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    One of American’s greatest songwriters, Texas-born Guy Clark, passed away in 2016. Live! At the Library celebrates his music with a tribute show on Feb. 20.

We have been busy this year freshening our book collections at the library, thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the Boerne Public Library.

Because there is only so much space for books, this also means taking a more thoughtful look at our collection in terms of retention and circulation and doing our best to provide balance to the needs and wishes of all our passionate readers.

This isn’t always easy, and we rely heavily on the recommendations from the Texas State Library and a voluminous publication for libraries called “The Core Collection.” We also pay attention to the comments from our strategic planning patron survey.

You wanted not only more books (understandable!) but also noted that our shelves needed more diversity, particularly in the fiction, science fiction and fantasy collection. We have added a few more authors in sci-fi/fantasy of note, including N.K. Jemisin and Tamsyn Muir.

Nearly half of our budget has been spent in just three genre sections: Romance, Inspirational and Mystery. All three needed an update, and we replaced many popular titles with shinier, brand new books or gently used compendiums in an effort to help on the shelf space.

In addition to the Friends’ grant, we have been working hard to spend the dollars given to the library in memory of mystery lover Kate Skinner-Klee.

If you enjoy reading in any of those genres, please come by to browse the shelves and tell us how we are doing. We are soon turning our attention to the general fiction and nonfiction sections to finish the grant. A huge thank you to Caren Creech, who has been diligently working ,on those three areas.

Now would also be a good time to note that we are also continuing to add titles to both of our e-book and audiobook databases, and you can download the Libby and Cloud Library apps to see all the new titles added each month.

Another new great online resource we have recently added is RBDigital, which provides access to many classic titles in e-book and audiobook format, 52 popular magazines for checkout each week and more than 1,500 comic titles, including Marvel. We are hoping to add Great Courses on this app soon as well, so stay tuned.

DIGITAL MEDIA LAB Our new digital media lab is open for business! If you have a box of photos you’ve been meaning to digitize or you feel overwhelmed by your ideas for sharing family history down through the generations, let us help you organize your process to get started and learn how to digitize those precious family memories.

The equipment is easy to use and digitizes slides, photos, documents, some film and VHS video tapes. Just give me a call at the upstairs information desk and visit our Libguide on the topic and equipment available.

This can be found at our website, boernelibrary.org. When you get to the landing page, scroll below the photo to click on the adult icon; the digital media lab guide appears on the purple sidebar.

FEBRUARY PROGRAMMING

As we move into the latter part of February, we have some awesome programming in the lineup! Make plans to attend the last indoor Live! At the Library of the winter season before we take it outdoors to the amphitheater in March.

We have several singer-songwriters here Feb. 20 for a Guy Clark tribute session starting at 7 p.m. Writer D Ellis Phelps will be here Feb. 22 for her popular writing workshop, and all are welcome to join her at 1 p.m. in the upstairs conference room.

Reality Readers meets Monday, Feb. 24, at noon to discuss the book “The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story.”

And our newest monthly group, Percussion & Prose, has been slowly gathering a following and meets on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in a non-critiqued environment for exploring the written word within us all. The session begins in a drum circle and ends with a writing session, so bring a journal if you have one. A small selection of drums are available as well.