Friends donations supported a number of staff-initiated projects in 2008. These projects were intended to meet the unique needs of particular neighborhoods or community groups or provide special interest services. Previous editions of Friends News and Notes featured a description of the materials on emergent literacy distributed to the libaries with Parenting Collections, the sound system for Meadowridge, and the Board Game Club at Lakeview. Two other projects of note are:
Audiobooks for teens, requested by Liz Carroll, Ashman Branch, who reports that based on recommendations from Karen Lucas, Youth Servives Librarian at Sequoya, all seven Alex Rider books ( a popular teen series by Horowitz), Alexie’s Abolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, and Nancy Farmer’s Land of the silver apples were purchased. These have been well used with waiting lists on some.
Book Discussion Kits – requested by Liz Amundson, who reported in November that “The new kits have gone out 2 to 4 times in six months. Since they often go out for 2 to 3 months at a time, this indicates they are out nearly all the time. New kits include Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos; The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber; Regeneration by Pat Barker, and a few others And as we’ve said before, these kits have been completely supported through gifts and grants from the Friends.”