Reason #55: Our Customers Believe In Us

Reason #55 Our customers believe in us

Back in April, our eighth reason to celebrate St. Thomas Public Library was “We value your feedback.” And we do! We emailed over 1,200 of our customers that subscribe to our monthly online newsletter and asked for their personal reasons for celebrating St. Thomas Public Library and libraries in general. We received some amazing comments, compliments, and feedback. (If you want to give us your reason to celebrate the library, we’re still welcoming feedback! Comment on this blog, or email rcrocker@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca) Many of these responses are, or will soon be, some of our “Official” reasons for celebrating St. Thomas Public Library. (For example, our Reason #10 was submitted by a trio of library users!) There was, however, one overarching theme that seemed to be reflected in each comment; St. Thomas Public Library customers believe in the value of libraries and they believe in us, the library staff.

Cam Walters, a regular library customer, summarized why libraries are worth celebrating very well. This was his reply when we asked him why libraries are important:

In a world where everything costs money and much of that is fairly low on substance, the library provides a place to learn, or be entertained, be enlightened or be inspired… all for free.

As our parks do for our bodies, libraries provide growth and nourishment for our minds and souls.

We couldn’t agree more! As soon as our Marketing Coordinator received this email, she forwarded it to all library staff. They were moved to tears. The staff here at STPL are all passionate about the library and the services it provides, but it means so much more when we hear it from someone else, and it makes us even more passionate about our jobs at the library.

Why should we celebrate St. Thomas Public Library? Because our customers believe in us. Do we really need any more reason than that?

Best Read of 2012 Staff Picks

Best Read of 2012

St. Thomas Public Library staff have put together another awesome display of “Best Read of 2012 Staff Picks.” The books in the display are ones that library staff have read in 2012 and think are so fantastic that you need to read them too! Most of the recommendations are from the Adult Fiction collection, but some are Teen and Youth fiction. All are well worth the read!

And now it’s YOUR turn! Tell us your favourite read of 2012; we’ll include it in our display and you’ll have a chance to win a library prize pack! Comment on this post or email Ruth at rcrocker@st-thomas.library.on.ca to participate.

You don’t have to come to the library to see what’s on the display. Here’s the complete list of recommendations:

  • The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Angelberger, Tom
  • Year of the Flood by Atwood, Margaret
  • Alice I Have Been by Benjamin, Melanie
  • San Miguel by Boyle, T.C.
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury, Ray
  • A Red Herring without Mustard by Bradley, Alan
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Brunt, Carol
  • Glamping with Mary Jane: Glamour and Camping by Butlers, Mary Jane
  • Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Cabot, Meg
  • Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Cain, Susan
  • A Dog’s Purpose by Cameron, Bruce
  • Enders Game by Card, Orson Scott
  • Graceling by Cashore, Kristin
  • The End of the Line by Cerrito, Angela
  • The Good Father by Chamberlain, Diane
  • Hunger Games by Collins, Suzanne
  • The Drop by Connelly, Michael
  • Book of Lost Things by Connolly, John
  • Little, Big by Crowley, John
  • The Maze Runner by Dashner, James
  • Our Daily Bread by Davis, Lauren B.
  • The House I Loved by De Rosnay, Tatiana
  • The Sisters Brothers by deWitt, Patrick
  • River of Destiny by Erskine, Barbara
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Evison, Jonathan
  • Gone Girl by Flynn, Gillian
  • Love Anthony by Genova, Lisa
  • Heading out to Wonderful by Goolrick, Robert
  • Secret Daughter by Gowda, Shilpa Somaya
  • On this Island by Graves, Tracey Garvis
  • Bloom by Hampton, Kelle
  • Locke & Key by Hill, Joe
  • Alzheimer’s: Finding the Words by Hodgson, Harriet
  • Snow Child by Ivey, Eowyn
  • Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Joyce, Rachel
  • Life of Pi by Martel, Yan
  • Spin by McKenzie, Catherine
  • Forgotten by McKenzie, Catherine
  • Talk Funny Girl by Merullo, Roland
  • Phantom by Nesbo, Jo
  • Birthmarked by O’Brien, Caragh
  • Wonder by Palaccio, R.J.
  • Book of Awesome by Pasricha, Neil
  • Bury Your Dead by Penny, Louise
  • Beautiful Mystery by Penny, Louise
  • Serena by Rash, Ron
  • The Imposter Bride by Richler, Nancy
  • The Shanghai Murders by Rotenberg, David
  • The Placebo Effect by Rotenberg, David
  • Divergent by Roth, Veronica
  • The Goat Woman of Largo Bay by Royes, Gillian
  • The Prisoner of Heaven by Ruiz, Carlos Zafon
  • Wonderstruck and the Invention of Hugo Calret by Selznick, Brian
  • Between Shades of Grey by Sepetys, Ruta
  • Story of Beautiful Girl by Simon, Rachel
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Sloan, Robin
  • The House at Tyneford by Solomons, Natasha
  • The Light Between Oceans by Stedman, M.L.
  • The Help by Stockett, Kathryn
  • The Age of Miracles by Thompson, Karen Walker
  • Cool Water by Warren, Dianne
  • The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Wingfield, Jenny
  • The Book Thief by Zusak, Markus

Book Review Added – December 12 2012

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Meagan has just added a new book review for:

Hallucinations

by: Oliver Sacks

Check it out. Don’t forget – many library staff members review books. Find them all on the “Reader’s Advisory” page of this blog!

New Book Review Added – December 11 2012

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The Diviners

by: Libba Bray

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New Book Review Added – November 8 2012

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Meagan has just added a new book review for:

Seraphina

by: Rachel Hartmen

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Book Review Added – October 9 2012

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Meagan has just added a new book review for:

The Age of Miracles

by: Karen Thompson Walker

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Book Review Added – October 1 2012

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Ruth has just added a new book review for:

Never Let Me Go

by: Kazuo Ishiguro

Check it out. Don’t forget – many library staff members review books. Find them all on the “Reader’s Advisory” page of this blog!