“People who subscribe to a personal philosophy of ‘living to learn’ have, I think, a natural affinity for the library, “says the new Rush City Branch Librarian, Donna Larson. Donna, who recently accepted the position in Rush City, previously worked at the Princeton Area Library, so she is familiar with the East Central Regional Library system. Being with and serving people who want to and love to learn is her favorite part of working at the library. Witnessing that sense of desire and anticipation when a customer comes into the library is invigorating.
Donna’s love of reading started early in her life. Being somewhat of an insomniac, Donna found that reading novels at night helped her sleep. Reading books helped direct her mind away from the activities of the day and allowed her to vicariously experience other people’s lives and experience the world from its pages.
Donna hopes to become more acquainted with the Rush City community and ascertain how the library can best serve its patrons. She is eager to become involved in the children’s storytime, summer reading activities and other library events. As she starts her new position, Donna is also excited about working with the Rush City Friends of the Library and developing a larger volunteer base to benefit the library.
Donna hopes to use her overriding enthusiasm plus all the tools the library has to offer including its collection and its network of people to best serve the community. So be careful, she might just infect you with her enthusiasm. Donna believes as Charles “Tremendous” Jones once said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today but for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Stop by the Rush City Public Library and take a moment to meet Donna and check out something from the library. Who knows….you might just be a different person the next time you come back to visit.
Vickie Sorn, Youth & Community Services Librarian
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Bob Gray, Reference and Adult Services Librarian
On Saturday, with kids in tow, I attended the Grand Re-Opening of the
Moreover, I heard from several there, as I have in the past from RC patrons, that, more than the physical structure, it is the personal care and attention that Jeanette gives to her patrons that is that branch’s real treasure. Her focus on the kids of the community has been particularly praised and appreciated. Students from the local school, where research resources are limited, rely heavily on its public library, and thus its staff. To me, that’s what Saturday’s celebration was really about.
I took pictures and, with the help of my 11-year-old daughter, uploaded them to ECRL’s flickr site. I had hoped to postpone until her teen years the looks of “Dad, you are so uncool” but when I admitted I hadn’t downloaded/uploaded pictures before, I think I glimpsed my declining stature. Check out the pictures.
Nick Dimassis, Assistant Director, ECRL
The newly renovated Rush City Library opened this week. The first person to come in was a blond haired little girl, who promply sat down in front the bright window in the children’s section and read a book. She told Rush City Librarian, Jeanette Monthye, “I lub my new libary.”
The East Central Minnesota Post Review has a great story about the renovation which was funded by Chisago County. Check it out online.
Congratulations to the residents of Rush City on your new library. Thank you to Jeanette and Jane for all your hard work. And thank you to Chisago County for your support!
Barbara Misselt, ECRL Director