At the finale of the summer reading program this year the kids had a special event when they opened a times capsule that had been sealed as part of the 2000 reading program and examined the contents. I'm not sure kids have a good grasp of the concept of what a ten year period is, but as adults we can look back and realize how different things were a decade ago.
In the summer and fall of 2000 the Cherokee Public Library was changing in several ways. As I read through some columns that were written then, I am amazed at all that were going on.
A column written in July said goodbye to children's librarian Jerri Heid and one written in September said hello to her replacement Mary Borgheiinck. In between we handled a summer reading program and all its normal activities. We also hired two new part time people and trained them.
In early August I wrote about the ongoing volunteer effort of putting barcodes on all of our materials in preparation for automating the circulation system. Along with that we designed and issued new borrower's cards, purchased new computers and sorted out the rules of the new automation system. It was one huge project.
In September we hosted a press conference for Christie Vilsack as she announced her Stories 2000 project and we made plans for our part of it. That fall we conducted focus groups and a public forum....another time consuming project.
In October a column was written about the purchase of new magazine covers, a fax machine and two copiers. Another concerned finishing up the pledges for the building project. The Friends basket auction and participating in the Christmas parade were subjects of November articles.
Whew! I guess I was ten years younger and took it all in stride as part of my job but it wears me out now just thinking about all of it. The bottom line is that there is much to be proud of as we look back at what has been accomplished in the last ten years. We can only hope the next ten will be a successful!