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Once upon a time (in 1981) a confident but cautious librarian walked through the door of Albany Library to become its branch manager. Ronnie Davis wanted to succeed at the job, or, in her words, not to mess things up.


Ronnie’s accomplishments can be seen by viewing the Retirement Party videos posted below! It was clear to all that she did not mess things up!

You can also read great articles about Ronnie’s years of service in Albany Patch and the Journal.


Why did she succeed? Ronnie has the gift of common sense or “wise counsel.” It is not always calming or easy to hear, but it is usually wise.

This trait helped everyone succeed. As a library manager, she helped staff find perspective on the day’s events so we could focus on the work, itself, without spinning in circles.

Well, Ronnie’s last week as our branch manager is upon us. Since announcing her retirement early this year, we knew this week would come. It’s not too late to form a queue outside her door and ask her EVERYTHING SHE KNOWS!!!

For one thing, we’re NOT looking forward to life without post-its! Ronnie was a model of forward-thinking: from full-fledged agendas, to regular “what’s ahead” meetings, to tiny reminders of things left “to do!” I guess we’ll have to find our way without Ronnie’s post-its. Our new manager will–no doubt–keep our eyes on the prize (or, at least, on the calendar!)

On August 15, 2013, the staff will wish Ronnie a fond farewell. She has places to go and promises to keep, but we hope that Albany Library will always be a stop on her itinerary. To keep her coming back, we’ll try the ploy that works so well with other patrons: “P.S., your hold is here.”

Look through the album below to see Ronnie surrounded by a sea of familiar faces. The last photos show one of Ronnie’s proudest moments: promoting libraries on Safeway bags!


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Solar-powered math study

Check out by hand!

Well, you may need electricity to read this blog, but, for one brief silent moment on Saturday–the computers, lights and gadgets all shut down. And we all had a marvelous time!

Origami Peace Pole (with wishes in many languages)

Smiles in the aisles

Design team unplugged!

A downed utility pole may have caused our vacation from “The Grid.” Books were checked out by hand. Reference staff dusted off their Dewey Decimal knowledge with no online catalog to help. Most enterprising of all, a teen volunteer (looking like a coal miner with security lights ablaze) unloaded the bookdrop in the dark. Three cheers for her!!!

Happy artists

Dream team: Origami workshop

Please check your records this week to see if any items on the Holds Shelf were not picked up due to the power outage. Here is a portrait of a library without power and people doing what people do best: enjoying books, art and each other. The Albany way….

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Librarians are still a bit shy about swimming in the deep end of the social networking pool. Helping patrons with their online lives are part of the job, so it might be good to develop our info-swimming skills. But like every pool party, it’s good to have a few friends. So dive in at


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Get Caught Reading

Olivia gets caught reading

Olivia gets caught reading

May is Get Caught Reading Month and the 10th anniversary of the familiar literary campaign. Check out the organization’s Web site to order free celebrity posters or find out about the innovative ways people are promoting book reading all over the world.

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The National Women’s History Project‘s mission is to “write women back into history.” Visit their site for biographies,  quizzes, and other resources to learn more about women’s contributions to world history.

Alameda County Library children’s librarians have also compiled a booklist to help parents teach their children about this important topic.

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bhutanartThe Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan, is the current exhibit at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum. Through an arrangement with the Museum, the Albany Library has been using special funds to purchase 2 family passes good for admission to the museum for 2 adults and all children under 12. Sign-ups are taken a month+ in advance. Sign-ups for the weeks in March begin on February 1. The pass is checked out from the reference desk for a week beginning on Tuesday and must be returned by the following Monday (Tuesday if a holiday).

The current exhibit looks especially interesting. Check out the museums’ website: www.asianart.org for details.

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President 2.0

Obama 2008It’s been reported that President Obama won’t have to give up his trusty BlackBerry entirely, as he originally feared.  Beyond that, he seems intent on being the first truly tech-savvy president, building on the interactive methods that helped win him the presidency in the first place. No sooner had he been sworn in than the new White House Website was revealed, complete with blog and interactive features such as a comment page and an email update service. According to the Contact Us page, “President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history.” Offering Web 2.0 tools to his constituency seems a timely way to work toward that goal.

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