If we are fortunate, sometimes we get to look at the familiar from a new perspective. Last week I was able to do that by having a lovely walk and lunch with this year's Vive le Livre Author, Bill Bryson. It was Veteran's Day and the parade was going on downtown, so Mr. Bryson and I walked to lunch along the parade route. How amazing to see families, young and old, who had come out to support those who work to maintian our freedom, to follow along behind the marching band as they played patriotic tunes, and to watch our veterans be applauded as they walked the parade route. We ate outside and talked about how planting roots are important to each of us and about how great the chicken salad and fried chicken were! Read more »
On August 30th, I started a new journey at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library as the Foundation Development Director. What a mouthful! For two weeks I have been "drinking from the fire hydrant," learning all I can. I thought I knew a lot about the library! My family and I have been patrons of the library for years. My children have grown up going to story time, learning computer skills on the fun games at the library computers, and now researching term papers and checking out books on their own. Both my daughters can spend hours looking for and reading books in the library and my son thinks it is cool to check out books. Boy was I wrong! There is so much more going on at the library than I ever imagined! Read more »
The Triana Public Library was destroyed by fire the night of September 20, 2009. The library is a total loss from smoke, water, and fire damage—including all of the books and computer equipment it contained. As a result, children and job-seekers have lost not just books, but computer and Internet access.