days ago, I went online to the Spokane Public Library’s website. There, I requested that one book and one video be held for me to pick up. Today, I stopped by the library branch closest to my home. I retrieved the book and video I had requested, then I checked out these items using one of the library’s digital scanners. I completed this entire process with no human interaction whatsoever. I’m sure the library system is saving money. But the whole depersonalized procedure strikes me as rather sad. How long before there are no on-site librarians, just a security guard?” (Spokesman Review, Spokane, 1/31/16)

Programs & Displays

Tales jump ‘Off the Page’ (The Columbian, Vancouver, 1/29/16)

Rhythm buckets available at libraries
Rhythm buckets for drummers of all ages are now available for checkout at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS). Big Rhythm Buckets for adults and Lil’ Rhythm Buckets for younger drummers offer library card holders a fun, free, and easy way to learn while playing the buckets themselves and the assortment of noisemakers inside. Each bucket comes with drum sticks, various hand percussion instruments like shaker eggs, kalimbas, and guiros, as well as music instruction books for both adults and kids. Patrons may borrow each bucket for up to three weeks. (Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, 1/31/16)

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[This summary of library news represents a selection of current newspaper clippings about Washington libraries received from Washington newspapers. The summary is created by Marilyn Lindholm of the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. For further information about this summary or the clippings listed, contact Shirley Lewis at 360-570-5567 or Shirley.lewis@sos.wa.gov.]




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