New column to focus on Norfolk library

January 3, 2019

A new year has begun, so it seems only appropriate to write about a new column soon to begin in the Daily News.

Starting later in January, a monthly column written by several staff members of the Norfolk Public Library will appear on the Norfolk & region page of the print edition of the Daily News, as well as posted online.

The column came about via a suggestion from a library staff member to Emily Case, one of our reporters, while she was working on a story about a library program.

The suggestion was passed on to me. We discussed the idea as a staff. I reached out to Jessica Chamberlain, the library director, in late November to see her degree of interest.

A meeting was held, details were worked out and — voila — a column was born.

The Norfolk Public Library is an important part of the community — and the area.

It serves many individuals of all ages through a variety of programs and services. The Daily News already regularly publishes information about things happening at the library and how individuals can participate.

That will continue. The new column is designed to add to that information by, in effect, going behind the scenes at the library and providing insight into what all takes place there.

I’m pleased that this will be a new addition to the content already provided by the Daily News and am looking forward to learning more about the library as a result.

Several library staff members will rotate writing the monthly column.

Look for column about mid-month starting yet in January.

The new library column follows on the heels of a column written by Amy Okamoto of the Norfolk Arts Center that began last fall.

Her column serves a dual purpose — to better inform Norfolkans and area residents of the many programs and events being planned by the arts center, as well as highlighting cultural arts offerings in the Norfolk area in general.

That’s an important aspect of life in Northeast and North Central Nebraska, so we’re pleased that her column has gotten in the pages of the Daily News, too, as well as online.

Both the arts and library columns are examples of the Daily News seeking to always be on the lookout for new and appropriate ways to help local and area residents stay informed.

I’m always open to additional new ideas for regular features or columns in the Daily News. I can’t guarantee we will be able to proceed with every idea presented, but one never knows.

For those who have an idea they’d like to discuss with me, please feel free to do so by sending an email to editor@norfolkdailynews.com or giving me a call at 371-1020.

It’s a new year, which makes it time for new things. That’s what certainly is occurring within the pages of the Daily News and online, too.

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