The Pulaski County Library District says thank you to its supporters and wraps up 2016 discussing progress.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
We’re at that reflective time of year, aren’t we?  2016 has been an intense year for your library district.  We’ve changed our library circulation system, upgraded patron computers and Wi-Fi networks, and gotten new paint and carpet at all three libraries.  These are just the big projects, and none would have been possible without the support of some important people.  I want to take a moment and say thank you.  It’s inevitable that I will miss some, but with a heart full of gratitude, here goes.
Thank you to our Library employees and board of trustees.  Without the support of our board, none of the exciting things we’ve been able to do would have happened.  Without the hard work, dedication to learning, and plain elbow grease of our employees, all of these changes would still be nice, difficult ideas.  Thank you, more than I can say.
Thank you to our patrons.  You’ve been patient while we leaned new systems, you’ve learned those systems yourselves.  Our patrons have borrowed 1,395 items from other libraries in the Missouri Evergreen consortium since we joined mid-June.  I am so happy that our patrons are making excellent use of the books, audiobooks, and dvd’s that are available to them through the consortium.  Library patrons have brought our employees doughnuts, candy, handmade scarves, flowers, just to name a few of the kindnesses shown.  Patrons volunteered to move books and shelves in support of our remodeling projects, and were understanding when the libraries had to be closed to make those projects happen.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Thank you to our library advocates.  Those of you who tell your friends about the digital audiobooks and e-books you check out from the library.  The ones who brag about the library story times and invite your friends and families to attend.  Those who have donated of their time, money, and more so that the library can be even better in the future.  Those of you who have taken us under your wing and provided mentorship, guidance, introductions.  Thank you, so very much.  
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Books of the Week
On a melancholy note, 2016 has also been marked by the passing of many authors and other celebrities.  Our featured books this week are all by or about people who have passed away this year.  
“Postcards from the Edge” by Carrie Fisher – Several films featuring Fisher, such as When Harry Met Sally and the Star Wars movies, are also available for check-out.
“Watership Down” by Richard Adams – Adams, best known for this novel about a group of rabbits who have to build a new warren, passed away this week at 96 years old.  Rabbits building a warren?  Some things you just have to read to appreciate.
“David Bowie: Living on the Brink” by George Tremlett
“To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee
“Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco
“A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life” by Pat Conroy
“My Turn: the Memoirs of Nancy Reagan” by Nancy Reagan with William Novak
“The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey” by Muhammad Ali with Hana Yasmeen Ali
“All Rivers Run to the Sea” (among many others) by Elie Wiesel
The “Left Behind” series (among many others) by Tim LaHaye
“A Golfer’s Life” by Arnold Palmer with James Dodson
There are many more, available both locally and by request.  Please ask your librarian for assistance.
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For more information about your Pulaski County Library District, please visit us on the web at www.pulaskicounty.lib.mo.us.  You can follow each branch on Facebook, too.  The Waynesville Library can be found at www.facebook.com/waynesvillelibrary/.  The Richland Library is at www.facebook.com/richlandlibrary65556/.  The Crocker Library is at www.facebook.com/Crocker-Public-Library-790437997706030/.  We’re on Instagram as PulaskiCountyLibraries.