Darrington Library Blog

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"This Library Rocks"

No lie…this was an actual quote by P.J., one of our lovely Darrington patrons, as she left my desk just a minute ago. Our branch manager and I were telling this woman about our upcoming Watercolor Sunsets Program Saturday, October 10th, at both the Arlington and Darrington Libraries. She had asked if supplies would be provided or whether they would have to be brought by the attendees. She was delighted to find out that paints, paper and brushes would all be there and waiting for anyone (over the age of 14) to create with under the instruction of painter Michele Cooper. This free program is one of many offered by Sno-Isle, allowing aspiring artists to tap into a multitude of artistic expressions guided by professionals of that field. I myself took our last watercolor program at the Darrington Library, and was astonished to walk away with a painting that actually resembled birds as I’d meant for it to. It is a pleasure to be in an environment that encourages exposure to new aspects of learning beyond literature; and to be able to share these programs with patrons and learn to paint alongside them on an Autumn Saturday…well, rocks! So P.J., thank you for the inspiration to write this, and for the quote: “This Library Rocks!” I agree.

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Library Saves Me Money!

I had been putting off driving the half hour that I need to drive just to get to the place where I get my oil changed, and dreading throwing at least another 40 dollars into my car. It dawned on me that my library has automotive databases to which I could go for detailed, easy-to-follow instructions on how to change my own oil. Eureka! The next day, I was able to find, in a fraction of the time it would have taken me just to get to the mechanic, simple steps and diagrams to change my oil. In addition, I was able to learn about the different types of oil available today: what their seals of approval really mean, and which oils were the best bargain for both my budget and the environment. The following weekend, I was an oily mess of library enthusiasm as I, for the very first time with the help of my local library, changed my very own oil! When you factor in a $40.00 oil change every 3 months (four a year) in addition to the cost of fuel that it takes just to get there, I just saved over $150.00 each year! Sno-Isle not only has a plethora of repair and maintenance procedures for a variety of vehicles in its databases; they also have free databases for health and medicine, genealogy, do-it-yourself, careers and education, and many more. So the next time you think about paying someone for a service, remember that your library is a source of help and information. Do a little research, or ask a friendly librarian to help you, and see if you can fix it, or build it, or design it or learn it on your own…and keep your money in your pocket!

Funtastic Folktales

Families are invited to experience stories told by Eva Abram on Thursday October 1st at 1:30 PM at the Darrington Elementary School. Abram uses stories to celebrate our differences, weaving stories to bridge culture to culture. People of all ages will enjoy Eva's engaging, entertaining multicultural folktales. We are grateful to the Sno-Isle Foundation and the Friends of the Darrington Library for supporting this event.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Garden Farewell

There has been a distinct chill in the air these past mornings. It is a happy sad time for the gardener. For the past four months the summer sun has been a partner, encouraging seeds to sprout and plants to grow and produce. It has been a good summer for growing, eating and preserving fruit, berries, and vegetables.
I find myself a little saddened now that the pressure canner is cleaned and placed in storage. Concurrently, I am thrilled to no longer be tied to the kitchen range waiting for the timer to buzz. It is sad to think that within a few weeks I will no longer be able to pick the evening meal fresh from the garden. Then again, what joy I find in gazing at the colorful rows of my preserved bounty. For the beginner, try The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home by Janet Chadwick.