Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wanted: Head of Youth Services

For the third time since 2007, our Head of Youth Services position is open. As my hilarious sister-in-law commented "Well, you're at the level of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, but not as bad as Spinal Tap drummers." Nice. The bright side is, at least there has not yet been spontaneous combustion. Instead, there seems to be a link between this job and the desire to move to a new region of the country.

The job ad is here on our web site and some other library job sites.

If you know any great Children's Librarians - send 'em our way! But only if they aren't planning to move out of state in the near future.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Trustee Rick Martin Resigns, Board Seeks Applicants

Richard Martin tendered his resignation for his position as Trustee at a special meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees on January 11. Martin will no longer reside in the district after January, making him ineligible to serve the rest of his term. He indicated in his letter of resignation that he will be taking a one-year contract in China to teach English to Chinese students. The resignation was officially accepted by the Board of Trustees and a vacancy declared at the regular meeting January 20, per the Bylaws of the Board. The Library Trustees and staff wish him well as he embarks on his new adventure!

The Library Board is seeking applicants for the position of Trustee to fill the unexpired term until April 2011. Any US citizen, 18 or over and residing in the Plainfield Public Library District, may apply. Interested parties are asked to submit a letter of application and a resume of any pertinent experience and interests. Please send to: Plainfield Public Library District Board of Trustees, 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield, IL 60544. For more information, please call or email me at the Library!

This is a great opportunity to "test drive" a Trustee position without the full four-year commitment of being elected.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Library in the News!

Fox News Chicago's Kori's ShoutOut segment Featured Plainfield Library's winter glove, hat and scarf drive!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Library Visits Up 17% Over Previous Year

The latest in the long line of record-breakers! You visited the library 17% more in the last half of 2009 than in the end of 2008. Nearly 275,00 visits from July-December!

That figure is straight door-count. Now, anyone who knows me well knows that door-count is my least-favorite statistic to quote, since those door-counter devices are notoriously odd about counting. However, we've had the same one for years, so I figure there's at least consistency year to year. Bottom line is that more people are coming to the Library each day than ever before. They're checking out more books, signing up for more programs and classes, and generally using all that the Library has to offer.

Come visit us! Everyone else is :-)