Hannon Library, Southern Oregon University
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…”The book also examines what happens when a private, for-profit organization takes over essential management tasks and decisions of a public library”….
….As a result of the study, it is expected that many young people will call into question what Riley termed “the empty promises of library posters and other pieces of pro-reading propaganda.”…..
Garden Home Community Library is my neighborhood library—less than two miles from my house. In fact, I pass it (along with another public library) every day as I drive to work.
Garden Home Library lives inside a former elementary school that has been converted into a community center. Going to the library, one passes work-out equipment, yoga classes, karate sessions, and craft rooms. Three different pre-schools operate inside the Community Center.
These neighbors influence how Garden Home does business. For instance, the Library opens at 9 AM—an hour earlier than nearby libraries. But parents dropping off preschoolers and gym-goers are early morning folks; in fact, the library gets requests to open even earlier. GHL provides traditional storytimes for parents and children, but also does special storytimes for the preschools upon request.
It is truly a neighborhood library— the staff know their patrons and have watched their kids grow up. This library is often the first place where a child is allowed to go unaccompanied by a parent; it’s practically a right of passage!
The space is small and tight, but it’s arranged with a designated children’s and adults areas. Most of the work is done out in the open; any “secrets” are done on the other side of a cubicle partition (which is hardly a secret space, either!) There’s a computer area inside the library and a table in the hallway for wi-fi . I thought this was a clever idea—the table was full with people when I visited, so it seems to work well.
How fun to find a small-town library just down the road!