When you start a long-term project you know what the desired end result is supposed to look like. If you start to bake a cake, the end result is going to be a lovely and delectible concoction designed for gastronomical delight.

If you begin to create or re-create a backyard, you first envision how the space is going to be used by your family. Then you decide what plants and bushes or trees you need to enhance the desired effect, and provide privacy and shade. Then you decide what your deck should look like, how big you want it and how it will be balanced by the remainder of the yard. Next steps involve making a budget and drawing your plans. Then you remove everything you don't want and things that will get in the way. At this stage, if someone were to visit, they would think your back yard was an absolute disaster. And they would be right. But you would calmly say, "Don't worry, this is just a work in progress. It is going to look great when it's done. Just wait and see!"

And right now the Library building is "a work in progress". Now - as the pictures show - it is dirty, messy, and dust is everywhere. Lumber is stacked here, drywall there, equipment and tools are all over the place. Construction workers are plastering, cutting wood for installation, putting up walls and partitions, finishing off electrical things and more. But as we walk through the building we can envision the plans overtop the mess we see and we are getting excited as we see the plans become reality, bit by bit.

The work in progress sometimes hits little snags and it requires a little extra time to do it right. And that is where we are at. A few little snags have been encountered, and it requires a bit of extra time. But things are still progressing well.

Yes - a work in progress. But the important word is - PROGRESS.

About the Authors

Hi - my name is Carolyn Graham and I am the Head Librarian and I love my job! One of the best parts of my job is that I am the first one to see all the beautiful new books as they arrive. I have always loved to read and my favorite way to relax is with a good book. I strongly believe that having good reading skills is an integral part of all learning. Being able to share good books and authors that I have enjoyed is great fun. Feel free to come and ask for suggestions.

Hi - I’m Aubrey Walker, Assistant Librarian at the Jake Epp Library. I’m a librarian and coffee guzzler by day, a reader and tea sipper by night. Reading and writing (and talking endlessly about both) are passions of mine, so I’m rather lucky to have a job where those things are relevant and important. I’m also the voice behind our Facebook page, and I love connecting with people about books both online and off.

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