“I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.”
Library cards are like golden tickets. They give us access to age-old ideas, to fanciful stories, to inspiring memoirs, and to human history. The wealth of information on the internet is astounding. When we hold a book, though, worlds are in our hands. Humans have long honored the connection between hand, head, and heart, and reading a book—on any topic—honors that connection, as well.
In fact, we’re so grateful for library cards that we at Moon Lake Community Library invite you to come by during open hours this month and show your library card to receive a free book of your choice from our sale shelves. If you don’t yet have a library card, it only takes a few minutes to apply. There is no charge for a card, and patrons may borrow books for two weeks and DVDs for one week. We have thousands of books on our shelves, and almost a thousand DVDs.
We’re starting something new and fun in January. When you borrow a book, you’ll receive a bookmark with five stars on it. When you’ve finished the book, you can fill in the stars to show how well you liked the book, and then leave the bookmark in the book for the next person who’s interested in it. We’ll also have review cards available, so if you want to share something about a book you’ve read or a movie you’ve seen from our collection, you can post the card for others to see. We have a special section for books that have been recommended by community members.
Saturdays have been popular with folks of all ages who come to play games. The chess players are gearing up for a tournament we’ll be having in the spring. One recent Saturday, a group was playing Mexican Train dominoes, and, honestly, I didn’t know dominoes could be so fun. Laughter filled the air. If you enjoy games of strategy, please join us on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon. We have chess, backgammon, cribbage, dominoes, playing cards, and Rubikub.
Another change in 2018 is that we’ll be serving organic coffee on Saturday mornings on a donation basis, and soft background music will be played. Moon Lake Community Library is your library, and we want you to feel as comfortable there as you are at home. To that end, we plan to add a seating area for anyone who wants to sit and read, or speak quietly with a friend. We’ll soon be on the search for two easy chairs and a small coffee table. We welcome any contributions to this cause, whether it be in the form of money or actual furniture.
The library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. It’s the board’s policy that a volunteer always be present when the librarian is on duty, both for safety reasons and to be able to offer assistance. Volunteers are trained to check books and movies in and out, and then re-shelve them, and to answer any questions patrons may have. We appreciate our current volunteers—Brandy Barrett, Jane Faile, Dianne Gilbreath, Dianne Kuehl, Mickey Luck, Kathy Norrell, Pat Peterson, Rhea Pirch, Rita Shirley, Pat Schoen, and Dianne Tindoll—and we welcome new volunteers. (If we had enough volunteers, it’s even possible the library could expand the number of days we’re open.) Let us know if you’re interested or have any questions.
The board welcomes ideas for any classes, lectures or workshops you might be interested in having the library host. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. We look forward to offering some interesting opportunities throughout the coming year. Visit our Facebook page to stay up-to-date with news and announcements.