The Alcona County Library is subject to new rules, enacted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, that take effect Wednesday, November 18th. Harrisville and Lincoln branches will be open at 25% of normal capacity: 15 patrons maximum at the Harrisville branch and 7 at Lincoln. Harrisville hours will remain Monday-Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Lincoln Hours will remain Monday-Friday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm. In addition to the cleaning by the cleaning company, staff will sanitize touch points within the building at least twice daily. Soft seating will remain reduced/eliminated. Every other computer will be marked out of service to increase physical distance between patrons. Caledonia hours will be Monday-Thursday 1:00 pm-5:30 pm, and Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm with Touchless Pickup Only (winter hours will be in effect October 1-April 30). Mikado Hours will be Monday-Thursday 2;00 pm-6:00 pm, with Touchless Pickup Only. Face masks must be used in buildings, and will be made available to patrons.
Dogs are blameless, devoid of calculation, neither blessed nor cursed with human motives. They can't really be held responsible for what they do. But we can. -from The Dogs of Bedlam Farm When Jon Katz adopted a border collie named Orson, his whole world changed. Gone were the two yellow Labs he wrote about in A Dog Year, as was the mountaintop cabin they loved. Katz moved into an old farmhouse on forty-two acres of pasture and woods with a menagerie: a ram named Nesbitt, fifteen ewes, a lonely donkey named Carol, a baby donkey named Fanny, and three border collies. Training Orson was a demanding project. But a perceptive dog trainer and friend told Katz: If you want to have a better dog, you will just have to be a better goddamned human. It was a lesson Katz took to heart. He now sees his dogs as a reflection of his willingness to improve, as well as a critical reminder of his shortcomings. Katz shows us that dogs are often what we make them: They may have their own traits and personalities, but in the end, they are mirrors of our own lives-living, breathing testaments to our strengths and frustrations, our families and our pasts. The Dogs of Bedlam Farm recounts a harrowing winter Katz spent on a remote, windswept hillside in upstate New York with a few life-saving friends, ugly ghosts from the past, and more livestock than any novice should attempt to manage. Heartwarming, and full of drama, insight, and hard-won wisdom, it is the story of his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a doge could change him.