Thumbs up to Paul and Robyn Garrison, who are the new owners of Frugal Muse in Darien, 7,000-square-foot store that buys and sells books, music, movies, videogames and other merchandise. The Frugal Muse manager for 12 years, Paul Garrison said he is looking forward to being an independent, small business owner operating a "truly locally owned business." We always commend small businesses, and in this case, we applaud his determination to find new homes from gently used literature and albums, and his eagerness to maintain a Darien staple storefront.
Thumbs up to the Community Consolidated School District 181 staff who recently helped acquire two library grants for Elm School and Prospect School. The grants allow the schools to receive a set of the books nominated for Illinois reader’s choice awards. Elm School received the Bluestem grant and will therefore receive the 20 books nominated for the 2015 Bluestem Award. Prospect School has received the Monarch grant and will get the 20 books nominated for the 2015 Monarch Award.