Thanks to all of you who turned out for our groundbreaking on May 27! It was hot and muggy, but what a joyous occasion! We were especially happy to see so many of your smiling faces. It was so great to see generations represented from the "soon-to-be-borns" to the octogenarians. You helped prove once again that libraries are for everyone!
Registration started on Wednesday, May 28, and will continue through June 18 for the summer reading program. I have never personally witnessed the huge attendance that I've been told about, but I have seen the pictures. This year should prove to be especially fun, with the theme for summer reading being "Fizz, Boom, READ!"
We are emphasizing materials and programs involving science. You can register online here at the library or from your home computer at our website: www.acolibrary.com. Special programs are Wednesday mornings. Check your summer reading calendar for times and locations. Please sign up to attend online from your home computer or at the special summer reading computers at the library.
Please remember that the Summer Reading Program is for all ages. Mad Science Mondays are going to be family nights, so load up the whole gang and come on over.
Have you tried out TEL, the Tennessee Electronic Library? It is a huge resource available to anyone in Tennessee and it is already paid for by your tax dollars. There is no charge and you may use it as often as you like.
You can try it out by clicking the logo on our website or going to the address: www.tntel.info. Once there, you will find access to a complete copy of the World Book Encyclopedia, full text of many magazines and journals, sample resumes, sample business plans, job search tips, practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GRE, and more, a special Kid's Page, and you can even access genealogy records to help trace your family tree.
Heed this warning, you can get lost in there looking at all the different materials, so access at your own risk -- but enjoy!
-- Rita Allen is director of the Argie Cooper library.