‘Owhwhe (I’m Reading)

By Kristin Freeman, Kim Yerton Memorial Library

The annual holiday bazaar was another successful public event for the Friends of the Kim Yerton Library. They spoke with countless folks from the community and told them about the library and invited them not only to visit the library but to purchase a ticket for the raffle of 11 holiday gift baskets; the winners were selected by a drawing after 2 pm. Six baskets were claimed by folks still at the Neighborhood Facility, and the five other winners have been called and they will come to KYML this week and take home their treasures.

This annual event provides for new library materials and equipment and for special programming at KYML. If you would like to become a member of the Friends, applications are at the circulation desk at the library.

On Wednesday, Dec. 15 from 6-7 pm will be the monthly Share A Story program for young children and their families at the library. Bonny Roberts has some wonderful stories to read, songs to share, a craft project and a free book “Biggest, Best Snowman” by M. Cuyler for every participating family. Be sure to set aside time to bring your young ones to this very special monthly program provided by First 5 Humboldt, KEET-TV Ready to Learn and the Humboldt County Library System.

Are you gathering photos to be a part of your recorded story? Of course you some stories to share about days in the past, events that are family favorite tales to share whenever you gather round a table or sit before a fire and visit? If you have lots of pictures that can be scanned and used you can ask not to have so many frames of your face – in fact we can do the entire video with just your voice and pictures, other than you, if you would like. These DVD memories are to record the stories as you would like them to be remembered.

Monique Sonoquie or Leslie Jackson or I will record your memories and you will have a “living” visual record for all of your family members. Monique Sonoquie is scheduling recording sessions for December and January and looks forward to including your stories in this second year of our participation in the state-wide Digital Story Project. Please call the library at (530) 625-5082 to schedule and appointment with Monique, or you may schedule your appointment when she visits the Senior Nutrition Program on Thursdays.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the California State Librarian. Technical Services are provided by Media Arts Center San Diego.

Often people visiting the library will ask why there is a shelf of books with red tape on the spine, or they notice within the collection of mysteries some books have red tape and question the purpose for the tape. These books which we call red strips are “visiting” KYML for 90 days. Every month one third of these red strips leaves for another branch library and new books arrive. So if you want to see some of our newest editions, search for that red tape on the spine.

My first read this week, a red-strip, was “Claiming Ground” by Laura Bell. This work was filled with the adventures of the author after graduating from college. Her journey of discovery of self is centered in the Wyoming country. Looking for what it is that will give fullness to her life she explores myriad employment and locale coming to her current work with the Nature Conservancy and writing while nurturing her role as wife and mother. I truly enjoyed this biography. Secondly, I read another red strip, a work of fiction “The Summer We Fell Apart.” The first novel she has written although she has been published in numerous literary journals. This story set in the present, chronicles a family of four children with some historical looking back as current interactions of the four are explored. The format is a four-part work with each section exploring one of the siblings. I am just finishing the third section and have truly enjoyed meeting and becoming “friends” with this family.

So, what are you reading? Looks like a good time to sit by the fire, open that book and READ, READ, READ!!

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December 15th, 2010

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