She relentlessly championed her staff, and never missed an opportunity to acknowledge our accomplishments and communicate with us. We affectionately joked about the sheer quantity of her emails, but we were never left in the dark. She explained and illuminated every ripple of change in library policy, Volusia County, and library services as a whole. At a time of budget cuts and massive uncertainty about the future of libraries, we felt lucky to have a leader who validated our jobs, our abilities, and our all-too-human need to feel appreciated. We will miss our superwoman.Michael Nelson brought a sense of place to our library and added value to its relevance in the community. He demonstrated beautifully how a library becomes a cultural asset. Through the introduction of artful and thoughtful programs, he transformed the library into a cultural venue and set the stage for film series, art exhibits, jazz trios,singers, poets, and celebrated writers. Always a perfectionist, he logged countless extra hours making sure that the details were just right * whether it was holiday lights, improving our sound system, placing the podium for a celebrated poet, or creating a promotional slide presentation for our website. We will miss his artistic savvy, his sense of humor, his love of desserts, his deft hand with technology, his grace under pressure, his generosity with his time and talent, and the extravagant bling of his holiday decorations. When Christmas rolls around this year, we’ll be missing a few hundred bulbs. The sad truth is that, in losing Michael Nelson, the light has already left the building.
Mimi Hall | October 1, 2012
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COMING IN MAY!
Saturday Afternoon Movies
May 11, Django Unchained
May 18, Quartet
May 25, The Hobbit
Films begin at 2pm
Admission: Free of charge!
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Monthly Computer Classes
Classes are free of charge!
Computer Basics, Wednesday, May 8, 9:30 AM
This course is for anyone with little or no computer experience who would like to learn about the physical components of a computer and get acquainted with the terminology. In addition, we will explore some of the functions and features of the Windows operating system.
E-mail and Attachments, Wednesday, May 15, 9:30 AM
Learn all aspects of email, from getting a free email address to composing emails, as well as adding pictures and documents to
eBooks & eReaders: May 29 9:30 AM
Learn how to use Overdrive, the library’s downloadable media page for your eReaders and other devices.
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