Tag Archives: Barbara Bishop

If you live in/around/about Olney

It took me a while to notice that the little boy was following me around. It was a Saturday morning. I was tutoring a fourth grader at Olney Library. We were reading a book in the Arthur series. She was struggling. In the middle of a page, she stopped at a word. A little voice piped in behind our heads. “Realize,” he said. “It’s ‘realize.’”

We were polite. We thanked him. He never left. Even after I explained to him that I was working and that it would be better if the girl learned to read on her own. He sat at the table next to us, pulled out his backpack and began some schoolwork, all the while never taking his eyes off us.

I grew irritated. Other students came. And went. He remained seated.

Finally, after the last student left, thirty minutes before the library was to close, he came over. “Can you help me with my homework?” I sighed. I was tired. It was a Saturday. Outside the sun was shining. I had done my share of teaching. “Why don’t you ask your parents for help?” I asked him. “They don’t speak English, ” he said. Continue reading

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Community Meeting at the Olney Library

If you support Olney, come to this meeting.  Thanks to Barbara Bishop from the Korean Community Development Services Center’s 5th Street Revitalization Project.

COMMUNITY MEETING TO PROTECT/SUPPORTSAVE OUR LIBRARY

WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2009

6:30 – 7:45pm

SECOND FLOOR OF GREATER OLNEY LIBRARY

5TH STREET AND TABOR ROAD

On March 27, 2009 Jan Kalaminsky, the head librarian at the Greater Olney Branch of the Free Library, died suddenly. In addition to the loss of a wonderful helpful person our branch is also placed in a precarious position. Because of the city’s budget shortfall there is a hiring freeze currently in place so this position will not be filled during the current budget year. When the new budget is approved and takes effect July 1, 2009, we do not know what will be funded for the libraries. Continue reading