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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

I served on a library board in a community I once lived in. I worked at a library in college. I spent much of my spare time during the day in middle school and high school libraries. I appreciate all that librarians and employees of libraries do to make sure we have ample opportunities to learn through reading, and I believe in the importance of this opportunity being available to all.

Today, libraries are much more than a place to check out books. They offer services like home delivery, notary, meeting rooms, printing/scanning/faxing, tax forms, streaming/downloading options, genealogy studies and so much more.

If you have been to a public library when school lets out, you also know it has become a makeshift daycare for many families as well. That creates a different type of library than what many of us remember as children, but it is simply part of our changing societal needs.

Through all this, libraries also taught us a responsibility to take care of something that was loaned to us and the need to return it on time and in the same condition we received it. With that valuable life lesson in mind, I read with great interest a story about the Clive Library eliminating late fees for overdue books. Clive isn’t the first library to make this decision, and it certainly won’t be the last. Prior rules would not allow patrons to use library services if they had fines of more than $5, and the money produced from the late fees represented only a sliver of the operating revenue for most libraries.

This change that so many public libraries are making is about making the facilities more accessible, and that’s a goal we should all agree with. But somewhere in this loan of materials, there should be assumed responsibility. The not-yet-fully-developed mind of a child cannot yet comprehend how the world works, but children do understand penalties — and adults do, too.

Most overdue fees at libraries are minimal. The Clive library charged 20 cents per day. The level of the fee isn’t what is important. Having consequences for actions is.

I will watch with interest as this change unfolds through the years. I hope it does what it was intended to do and provide more opportunities for people to access library services. I also hope that we can find other ways to help people of all ages understand the need to meet deadlines and to return loaned materials in the same condition in which we borrowed them.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Dry weather continues today with highs in the upper 80s. We should hit 90 tomorrow in the Des Moines area. Friday brings a rain chance, then the weekend brings more 80s.

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FROM WHO-TV: Iowa health officials watching monkeypox, COVID-19 spread

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From the Food Dude

MinGaLaBar Burmese Kitchen has opened at 8134 Douglas in Urbandale..

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-Jim Duncan

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Moving Company
1. Adamantine Spine Moving
2. Two Men and a Truck
3. The Affordable Movers


Promoting diverse arts and dance in Des Moines

By Sofia Legaspi Dickens

When Penny Thomas arrived in Des Moines to study at Drake University, she thought she’d return home to India after earning her pharmacy degree.

Sixty-six years later, she is still here.

Even the capital of Iowa couldn’t hold a candle to the bustling streets of her hometown.

... Read More.

MLB, July 12: Tigers 7 Royals 5, Cardinals 7 Dodgers 6, Orioles 4 Cubs 2, Brewers 6 Twins 3, White Sox 7 Guardians 0   ... READ MORE
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Harrison Ford, Patrick Stewart, Ken Jeong, Colton Haynes, Steven R. McQueen, Tom Kenny, Leon Bridges, Leo Howard, Cheech Marin, Didi Conn

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a man who has cat scratches all over his face?
CLAUDE! (CLAWED)! Good Job Denise McCauley, Gail Tomlinson, Russ Cerniglia, Scott Gonzales


What do you call a man who has a car above his head?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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