As I wrote a few weeks ago, independent booksellers are facing some big challenges, chiefly the aggressive expansion of big retail bookstores. But recently, I've talked to several people who have predicted to me that while such expansions make money now (mostly by driving up stock prices), the prospects aren't good over the long haul.
I have before me a book called The World in 1967, by the writers, photographers and editors of the Associated Press. The Forward to the book states, "Certainly 1967 ... made more news than any other year since World War II."
Here's a sample:
January. Jack Ruby, assassin of Lee Harvey Oswald, dies in prison. Three American astronauts (Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee, Edward White) die trapped in a spacecraft fire, just before launch.
On Friday, August 22, all Douglas Public Library District Libraries will be closed. This will be our fifth annual Staff Day.
Why is it necessary to close the whole library district? Mainly because this is the only way we can get our 150 employees or so into the same room at the same time. Once a year, an "all staff" assembly helps to re-center us on the things we must have in common if we are to survive as a responsive public institution.
It was altogether fitting that on the day the library celebrated its 30th anniversary (last Saturday), I had the opportunity to meet with Jay Mead. Jay's mother was the woman I consider the mother of our libraries -- Genevieve (Nicky) Mead. Jay and his wife Carol had brought with them one Joyce Newman.