News from the Director


Thanks to Our Local Heroes Who Helped Operation Delta Dog

posted Sep 26, 2015, 11:53 AM by Randall Stow

A huge shout out goes to R.J. Nunes, Jabe Harris and Anastasia Fournier-Wassink! These three young kids raised $810.00 for Operation Delta Dog this summer by "pleading to read" during the Randall Library's special "Every Hero Has A Story" summer reading program 2015.

Thanks to the dedication of Jabe, Anastasia and R.J. an abandoned dog from a local Massachusetts shelter will be this much closer to being fully trained to become a therapy dog and be given to a deserving U.S. veteran suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Congratulations R.J., Jabe and Anastasia you should be very proud of yourselves for making such a difference in the lives of humans and animals in need within  your community. You three are proof positive that heroes come in all shapes and sizes (as well as species!!).

Operation Delta Dog at the Randall Library-Heroes helping Heroes

posted Jul 1, 2015, 11:26 AM by Randall Stow

The summer reading theme this year is "Every Hero Has A Story" and the Randall Library has a way for heroes to help other heroes this year.

Kids (and adults) this year have another great way to make a big impact on the lives of people and animals in need just with the time that they spend reading. This summer the Randall Library will be working in conjunction with Operation Delta Dog (http://operationdeltadog.org) to improve the lives of shelter dogs and U.S. veterans. You can "pledge to read" and help sponsor the cost of training abandoned dogs to become service animals and then help Operation Delta Dog team them up with veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

Sadly, 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives every day in the United States. These brave men and women have served their country and many then have to come home to face even more challenges associated with PTSD and TBI and many of them cannot cope with the stress.

Working with experienced trainers, Operation Delta Dog rescues homeless dogs from Massachusetts shelters and trains them to become service/therapy dogs for U.S. veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD in an attempt to save lives (both animal and human). Thanks to Operation Delta Dog the dogs chosen for training get the homes they need and the veterans get the help that they deserve. I am so very proud to be able to provide an avenue to help out by organizing this special "pledge to read" program (which is unique to the Randall Library this summer- hopefully we will start a "tend" throughout other libraries in MA!!). The program works by coming in and picking up your "pledge form" so that kids and adults then can start explaining the program to their "sponsors" and get pledges for the amount of time that they spend reading this summer in an effort to defray the cost of training a dog to become a service companion to a deserving veteran. The pledge forms have a place to record your daily progress. At the end of the summer folks involved in the program will report their progress to their sponsors who will then make checks out to Operation Delta Dog and the library staff will tally up the results and mail the checks and results to Operation Delta Dog. Come into the library and speak to me about the program, I'll be happy to let you know you and your family can do to be a "superhero" this summer and help another superhero to a better life. 

Great Start to the Summer with the Summer Reading Launch Party!

posted Jul 1, 2015, 10:35 AM by Randall Stow

The Randall Library is a fun place in the summer and this summer is no exception. So far we started off with a bang on June 18th with our “Summer Reading Launch Party” out on the town green in front of the library. Thanks to Kids-a-Lot (of Stow) we were able to have Jenny the Juggler to entertain young and old alike. Thanks to help and volunteers from Hobbyland of Stow, Melissa Rollins doing fantastic face painting, Laurie Burton of Serendipity of Hudson doing beading activities, Roll On America with games, hula hoops and go-carts (as well as bringing along the special guest star Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc) and Kay Hammerson from Muttigrees the town green was alive with tables and special activities. We had our traditional bouncy house provided with funding from the Randall Library Friends Organization, DCU Kids and the Stow Cultural Council. We received a balloon sculpture “book worm” (which is still in the library) provided by PennyLu Designs of Stow who also provided the balloon topiaries out on the library steps. And Fran Flynn the magician was on hand to make balloon sculptures and balloon animals for anyone who asked. The girl scouts provided a “story walk” and helped to oversee the event and Nell Valle and Max Sharin help out as volunteers to oversee the bouncy house. Everyone did a great job! We had more than 100 sign-ups for the summer reading programs just on that one day alone! 

Thankfulness

posted Jun 23, 2015, 11:32 AM by Randall Stow   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 11:33 AM ]

A patron came to use the library last week and after getting his materials, he lingered on the front steps as if contemplating something. When he turned and came back into the library, I assumed that he had a reference questions or concern so when I asked him “Can I help you?” I was expecting to hear, something to the effect of, “Can I place another book on hold?” or “Where is the nearest fax machine?” instead, he looked me in the eye and said “ I just wanted to say that libraries are wonderful. They are the only social experiment in my life that have not become corrupted, and have stayed true to their mission and initial vision. Libraries continue to take care of people for free”.  I thanked him, with tears in my eyes.

As everyone knows, it is great to get some encouragement now and then and as a librarian I have to admit that I sometimes need the reassurance that libraries really do matter to people.  What I believe  a public library provides to a community is far more than just books and materials but a vision of social conscience and a place to gain continued education for free. A  public library at its best, should be a place that you can put down your worries and take a few safe minutes to regain a little equilibrium and insight in order to gain the courage to move forward into the life that you envision for yourself. The Randall Library, as my staff and I can attest to, is just that kind of place, and the patrons who use it benefit in ways that can be truly life changing. I’d like to thank my staff for being such dedicated and kind-hearted citizens and I’d like to thank patrons for taking the time to let us all know what libraries continue to mean to people. 

