When seeking examples of resilience, I turn to the Sherman Public Library. Its staff members do not know the word “quit.” Instead, they have replaced that dubious concept with actions of greater purpose — adapt, serve and persevere. As we previously reported, the library was forced out of its quarters by a damaging fire on April 26.
In light of the damages sustained, one may assume that a twofold question confronted city leaders: How can we continue to serve our library patrons, and how quickly can we do so?
Their answer was not long in coming. With repairs and renovations underway, library operations would be temporarily relocated in the Glennie O. Ham Community Center, 1000 N. East Street in Sherman.
In the wake of that decision, the library staff has worked tirelessly on making the transition and resuming operations. With the need for due haste ever present, they cleaned and readied items for transfer, and reasssured concerned patrons — and all with a winning spirit.
They officially opened on May 8. Although their space is limited when compared to previous digs, they still offer a wide array of library services.
When I visited recently, I stepped into a comfortable and well-appointed library setting — books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, computers — all readily available. And hours are still the same.
Although the Sherman Public Library is experiencing some temporary downsizing, one will find no change in the great service and hospitality offered by its dedicated staff.
What has carried them from the challenge of a recent fire to this innovative solution? Resilience. They’ve got it.
Happy birthday Friday to Seth Mutz and Dustin Benson, both of Sherman; Kyle Kirby of Frisco; Gale Estogner of Colbert, Oklahoma; and Katherin Landolt of Seattle, Washington.