Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Opinion

April 14, 2014

TIDBITS: I found it at the library

CROSSVILLE — I have such fond memories of going to my local library as a child, searching through shelf after shelf and finding a book that would make me a Little Princess in World War II England, or bring me along as Nancy Drew solved the Secret in the Old Attic.

If I got stuck, the librarians, Mrs. Barton at the one in town and Mrs. Ledbetter at school, would recommend new authors, bringing even more new adventures my way.

Later, the library was the “go-to” place when a history paper loomed. Or, when I needed help with Hawthorne’s “The Scarlett Letter.” The periodicals brought the news from around the state and nation, and sometimes world, to my little town long before the Internet expanded the reach of the news.

This week, we celebrate our local libraries as part of National Library Week. The Theme this year is “Lives Change at Your Library,” and you need look no further than our own Art Circle Library to see that is exactly what happens.

While libraries remain depositories of books, and all the wonderful knowledge they contain, the library is now more about ideas and providing access to those ideas and answers to nagging questions through a variety of media. There are books, periodicals, a wealth of reference materials and more. You can rent videos and get books on CD to help pass the time on the road. You can use your library card to help you access thousands of free e-books online and read from the comfort of your home.

If you need to access the Internet, for work or for play, you can do that at the library. Researching a particular topic? The library has access to numerous databases that can assist all sorts of research.

And, if you haven’t been to the Art Circle Library lately, you have missed out on some great activities. There is always something happening at the library to increase learning and enjoyment of the community. From concerts in the Cumberland Meeting Room featuring a variety of great local talent, to free family friendly movie showings, to story time for the kiddos and puppet shows for kids of all ages, computer classes, music classes, groups just for kids and groups just for teens, there is a wealth of activity taking place.

Today, kids (and their grown-ups) can enjoy the Free Spring Jamboree at the Art Circle Library, with stories, puppets, crafts and more, starting at 10 a.m. Stick around and enjoy a showing of “Despicable Me 2” at 2 p.m.

Thursday, “Chester the Chesapeake” author Barbara Ebel will be visiting the library and reading from her lovable children’s book series. Star Chester will be there for petting, pictures and a paw signing.

Visit www.artcirclelibrary.info to learn about all the great activities planned during the week and beyond, and check out a new book or two while you’re there.

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Heather Mullinix is assistant editor of the Crossville Chronicle. Her column is published on Tuesdays. She may be reached at hmullinix@crossville-chronicle.com.

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