January 25, 2005

Camping at the library

Tonight, please call before you come in to the library. Perhaps you should also dress warmly and carry a flashlight.

We haven't had water since last Sunday. Because there was nowhere else to send people for bathrooms, we closed yesterday at 5 as we did during the week of December 20th when we were also without water. Today we will instead try to remain open.

From December 13th through the 17th we were closed because we had no electricity or heat. Last Friday we had no heat but did have light, so we remained open. Last Saturday we held out until 2 during the snowstorm.

Please come. Consider the adventure. You will get not only good books but stories you can tell your grandchildren. Remember the year when ....

Posted by library at 04:25 PM

January 16, 2005

Altruism

First, the San Francisco Chronicle's posted list of recommended U.S. charities doing tsunami relief work. If you want to give directly, not via the Internet, you will find some local organizations such as the International Buddhist Center of Wheaton on the Gazette's list.

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

The library will be closed Monday, January 17, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. His actual birthday was January 15, 1929. Please read the short biography at the Nobel e-museum.

And here are some additional resources:

Coretta Scott King on The Meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Poynter Institute collection of links for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

City College links to best Black Studies sites.

We also have many, many books about Dr. King. Come visit.

Note: We were closed many days or parts of days in December. In addition to the usual holiday closings, there were many days when we had no electricity or no water. So far in January we have had no unexpected problems.

Posted by library at 12:35 PM
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