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Thomas Smith, who in 1885 wrote a guide called “Successful Advertising,” said people must see an advertisement 20 times before they actually will purchase the touted product.
In between the first and 20th viewings, he said, a person’s reaction to an ad ranges from not even seeing it, to getting irritated with it, to asking friends and neighbors if they have tried the advertised product, to finally making the purchase.
So I understand the concept that it takes a lot of repetition for people to start to notice a product, and even more to buy into it.
Of course, the big product I am now “advertising” is the new Main Aurora Public Library, which I think I can now say is “under construction,” because we had a hugely successful and well-attended groundbreaking May 1.
So I had to laugh last week when I read a comment on the Aurora Public Library Facebook page under a photo showing a piece of heavy equipment on the library site. Someone wrote, “What is this for?”
Makes me wonder if I’m really doing my job! Even though there are dozens more ways to get the word out now than when I started my career in newspapers some 30 years ago, it’s still tough to reach everyone. Or, should I say, “anyone.”
And then there are those who have waited, dreamed and planned for this new library for so long that they can hardly believe it is happening. I have been watching the proceedings for just three years, but I must say I am thrilled to be a part of the process and to be able to watch the building go up from start to finish.
There was plenty of excitement in the air at the groundbreaking, and even before. Members of the construction management team were whistling while they worked to clean up the library site, pound a new sign into the ground and help me figure out exactly how to lay out the event the morning of the groundbreaking.
And whether it was luck, a good omen, or the library gods shining down on us, the weather could not have been any more enticing to call people out from their offices, schools and homes to witness the first shovels being thrust into the ground to begin this momentous project.
And for those now scratching their heads and saying, “What in the world is she talking about?” I will give you the lowdown:
The Aurora Public Library is building a $28 million Main Library on a parcel of land at the corner of River and Benton streets that was purchased by the library in 2009. The site formerly was the home of The Beacon-News, from April 1953 until March 2008.
Completion date is late 2014 or early 2015.
The firm of Cordogan Clark & Associates is the architectural firm for the project. Joining that firm are R.C. Wegman Construction Company as the construction management team, Schoppe Design Associates as the landscape architect, Outsource Solutions Group, Inc. as the technology design consultant and KDI Design Interiors as the interior design firm. Owner’s representative on the project is Barbara Kattermann.
There are no plans at this time concerning the current building at 1 E. Benton St., on Stolp Island, which opened in 1904 and was built with a $50,000 grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
And thank goodness for Mr. Carnegie. Because of his repetition in giving money to build libraries, cities all over the world were able to offer books to their residents. Because of the countless individuals who believed—and still believe—in the power of reading, my job as a marketer for a library is relatively easy. But don’t make me say it 20 times.
I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:
Umbrella Liability Insurance Coverage
"We are in the process of renewing our insurance package. For many, many years, we have had $10 million of Umbrella Liability coverage. Some other insurance providers proposed only $1 mil so now my Board is wondering. "
Do not reply to this email or post your answers to this mailing list.
Please respond to my questions by visiting the list of Fast Facts surveys on the RAILS website, at http://www.railslibraries.info/fast-facts/list (Login required.)
kmartens [at] crystallakelibrary [dot] org
Crystal Lake Public Library
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The First Step in Fundraising: Tools and Tips (Joliet)Date:6/25/2013 Time:10:30 AM - 12:00 PMLocation:South Metropolitan Philanthropy Ctr @ Joliet Jr College Main Campus, A Building, 2nd Fl., 1215 Houbolt RdRegistration:
Fees: Free and open to the public.
About this event: At this workshops you'll receive a tutorial on using prospecting databases, which you can access free in the Library. You'll also receive an overview of the free reference collection of books and resources on grantwriting, individual fundraising, and nonprofit management, leadership, and governance. Plus, you'll meet Nick Ammerman (the Donor's Forum Library Services Coordinator), who is professionally trained to help you use these resources.
The rain didn’t dampen spirits as over 80 community members enjoyed a grilling demonstration, food, crafts, and fun at a Father’s Day Cookout at the West Chicago Public Library District today. Chef David Esau was on hand to grill up such tasty treats as grilled tomato salsa, grilled eggplant with rosemary and olive oil, and grilled pineapple with vanilla custard and lavender. Samples and recipes were liberally distributed.
In the meantime, kids had the opportunity to make special Father’s Day cards as well as kites. “Awesome – like the card idea,” said library patron Brandon Moore. “This is a great bonding time,” added patron Aldo Lemus. A free drawing was held to give away two Cuisinart grill tool sets as well as two certificates good for one free hour of batting cage time donated by the Bulls/Sox Training Academy in Lisle.
The Library provided a fried chicken lunch for all participants. “I had planned to come sign up for the (summer) reading program and stayed for the picnic,” said library patron Vonashey Owens. “The staff was very nice.”
22 - single VHS tape boxes
3 - double VHS tape boxes
1 - 2 disc DVD case
3 - 4 disc DVD cases
2 - 6 disc DVD cases
1 - 7 disc DVD case
7 - boxes Demco date due slips 4 column gummed (P1382970)
2 - boxes DVM-1 tattle tape strips (for VHS )
Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District has one rotating literature rack to giveaway. It measures 52" tall and 24" wide. Must be able to transport back to your library.
Description: Herman Miller Task Chair/blue upholstery
Quantity: 7 (3 with arms, 4 without arms)
Price: $10.00 each
Sold as is-no returns. Purchaser is responsible for pick up of item-NO DELIVERIES.
Method of Payment: CASH, CHECK, or PAYPAL
Used HP Compaq t5720 Thin Clients for sale from Wheaton Public Library They have been restored to the original image and system settings. Includes PS2 keyboard, mouse and power cord. 28 are available for $20 each. Sold as is. No returns or exchanges.
Processor: AMD Geode NX 1500 processor (1.0 GHz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Embedded, Service Pack 2
Flash Memory: 512 MB
Memory: 512 MB DDR SDRAM (Note: 6 MB of system RAM is reserved for graphics memory.)
Graphics: SiS741GX Integrated/UMA graphics with 16 MB shared graphics memory
PCI Expansion: Yes
Volumes of the New York Times Index from 1939-1945 and 1962-1998 are available from Wheaton Public Library. Take some or take them all!