This week, we mark the retirement of Alison Cutsinger, who has been the soul of the Elsie Quirk Library’s front desk for many years. Alison is appreciated by patrons and coworkers alike for the quiet depth of her warmth, for her slowness to judge, and for her dedication to serving patrons with generosity and care. Those of us fortunate enough to work with her also appreciate her mischievous, but never mean, humor and her unwavering common sense. We will miss Alison’s dedication to doing what’s right, her way of keeping everyone grounded, and her no-nonsense closing announcement each evening. I am confident that the entire community joins me in wishing Alison well, and enthusiastically thanking her for all she has given us.
To take our minds (and yours) off of missing Alison, we are busy planning summer reading surprises, designing engaging displays to pique your interest, preparing our new and very exciting Creation Station, and generally finding ways to infuse the library with fun. Come in and ask us about any or all of this, and any or all of anything else! When you aren’t sure where to go, start at the library.
A Sampling of Library Events, Opportunities, and Resources to Explore:
Take home bags full of amusement.
- Journal Kits
All ages can enjoy our journal kits—create your own journal and record your observations.
- Job Seekers Kit
A purple folder packed with helpful tips, resources, and tools for job seekers, available at our community resource table.
- Care Kits
Reusable sinch bags with useful everyday items for those in need, such as personal hygiene supplies, sox, first aid supplies, and Kind Bars, available by asking any library staff member.
- Snack Bags
Full of popular snacks for children and teens 18 and under, available in the youth department.
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- Alphabet Storytime
Online storytime for kids, enjoy Elsie Quirk’s own Cris and George reading books with their favorite letters, and discover new library friends from other branches.
- Tech by Zoom
Need help with your new phone? Can’t figure out how to get e-books on your iPad? Want to find out how to make Word stop putting spaces where you don’t want them? Set up a tech by Zoom appointment with an Elsie Quirk staff member by registering online or giving us a call. We are also happy to talk you through setting up a Zoom account over the phone.
- Trivia Walk
Keep an eye out for Elsie Quirk’s trivia walks, happening throughout the 100 days of centennial celebration. Pick up an answer card at the desk, stroll the walkway to read our trivia boards, and submit your answers to be entered into a drawing for intriguing prizes.