Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thanks to Lisa Kean

The Flathead County Library would like to thank Lisa Kean for her help in her positon as Assistant Director while she was here. She helped out tremendously in establishing better relations with the branches, connecting with volunteers and growing the program. Thank you Lisa for working on special projects and helping out with a variety of duties. You will be missed and we hope that you and your family enjoy Colorado!

Monday, August 25, 2008

For historical fiction fans in our midst...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Here is one of those books that I couldn't put down and was sad to finish reading. This is the story of the only place in Britain that was occupied by the Nazis in WWII. Guernsey, located in the Channel Islands between England and France, is the location of this lovely story about survival and the human spirit. Written as a series of letters, this is a story within a story. Though it might be suited more for women than men, it doesn't gloss over the deprivation and hardship of this time. There is an uplifting ending that is poignant because you know what the people went through to get there. Think about adding this one to that pile on the coffee table or nightstand!

Friday, August 22, 2008

check it out! busy libraries!

As many of you may have noticed, the libraries have been busy recently. Our FY 08 checkout statistics went up 7.66% systemwide over the previous year. That's a big jump. We checked out nearly half a million items last year. In FY 08 our customers took home 478,429 books, CDs, and DVDs. Wow!!

And this year (which started on July 1st) is even busier. Our checkouts in July were up 22% over last year. TWENTY-TWO PERCENT! That is an incredible increase. We owe this to our dedicated customers, our friendly staff, and our weeded collections. Our libraries are looking better than they ever did, and our staff are working harder and smarter to accomodate this surge in business. Kudos to the staff of the Flathead County Library System!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Parade Slide Show

By popular demand, Lynn created a slide show of the parade fun- the library bookcart drill team is available for hire at private parties...

Flathead County Library System was proud to sponsor the 2008 Bookcart Drill Team in the Northwest Montana Fair Parade on Friday. The team featured Miss Piggy, a farmer to keep everyone in line, the pigs with straw, stick and brick houses, and the Big Bad Wolf. We even had the Little Bad Wolf! you suppose he is in training?We hope that everyone who watched the parade had as much fun as those who marched!