Thankfulness

posted Jun 23, 2015, 10:22 AM by Randall Stow

A patron came to use the library last week and after getting his materials, he lingered on the front steps as if contemplating something. When he turned and came back into the library, I assumed that he had a reference questions or concern so when I asked him “Can I help you?” I was expecting to hear, something to the effect of, “Can I place another book on hold” or “Where is the nearest fax machine” instead, he looked me in the eye and said “ I just wanted to say that libraries are wonderful. They are the only social experiment in my life that have not become corrupted, and have stayed true to their mission and initial vision. Libraries continue to take care of people for free”.  I thanked him, with tears in my eyes.

As everyone knows, it is great to get some encouragement now and then and as a librarian I have to admit that I sometimes need the reassurance that libraries really do matter to people.  What I believe  a public library provides to a community is far more than just books and materials but a vision of social conscience and a place to gain continued education for free. A  public library at its best, should be a place that you can put down you worries and take a few safe minutes to regain a little equilibrium and insight in order to gain the courage to move forward into the life that you envision for yourself. The Randall Library, as my staff and I can attest to, is just that kind of place, and the patrons who use it benefit in ways that can be truly life changing. I’d like to thank my staff for being such dedicated and kind-hearted citizens and I’d like to thank patrons for taking the time to let us all know what libraries continue to mean to people. 

Think Spring!!

posted Apr 10, 2015, 8:17 AM by Randall Stow

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket
-Chinese Proverb

"Library Way" Quotes

posted Mar 7, 2015, 11:34 AM by Randall Stow   [ updated Mar 7, 2015, 11:34 AM ]

The next time you are in New York City, check out "Library Way" as you approach  the fifth avenue branch of  New York Public Library on 41st Street. The sidewalk is studded with bronze sidewalk plaques with  inspirational quotes  from books and poems and about  reading, poetry, writing and literature. Here are just a few to help you remember why libraries are important for us all.

I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world full of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in.
Garson Kanin (1912-1999)
Born Yesterday

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862
Walden

Information is light. Information, in itself, about anything, is light.
Tom Stoppard (1937-)
Night and Day

All books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so you can give that to people, then you are a writer.
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Esquire, December 1934

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.
William Styron (1925-2006)
Writers at Work

And...one of my favorites, from one of my favorite books......

Dr. Rieux resolved to compile this chronicle, so that he should not be one of those who hold their peace but should bear witness in favor of those plague stricken people; so that some memorial of the injustice and outrage done them might endure; and to state quite simply what we learn in time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.
Albert Camus (1913-1930)
The Plague

Randall Library in the News

posted Jan 31, 2015, 12:40 PM by Randall Stow

It was great to see the wonderful article about the Randall Library Tutoring Center in the most recent edition of the Beacon Villager. Check it out!

http://stow.wickedlocal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/search?q=tutoring%26TaxonomyId%23528&Start=0&refresh=true

Making Noise at the Library!

posted Jan 31, 2015, 12:39 PM by Randall Stow

The staff of the Randall Library was thrilled to have “Playing With Fire” at the library on January 10th to rock in the new year. This was part of our shout out thank you to the TAB (Teen Advisory Board) for all their help during 2014. Not only did we have the live band on hand (with great music!!) but we also had teens playing Nerf Hunger Games throughout the library. Thanks to everyone. And for those who missed it, we hope to have the band back again before the year is out. They were fantastic!!

http://www.playingwithfire.ws/js_photo_albums/stow-teen-winter-dance

Speaking of music at the library….The Parish Jazz Band will be on hand on February 19th at 7:00pm. For more details check out our coming events section on our website. 

In Loving Memory of Richard (Dick) Luxner

posted Dec 30, 2014, 7:51 AM by Randall Stow

It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Dick Luxner. Dick was a wonderful man and a great library supporter and will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known him.

Having been a librarian himself, Dick was always available to help out the Randall  library. In the last couple of years he had been volunteering to help with the library's "tutoring center"  making a positive impact on kids and forming bonds between the generations. Dick had an active mind and was a wealth of information, and it always made my day when I could hear his voice out at the Circulation Desk and knew that he would soon be stopping by my office to talk about the great books he had discovered, or hear about changes in library services that he felt I should know about. One of my best memories as Library Director was the day that, in thanks for his volunteer help with the tutoring center, I purchased lunch for him and Dick and I had a chance to sit in the back room, sharing a meal as I listened to him tell me about his life, his love of learning and watch his face light up as he talked about his beloved wife, children and grandchildren. Dick lived a full and impressive life and I will deeply miss him.

For those who were blessed to have known Dick and would like to make a donation in his name you can do so by sending your donation to the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, P.O. Box 956, Pooler GA 31322.

I would like to take this opportunity to pass my condolences on to Ann Luxner and to Dick's beloved children and grandchildren,.I am sure that they miss Dick very much, and I hope that they can be comforted by the fact that Dick leaves behind the example of a life well lived that will reach out through the generations to come. 

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