We share good news about a petition that reached its goal of 10,000 signatures all in the spirit of bringing you more ebooks at your library. In early May, the library built a website and hosted an electronic petition urging the big six publishers (Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and Hachette) to listen to readers who want access to ebooks in all formats and that libraries are a crucial part of the publishing marketplace. Learn more from the cover story or surf over to ebooksforlibraries.com.
An important announcement: The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the library several thousand dollars in grant money to host The Big Read, a community reading initiative that brings people together reading and discussing good literature to restore a culture of reading to society. This year’s Big Read book is The Great Gatsby. We were one among a few. Find out how few received the grant on page 6.
Job-hunting? Let the search take you to the library. This edition of ConnectNow introduces you to Terry Miller, Business Librarian, who answers some commonly asked questions from job seekers. See page 8.
Plus, meet members of our Board of Trustees, Elizabeth Ross and Kerry Onstott Storey.
And your complete August/September schedule of library events is inside this edition of ConnectNow Library News (pdf version).
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Answers to the Fallen Phrase Puzzle
Everyone will read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald in February 2013