Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The pressure is on

Now that this blog is prominently featured on our website, I had better continue to add to it. I have been very busy this last month. I've been to meetings every week, it seems. One of the most interesting one was the workshop for our "Between Fences" Smithsonian exhibit that the library will host from May 19 - June 20, 2008. We joined six other local coordinators for a full day of intense information. It has made me even more excited about this exhibit.

To say nothing of the drive down to Lincoln and the many interesting traffic situations, where I was very glad that people recognized an inexperienced Grandma driver and cut her considerable slack. Now I know Lincoln is a small town to most people, but give me a break, Tilden doesn't even have a stoplight, let alone multiple lanes.

That's all well and good, but while I'm typing this, Gloria comes into my office with two boxes of promotional materials for the Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation Exhibit--which we host beginning this year from June 28 -August 10. We became hosts for this exhibit through a grant process. We are one of sixty libraries across the U. S. to host it and the only library in Nebraska to do so. I'm including the credit line here because so many people are responsible for this thing and it gives a good overview of that involvement: “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” has been organized by the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, and the Gilder Lehrman Institure of American History, New York City, in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This exhibition was made possible by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and charged with planning the national celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.

See what I mean? I guess I'd better get in gear, because June 28 is not very far away. Along those lines, I was delighted to open the mail this morning and find money from a Northeast Library Systems Grant that will help us pay the Nebraska Humanities Council fees for the three programs that we are planning to go along with the exhibit. I'll tell you more about that, another day.

Right now I have to get busy and research a little more about eBay selling, as the library is going to be selling excess property over eBay, soon. That is, if I can manage to figure out how. But right now I have to go work the desk, as Gloria's shift is over. More tomorrow.

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