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There’s a huge story on the front page of the Morgan Hill Times today about the new library and our big grand opening party. Here’s the beginning part:

Literacy Haven Awaits Opening
Friday, July 13, 2007
By Tony Burchyns

The new 28,000 square foot, $19-million Morgan Hill Library will celebrate its grand opening next Saturday. The community has been invited to the festivities from 11am-4pm. The public will receive tours of the facility.

Morgan Hill – In more ways than one, July 21 will be a good day for books and readers.

Not only will the last Harry Potter book be released, but Morgan Hill Library users – who for years made do with cramped quarters – will celebrate the opening of their new 28,000-square-foot building at 660 W. Main Ave., with a chance to win a free copy.

An opening-day costume contest where patrons are asked to come dressed as their favorite fictional characters will result in one lucky winner walking away reading about wizards, muggles and Harry’s last year at Hogwarts.

It boils down to a “magical” day for book lovers, said Morgan Hill Library, Culture and Arts Commissioner Emily Shem-Tov. “Probably the only thing that could keep me from spending the day reading Harry Potter is the library’s grand opening,” she laughed, adding she proudly volunteered to work at the library’s all-day party, which marks the end of more than a decade’s worth of planning for a bigger facility.

Yes, there are librarians in today’s NY Times Styles section (and, as usual, Mom called to tell me about the article long before I had gotten that far into the paper — even though I usually go right to the style section first.) The article, A Hipper Crowd of Shushers is by Kara Jesella and has the description, “A new type of librarian is emerging: think Dewey Decimal meets Generation X.”

And while I’m not nearly as cool as the hip librarians they describe, I do identify with a lot of the things they were saying about the profession:

With so much of the job involving technology and with a focus now on finding and sharing information beyond just what is available in books, a new type of librarian is emerging…”

Many young librarians and library professors said that the work is no longer just about books but also about organizing and connecting people with information, including music and movies.

Ah, yes, I do like being a librarian 🙂

in the new library

The new library opening (July 21) is getting close! The benefit of having long committee meetings to plan the grand opening is that we sometimes get to tour the new building before everyone else. Apparently everything has been moved from the old building and the collection is all back on the shelves. It is going to be SO great!!

More photos (along with the much earlier tour) on flickr.

If I didn’t have to be at work tomorrow afternoon…

CLEARANCE BOOK SALE at the Library. Wednesday, June 20, 1-6 pm
Stock up on summer reading. Find books for school libraries. Pick up bargains for non-profits.

Friends of the Morgan Hill Library last book sale in the old building (17575 Peak Avenue).
1-4 pm $1 per bag. All remaining books FREE 4-6 pm.
Use rear entrance from Main Avenue, as old library is closed.

Today is the first day of my second session of the summer courses I’m teaching.  So hello to any of my new group of students who came by to check me out!  🙂   The first class is (hopefully) working on their final projects which are due this weekend.

Grand Opening Banner
The Morgan Hill Library closed today for the last time and will spend the next few weeks moving to the brand new fantastic building. Apparently loads of people read the articles and heard the radio spots about the move and tons of people who hadn’t been to the library in ages came by today to do their part and check out bag-fulls of books to lighten the load. I loved working on the reference desk at this library and am a bit sad to say goodbye (since I probably won’t ever work in the new one as a librarian instead of just a volunteer Friend of the Library, but you never know what the future holds). But the new space is going to be just fantastic!

Catherine started a meme about “Three Should-See Libraries in the Western Hemisphere” (inspired, in part, by the photos I shared with the class of the Vancouver Library). So I might as well play along, but that’s way too big of geographical region for me to get my brain around right now, so I’m going to go with three local libraries and I’m choosing them for their wonderful public art:

1) The New Morgan Hill Library (just because its opening on July 21st and its going to be really cool and our committee has raised a lot of money to buy wonderful public art for it to feature and because its my home library)

2) The San Jose main library has amazing art (here’s an online tour)

3) Santa Clara City Library

Today’s the first day of the week-long Blogs and RSS course I’m teaching online through SJSU SLIS (hello to any of my students who have wandered over to check me out!) There will be another session of the course starting in two weeks. It should be an interesting adventure!

San Jose’s School of Library Science is having a grand opening party today for their office in Second Life. Unfortunately I can’t get into the site from behind the firewall at work, so I’m going to have to miss the 5pm event, but will try to check it out when I get home.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: SL Guides give tours on ‘magic carpets’; Teal Smith serves at Tiki Bar; Kala Pixie will launch a fireworks display.


(in addition to it being Harry Potter day of course)

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