Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Library Stuff: The Burien Library Guild Board of Trustees met this evening. We were invited to the home of the guild president. His home is on Lake Burien, a placid lake surrounded by private homes. It was a beautiful evening. A couple of electric rafts quietly paraded around the lake with people enjoying the evening.

The main matter on the agenda was the library bond issue. My wife has been acting as liaison with the county library system for this. She has toted yard signs, lined up volunteers to be at various functions around town; concerts in the park, Thursday outdoor markets, a classic car show, tag sales in Olde Burien, even a beer garden. She now was asking for two things. The first was an endorsement by the board of the bond issue. This would then become part of a large ad being placed in the community newspaper by Discover Burien. The second was for a sum of money to place our own ad from the library guild board. She asked for $175 for a small ad, but the president said, "Too small." He wanted $350 for a larger ad with room for more information. The treasurer said that amount was a budget buster. I responded that out of a $10,000 annual budget, surely $350 was not going to bust the budget. Our side won and the ad will be placed. I’m quite sure this fellow is going to vote against the bond issue. He does a good job as treasurer and wants to take good care of our money but, my gosh, surely as a library lover he ought to endorse this issue with enthusiasm. If it passes Burien will have a new library double the size of the current one. I just don’t understand some people.


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