—by Kolleen Taylor

Do you get Olympic fever? Do you dream of skiing off the high jump, or wake up spinning in the midst of a skating routine in your dreams? Do you organize your meals around the television throughout the Olympic broadcasts, and challenge your children to Olympic winter sports activities when there isn’t an event scheduled? Are you glued to the television every free minute there are events broadcast, and do you cringe when someone forgets to give you a spoiler alert on the news when the medals are reported? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might find the diagnosis accurate, but never fear… it is only a biennial event!

We have been showcasing some of the materials we have on the Olympics here at the library to help our patrons ramp up to the events that start this weekend. We were excited to have Veronika Vorobyeva, who is an exchange student from Russia at our Roland-Story High School, present on Monday to start the week off with a flavor of life in her country. We were able to learn more about her experiences since she has been in the United States. She has a different view of the Olympics by being here during this huge event, and are curious how this will compare to previous years for her.

With the early dismissal on February 12, we are bringing the Olympics to the library. Our Teens, Tweens and school-age children will all have programs based very loosely on different Olympic events. Obviously, we don’t have ice skating rinks, and ski jumps are a bit off the beaten path of the library, but we do have some exciting and fun activities planned. We will be experiencing the origins of the Olympics with activities associated with early Greece with the teens. Marshmallow Olympics will be coordinated for the Tweens, and events involving relays and carrying of the Olympic Torch will be enjoyed by the K-4th grade (KOOL) group. We hope everyone will remember to bring their most sportsman-like attitude to the events at the library, as we attempt to make the "Library Olympics" a very special event for everyone.

We have also been doing our share of weight-lifting at the library, as we continued to re-space the fiction collection, sorting through our non-fiction and thoroughly cleaning the shelves as we lift and handle all the books in these areas. When we buy new books, we must find room for them on the shelves, and yet respect the materials that we already own that are valued and used regularly, making their place on our shelves invaluable. If you are looking for books, and feel frustrated that they don’t seem to be where they were last week….you are probably right. Be sure to ask for help if you have trouble locating things. We are in the process of relabeling all our shelving, to assist you as you search for a new book to read!

So we hope you all enjoy the opening of the Olympic games, and if you want to know more about the history, records or different events, be sure to check out the collection of materials we have here at the library! You never know what you will find until you explore our shelves!