Do what you do best: helping after a storm

Libraries often play a big part in the moments and months after a natural disaster. Mostly, libraries offer refuge, comfort, and contact; they're a warm place with big hearts filled with folks who know how to find help. But after those first few days of extreme need, what else can libraries offer?

When bake sales don't pay the bills

Our library is paying an hourly rate for IT services each time we need anything technical done to the computers in our care.  And the hourly rate is not cheap: $100 for the first hour, $80 for consecutive hours, plus travel each way.  I can maintain my own computer, but not a library's system.  After we needed several hours' work done on our computers, I found the cost rising to a shrinking budget and needed to find a better solution than bake sales.

Need some extra techie help? Advice from the field.

Libraries use volunteers or local help all the time to fill the gaps in the services they provide--program support, shelving, circ desk duties, and sometimes technology. The latter can be tricky, and as Becky Heil from Dubuque County Library in Farley, IA shared,

Dedication and motivation: volunteers can make it happen!

Can you imagine an all volunteer-run public library?

Better yet, can you imagine a volunteer-run public library that offers a wide selection of books, videos, e-books, DVDs, programs for the public, wireless access, and has the capacity to construct an impressive addition to their existing building?

Capitan Public Library in Capitan, NM, is that library, and Barbara Stewart, a volunteer, recently took time out of her busy day to tell us about her impressive and unique situation.