Library’s mission informs, entertains, enriches
Published 11:02 am Thursday, December 22, 2005
The mission of our library is to provide our community with access and guidance to resources that inform, entertain and enrich.
In an effort to fullfil that mission, the library will spend over $120,000 for materials in the current fiscal year. The books, audiobooks and videos are carefully selected to meet the needs and interests of our community. Because of this, circulation has grown steadily for the last four years. In fact between fiscal year 2004 and 2005 alone, the number of items checked out grew over 9 percent.
For several years the library has participated in the Michicard program. This unique state-wide program allows Michigan citizens to check-out books in libraries throughout the state. While nearly 250 libraries participate, it is a voluntary program. Each local library board decides if the program is right for their community. If a library chooses to participate they must make book available to patrons of all other libraries participating in the program. The local board decides if they will make other materials and services available to Michicard users.
At its Nov. 16 meeting, the Board of Trustees decided that effective Jan. 1, 2006 Michicard patrons living outside Niles' district will be allowed to check out print materials only and will not be allowed to reserve items. The Board took this action to insure that the materials purchased with the tax dollars of local citizens will be readily available to our patrons.
At the same time, the Board has significantly reduced the cost of subscription cards to $25 per year or $15 for a six month period. This is based on the average per capita cost to our tax-paying patrons. Patrons using subscription cards have all the same borrowing privileges and receive all the same services as our patrons who live in the distirct and support the library with their local property taxes. These services include checking out audiobooks, videos, DVDs, reserving books, and ordering interlibrary loan.
The following are some of the many new memoirs and biographies of famous, and not so famous, men and women available to all patrons of our library, those in the district and Michicard users alike.
Spike Lee: That's My Story And I'm sticking To It by Kaleem Aftab
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned by Alan Alda
The Good Life by Tony Bennett
Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote edited by Gerald Clarke
Warren Beatty: A Private Man by Suzanne Finstad
Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star by Tab Hunter
Driven From Within by Michael Jordan
Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Talking Back– To Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels by Andrea Mitchell
TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald by Timothy L. O'Brien
Alec Guinness: The Uuthorized Biography by Piers Paul Read
Between You and Me: A Memoir by Mike Wallace