Celebrate National Library Week
Janine Abby Rose
One of my favorite childhood memories is going with my family to our community library and checking out as many books as I could carry. I can still hear the “thump thump” of the machine that stamped date due cards.
The library is where I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” series. I felt a part of the family as Pa played his fiddle at night by the fire. Then I discovered smart and clever Nancy Drew. One by one, I worked my way down the neatly-filed shelves of yellow mysteries. In my imagination, there was room in Nancy’s Roadster for one more mystery-solving friend. I envisioned myself sitting between George and Bess in the back seat as Nancy raced to discover the clues which would help solve the latest mystery.
Today, there are so many more things available at the library besides books! We have books to listen to on tape, on CD, on portable players, music on CD, as well as Internet and word-processing computers available for use. With your library card you can access our web site at http://www.garfieldlibraries.org and renew the items you have checked out or place items on hold. With our databases, you can study for a test, get tutoring help with your homework, or find out how to repair your car. Nancy Drew could have sat in her Roadster in the library parking lot and used her laptop to access the library’s wireless Internet connection to help solve her mysteries.
As we celebrate National Library Week April 12-18, 2009, we celebrate 51 years of this American Library Association tradition. This year’s theme is “World’s connect @ your library.” You can bring the world to your home via the Internet and your library card. Best of all ” it is free!
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Janine Abby Rose is assistant director of Public Services
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