Library Moments: Community Led

communityBessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Hello, I’m Bessie Sullivan from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

The current trend in the library world is something called “community led”. We had a great deal of interest in this as we always want to learn better ways to interact with the community around us. As it turns out “community led” isn’t really a new way of thinking but rather what the library has always done in Haliburton.

In terms of collections is works like this. We ask ourselves the question, what kind of collection do the people of Haliburton specifically need to assist them in their interests. For example, if you do a search on Maple syrup it yields a wealth of information for both the budding hobbyist and those that rely on the production for income.

This week on Library Moments Sherrill Sherwood, Erin Kernohan-Berning and I will each tell you about an aspect of our collection that is community led.

plant-growing-out-of-bookSherrill Sherwood, Collections Development: Seed libraries are popping up in various library systems including Markham, Vaughan, Orillia, and Collingwood. Each seed library is unique to the place and the people involved. In Haliburton County, the library is partnered with Haliburton In Transition and Harvest Haliburton. Basically, people come to the Dysart branch, where the seed library is tucked into the back corner, to borrow and return seeds. People plant seeds in their gardens, raise the plants, let a bit of them go to seed and bring some of those mature seeds back to the library to replenish the collection. If you never return the seeds, that’s okay, you can heirloom life gardenerstill come back to take more.To support those interested in learning more about saving seeds and gardening, the library purchased a number of related books. One of the most popular additions in this category is The Heirloom Life Gardener: the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily and naturally. In this invaluable resource, Jere and Emilee Gettle, cofounders of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, share a wealth of knowledge to expert as well as novice gardeners. The book offers planting, growing, harvesting, and seed saving tips, in addition to an extensive A to Z Growing Guide, including amazing heirloom varieties that many people have never even seen. From seed collecting to the history of seed varieties and name origins, Jere takes you far beyond the heirloom tomato. This is the first book of its kind that is not only a guide to growing beautiful and delicious vegetables, but also a way to join the movement of people who long for real food and a truer way of living. While you don’t need a library card to take the seeds, you do need one to borrow The Heirloom Life Gardener.

rat rodErin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Vehicles can be both an enjoyment and a necessity. Having a one is a requirement in Haliburton County. While many are able to lessen their dependency on cars by cycling, walking, and even canoeing, if you are traveling across the County, or leaving it, you’ll have to get in a vehicle at some point. A vehicle is an expensive investment whether new or used, taking into account the initial buying price, the cost of insurance, and the cost of maintenance. HCPL has many resources for those of us who rely on the four-wheel ball and chain, including the Lemon-Aid series of buying guides,

repair manuals, and the Chilton Library database (access from home using your library card # and the password trillium) for automobile repair which provides information on labour estimates, vehicle maintenance, and recalls for the most popular vehicle from the last 30 years. It is especially useful for older vehicles, where you can find detailed pictures, animations, and videos on common repair needs.

If you are looking to get your license, whether for a car, big truck, bus, or motorcycle, you can find the most recent official driver’s handbooks from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation at Haliburton County Public Library. The library decided to start carrying these to save people a bit of money – often we need these books only once in our lives.

Cars, for many, are also a thing of joy. For those who are obsessed with all things that go VROOM! we have books on everything from classic cars, to rat rods, to racing!

HL yogaBessie: Lynda Shadbolt of Haliburton Yoga has conducted many different kinds of yoga workshops by donation to benefit the Friend of the Library. Lynda did a series on chair yoga which is a way to stretch and bend while sitting on a chair. It is good for people who sit a lot, be they office workers, or people with mobility issues. Lynda’s series was so popular that we were asked to purchase books on the subject so that people could continue their practice. Chair chair yogaYoga for You: A Practical Guide and Chair Yoga: Seated Exercise for Health and Wellbeing are two great titles that can show anyone how to do chair yoga. Having tried it myself it is actually way more effective than you might think.

There are lots of other community initiatives that have influenced a collection at the library. When the new Wilberforce Branch was built there was a surge in interest in books about sustainable construction, and when the bulk store started selling Quinoa, people asked for quinoa cookbooks.

So to us “community led” means that if it is happening in our community it should be supported by a collection in the library. Keep in mind that if you think we need to improve an area of collection you can always make purchasing suggestions. That’s it for today’s episode of Library Moments, thanks for listening here at 100.9 CANOE FM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM June 7th – 13th, 2015.

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