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BREAKING LIBRARY NEWS...
The Community Read 2017 title has been selected!
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has selected “Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family” by Forrest Pritchard as the 2017 Community Read title. The library encourages the Seneca County community to read the book and come together for special events and discussions celebrating it. Dates will be announced at the beginning of the New Year. The Library is also providing books and discussion opportunities to Seneca County schools. As part of the Community Read program, the bestselling author will speak on Thursday, March 30 at 7 pm at Sentinel Career and Technology Center.
According to the website Booklist, “Gaining Ground” is the story of a family farm, once on the brink of virtually disappearing that has enjoyed a resurgence, due to the popularity of organic livestock and produce. Disenchanted with a looming desk job and eager to save his family’s multigenerational Shenandoah Valley farm, Pritchard celebrated his mid-1990s college graduation by rolling up his sleeves and brainstorming to find ways of keeping his parents’ 400-plus acres of land from being portioned off to agribusinesses. This engaging first-person account is filled with gentle humor and colorful anecdotes about the false starts and pitfalls Pritchard faced before finally settling on raising grass-fed cattle and sheep. Desperate to improve on the tiny profits the farm was making selling corn, Pritchard tried marketing firewood, then chickens, then beef, running a gauntlet of sometimes comical challenges, including broken-down farm equipment and his father’s attempt to sell frozen chickens from his D.C. office. Anyone who has been bit by the farming bug will find lessons aplenty here, while urban readers will enjoy a vicarious slice of farm life.
Pritchard is a seventh generation farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William & Mary. Upon returning from college in the mid 90s, he took over his grandparents’ farm ⎯primarily growing GMO corn and soybeans⎯ hoping to make the land profitable for the first time in decades.
The Library has also selected related books for children so that patrons of all ages can be part of the Community Read. “Farmed Out” by Christy Goerzen has been selected for late elementary students, and is the story of 15 year-old Maddie, who has big-city dreams and has found her chance to visit New York. An art magazine is holding a portrait contest, and the first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Big Apple. Maddie plans to win, but her mother has different ideas for her: a mother-daughter adventure in organic farming. Maddie is furious. How will she find an inspiring subject for her portrait amid the goat poop and chickens?
“How Did That Get In My Lunchbox” by Chris Butterworth has been selected for early elementary students and focuses on how did that delicious food get in a lunchbox. From planting wheat to mixing dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Health tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.
All books are available for check out for 14 day circulation now at the Check-Out Desk. Books may be ordered for purchase at Paper and Ink.
The Community Read is made possible through a grant from the White Family Charitable Fund, of the Tiffin Community Foundation and generous local donors.
For more information, go to our Community Read 2017 page or to be involved with the event series, please call the library at (419) 447-3751.
The Future Starts NOW!
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has announced a renovation project that is to take place in 2016 and 2017. The Library is working with a company out of Columbus, Library Design Associates, Inc., who has met with the Library Board and staff to gain insight in order to redesign the interior of Library. Some of the remodel project objectives include:
• Updating interior and create a 21st century library for the community.
• Reorganizing space to maximize efficiency, improve lines of sight, and create a feeling of openness.
• Creating a Technology Center capable of housing current public computing resources and adapting to the future.
• Converting existing computer lab into an additional meeting room to meet the demand for gathering and collaboration space.
• Providing comfortable, usable furnishings optimized for technology usage.
• Providing a larger, dedicated space for teens.
Library Director Matt Ross said “We’re proud of our past, but we’re also excited about our future. That’s why we’ve take on a remodeling project that will help us transition into the 21st-century library our neighbors deserve, while maintaining the traditional services and welcoming culture we’ve always delivered.”
Ross believes that the remodel project will support programs and resources that will improve lives in the community, will help to achieve positive outcomes in areas that make the future brighter, including literacy, quality of life, workforce and economic development, equal access to technology and information, and lifelong learning. Finally, it will serve as a symbol of community service and pride.
For more information or to donate for the remodel project, please call the Library at 419-447-3751.