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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Mendon librarian working to get county library system on the ballot

By Chari Ingraham

November 4, 2008 | MENDON -- Win Gardner, director of Mendon Cottage Library, knows what it's all about when it comes to creating educational opportunities for Cache Valley. After all, she helped create Bridgerland Literacy, a non-profit program designed to help illiterate adults, teens, and children in Cache Valley.

This time she has a new project: creating a single system for all of the libraries in Cache Valley.

In Cache County, each city library has its own system and library cards. The county library, located in Providence, and the Bookmobile work together to provide books for everyone. However, Gardner said things would be much more convenient and less confusing if all of the libraries operated under one system. Similar to the system in Salt Lake County, people could borrow and return books from any library, and a carrier would return the books back to the right libraries. Also, residents could use their library card for any library in the valley.

Although the idea was previously petitioned to the county, Gardner said it has yet to appear on the ballots. She said she is continuing to collect names and will petition again until it appears on the ballot.

"I thought I would end up teaching high school. I ended up having eight kids and doing things like this," Gardner says, waving her hand towards the bookshelves of her small library. "I can't stop volunteering when something needs to be done."

Gardner said she has been director of Mendon Cottage Library ever since it opened over three years ago. The library offers books for all ages, from children's books to adult fiction, and often gets popular books such as Twilight and Leven Thumps.

Each year, the library gets $2,400 to spend on new books, with volunteers and donations coming in each week.

Although the library has been doing well, Gardner said residents have been pushing for a bigger building. Last summer during Mendon's Pioneer Days celebration, there was an auction and a book sale which raised over $3,000 towards funding.

"We are enthusiastic about a Cache County library system," Gardner said.

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