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Bullene becomes managing librarian of Arlington Library
ARLINGTON Kathy Bullene is making the jump from childrens librarian to managing librarian of the Arlington Library and she hopes preserve the things shes always loved about the library, while preparing it for the community thats growing up around it.
I love having a library that so many kids can just walk to, Bullene said. Its the busiest Ive ever seen it.
Drawing from her experiences in childrens library services, Bullene is interested in implementing equivalent programs for grown-ups, such as a winter reading group for adults, to balance their summer reading for kids, and visits by adult authors.
Well continue to offer book groups for grown-ups, of course, Bullene said. Well also continue our story times for kids, as well as services to help them when theyre working on school projects, on up to senior projects. That way, those kids can grow up with the library and eventually bring in their own kids and grandkids, since well be offering a wide range of resources.
Bullene pointed out that the library includes research materials for job searching automotive repairs, antique appraisals, travel routes and any number of practical, hands-on subjects. She noted that the librarys technology is also evolving, as its patrons needs progress.
Over the years, weve gone from stocking just books to including cassette tapes, CDs and downloadable audio, Bullene said. People have moved from the original Internet to Web 2.0. Its always changing.
Bullene is also aiming to provide faster procedures for library patrons, such as self-check machines, and believes that tracking the shared collections between the Arlington Library and other Sno-Isle libraries will furnish them with greater insight into the interests of the Arlington community.
At the same time, Bullene would like to move into a new library building, and in the meantime, shes faced with the challenge of how best to use the librarys existing space.
If we have a study group on one end of the building and story time for two-year-olds at the other, the study group isnt going to have much quiet, Bullene said. Both groups need space here.
Bullene invited area residents and patrons to explore the library and contribute feedback.
Maybe we have services they need but dont know we have, Bullene said. Maybe they have needs that we dont have yet, but should. This is Arlingtons library, after all.