Getting to know your local library through quotes
By J.C. Coon
Throughout this article are a variety of quotes from books found in your local library. As you find the quotes, quiz yourself to see if you know the book and the author. Answers at the end.
In the cold of winter I ventured out to my local library in search of reading materials to warm my soul and fill my mind with plans of my summer garden. “It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.” 1
While checking out my selected books I saw a small sign on the counter that said, “Volunteers wanted.” Volunteers Wanted! What? I have always wanted to volunteer at a library, with life’s schedules I had not. So I took a leap and applied for the position. “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him.” 2 I got the position; it warmed my heart on that cold winter day.
The library of today is not your Grandparents’ library, (but grandparents come and embrace the changes).
Did you know that here in Clarke County at your local library…..
You have access to up to date computers?
Access to Wi Fi, eBooks, Zinio, Mango and Freading?
Ability to make copies, Black and White and Color?
Can send (for a fee) a Fax?
Can check out Movies and TV series and most Disney movies?
Sit in a private room and have a ‘Study Date’?
Oh I could go on and on.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 3
Oh and wait….you can check out books too!
One of the bonuses of being a library volunteer, I get great ideas of what to read next, while filing the books that patrons checked out. The library has a rich variety of books, newspapers, magazines, DVD’s and CD’s (no cassettes). If you do not see what you want, the branch is part of a much larger system. You can order an item and it is usually delivered in a day or two.
The library has expanded beyond its four walls to reaching out to the community. They have partnered with the Barns of Rose Hill on several events. Currently on the first Thursday of every month a group called the Brown Bag with Books, meet to discuss the book of the month (contact the library for a list of books). Remember– “ No two persons ever read the same book.” 4
This summer there will be movies starting on Saturday June 18th. The summer reading program “Read for the Win” will have special events at the Barns. After reading 6 hours or 360 minutes, youth and adults are eligible to receive a free book. “Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” 5
The library is located in the heart of Berryville, easy access to all. If you have been to the Town or County offices you have been in the same building as the library. They are located at 101 Chalmers Court-Suite C, Berryville, VA 22611. Phone: 540.955.5144. Web address: www.handleyregional.org. If you do not have a computer, come in and use theirs, all you need is your library card.
Don’t have your library card, yet? Not a problem, just bring in a photo ID (we all now have photo ID’s don’t we) and they will get you started. “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” 6
So put on your Big Boots and start on your own adventure.
Here are the sources for the quotes. If one piqued your interest and you want to know more … our local library has their books.
1 – Judith Viorst, Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
2- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
3- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
4- Edmund Wilson
5- Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
6- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh