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Your Library’s Past, Present and Future

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
Walter Cronkite.

Fairfield Bay has one of the finest small town libraries in the country.  I feel this because I hear it from people who visit here  from so many different states….often.  The joy that people take in our beautiful building, our internet access, and our large current collection is actually palpable.
This is true of our residents and all regular members, as well.  Gratitude is the word from our patrons year round and we hear you and appreciate you.  This is why our 40 volunteers and myself give you the best we can give.
Libraries across the nation are resource centers and vibrant focal points in their communities.  They offer education and information, internet access, books for adults and youths of all ages, programs, movies and a place that is welcoming to all who enter.
The Fairfield Bay Library has seen a lot of activity in 2010.  Here is a quick review so you know what it is we’re doing throughout the year.

Our 2010 ACTIVITIES
* READER’S GROUP
* INTERNET SERVICE & WI-FI
* SUMMER READING PROGRAM
* SPACE FOR TUTORS FOR ADULT READING
* SPACE FOR SMALL GROUPS TO MEET
* COMPUTER WORKSHOPS
* F. HILSENRATH / HOLOCAUST Progam
* OUTREACH TO SHIRLEY SCHOOL
* HOMEBOUND SERVICES
* EARLY LITERACY STATION
* 4th of JULY BLACK STALLION LITERACY
*THEATER BENEFITS –  STAS’ PRODUCTIONS
*ASSIST W/TICKET SALES TO STORYFEST
* BIG BOOK SALES
* CHRISTMAS TOUR OF HOMES
* ARTIST’S ON DISPLAY
* TEE IT UP FOR LITERACY GOLF TOURNEY
* BACK TO SCHOOL BASH-LIBRARY CARDS
* MAINTAINING AN UPDATED COLLECTION
OF LARGE PRINT, AUDIO, CD, MOVIES, AND CURRENT NON-FICTION WORKS.
We’ll be challenged without the support of the Community Club $15,000 annual subsidy that allowed this library to develop in each of these areas.  Let’s get through 2011 together and hope for better news in 2012.
We’re all looking for a return to the $15,000 in 2012….but you need to be involved in this outcome.
The places most apt to see cutbacks are  non-fiction, particularly of a political and current issues subject, movies, large print, audio CD books as well as cuts in our general fiction.  Whatever it takes, we’ll keep this library the best we can……..we promise you that.  Please support your local library that serves thousands of all ages each year with book, movie & monetary donations. Thank you.
I believe Walter Cronkite had it right.
Sara Michael
Director,
Fairfield Bay Library.

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