Northwest NEWS

January 17, 2000


Duvall Library a busy place

   Besides a monthly circulation of eight to nine thousand items, the Duvall Library offers entertaining and popular programs for adults and children. Crafts, magicians, animals, music--a wide variety of topics enchant those who come. And come they do, as the November program brought almost 50 participants. Helping to fund some of the programs, the Duvall Civic Club (a Friends of the Library organization) holds plant sales, holiday bake sales, and donation programs.

   But books are the main business, and the librarian, assistants, and volunteers keep busy with patrons checking out and bringing back, with reshelving, cleaning, and repairing. They will cheerfully answer all questions on authors, new acquisitions, information sources, use of the computers, and other more unusual requests. As part of the King County Library System, the head librarian, the assistant librarian, the assistant librarian, and the children's librarian also have meetings to attend, books to list and order, besides their daily challenges.

   As part-timer Kirsten said, "I work at several libraries. Other small libraries sometimes have 20 minutes to discuss other jobs to be done with each other--a time when the basic work is caught up. The busy staff at Duvall never have this privilege. They are always rushing to get the work done. It is almost overwhelming." Yes, more staff and more volunteers could help.

   Among the specialty staff, the children's librarian has a special role and a very busy one. Storytime is very popular and occurs on a regular basis. Besides her work at the library, she visits the Duvall Montessori, the ECAP program and the Extended Day Program at Cherry Valley Elementary School, and the kindergartens at Stillwater. Also, each month there is a visit from the kindergartens at Duvall Christian School.

   Ruth, the branch manager, takes time to lead a book club that meets in the library the last Monday of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. New members are welcome and do not need to be especially erudite or knowledgeable about books to join this fun group. Interested readers should contact Ruth about the reading schedule.

   The Duvall library is a well-used community resource and citizens of the area appreciate the city-owned, county-staffed building, with its library expansion and its meeting room at the lower level.

Tove Burhen, Duvall