I had spent the last few days reflecting on my first full year as library director when out of the blue my son asks, “Mom, do you like your job?” (It had been another trying day with the leaking roof at Thibodaux). Without batting an eye or giving it any thought I answered, “Yes Wil, I love my job!” I can’t believe where this position has taken me in the last year; the things I’ve learned and the things the library system has accomplished are amazing.
Growing up, libraries were very different than they are today. Back then, libraries were just repositories for information. If you needed to research something you went to the periodical guides, hard copies of encyclopedias that were usually outdated, or you went to the stacks full of books. Today, we have those same opportunities, minus periodical guides, but we also have e-Books, audio books, DVD’s and music CD’s to check out. Libraries are now a gateway to information! If you need to research something, libraries have access to online encyclopedias, databases, and the World-Wide Web. We can even help you find information in a library on the other side of the world! But in today’s world, this is just a small part of what libraries are about. They are also community hubs where individual libraries are actively involved within the communities they reside. In times of tragedy and triumphs – the library and its staff are here to share those experiences with its patrons.
Libraries have something for everyone and that has been my mission since becoming director last May. Lafourche Parish Libraries are MORE THAN BOOKS. We have recently added Lego tables for kids of all ages to enjoy, Xbox 360 gaming systems, an exciting new 3D printer, and much, much more. Be on the lookout for iPads in our libraries for patron use and Mac computers for adults and teens that prefer the Apple computer experience. The library is constantly adding new programs including the newly popular Rainbow Loom crafts, updated Duct Tape projects, and Ready Reading Programs for all ages. And we continue to provide our popular bingo games, specialized speakers, and genealogy classes. Programs change often and we are always looking for new ideas to bring to our patrons. Check out our new user friendly website and calendar for monthly programs. If you need individual help, the library now offers the Book-a-Librarian program where you can schedule an appointment to get one-on-one assistance from a degreed librarian—whether it is help with your new e-Reader, resume or research help, or computer instruction, we have librarians to help – all you have to do is ask. Continue reading