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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Feb 7, 2005.
If so, how often?
Yep, I am there everyday, but then again I am the library manager. I get paid to be there.
Almost everyday when I don't have any other internet access.
I used togo at least every week, but, now just every 2 or 3 weeks. Library is 9 miles away, the oldest one in Texas. They just remodeled it about year or two ago. Every 6 months or so, they have a fantastic clearance sale. The wife and I usually purchase 5 to 10 books each. We've brought $50 books for $2 to 3 dollars.
I love the library, and I read a lot, not as much as I used too, not enough time.
I go about every 2 weeks. Usually I check out videotapes or the rarer DVD's; most of these are documentaries about science or history. It seems like I only check a half-dozen books a year, and of these only to read or research certain parts. Before the internet, I probably checked out 30 or more a year, and to read more thoroughly.
I don't even know where our public library is.
I go to the History Room to work on my genealogy. I try to get there as often as I can, but usually manage it only about once a month. I love going to the library.
Public library manager, Jeff Weaver? Cool. I have a friend who manages a town's public library.
I have never been in ours - we have lived here 5 years. Its so small, I just never have given it a chance, I guess. But i think I am gonna start taking the girls to storytime there on Tuesdays.
Anytime you are in the hills of Southwest Virginia, drop on by. Exit 35 on I-81.
Tater. The library I manage is small, but if I don't have something I can usually find it or get it. Your library is probably the same. A comment I get from my patrons is that we are small enough to take the time to actually help people find what they want to read or watch.
We have the story-time for kids to young for school, (we also get alot of homeschoolers) do summer reading for all ages of school children.
We buy books based on the best seller lists, and what is necessary to support the public school system's standards of learning, and requests from the patrons.
We buy music and audiovisual stuff too. I keep a stock of older classic movies, and some popular titles too. We stock documentary films that you just don't see on TV on any kind of regular basis for children or adults. We stock classical, folk, jazz, gospel, country, and other musical genres, usually stuff you can't get on the local radio.
We have highspeed internet access for those that want it. And we are getting ready to add a full service computer lab for public access, and are hoping to add a class rooms and community meeting rooms this year. Class rooms will be for GED instruction.
We are a certified testing center for the community colleges who offer distance learning.
And, though I am not crazy about it, we keep kids after school till parents can get them when other child care isn't available. Course we don't do it officially, but we have a lot of kids who hang out after school till mom or dad get off work to pick them up. (We are across the street from the town's schools).
We are located in the town's old High School, and have a goal of being a community center, and it is getting there.
Now this is just a very small library, but I bet you that live in larger cities have access to all of this and more, and those who also live where there are small communites will have access to similar things.
Shh! You are making to much noise in here.
We use ours a great deal. My wife is there with the kids much more often than I am. As homeschoolers it helps us a lot. We can use the internet access and put all the kids on different computers. My wife is on the "friends of the library" committee. We helped with the book sale and yard sale. We have donated a lot of items including a lot of books and videos.
The video tape/dvd section of our library is great. You can get all the same titles as a video rental place but it is free.
We love our library.
Owning a public library card here in Cleveland, Tennessee, also allows you to use the Squires Library at Lee University, a Christian liberal arts college.
I was there every week or two...but I owe some fines on two books I thought I lost in Florida (long story). I found them and returned them...but they say I owe them $40. So, I can't afford to pay right now, so I don't get to go.
I take my 5 year old daughter every couple of weeks to get new books. She loves to read, and I love to spend time with her. So a trip to the library is a great time for us.
I love my local library. It is air conditioned, has comfy chairs, is quiet, endless numbers of books (paperbacks in Australia are around $30.00) so I try not to buy this items that should be sheathed in gold leaf.
I go once a week, sometimes more. The "local library" that I use most is the Ralph Steen Library at SFA University. I don't check out anything there. Most of the books I research are reference books anyway. They also have a good genealogical department. I frequent other libraries also, but the above named one is in the town where I work.
I used to go to the library alot...but not anymore..don't have the time now since I have a job since I moved. Before I moved, I went to the library in my old town in my spare time for both enjoyment and for college (I even studied Library Technology!).
Did you know that in some libraries you can borrow books online, etc.? You can even use Google.com to look up your local library website for directions, hours they are open, services, what kind of books you can have, checking out books online, and many more.
Here's one link that you can start off: http://www.libdex.com
Trotter, do they have an amnesty month?. We have amnesty every year during the month of April at our library. You can turn the books in without paying any fees.
I broke down and took my son to the library for some research we could not find on the internet. As I walked through the doors, I could hear the voices of teachers past saying, "I can't believe it." It wasn't too bad.
Way to quiet. I had the urge to stand on a table and scream, "I'm free! I'm free! from the Librareeee!" But, I knew that would embarrass my 14 year old and I have to live with him.