My home internet connection is down so I’m writing this post from my neighborhood library.
This is the first post I’ve written from the library, but it’s not the first time my library has contributed to a post here at the Modern Mrs Darcy. This branch is my go-to source for books and information (and children’s story hour). I could navigate the online reserve request system in my sleep.
There’s no telling what they think of me behind the circulation desk, where I’m constantly checking out stacks of books on women and relationships, women and ambition, women and nature, women and history, and have borrowed Pride and Prejudice (2005) 4 times this year. I love my library. And I particularly love my local branch–it’s well-stocked and well-staffed.
I would bet that many Modern Mrs. Darcy readers are big library fans as well.
And since I’m at my own library to write a blog post, I thought I’d quiz the staff to see what tidbits they think Modern Mrs Darcy readers ought to know about how to use their own libraries.
1. “Bring your card and know your password.” –Kristin, 11 years at the library.
2. “On the website you can see what new books, new music and new audiobooks we have–and you can reserve them online.” –Patty, 5 years.
3. Patrons don’t know that you can take the GED test for free and that there are classes for job help at the main branch downtown that help you with your resumes, job interviews and stuff like that.” –Tiffiny, 12 years.
4. “People should look on the website to see all the services we have available. People don’t use enough of what we have to offer. They can go into so many different links if they use the homepage to click on the various services.” –Anne, 10 years.
5. Don’t leave young children unattended! –Caren, 5 years, Children’s Services. (My branch posts signs that say “Please remain with children 14 and younger at all times.” Those signs are there for a reason!)
6. ”Reading should be fun! Parents–don’t stress out about what level your child is reading on. Don’t push them too much to read on a higher level.” –Emily, 7 years, Children’s Librarian.
7. “Use the databases. There is so much there for everything from academic to personal interest to consumerism.” –Susan, 28 years.
7. And here’s my own tip: If you need help, ask! The staff at my local branch is experienced, knowledegeable, and happy to help–but they don’t what I need unless I ask them. Just ask! –Anne, raving library fan.
Do you use your own local library? What’s your best tip for getting the most out of it?