Occasionally we’re asked about library services, from the visitor new in the area or a prospective visitor or resident over the phone. Recently three library staff members met with an individual who wanted information about the area before purchasing a personal semi-retirement residence. (He’s now a resident and a frequent user of the library). We will make the effort on your behalf.
By Creed Kidd, Library Director
If you ask us a question, we’ll make every effort to answer it. If we can’t answer it we’ll do our best to refer you to someone who can. We try very hard to say yes; sometimes we can’t – not because we feel that the rules are the rules but rather because fulfilling that request may make someone else’s use of the library – or access to materials – less convenient or impossible.
That’s the purpose of the rules – to organize and optimize access to materials and services that are shared by members of the community. Library policies (we prefer to call them guidelines) are here to assist rather than hinder you and to make your use of the library easier – not more complex. Sometimes, inadvertently they do, and, when we note that we are zealous in appropriately changing them so that as best possible they work for you and everyone else. They’re intended to work for you, not against you.
That’s a primary reason why we don’t assess overdue fines. It’s not that we can’t use the money. The economy is tight here – you know it and we know it. But we’re also aware that through circumstances overdue fees can be unfair, especially for children whose use of the library we’re trying to foster. Your books are overdue? Please bring them back so others may use and enjoy them – but, we won’t charge you for the privilege. Want to make a donation in lieu of an overdue fine? We appreciate that; however, this is fully dependent on your intent, not ours.
We serve the best community anywhere. Great folk doing great things. We are here to assist you in your efforts.
We have some great ‘don’t-miss’ August programming ahead:
Aug. 3. Summer Reading Program finale with a wildlife program from the Denver Zoo.
Aug. 10, 1 p.m.: ‘CSI’ archaeologist Abe Thompson examines artifacts from the Manhattan town site.
Aug. 23, 3 p.m.: Virologist and author Charlie Calisher.
Aug. 23, 1 p.m.: Screencasting with professional screenwriter Trai Cartwright. Limited enrollment.
Aug. 24, 1 p.m.: The second annual Red Feather Read, featuring Carol Strazer’s book, “Barbed Wire and Daisies.”
Aug. 24, 4 p.m.: poet George Kalamaras,
RFL Fire Days Friend’s book sale, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1.
August in Ruth’s Gallery: Nolan Larkey’s photography.