KPL CONNECTIONS Summer 2008 by fjhuangjun


									            KPL CON NECTIO NS/ W inter 2007

            KPL CONNECTIONS/                                                   Summer 2008

                                                “Summer afternoon - summer afternoon... the two most beautiful
                                                 words in the English language.” ~ Henry James (1843 - 1916)
Thank you for volunteering at
the Kitchener Public Library!
We hope you find this news-                   Thank You, KPL Volunteers!
letter informative and that it
                                              It’s hard to believe two months have gone by since we
strengthens the positive con-
                                              saw many of you at our lovely spring event on April 30.
nection between you and the
                                              That evening we celebrated your success and the tremendous impact
library.    Your   ideas   and
                                              you have as volunteers at KPL. I appreciated that a number of you
contributions are welcome.
                                              shared your volunteer stories with me. Each story demonstrated how
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                                              That evening, with your help we launched our postcard campaign in
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                                              support of the central library project. Before you had left, we had close
                                              to 150 postcards to deliver to City Council. By the end of the campaign
                                              almost 2700 postcards had been signed, demonstrating to Council that
                                              there is community support to renovate and expand the Main Library.

                                              Support from you and others in the community had a big impact. In
                                              May, Council approved the allocation of $32.5M from the Economic
                                              Development Investment Fund towards funding the Main Library reno-
                                              vation and expansion. They also directed us to work on a project fund-
                                              ing plan with City Finance staff. That work is underway and we antici-
                                              pate presenting the plan to Council in September. Hopefully, we will
                                              then get the green light to proceed with the next phase of the project.

                                              As always, staff is working on many other projects at KPL. One I
                                              would like to highlight is our new Strategic Plan. This plan will guide
                                              our work over the next four years. You’ll find the draft at
Summer Hours                                  Let us know what you think about it and help shape KPL’s future.
Monday - Thursday
9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
                                              I hope you have an enjoyable summer.

Friday                                        With thanks on behalf of everyone at KPL,
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM                             Sonia
                                              Sonia Lewis, CEO, Kitchener Public Library
We Want To Hear From You...
The Kitchener Public Library has been working on a new Strategic Plan to assist the library in establishing priori-
ties to better serve the needs of our customers. The Library Board has approved a four year draft Strategic Plan
that includes a revised and expanded vision statement and five key goals: dynamic destinations, making a differ-
ence, community connections, empowered people, and sustainable future.
In order to finalize our Strategic Plan we would like to hear from you. Please take a moment to review the draft
Strategic Plan and send us your feedback. The draft Strategic Plan is available for your comment and feedback,
online at or in print at any KPL location. Based on feedback from the public and other stakeholders,
the draft Strategic Plan will be revised and then presented to the Library Board for final approval in October 2008.
Community feedback is an important part of our planning process. We want to hear from you!

Announcing the 2008 One Book, One Community Selection...
                    About the Book
                    The 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating
                    By Alisa Smith and J. B. MacKinnon
                    This book documents the remarkable, amusing and inspiring adventures of a Canadian couple
                    who make a year-long attempt to eat foods grown and produced within a 100-mile radius of
                    their apartment.
                    When Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that the average ingredient in a North
                    American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate, they decided to launch a simple experi-
                    ment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate. For one year, they
                    would only consume food that came from within a 100-mile radius of their Vancouver apart-
                    ment. The 100-Mile Diet was born.
The couple’s discoveries sometimes shook their resolve. It would be a year without sugar, Cheerios, olive oil, rice,
Pizza Pops, beer, and much, much more. Yet local eating has turned out to be a life lesson in pleasures that are
always close at hand. They met the revolutionary farmers and modern-day hunter-gatherers who are changing the
way we think about food. They got personal with issues ranging from global economics to biodiversity. They called
on the wisdom of grandmothers, and immersed themselves in the seasons. They discovered a host of new fla-
vours, from gooseberry wine to sun chokes to turnip sandwiches, foods that they never would have guessed were
on their doorstep.

About the Program
One Book, One Community was created to promote reading by adults, and to build new connections in the
community through the shared experience of reading. Read along with your community and then participate in
author events throughout the region from September 16-18. Smith and MacKinnon will be visiting KPL on Thurs-
day, September 18th.

Watch the library’s website ( or The Record for notices of community events as they develop, or check
out the One Book, One Community website at And don’t forget the OBOC
Blog – check it out at

Come Celebrate KidSpark
KidSpark is a free family festival scheduled at Victoria Park on Sunday August 17, 2008, rain
or shine. You can help with our art discovery centres, dress up as a costume character or join
the community carnival. Adults and youth are needed to make this festival a great suc-
cess! Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, a complimentary lunch and have lots of fun! Visit for details.
V            olunteers have always helped the Kitchener Public Library organize its annual book sale by sorting our
             discarded and donated material. In January we decided to change the way we process the book sale
             books by partnering with a social venture company called Better World Books. Better World Books is
a major book distribution company located in Indiana. They collect unwanted donations and discards from over
900 libraries across the United States and Canada. Better World Books finds the best possible use for each book
collected. Books are either sold on their 17 online marketplaces to raise money for non-profit literacy programs or
sent to one of their non-profit partners for use in their programs. Better World Books prides themselves on their
ability to derive the maximum value from every book collected. Any book that cannot be used is recycled.

