Winner!

The neighborhood branch of the public library where I work, Arnett Branch Library, was named Public Library of the Year 2015 by the Rochester Regional Library Council.

what makes the Arnett Branch stand out is that the people in its community see it as integral to the community and a critical part of the heart of the 19th ward. Nominators list many examples of how the library and its staff are out and about in the community and how they go above and beyond the normal.

New “Books by Bike” outreach program

Our community outreach programs are mentioned more than once. I’m also delighted to announce that starting this coming Saturday, May 9, Arnett Branch Library adds “Books by Bike” to our outreach program.

Arnett Branch was awarded a grant from the RRLC’s Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries for the purchase of a Bikes At Work 64” cargo/utility trailer. On that foundation, our Facilities/Maintenance department has custom-built a bookmobile. Pics after the debut this coming weekend.

Yes, yrs trly will be towing it around. But I don’t get all the fun. Our branch manager and children’s librarian, Mr. Bruce (yes, we have two Bruces on staff) and our teen services librarian, Miss Whitney, will also use their bikes.

Three for three

Back to the awards, as in interesting aside, I have involvement with all three of this year’s winning libraries:

  • I interned at the Werner Health Sciences Library at the Rochester General Hospital, winner of the 2015 Academic/Special Library of the Year award.
  • I attended kindergarten in 1961-62 at the Greece Craig Hill Elementary School, whose library won the 2015 School Library of the Year award. (Okay, this one’s a stretch.)