Lane Library News, August 2000: Welcome to Fall!

Welcome to Fall! Lane Library News from August 2000

By Catherine Redden, Director, 926-3368

Welcome to fall! I know, it's technically still summer and the past few days have proved that, but once September hits, it feels fall. Having taught for fifteen years before the lure of the library called, I equate this time of year with new beginnings and a wonderful, bright sunny time of life. (It's always good weather when school starts!) The library was blessed with a bright sunny new beginning in August, as new Children's Librarian, Cindy Stosse joined the staff. She has been a Children's Librarian in Pennsylvania for 14 years and has just moved back to New Hampshire with great references. She was hired on August 4th and started on August 14th and hasn't stopped since. If you see a minor whirlwind when you visit, that's Cindy getting acquainted with the customers and the collection. Have you heard about her puppets? She has the neatest collection of hand puppets and soon some will be available for circulation. Stay tuned to the new happenings in Katie's Room.

Another bright sunny beginning will be the new head of Adult Services Jeanne Gamage. We eagerly await her release from her current contract in Maine. She will be coordinating collection development for the adults, scheduling some programming, extending outreach services, and overseeing the circulation department. She too comes with a wealth of experience. Read more about these two professionals in later columns as they settle in to their jobs. The Lane Library is truly fortunate to have two more caring, committed staff.

Do you follow the lives of summer creatures? I've learned so much this year about bats. On the intellectual level, knowing that bats do not get tangled in one's hair and that local bats are not vampire bats is not the same as lying in bed and being awakened by the flutter of bat wings as one flies overhead. That is too up close and personal. The expert I consulted explained that the young were just learning to fly and that they got lost. Since they know their home is somewhere up, they fly up seeking it, finding only my bedroom and me. Conquering fear, I've managed to capture each in a wastebasket and release it out a window; hoping it's not the same young bat coming back in each night. If you have a similar situation, we do have some interesting books here at the library, most on a level for children. Some titles are: AMAZING BATS by Frank Greenaway; BATS by Lovett; A FIRST LOOK AT BATS by Selsam; and BATS: MYSTERIOUS FLYERS OF THE NIGHT by Stuart. There's more than you ever want to know about bats available through the books and on bat web sites. If you need the name of my expert, call me - only you'll have to get behind me in line; his company is three to five weeks behind in bat-proofing houses.

And going from bats to dogs - we're just now hitting some dog days of summer. We've been blessed, or cursed, by an unusually cool and wet summer. After one or two days of rain, the shopping crowd would hit the library for books and videos. The library has also been hopping as more people working in or visiting the area discovered they could e-mail family and friends this summer from the library, and were thus able to stay in touch. As everyone using the computers must have a library card, we had a number of people sign up for a temporary summer card. As lines waiting for computer time lengthened, we were able to take computer parts from various sources and put together a no library card needed system strictly for quick e-mail, thus providing a service to those just passing through the area. I've seen a number of retirees on the road enjoying their retirement able to keep in touch with family and reassure them that they were o.k. via email. A number of the people using our facilities were young people from overseas, working for the summer all over the seacoast. It was a great way for them to keep in touch with their families and friends. I'm sure parents abroad were relieved to hear from their children and I'm sure the local businesses were happy to have a labor supply. Hooray for technology!