Friday, November 5, 2010

We Love Libraries: The Cary Memorial Library

Elizabeth Dickinson (left) and Robin Paul (right), Cary Memorial Library staff members, get into the October spirit in costumes inspired by crime fiction. The library is the 10th winner of $1,000 in the monthly Sisters in Crime “We Love Libraries!” lottery. Photo courtesy of Mandy McClaine.

We Love... the Cary Memorial Library!

The Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Mass. is the October winner of the Sisters in Crime "We Love Libraries!" lottery. The library will receive $1,000 from Sisters in Crime, to be used for the purchase of books for its collection.

According to staff member Elizabeth Dickinson, the library's entry in the SinC lottery came about as a result of a book display created for a "Mystery Night at the Library" event. The evening featured a panel of authors from SinC's New England chapter; their books provided the perfect focal point for the photo used in the library's lottery entry. The library staff snapped a number of shots of the display, included them with their “We Love Libraries!” entry – and learned this week that they’d significantly increased the library’s book-buying power.

"We're thrilled," Dickinson said about the award. "We couldn't be more happy about it. It's a lovely initiative for your group. It's a substantial amount of money."

As might be expected, the crime fiction community is a key element in the library’s programming. The library staff works with the SinC New England chapter on special events. The library also hosts “Death by the Book,” a mystery/crime fiction discussion group that meets at the Cary Memorial Library on the second Monday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

According to Dickinson, the recent Mystery Night at the Library was a great success. “It was a lot of fun,” she said. “We had a really nice program and a good turnout.”

And a photo opportunity that earned $1,000 for book purchases.

The “We Love Libraries!” Program

Since January 2010, the monthly Sisters in Crime “We Love Libraries!” lottery awarded $1,000 to a total of 10 libraries located throughout the U.S. The program, originally scheduled to end in December 2010, has been extended through December 2011.

To enter, complete the online entry form at www.sistersincrime.org and upload a photo of one or more of your staff with three books in your collection by Sisters in Crime members. A list of SinC author members can be found by clicking here.

The previous “We Love Libraries!” winners include: the Kingstowne Branch of the Fairfax County (Va.) Public Library in Alexandria, Va. (January 2010); the Kraemer Family Library, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Co. (February 2010); Pineville-Bell County Library in Pineville, Ky. (March 2010); Cresco Public Library in Cresco, Ia. (April 2010); the Seminole County Public Library in Casselberry, Fl. (May 2010); the Bartram Trail Regional Library in Washington, Ga. (June 2010); the Newton Falls Public Library in Newton Falls, Oh. (July 2010); the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library in St. Joseph, Ill. (August 2010) and the Yuma County Library District in Yuma, Az. (September 2010).

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