Marcia Strykowski

Yippee for Libraries!

library book 1Where else can you borrow hot-off-the-press books for a few weeks absolutely free? And lots of brand new movies on DVDs and audio books on CDs, as well (did I mention free?). Many people think they’ll only find musty old books at their public library, but if your library is anything like mine, we are constantly weeding and updating our collection. library book 2Throughout this post you’ll see pictures of books we’ve recently added to our library. I’ve chosen technology books to share, but of course there are just as many new books in other subjects, such as cooking, knitting, politics, and medicine. And tons of fiction, too. library book 10But, you say in protest, ‘I like to read eBooks’. Free downloads of hundreds of hot books are available through your local library. Is your home computer on the fritz? Go to the library and use their free computers. If you’d like to print something out, be prepared to dig down into your pockets for a dime or two. library book 3Perhaps you’ll enjoy one of the ongoing art exhibits while you’re there. This month at my library, we have beautiful award-winning Chinese oil paintings. The artist has a unique way of recreating traditional styles. He also makes all his detailed paper frame mats by hand. library book 4During your visit you might want to check out your town’s history or even your own ancestry with library-edition resources. library book 5As you can see, libraries are constantly building a strong community and supporting local culture. Groups come to our library to play bridge, Wii games, meet an author, participate in support groups or book discussions, attend technology and employment sessions, watch a movie on a huge screen while munching popcorn, use a quiet study room, or to just hang out. library book 6Others dash in for a quick FAX or to have something notarized. Someone else may pop in to borrow our giant telescope for a week of stargazing. Maybe you’re planning a trip to a museum or other local attraction—check out the huge discounts at your local library. If you don’t see a book you want on the shelves, please ask. Not only will a librarian know where it’s hiding, but they are happy to borrow it for you from another library. library book 7And at the massive annual book sales you can buy a good read and keep it forever for only 50 cents (we have ongoing books for sale in our lobby, too). Come on in and support your local library, a safe place to freely gain access to all you want to learn. Bring your kids in, too. We have amazing children’s programs and even a special craft and story-time for adults with disabilities. Reading is the greatest bridge to understanding that everyone in the world has commonalities—we are more alike than we are different. library book 9Oh, and don’t bother shushing your kids on their way into the library, it’s just not like that anymore—libraries are bustling centers of the community—access to the arts and knowledge for all. What’s happening at your library?library love pic

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  1. This is a great post that showcases what all libraries do offer! They are such great places. A big part of my childhood memories are from time spent at our local libraries. My son recently spent the spring going to story time at ours, and he looked forward to it so much, and always came back w/some cute craft they’d made. =)

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    • A wonderful gift for your son. May he always enjoy libraries and reading!

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  2. Michele Sova

    What a great reminder about what our libraries have to offer! I live right next door to my local library!!

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  3. I do love the library! You can choose lots of books on a whim and unlike the bookstore, not worry if you pick a dud, 🙂

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    • Good point, Yvonne! I’m always encouraging patrons to take an extra book or movie, so they can choose when they get home (or if, like so often happens, they pick a repeat accidentally).

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  4. Bobbi Miller

    What a great post! And what a great, great tribute to all the treasures at the library!

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  5. I love my local library! I am constantly reserving books for easy pickup. As a kid I thought the book mobile was a wondrous thing, and the mail-a-book in the 1970’s brought books to my front door. I was a book-starved kid living in the middle of nowhere.

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    • Bookmobiles are wonderful. We’re hoping to do something similar at our library in order to reach shut-ins and others who aren’t able to get out. I’m not familiar with mail-a-book–sounds great. Thanks for your comment, Helen!

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  6. Dionna

    Our library is an amazing network of several branches. You can check books out at any branch and return to any branch. You can order books from any branch and have it delivered to your home branch. And any book you may want that’s not in the system, you can get through an inter-library loan. We have all sorts of online databases that are free, and can be accessed from our homes. Our libraries are staffed with amazing people, especially the research librarians. During the summer, we have storytellers of the highest caliber perform every week. There are free programs offered for all ages. I could go on…but better stop here. Suffice it to say, I think, somewhat partially, that we have the best library system in the nation!

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    • It’s great that you are so appreciative of your wonderful library system–sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing some of its features!

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  7. mirkabreen

    While the role of libraries as lending paper books may be changing, libraries are adapting to the communal needs and possibilities. My idea of a great town is one with a library that much exceeds the national average in use, services and inventory per capita, as compared to the average. I live in such a town.

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  8. Vijaya

    What a wonderful post! I don’t know how I’d survive without a library. It was a treasure trove for me growing up poor in India. We were each allowed to check out 4 books per month. I read all mine, then my sister’s and also my mom’s! Here the library is a gathering place too, not just for books. And the resources!!! Librarians are the best.

