Author's selfieThis morning I visited one of our libraries beginning a remodel, in Centralia. Although the prime focus is on the youth area of the library, that still necessitated moving other collections and reorganizing certain areas in the library. It is a pleasure to see a community invest in their library and in the future. Unfortunately, it wasn’t only good news today.

Mass Shootings

I read this morning about the shooting in the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico. The people of Clovis have suffered a tragic loss. The loss of life, the injuries to those shot, and everyone else impacted by this event. I think about our libraries, about the people in the library every day using the computers, kids playing in the youth area, people reading the newspaper, or picking up books or movies they’ve requested, and try to imagine the impact of witnessing such an event. It’s a terrible thing for anyone and my thoughts are with everyone in and around Clovis.

The American Library Association offered support in the wake of this shooting.

The Mass Shooting Tracker reports 302 mass shootings in the US so far this year. It’s stunning that there have been more mass shootings than days this year, including 33 killed and 146 injured this month alone.

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