CHECK IT OUT JUNE 5: Grand Forks and District Public Library director answers questions

Avi Silberstein, director of the Grand Forks and District Public Library, answers requests from the library suggestion box.

Grand Forks and District Public Library

Grand Forks and District Public Library

Hi Folks!

We have a little suggestion box in the library. It’s off to the side of the checkout desk – a small, wooden treasure chest. We receive all sorts of comments, and I’ve decided to include some of them, along with my responses:

Q: Would love to have reservations for magazines, please! The library used to! A: That’s a great suggestion. Done! Q: Please provide a hook on ladies bathroom stall door. A: Sure and we’ve put one in the men’s washroom too! Q: Pop machine. A: No. Q: Get more cool books! Please!!! A: We’re trying! If you wrote this note, please come tell us what kinds of books you’d like us to get, and we’ll get right on it. Q: A blonkey. A: OK …

Keep those suggestions coming and every once in a while, I will include some here. In other news, we have made some changes to our magazine collection.

As you may recall, I asked for your input last fall, and many of you gave us feedback on new titles you thought we should acquire.

We looked at your suggestions and a list that shows how often our current titles get checked out and we put together our new magazine lineup. We’ve added an assortment of new titles: Archie Comics, Make (for wonderful DIY projects), Harper’sMother Earth NewsCloth Paper Scissors (for crafts) and Wild (animal magazine, for children).

We did have to discontinue some magazines, such as The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and a few others, but we will re-evaluate again next year and continue to adapt our magazine collection to the changing interests of the communities that we serve!

And here’s what we’ve got going on at the library:

Kootenay writers

Author Antonia Banyard will be at the library on June 11 at 7 p.m. to read from her OBOK finalist novel Never Going Back, and to show videos of the other finalists.

Happy Feet

Learn how to give a foot massage at our Learn @ Lunch workshop on June 13 at 12:30 p.m. Rosemary Phillips will be teaching various reflexology and healing techniques, and copies of her new instruction booklet will be available.

Bike repair

Come to the library on June 15 at 3:30 p.m. to learn how to do your own basic bike tune-up. Brian Fletcher (of Chain Reaction Ride and Slide) will be here showing us how it’s done!

Laundry lines

Do you love laundry lines as much as we do? Then come to the library on June 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. to get your free retractable laundry line – Fortis BC will here giving them away. Come hang out!

– Avi Silberstein is library director for the Grand Forks and District Public Library