Mary's Musings

The holiday's are upon us once again. Every year, it seems, the season starts earlier and earlier, doesn't it? But I love this time of year, especially the Holiday Music. I listen to it on my XM radio and my iPod. Every year I hear a new favorite. I love baking cookies and goodies to give away to friends and neighbors. I've been trying and trying to make a perfect batch of old-fashioned fudge. My co-workers are always happy to eat the flops!

As you're making lists of gifts this year, consider making a donation to the Friends of the Library in someone's name. The Friends fund many special collections and furnishings around the library. Your recipent will receive a lovely, embossed gift notice.

Be sure to check out our big collection of Christmas books and Christmas music CDs! See you soon in the library!

Mary

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1.  Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board.   To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community.   Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library; pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups; getting to know the mayor and city council; making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.

2.  Plan for the future of the library.  Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the library board.  Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years.  It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.

3.  Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library.  The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should.  For example, the library boards is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent.  The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid.  The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.

4.  Set library policies.  The library boards spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies.  (Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.)  Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day to day basis.

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Summer Library Program

Oct 29, 2013

Library Partner's With Day Care

The library will share story times and materials with Cougar's Den

The library will share story times and materials with Cougar's Den

Oct 29, 2013

LearningExpress Library ™3.0 is now available!

Use Learning Express to take tests and use tutorials to increase skills.

Use Learning Express to take tests and use tutorials to increase skills.

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Phone: 515-281-4102  Fax: 515-281-6191

Director: Mary Wegner
Library E-Mail: mary.wegner@lib.state.ia.us
World Wide Web URL: http://www.nate.lib.ia.us

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