It's the time of year to write an annual Christmas letter. Some people love them. Some people hate them. If you're one of the latter, you may want to skip this column.
It's been a good year for the Cherokee Public Library. No terrible tragedies and one great triumph to report.
We started 2012 missing Mary Jo for a few weeks following her surgery, but we got along just fine. Judy captained the ship and we all followed orders, some by telephone or email from MJ. Everything went smoothly, once again proving teamwork is the best method to run a library.
Mary Jo came back in time to handle budget meetings, and we were pleased that we did not lose any ground. Utility and building repair costs continue to go up, but we are finding we are not spending quite so much on books, especially nonfiction. In fact, we did a big sweep through that section, withdrew a bunch and made room for the stuff that checks out. Our Christian fiction, sci fi and western readers should all be happy as those areas were expanded.
Discarded books went on our sale tables which continue to bring in a nice monthly income for the Friends of the Library. And speaking of them, we are pleased to announce the proceeds from their basket auction were over $2,100! The group is a wonderful asset to our library and we really appreciate all they do.
Another great asset is the Cherokee Area Archives. They supplied the main funding for the biggest project of the year, putting the Cherokee newspapers from 1970 to the present online. Tap a link on the library's website and take a look. We are getting rave reviews from across the country when former Cherokee residents have fun looking at their past lives as reported in the press. There are still some newspapers to add, but the bulk of them are up and going.
Except for a break in August, Peg kept things hopping in the children's department. We encourage you to stay aware of what's happening there. Still to come are a bedtime story time with Mrs. Santa Claus on December 13, an after school puppet show on December 20, and three sessions of crafts and games during the school holiday break.
The library will close early at 1:00 pm on Monday, December 24 and be closed Tuesday, December 25. It will close early at 5:00 pm on Monday, December 31 and be closed Tuesday, January 1.
Happy Holidays from Mary Jo, Judy, Peg, Muffy, Donna, Marilyn, Sandy G., Sandy T. and Linda