KPL was the second library in Canada to partner with Better World
Books. There are no monthly fees with Better World Books but they
do ask that we prescreen our library material and only send those items
that meet their acceptance guidelines. They are looking for dictionar-
ies, thesauruses, gently used children’s books, hardcover fiction and
nonfiction, mass market paperbacks, travel books and textbooks. KPL
has 11 volunteers who come in on a regular basis to help us process
the discards and box the books. Using a computer stationed in the back of archives, they log on to Better World’s
web portal and enter the ISBN numbers of each book. The accepted books get boxed for shipment and the re-
jected books are boxed for our book sale which is scheduled for October. So far, our book sale volunteers have
donated 224 hours this year and KPL has shipped 125 boxes of books to Better World Books. Our goal is to ship
another 130 boxes at the end of the summer. Better World Books will come to pick up the books and KPL will
receive 15 percent of the net sales.

The Better World Books project is a very successful volunteer initiative and a positive partnership for KPL.
 It allows us to capitalize on the value of our used and donated books. Better World Books sells our books for
   what the books are truly worth, thereby optimizing the revenue potential for our Library. To date, we have
   sold 992 books and our gross sales to date are $5,626.05. The average book sale price is $5.67 and KPL has
   earned $717.32 in commission. Plus we still have lots of great books available for our own library sales.
 The changes made to processing the books have made this volunteer opportunity much more rewarding.
   There is a set procedure to follow and our volunteers feel a sense of accomplishment when they see the num-
   ber of books accepted by Better World Books. One volunteer said that this opportunity has made her so happy
   because she feels there is real value in the work she is doing on behalf of KPL.
 Through Better World Books, KPL is making a positive contribution to global literacy initiatives. Better World
   Books has donated $239.11 of their profits to KPL’s charity of choice, Room To Read. Room To Read part-
   ners with communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by estab-
   lishing libraries, creating local language children’s literature, constructing schools and establishing computer
 And finally we are guaranteeing that our unwanted books are recycled in an environmentally responsible

Thanks to all of the volunteers who have participated in this very successful book sale initiative!

                            Caesar and Cleopatra
                            KPL staff have bought tickets for the George Bernard Shaw play Caesar and Cleopatra
                            which is playing at the Festival Theatre in Stratford. We’re saving about $20.00 by pur-
                            chasing the A seating tickets at the $72.00 group rate. We can still add more tickets to
our order so if you would like to join us on Sunday, Oct. 5th at 2:00 pm, please let us know.
Email for details.
Every year, KPL nominates volunteers for the Ontario Volunteer               Great Books
Service Awards. These awards are presented by the Ministry of                    To
Citizenship and Immigration to recognize volunteers for their con-            Read This
tinuous years of service to one agency and for their outstanding              Summer
contribution of volunteer hours. The award recipients were invited
to a special ceremony at the Concordia Club and each of them
received two personalized certificates from the Province and a                                 Asylum
beautiful trillium lapel pin. Congratulations to...                                        by Andre Alexis
5 YEARS: Pat K., Norma L., Barbara L., Gail M., Linda M., Lynne                               Hold Tight
M., Sue M., Carolyn P., Mary Jane S., Elaine V., Janet Y. & Chris-                         by Harlan Coben
tiana Z.                                                                                 Bright Shiny Morning
10 YEARS: John H., Ksavera H., Karen J., Bill S. & Edma W.                                   by James Frey
15 YEARS: Mary G.                                                                    The Cellist of Sarajevo
20 YEARS: Beverly H.                                                                  by Steven Galloway
25 YEAR: Nancy W.
                                                                                            Loving Frank
Youth Category: Natasha J., Andrei P., Naomi W. & Sheran W.
                                                                                           by Nancy Horan
                                                                                         Unaccustomed Earth
Salute to Seniors                                                                         by Jhumpa Lahiri
On June 19, 2008, the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Kitchener
Seniors (MACKS) held their 2nd annual Salute To Seniors. This                    The Miracle at Speedy Motors
event recognizes the outstanding efforts of community engagement                  by Alexander McCall Smith
by adults age 50 and better. The recognition ceremony was held in                        The Cruellest Month
the Rotunda at City Hall and included an address by Mayor Carl                            by Louise Penny
Zehr, a brief comedic performance by Kevin Fox of Fox Theatrix,
and refreshments. KPL was so pleased to nominate four library                              Not in the Flesh
volunteers for this special honour:                                                        by Ruth Rendell
    Bruce M. – Library Board member                                                   At a Loss for Words
    Christiana Z. - Indoor Gardener @ Main
                                                                                     by Diane Schoemperien
    Dianna B. – Indoor Gardener @ Main
    Wayne B. – Reading Buddy & Homework Tutor @ Pioneer                           The Art of Racing in the Rain
        Park                                                                            by Garth Stein
                                                                                   The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
                                                                                     by David Wroblewski

                 New KPL Website Coming!
                 KPL is updating its website and giving it a new design and format. Before we launch our new site,
                 we want your feedback on the look, feel and appeal of the website. You are invited to join a small
                 focus group on Thursday, July 17, 2008:

                Teens & Twenties: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
    Thirties & Up: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

We have limited space, so please call today to register for this exciting opportunity!

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