Roses from an anonymous library insider, who we’re sure speaks for many, to all members of the Chapel Hill Public Library staff for being real troopers for the past couple of years – moving the library to University Mall, operating at the smaller temporary quarters for over a year, and then moving back to the expanded library.
Particular thanks go to Mark Bayles, the interim director of the library, for shouldering the position during such a difficult time and pulling the library through so beautifully.
Additional thanks go to Meeghan Rosen, the head of Technical Services, for her generosity in being indispensable in the day-to-day running of operations.
Thanks, too, to all those responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the newly expanded facility. These folks don’t always get the credit that more visible front-line staff receive. But the community will enjoy their contributions for decades and generations to come.
And speaking of the library, Roses from Martha Brunstein, president of the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library:
• First to Nice Price Books & Records of Carrboro for their gift of 20 percent of the proceeds from their Library Benefit Bag Sale to the Friends of the Chapel Hill Library. Along with the check they also donated all the books that were left from the final sale.
• Second to Two Men and a Truck from Durham who very efficiently moved 200 boxes of books from Carrboro to the library on a Saturday morning with only two days’ notice and did it as a free community service.
The Friends of the Chapel Hill Library are grateful for the partnering efforts of both these businesses who didn’t hesitate to cross the town limits when their help was needed.
• Third to the staff of the Library who showed up on a rare day they didn’t have to work so that we could complete the transfer of the books.
Roses to the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, and Chatham (LWV-ODC) Counties for achieving recognition from the national League for increasing its membership by over 16 percent in 2012.
“We are thrilled to see that LWV-ODC is thriving and committed to serving the communities in its three counties,” says national president Eisabeth MacNamara. “The League is a true grassroots organization. Without strong and devoted Leagues helping to make democracy work in communities across the country, we would not have been able to accomplish all that we have over the last 93 years, nor would be we able to continue our mission for years to come.”
This year LWV-ODC offered an outstanding series of educational programs on implementing the Affordable Care Act to the public, free of charge. As a non-partisan organization, the League encourages informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. LWV-ODC provides an invaluable service to our communities! Learn more about its activities by visiting its website at www.lwvodc.org.
Roses from reader Susan Kudler to all the local stores that carried a nice selection of Passover items for those in the Jewish community:
“This year it was easier than usual for us to find both necessary and desirable items for celebrating the eight-day holiday,” she writes.
One suggestion: “An enhanced selection next year, plus some ads stating what is available would make things even better and spare us from having to go on a scavenger hunt throughout the town to find them.”