Camano Island Library Pilot Project Blog

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Beat that, Amazon!

One of the (many) great things about Sno-Isle Libraries is our liberal return policy: if for any reason you're not satisfied with what you check out, just return it -- no questions asked! Too long, too short, too heavy, too boring, too whatever -- we'll take it back, even if you've read the entire book or watched the whole DVD. Not only that, we will encourage you to try even more items, and we will happily accept them when returned. No forms to fill out, no salesman will call!
Seriously, that really is a great feature of the library. See a CD you've never heard of? Give it a spin and see what you think. Curious about that DVD set? Try it out risk-free.
With the writer's strike still in effect, the television networks are scrambling to find shows to fill the airwaves (with varying degrees of success --- "Celebrity Apprentice"? Give me a break!) This is the perfect time to throw caution to the winds and try something new. A new fantasy novel, that first season of "Lost" you never watched, those Beethoven symphonies you've always been meaning to hear...who knows, you might just find a new favorite.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

What makes a community?

One of our hopes for the Camano Island Library is to foster a sense of place and community at the Libary. By that I mean, we hope that the Camano Island residents will find the Library a comfortable and inviting "third place". To that end, we've developed partnerships with some of the local art community as part of their "Art in Public Places" program, and we've tried to draw on local talent for our evening programs. I'm happy to say the community has responded in very generous ways, and we have the candy, cookies (and a very beautiful poinsettia) to show for it. I'd also like to thank the Butlers (for their donation in appreciation of Jack Archibald) and the Hafer Family Foundation, whose donation will enable us to provide more children's programming this summer. We're glad to be here, and on behalf of myself and the Camano Island Library staff, thank you!