THe Nelson Library is in for some changes starting next week.

Strange animals in the forest at the Nelson Library

On Monday, August 27 we’ll be closed while we do a little tree planting

“Here—we—are,” said Rabbit very slowly and carefully, “all—of—us, and then, suddenly, we wake up one morning, and what do we find? We find a Strange Animal among us.”

Rabbit viewed the coming of Kanga to the Hundred Acre Wood in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh as suspicious, possibly even dangerous. Here at the library, we’re not getting a Strange Animal in our woods this month, we’re getting a new tree — and even a new forest.

On Monday, August 27 we’ll be closed while we do a little tree planting: to get the new Integrated Library System (ILS) called Evergreen up and running, and for staff to discover the new animals in our forest and get to know them by name.

Some of the forest creatures here at the library are, like Rabbit, a little wary, as maybe some library users will be at first: new things can have that effect. But what’s great about this is that we will be part of the larger Sitka Forest, a consortium of libraries in one seamless woodsy community full of information and opportunity.

Being part of this system will put us in line with other BC libraries: like any good, managed forest, it’s going to help libraries thrive. What springs up from the forest floor are tremendous economies of scale and great efficiencies in management in library resources.

It’s one big forest for you to walk through, mouth agape at the lush and growing world and the strange and wonderful creatures within, your library card in hand, when we re-open August 28. You might feel a bit like an animal in an altogether new forest. But don’t worry: librarians will be equipped with map and compass and the same sort of good humour you might find among the inhabitants of Winnie-the-Pooh’s beloved forest, suspicious rabbits and grumpy donkeys notwithstanding.

I’ve just spent an hour poking amongst the Evergreen branches as I learn how to search the catalogue. It’s exciting: I can narrow my search in new ways, see items in other libraries besides my own, read reviews or excerpts, and even look to see what else is on the shelf nearby. I can see the sunlight coming through the leaves, and it feels good.

There are more than 50 BC libraries in the Sitka community, and the numbers are growing. This BC Libraries Cooperative will only become better — sharing resources, enjoying greater connectivity, communicating with one another in a more integrated manner. In a world where forests are getting smaller and creatures disappearing, this is a happy state of affairs.

It’s important to remember this when, once August 28 rolls around and we re-open with Evergreen, you find yourself in another part of the forest, one that’s unfamiliar.

You could be like Eeyore, who stood by himself in a thistly corner of the woods and thought sadly to himself, “why?” and sometimes “wherefore?” and even “inasmuch as which?”

Or you can be Pooh, who said: “You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

Winnie-the-Pooh — poet, philosopher, self-titled Bear-of-Very-Little-Brain who was always so much smarter and wiser than anyone else in the Hundred Acre Wood — was right, of course. Going and finding out things is what libraries are all about, too.

So when you come to the library and find yourself in a whole new forest, you’ll find some  animals who aren’t so strange, really. Like Rabbit, you just need to get to know them a little. And then watch your forest grow.

Anne DeGrace is the adult services co-ordinator at the Nelson Public Library

 

Just Posted

Slocan Valley to be ‘lit up’ with high-speed internet in 12 months

125 kilometres of fibre-optic cable to be laid from Nakusp to Playmore Junction

LETTERS: In support of student climate strikers

From readers Tia Leschke and Sharon Inkpen

Kootenay Musical Theatre Society ready to make a deal with the Devil

The new group will put on an original show in October at the Capitol Theatre

Touchstones releases 2019 exhibition schedule

The museum has seven exhibits set for the year

Nelson councillor starts national municipal climate group

Climate Leadership Caucus has 57 members including seven mayors

B.C. researcher says device mimics parent’s touch to help babies cope with pain

Calmer device is a rectangular platform that replaces a mattress inside an incubator

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

B.C. fire department offers tips to keep your home safe during wildfire season

With wildfire season getting closer, the Penticton Fire Dept. offer tips to keep your home safe

Most Read