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    • Interesting how you were allowed to check out only four books. I can see where that would really foster a lifelong appreciation for the written word. I’m glad you were able to swap with your sister and mom, as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I’ll be going to my library in about 2 hours. It’s my second office, and I love the lively (though still quiet enough) building. Across Singapore, we have excellent national libraries scattered and our collection is vast. I’m very, very appreciative of our system and our government’s willingness to expand on our reading culture. There are so many books to read and discover, and the best thing is that they are free! Really takes a big load off my shoulders.

    The more excitable children are still being shushed over here. Not exactly an unkind thing to do if the rest of us need our quiet space … lol.

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    • I’m thrilled that Singapore has a wonderful library system, too. Yes, there’s a fine line between letting kids be kids and respecting those who are at the library for much needed quiet time. Luckily we have two floors. The top floor has study rooms and quiet areas. Most of the kid noise happens in the program rooms. It’s still a good thing for kids to know a library is much quieter than a playground, so my comment may have been in response to those parents who make more noise ‘shushing’ than their children who are merely speaking! 🙂

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  10. Reblogged this on dkstevens327 and commented:
    Here is a positive outlook on libraries.
    Maybe it’s the Brooklyn Library system? I never had these problems in any of the New York Public Libraries.

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    • yes, I’m sure libraries differ greatly, even depending on which day you visit, but overall most are probably doing their best. Thanks for your comment!

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      • I do think most librarians mean well and, with the exception of my local library, I’ve always had good experiences. It must be frustrating to be in a field that is being taken over by technology. I miss spending hours in stacks of books 🙂 now the librarians don’t even check out (or in) books — it’s all scanned. The kids are all on the computers, while the books lie untouched. Maybe I’ll forward my library a copy of my Free Write!

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        • We still check books in and out at my library, but I’ve used automated check-outs elsewhere. There’s still a lot of hands-on librarian stuff to do and still plenty of books in the stacks. I hope the kids you see pick up a few on their way out!

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  11. Ashley

    Sadly, I don’t use the library hardly ever because it’s quite a distance from me. I’ll have to change that and see what’s going on at mine. Thank you for reminding me of all they offer.

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    • Too bad your library isn’t nearby. Do check it out and update your card if needed. Thanks for checking in, Ashley!

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  12. I love my local library and am a regular visitor. So many amazing books and they are always getting more. Plus, the access to computers and other technology. My library also has passes to local attractions and all kinds of fun events. Awesome post spotlighting the great things libraries offer. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Jess! Museum passes are very popular at my library. Another well-liked offering I forgot to mention—TV series—great for watching a whole season straight through without commercials.

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  13. Libraries are great places, but so many people don’t even realize what they’re missing… At college, the school library was my favorite building on campus.

    Your library sounds like a real gem! I wish I could see the oil painting exhibit 🙂 .

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    • Very true. Often people come into our library and are surprised by how much we have to offer in programs as well as in our collection of books and movies. I’m glad you made good use of your college library. Thanks for your comment!

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  14. Rebecca C

    It’s just amazing what all libraries offer–and many people don’t realize because they haven’t been in a while. A great post highlighting what is on offer! And I love that we don’t have to be quiet in libraries any more. Most of them have a NO SHUSH policy. 🙂

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    • I think some people still think libraries are only for quiet study. I haven’t seen a librarian wearing her hair in a bun in a long time, either. 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Rebecca!

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  15. I love libraries! They’ve definitely seen me through some rough times – when could barely afford food, at least I could still escape into books.
    Our local libraries also offer access to a 3D printer & laser-etcher, and even loan museum passes! I don’t know what I’d do without them!

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    • Thanks, K. How fortunate to have access to a 3D printer & laser-etcher, all sorts of projects come to mind!

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      • Yeah! My husband used the laser-etcher for last year’s Halloween costume. Now we’re trying to think what to use it
        for this year!

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  16. Hello Marcia, I would love to visit your library your enthusiasm is truly infectious. Our library is very tiny but crammed with interesting books and DVDs. It faced closure last year, but the community got together and fought to keep it open.

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    • Hi, Barbara! I wish you COULD visit my library, but I know it would be many miles across the pond for you. 🙂 So glad your library remains open and I hope it has years of bustling activity ahead.

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  17. Bette Norton

    Thank you for reminding me of all the wonderful offerings that a library has to offer. What a great library you have! I wish I lived closer. I really should take more advantage of my library in town. I think I might just do that! 🙂 A great post filled with many interesting facts!

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    • Thank you, Bette! I’ll bet your library has lots to offer, too. Check it out! 🙂

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  18. Libraries are such a great resource!

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