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As we celebrate our 25th anniversary in this library building, I have pondered about the changes in public libraries during that time.  I decided that much could be summed up in two words:  electrical outlets.
In 1977 we had about five things here that plugged in.  Now , I look around and see surge protectors snaking everywhere and a spaghetti-like tangle of cables and cords linking us to the world via computers and the Internet. 
Whenever technology threatens to overwhelm me, however, I like to remind myself that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Patrons still clamor for bestsellers, students still wait until the last minute to do homework, and teachers still assign book reports and projects.  All of this reassures me that my job is not in any immediate danger of disappearing into cyberspace.
The average patron still needs a human interface with the world of information. That's what your library staff is here for.
 Librarians are public servants...our job is to connect people with books and information.  The ways that we acquire, catalog, house, and deliver resources have changed over the years; but the ultimate goal of our technology is excellent patron service and that should never change.
Our tools have grown more sophisticated (how did we ever exist without keyword searching?!) and our cables and cords have opened up a vast array of new information choices.  Helping patrons navigate those choices is light-years away from showing them how 3-by-5 cards were filed.  As your library staff, we need an ever-increasing willingness to accept change and new methods.  It's challenging and frustrating, but also very exciting and rewarding work.

As always, feel free to reach me at the library by phone (635-4971), by fax (635-7715), or by email (sarah@fairfield.lib.sc.us.).

Just for Kids
  • The library will wrap up its Summer Reading activities at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17th with a magic show by Mark Daniel.  (See more information below)
  • Remember to complete your reading record passports and return to the library in order to receive your summer reading medal.
The Summer Reading Gator!
  • A brochure of school year library activities for children will be available in August.  Look for it at the circulation desk in Winnsboro and Ridgeway.
  • Don't forget Dial-a-Story.  Call 635-2020.
Mark Daniel's Magic on July 17
Back by popular demand this summer, Mark Daniel will present a magic show on Wednesday, July 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fairfield County Library.

Mark is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He travels the Southeast during the school year  with his wonderful programs based on children's books.  He uses magic tricks, special effects, puppets, and, of course, a rabbit to entertain children and share stories with them.  Each summer he offers special programs to public libraries, and he has become a favorite with children and staff here in Fairfield County.
Mark Daniel from 2001 Summer Reading.

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