When someone asks what I do and I reply, “I am a librarian,” the response is often, “I’ll bet between Google and the Internet you’re not very busy these days.”
This could not be further from the truth!
If you stop in at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library at just about any time of day, you’ll see children and their parents actively engaged with the wide variety of materials in the Children’s Department downstairs. Upstairs, the public computers are constantly in use. You may find adult students studying quietly in the magazine room, while teenagers gather (sometimes not so quietly) in the Youth Department to study together.
In fact, more than 80 percent of Western Springs residents have library cards, and they use them!
Usage is up, program attendance has increased and collaboration among local libraries provides our members with even greater access to needed items, whether those are books, DVDs, ebooks or computer games.
Yes, it is true that the type of questions and requests we receive are different than in the pre-Internet days, but people’s need for professional assistance in locating information and materials remains the same. Just ask our reference librarians, who keep busy helping members with requests by phone and in person.
If you believe that public libraries are quaint institutions on the verge of extinction, I invite you to join us for another look. September is National Library Card Sign-up Month; the perfect time to use your card, renew an expired card, or apply for one if you don’t already have one.
The Thomas Ford Library Board and staff are grateful not only for the tax support that the community provides, but also for the fact that residents avidly use the library’s services and attend its programs. To express our gratitude, the library is offering two Member Appreciation Concerts as our thank you for all you do for the library, too.
This Sunday at 2 p.m., Macaroni Soup will present a participatory family music program that will have everyone singing, laughing , hopping and stomping. This program is generously underwritten by the Thomas Ford Library Foundation.
On Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m., The Convertibles, a doo-wop/barbershop quartet, will entertain with music from the 50s and 60s, along with a little comedy and corny jokes.
Come join us! Adventures, new ideas and food for thought await you at your library.
Anne Kozak is director of theThomasFord Memorial Library