When I brought my son to an evening program, and looked around at the other kids, I noticed that these were the same kids I have been seeing at the library for the last nine years. Some families take advantage of the library's resources, and we see them over and over again at library events. The interesting thing is that I see these same kids at school, receiving awards for top grades, and in the gifted program at school. Bring your kids to the library. Kids who read succeed!
CHAMBERLAIN branch of ASCPL was my escape place growing up. With working parents, a live-in grandfather, and sometimes bothersome siblings, I would walk to "my place" nearly a mile away. I could be found sitting on a wooden stool in the corner of the non-fiction shelving reading by myself. Over the days, months, and eventually years, I read every book on subjects that interested me. I was always excited when a book I hadn't read yet was returned to it's place by the librarian. I don't remember checking too many books out and taking them home, maybe because then my family would know where I often disappeared to. That was the beginning of my romance with libraries that led to my 30 year career of library employment.
I love to read, and our library is welcoming and service-oriented. The computer classes are great, and the staff delivers superb service. The library makes my work much easier by providing cutting-edge technology and fast wireless service. I can send and receive e-mail, and access my online files from my laptop, while I work in the quiet area. The calmness and peacefulness of the library's atmosphere sets it apart from other wireless hotspots. The library empowers me to work better and work smarter. Thanks SMFPL!