Opinion

Altruism at your library

By Bryna Walker, Library Director

Recently, we had two men who came into the library and offered to help us with shelving in the children’s reading area. They knew we needed to have some shelves leveled and extra wood added so our spines of the books could face out and it would be more organized for parents and children looking for a book. By the next day the two men had cut, stained, and installed two of the shelves. By the next day, the rest of the shelves were done. It is hard to know how to thank someone for doing something like that. They said they enjoyed it and wanted to help us at the library and it was their way of doing it. I thought, “what a selfless act of kindness.”

Whether it is a monetary donation for books, food for kids that are here after school, or donating a skill, such as carpentry, to help make our library look nice; altruism is something that truly makes the world a happier place. Thank you to those people who give back to our library. In celebrating National Library Week we are reminded that Libraries=Strong Communities. We look forward every day in helping our library patrons and we want to thank you for your support and patronage at Washington Public Library.

NEW MATERIAL LIST

Adult Fiction

Redemption by David Baldacci

Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Lost & Wanted by Nell Freudenberger

The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman

The Last by Hanna Jameson

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

The 13-Minute Murder by James Patterson

Triple Jeopardy by Anne Perry

Neon Prey by John Sandford

There’s a Word For That by Sloane Tanen

Cherokee America by Margaret Verble

The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear

To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

Adult Nonfiction

Valley Forge by Bob Drury

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, & a Mother’s Will To Survive by Stephanie Land

Fault Lines in the Constitution by Cynthia Levison

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer

How To Be A Good Creature by Sy Montgomery

Adult Biography

Young Benjamin Franklin by Nick Bunker

Founding Martyr by Christian di Spigna

Easy Children’s

The Noodle Girls by Aki

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen

Angry Cookie by Laura Dockrill

Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier

Ducks Away! by Mem Fox

Night Job by Karen Hesse

Puddle by Richard Jackson

We Are (Not) Friends by Anna Kang

Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora

Swarm of Bees by Lemony Snicket