Help a girl out! In search of a book title or author

August 13, 2013

I never thought I’d use my blog for this, but here goes nothing!

I’m on a hunt for a book for a patron. She listened to it when it was on cassette tapes and she thinks she might have re-listened to it on CD at one point. We have no author or title… Here’s the synopsis.

Two teenagers are in a car accident. After the accident, the story continues about both the boy and girl and what happens in their lives. The man becomes a writer??? At the end of the book he commits suicide AND the readers discover that the woman died in the accident and he’s been living his life like she was alive all of these years.

Can you help me? Please get in touch with me or leave a comment!



ALA – left behind but not without hope

June 21, 2012

I’m not headed to the annual ALA conference in Anaheim like many info-pros are right now. Instead, I’ll be working my typical hours and continuing with the summer reading program events. I’m not disappointed, though. I’m hoping this fall I will be able to attend a conference or two. I applied for a scholarship for the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference in Raleigh, NC at the end of September and I’m hoping to get enough funds to travel up to the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) conference in October.

I’m looking forward to watching tweets and blog posts about the discussions at ALA. I know that although I’m left behind this year, good things will happen there because good people are attending and working to make librarianship better around the country. And, this is my promise to you, at some point in my life I will be able to physically attend these conferences to play a more active role in this process. I just can’t do it right now – because I’m really BROKE! 🙂

Monday – #libday7

July 25, 2011

Today’s #libday7 post is sponsored by the word WATER.


Noun: A colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms: chemical formula H2O.

WATER is the basis of the library.
A living organism
right in downtown
Winnebago, Minnesota.

Here’s a recap of my day:
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Bike Bookmobile

July 19, 2011

Quick update:

My dream of becoming a bike bookmobile librarian is coming true. I’ve delivered 2 books via bike this summer!

Minnesota State Shutdown Ends – Work is Not Done!

July 15, 2011

This is partially an email sent to me earlier today and partially my own words and plea. Thank you!


Now that an agreement to re-start the state government has been reached, we have a very short window to act on one very important topic:

Before the shutdown started, MOE (Maintenance of Effort) for Libraries was suspended for two years.  The MLA/MEMO lobbyist, Elaine Keefe, is hard at work trying to get MOE returned to some state other than suspended.  (Because of the way MOE is calculated on the three previous years, a two year suspension could have a devastating effect on libraries around the state.)

Please take the time to contact the Governor, House and Senate Leadership, and Tax Chairs and ask them to NOT suspend library maintenance of effort.  It can’t hurt to remind them that the library community has been the only MOE recipient to come to the table with compromises in the past several years.  This is our chance to have an enormous impact on our future, but we have very little time to act!

Here are the appropriate email links for those who need to be contacted:

Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch

Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers

Governor Mark Dayton 

Tax Chairs

House:  Greg Davids                    

Senate: Julianne Ortman          

Thank you for your time and effort!

Heidi (and libraries in general)

#cpd23 – 23 Things for Professional Development

June 21, 2011

I decided to join the 23 Things for Professional Development. I’m a day late, but I don’t think that matters too much. I’m taking part in this to meet new people. I’ve been blogging (mainly focused on my MLIS education) for a couple of years. But now that I’m in the professional world of libraryland, it would be nice to hear some ideas and suggestions for keeping current and continuing my professional development with my always-busy schedule.

My career: If you read my other posts, you’ll see I’m the Library Director at Muir Library in Winnebago, MN. I recently graduated from the University of Washington iSchool. I also am a proud member of the HackLibSchool editing team!

My hopes for cpd23

  • meet new contacts in libraryland!
  • become more comfortable with technologies I don’t use already!
  • advocate for making time for professional development in rural areas

Now you may ask why I say “in rural areas”. Here’s why. I’m currently working in a rural area (one of the poorest counties in Minnesota) where the public demand for the library is high, the support of the library is fantastic and where the librarian (me) does everything from readers’ advisory for people at nursing homes to shelving picture books to updating the Facebook and Twitter accounts to compiling the annual reports. In these full days, it is necessary to step back and remember the big picture of librarianship. One important way to do that (and to stay current) is to continue education (formally or informally). And we should be paid to do that.


Share YOUR Story with Muir Library

May 5, 2011

It’s Summer Reading Program planning time! Actually, I’m probably behind in the planning process because I just recently started my position at Muir Library in Winnebago, Minn., but that just means I’m working even harder to have a successful first Summer Reading Program. A more in-depth post about programming in a rural library will come soon, but in the meantime, please pass this to your contacts- near and far.

Share YOUR Story with Muir Library!

This year’s Summer Reading program theme is One World, Many Stories. I’d love to have stories and postcards from different states and countries to share with the participants at Muir Library.
Please consider sending us a postcard – who knows – we may also send one back!

Our address is:
Muir Library
36 Main St. N
P.O. Box 218
Winnebago, Mn 56098

Thanks – Heidi

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