Once Upon A Time In Aloha…
About two weeks ago, we reported in the March 22nd edition of Oregonian that the Rotary Club donated $500 towards our operations fund and also donated 5 copies of a children’s book titled “Paul Harris Grow Up!” That post and related items on Facebook went viral for us! We really appreciate the support the Aloha community has provided to help fulfill our mission! As many of you know, we are a totally volunteer organized, managed, operated, and supported public library. Without financial donations provided by individuals and organizations in our community, we would not exist! Even though the majority of our staff are volunteers, it takes real money to keep the lights on, pay Comcast for their service (internet access and phone service), and lease the copier among other things. Read more →
This week I have come across a number of really compelling articles, videos and blog posts I’d like to share with the Aloha Community Library community. The first is about library design and architecture, the second is about using big data in socially constructive ways and and the third one presents some compelling ideas about funding them! Read more →
On March 2 (just 10 days ago), we hosted a wonderful community event with Sheriff Pat Garrett, and 5 volunteers from our own local Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue office in a special Saturday morning “storytime” event in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Read more →
This past week, we received an unexpected windfall from some very nice Aloha Community Library Supporters: 800 books and a promise to purchase even more! Our friends at Cooper Mountain Elementary School and Girl Scout Troop 40410 came by with boxes and boxes of books obtained from an amazing book drive kicked off at the Literacy Night on February 21. Read more →
Girl Scout Troop 40410 will be selling the organization’s famous cookies this weekend and next at the Bales Thriftway on Farmington (right by the Aloha Library) and the Safeway on the corner of Murray and Allen. What’s even more delicious is that this Troop of 12 fifth grade girls has chosen to give a portion of the Troop’s total cookie proceeds to the Aloha Library. Their donation is one act of service the Troop plans to do for the Library as part of earning their Bronze Award—the highest honor for Junior Girl Scouts. The Troop wants to help increase awareness of the Library and to help build its book collection by distributing informative flyers, hanging posters, and organizing a book drive in their school community. Come support Troop 40410 and buy cookies for a great cause—the Aloha Library! Read more →
I went looking for the digital future of libraries at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting this week. Conveniently, the conference was held in Seattle, near a couple of very forward-looking library systems that make eBooks, mobile apps and digital downloads expected, almost routine.
But if the exhibit hall represented the near future for libraries, that future is still all about paper. Lots and lots of paper.
The hall consisted of more than 400 booths — visited by nearly 10,000 people including public, school, academic and corporate library staff over the span of the event. I went hunting for the tech. Not the standard stuff of behind-the-scenes library automation, on-screen research databases or free computer and Internet access (the last a tech service prized highly by patrons). But for the digital content and tools that have the potential to transform a library experience.
First stop: the major book publishers. Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, W.W. Norton, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Penguin and Disney had large and colorful booths. But nothing digital to be found among the stacks of fiction and non-fiction. eBooks? Not even a mention.
Wait: there was an Amazon booth. Excited, I rushed over. It turned out to be for Amazon Children’s Publishing. It also only had physical books. When I asked the rep where the Kindles were, I got a shrug and the comment, “A big part of our market is libraries and printed books.” Not a Kindle to be found.
After more searching, I came up with a handful of exceptions among the major book publishers. Britannica Digital Learning was totally pixels, introducing Merriam-Webster Unabridged. Scholastic had its newish digital lines FreedomFlix and TrueFlix tucked away in a corner of its huge book-laden display (this minimal presence, I was told, was because they were based on popular physical lines,Cornerstones of Freedom and True Books). McGraw-Hill Professional was showing engineering and science interactive books.
So where were the eBooks that publishers are offering through Amazon, Nook and libraries? (read rest of post)