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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 9B En00:tzusiasm 7::; ?:::::!:z LIBRARY VIEWS, MARGARET MILES County Librarian Starting in 2010, I have the distinction of starting my 15th year as Plumas County librarian. How time does fly. I was recently asked how I continue to maintain my en- thusiasm for my job after so many years. I was a little surprised to realize that yes, I am still enthusiastic and I guess it shows. I replied that it'sthe people who visit the library who keep the job fresh. I also said that I can still see that I'm making a difference. When I started this job, on Jan. 2, 1996, the Quincy li- brary had orange carpet and brown trim. Books were checked out manually: staff filed cards for every book checked out, then hunted for the correct card when a book was returned. Staff also spent hours main- taining the card catalog, filing and unfiling cards as books still a factor at library came and went. Overdue no- days. tices were typed on a manual -- But the budget pendulum typewriter. The library had one dial-up Internet comput- er. Only the Quincy library was open on Saturdays. After I'd worked here a year, we closed the Quincy li- brary for six weeks and moved every book and every stick of furniture. Twice. The library got new carpeting, better lighting, new interior paint, and a wall around the staff area. When we re-opened, the most common question we got was "Wow, when did you get a spiral staircase and build a loft?" It seems that the new, lighter paint en- couraged people to look up and notice something that had been there all along. In 2000, thanks to a grant from the Gates Foundation, Plumas County Library re- ceived high-speed Internet and new public computers at all our branches. At the same time, the board approved funds for us to install an automated check-out system. We devel- oped a web page, and made our catalog available 24/7. The year 2000 was also the year we were able to increase all branch staff to full-time and increase hours at branches to include Satur- swung again, and in the spring of 2004, it looked like we would lose our entire book budget for the next year due to a county shortfall. Instead, we received a windfall in the form of $100,000 in federal appropria- tion funds that we used for our book and supply budgets for the next two years. We didn't get to augment library services, but it saved us from having to cut them. I Called it "sweet and sour pork(barrel)." We installed wireless In- ternet access in all branches in 2005, with grant funds from the state library. Short- ly after that, we started offer- ing online patron-placed holds and online renewals. Just yesterday, I gave a child her very first library card, and said, "now what do you want to check out? You can have anything you want." Serving the public, and providing a world of pos- sibilities for every reader, is one thing that hasn't changed, and more than any- thing else, it's what fuels my enthusiasm. Like that spiral staircase, it may not always get no- ticed, but it holds the whole place together. TRAILER, from page 8B lives of 12 miners. A few of the men had been able to write short notes to their loved ones as the oxygen dwindled in the shaft. "Dad asked what I would do in that situation, knowing my chances were fading," Butter says. "'What would you write in that note,' he said. 'What would you say?'" And, with the help of Big Vinny, a song was born. Irfstantly striking an emotional chord, the song was another affirmation of Trailer Choir's ability to condense a grand idea into a simple phraSe, if on the opposite pole from their lighter fare. As a powerfully direct query that gets to the very core of the human value system, "What Would You Say" speaks the same lan- guage as "Off The Hillbilly Hook" with its instantly rec- ognizable imagery. "She's rockin' the beer gut" or telling someone about plans for "my next five beers" are similarly adept at putting thoughts and phrases into the lexicon with such ease it seems they've al- ways been there. Except for the fact that, before Trailer Choir, no one had quite voiced them that way. All of which made "What Would You Say" the perfect and compelling final piece for Trailer Choir's 2009 debut re- lease, "Off The Hillbilly Hook." "We're really proud of this group of songs," Big Vin- ny said, "because they really show what we're about ... and what we're capable of." "This has been pretty much a nonstop ride that's gone so fast it seems like a blur half the time,-" Butter said. "But having these songs come together the way they have really gives a picture of where we're coming from and where we're going. Be- cause we're not slowing down." On the contrary, Trailer Choir are putting more ener- gy than ever into their music and, as they see it, job one: earning each and every fan. To that end they are con- tinuing to write prodigious- ly, tour recklessly and per- form enthusiastically. Whether it's opening for To- by Keith, playing their own dates in honkytonks, bars and fairs nationwide, or vis- iting with a few listeners and staffers in a radio station conference room, they're in. "It's been a good start,." Crystal said. "Actually, no. It's been a great start. Be- cause every time we played in an amphitheater parking lot, every time we hit a stage, every time someone buys this record, we have a shot to introduce ourselves and let them know what we're all about. And getting to see that response, that recognition that they've been moved a lit- tle bit whether it's a little shimmy during "Beer Gut" or a hard swallow during '*What Would You Say"-- let's us know they're glad to meet us. That's what keeps us going." FREE ESTIMATES Free Advice NEW HOHES GARAGES CARPORTS REMODELS * COHMERCIAL BLDGS. SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 Plumas County fair launches a new.website in the new year It's always nice to find a website that answers all your questions, and the new Plumas Sierra County Fair website, plumas-sierracoun- tyfair.net, is one of those. With new information being added every day, visitors to the website should find exact- ly what they are looking for. Starting with the most ba- sic of information, site visi- tors can find a profile of each facility within the fair- grounds. Want to know how many people can fit into the Tulsa Scott Pavilion? How much does it cost to rent? How many tables and chairs are included in the price? It's all organized on the web- site, building by building, area by area. A calendar of events is up- dated as new events are booked. Forms for every- thing from insurance re- quirements, liability waivers and storage agree. ments can be downloaded. Find photos from past fairs, pictures and informa- tion on upcoming entertain- ment and profiles of staff and the board of directors. As soon as the exhibit guide for the fair is complet- ed, it will be posted on the website. The site features a blog by Fair Manager John Steffan- ic, which is endorsed by Fair Mascot Chipper, enti- tled "Chipper Chat." Stef- fanic discusses everything from which acts have been booked that day to how many deer have raided the apple tree beside the office. Of course, visitors get to put in their two cents worth by responding to the blog. The new site has links to fair sponsors, adding more value to those who become a sponsor of the fair. There are links to other events that are held at the fairgrounds, like High Sier- ra Music Festival and Joshua Fest. The site has streaming video from last year's fair and will have audio files from acts that will appear Aug. 11-15, at the 2010 fair. In February, visitors can purchase tickets to fair- sponsored events and enter- tainment online using their credit cards. After 151 years, the Plumas-Sierra County Fair enters the cyber age. The theme for this year's event will be Bales, Tails and Happy Trails. The website will be the first place announcements will be made, so check it out often. Take a minute to bookmark plumas-sierra- coufltyfair.net. For more information, call 283-6272. I'@ " Right now Friends of Plumas County Amimal Shelter is giving a $25 voucher to  I h. the00os os00a. or n=rw00en.ou.o00tapo 00rom 00hos00o, tor Sebastian is a sweet calico & white Manx, She is a spayed female and is ready to be adopted. }:}, ,, ,. ,. 0 0 Ruka is a l-year-old spayed female "'] Lab mix who loves kids and O e is ready for a new home! Sheller hours are Monday and Friday 8am - 5pm, Wednesdays 10-?pm, closed 1-2pm for lunch and closed weekends. Plumas Animal Services charges a $10 fee and license fees are @$5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's .veterinary of choice to have the animal altered In completion of the adoption requiretnent.! 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