As 2017 winds down to a close and we look ahead to 2018, it is a good time to assess what we accomplished in the past year and what we hope to accomplish in the coming year. At Schuyler Public Library, 2017 was a year of change as our longtime Director MeMe Smith retired and Jenny White took the helm as our new director.

Your library will see even greater changes in 2018 as we prepare to move to our new facility on East 18th Street. It is an exciting time to be sure as we transition to a space more than twice the size of our current facility. It will be equally challenging to physically move our book collection and all the miscellaneous items that will be going to the new location. The final details have not been decided upon, but I’m pretty sure it won’t happen overnight.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out your library’s Facebook page, I suggest you do so. We have posted some photos of the interior of the new facility, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, so I feel confident our patrons will be pleased with the change.

In the meantime, your library continues to add new books and movies to its collection. New movies include: “Wonder Woman,” “Atomic Blonde,” “Rogue One,” “Snatched,” “Wind River,” “Outlander-Seasons 1 and 2,” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Valerian” and “The Dark Tower.”

New nonfiction books include: “Prairie Fires-The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” “The Gulf-The Making of an American Sea,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Friends Divided-John Adams and Thomas Jefferson,” “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” “Lenin” and “Leonardo Da Vinci.”

Additions to our fiction collection include: “The Rook,” “A Hope Divided,” “A Proposal for Christmas,” “Stiletto,” “Darker,” “The Tears of the Rose,” “The Talon of the Hawk,” “The Edge of the Blade,” “An Outlaw’s Christmas” and “Stripped Bare.”

New in the children’s library are: “Perfect the Pig,” “Pinkalicious and the Babysitter,” “Monster High Voltageous Adventure-Electrified,” “Hank Finds an Egg,” “American Girl-Maryellen-The Runaway,” “American Girl-Julie-Message in a Bottle,” “Shai and Emmie Star in Break an Egg” and “Threads of Blue.”

You can see that your library has a wide variety of new books that are sure to appeal to all reading interests. Stop in a pick up a good book during the holidays. It’s a great way to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018.

Happy New Year!

Michael Rea is youth services director at Schuyler Public Library.

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