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Libraries That Matter

By Nate LaClaire —  April 26, 2007

I found this neat quote from Eric Stackhouse, chief librarian at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in an article on the website of the Project for Public Spaces (linked below):

“Librarians have to think about our spaces differently. Before we managed book collections, and today we’re doing much more management of community spaces.”

Source: Libraries That Matter

Thanks to Deb Locke who sent the link to this article on MELibs.

The Peter Fletcher concert at Ricker Library tonight was wonderful! Approximately 40 people attended and all appeared to enjoy the music immensely. I came home with three CD’s – one for my grandfather and two for me (and the family).

Now I am going to bed – I am exhausted!

As promised, more information regarding classical guitarist Peter Fletcher‘s concert in Poland is now available on the Friends of Ricker Memorial Library web site. Hurry and get your tickets before they are all gone!

A Great Smoothie

By Nate LaClaire —  February 17, 2006 — Leave a comment

I promised some friends from the library last week that I would give them the recipe for an awesome smoothie that I have been drinking, so I decided to post it to my blog. This is based on the recipe for a smoothie called “The Green Gorilla.”

  • 1/2 package frozen spinach
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 peach
  • 1/2 cup water – use more or less depending on desired consistency

Yeah, you read the first ingredient correctly. What’s wrong, not feeling adventurous? Trust me – you’ll love it. I recommend letting the spinach thaw at room temperature for about 10-20 minutes before you try to cut it. You don’t want it to thaw too much, though. Blend the whole thing as much as you want (I thoroughly liquify it) and enjoy!

I don’t taste the spinach at all – what I taste is the fruit. I eat this and only this for lunch 6 days a week. It’s tasty and filling! And, just look at all of the servings of fruits and vegetables that you are getting out of the way in that one meal (I believe it comes out to 3 servings of fruit and 2 of vegetables). Enjoy!

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher is coming to Poland on Friday, March 31! His concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Ricker Memorial Library. Space is very limited, so be sure to call the library soon (207-998-4390) to get tickets. I am looking forward to it! The music that I have heard him perform (on CD) is all very nice. I will post more information here (including links to official sources, as available) very soon.

Well, Christmas is two days away. I finished my school work on Monday, finished my shopping on Monday, finally got most of my Christmas cards in the mail Wednesday (if you haven’t received one yet and think you should, it’s probably in the mail or still sitting on my desk – I’m thinking about sending Martin Luther King Day cards :-) ). Life has calmed down somewhat. Gifts still aren’t wrapped, though…

Today I went to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with my sisters and a friend. That is the best movie I have seen in a long time! Now I’m trying to figure out if I can fit it in my schedule to go back with some other friends next week. Awesome, terrific, fantastic movie! One of the most common questions I’ve heard is: does it keep true to the book? Answer: I don’t have a clue. Does it stay true to the Wonderworks movie? Not as I remember it. However, it’s been so long since I read the book that I can’t recall if it matched the movie or not. Now I want to read it again… Were I still working at the library I would grab the book first thing Monday morning. Since I don’t… I’ll have to make a special trip. :-)

Actually, first I need to finish The Christmas Wish. I am thoroughly enjoying that book.

Life’s funny isn’t it? I’ll elaborate at another time. Hey, there has to be some reason for you to come back! :-)

Purpose

By Nate LaClaire —  December 6, 2005 — Leave a comment

The whole idea of a blog is kind of odd… I mean, who really cares what is going on with me, or what I think about the latest legislation? Does anyone care? Should anyone care? Probably not.

I first started my blog back when I left my old job and related lifestyle (more on that some other time) and wanted to provide a method for people to keep up on what is happening in my life. Unfortunately, it’s hard to take time to write blog posts when I can’t find time to do stuff that earns me money or stuff that is required for college. However, I want to do better. If I find something interesting on the web I want to tell the world about it. If I read an interesting verse in the Bible I want to blog it. If something exciting, or neat, or frustrating happens in my life I want to share it with others. As I get more photos of Riley (my cat) or my family I will post those, too.

I have been reprimanded for dropping off the face of the earth… The fact is, I miss my old life. The fact is, if I could undo what I did I just might do it. The fact is, my decision was not a mistake, as God has proven to me time and time again (I’ll share more about that later as well). The fact is, making any decision other than the one that I made would have been a mistake. So, where does that leave me? Still right here trying to piece together a life after the library; trying to retain friendships that were formed while I was at the library; trying to move ahead without leaving that all behind.

Have you ever felt too comfortable with your life? I knew that if I didn’t exit soon I could be stuck forever. Sometimes it seemed like I had grown up at the library. Like it was my second home. Now when I go back it feels odd… Like walking into a place that used to be familiar but is familiar no longer. The same friendly people are there, but it’s not the same. It never will be.

I know that most people won’t care about most of what I post on my blog, but perhaps each thing that I write will be meaningful to some person in some way. That is my prayer. Thanks for reading.

October 1

By Nate LaClaire —  October 1, 2005 — Leave a comment

October 1 is here. The trees are turning, autumn weather is upon us. Beautiful autumn weather. Today is Community Day here in Poland, Maine. This year’s event is being run by the Poland Recreation Department and is being held at the Poland Regional High School. I will be going to the event at around 11:00 this morning to help the Friends of the Library with their cake walk.

Last night I was invited to go along with the library staff for the end-of-summer staff party. We went to Julian’s in Gray. The party was also a going-away party for Joanne Wildes, a dear friend, fellow believer, part-time library employee, and just plain great lady who is moving to Rhode Island with her husband in another month. Dick, her husband, attended the party as well and we all had a very nice time.

Life has been busy since my last post. My college classes are in full swing and choir has now begun. So, when my business is figured in to the whole thing, free time is not something I experience very often. However, my grades are doing well, as is my business – so it is worth the stress.

A friend of the family, Philip Stange, is staying with my family this weekend. The weekend promises to be a lot of fun! Unfortunately, I have some (typical for me) last-minute school work to do, but I am sure I will have time to recreate as well. According to Philip my web site is easily findable by someone who is not looking for it. :-) He told me that his mom found it and sent him the address. Hello world!

I am committed to not making promises I can’t keep. However, I do seriously hope to post something else before another month+ has passed.