A Message from our Director, Kacie V. Armstrong
Typically, we look forward to the month of May to enjoy Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, the warm weather, beautiful flowers, and the chance to get out and enjoy many of our favorite outdoor activities. I enjoy this month in particular, because it’s a time to celebrate reading! May is "Get Caught Reading" month. In 1999, the American Publishers Association started this celebration to remind people of all ages just how much fun reading is. As you are out and about this month and you see someone reading, especially a child or teen tell them, "I caught you!" It typically brings about smiles and some interesting conversation. For more information on Get Caught Reading, log on to www.getcaughtreading.org
Many have questioned the value and importance of the library and reading an actual book as technology changes. However, I was encouraged by the 2013 annual State of America’s Libraries report that concluded that "your library is not going away." Throughout the country, there has been a 17.5% increase in new library card users and 158% increase in OverDrive (eMedia) downloads! This tells me that we have tons of folks reading, they just have yet to be caught! For the complete 2013 State of America’s Libraries report, log on to www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2013.
As we read this upcoming May and June, we will also begin the largest portion of our construction project. This is a great time to check out as many books as you can carry. The teen section will be relocated, our study rooms will be temporarily unavailable, and we will move our computers to the new technology area. The Children’s Department will be temporarily relocated in June to allow for repainting, new carpeting, and even an iPad mini-station for preschoolers. As your browse the collection, please feel free to ask a staff member for assistance to find your favorite books, movies, or music. Check out our Construction Update for more information and pictures. You can also find additional pictures online at www.euclidlibrary.org.
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