I always thought of the library as a place where members of the community could go to borrow books. You could browse the shelves for a title that catches your interest, or you could chase down a specific book you'd like to read. Even when I first talked to board members of Friends of the Rockridge Library, I still thought libraries were all about loaning out books. So I assumed FORL's main goal was to buy more books to put on the shelves at the Rockridge branch. I was wrong.
As a former teacher (elementary and also middle school), I love that the library has established a Teen Zone. Even though accommodating the large numbers of teens who come to the library--particularly on school minimum days--can be overwhelming, the library staff has taken on the task by dedicating the upstairs rooms to the teens at particular times and also enclosing a teen computer area so that teens can have their own space without disturbing other library patrons. The vid
Each January, library staff come to our first meeting of the year with proposals outlining programs, supplies, and items you can check out that aren't funded by the city budget. Sometimes it's an item we've funded for years, like the New York Times subscription, other times a librarian or staff member has a new and exciting idea they want to see come to fruition. New ideas: those are my favorite. Ideas that librarians have been thinking about, and have the luxury to consider