The popular image of the library is a place to check out classics under the critical glare of stern bun and bow-tied disciplinarians who, like snakes, say a single word, ssshhhhh!
Nothing could be further from the truth. You can check out classics at the Clark County Public Library, or graphic novels, devotionals, biographies, cooking and craft and car repair books. We have books for every interest, and if not, we will gladly get them.
In addition, we have one of the best reference/local history departments in the state; not only because of their resources, but because of librarians’ abilities and expertise. Have a question? They’ll find an answer. People from all over the world call our reference department for genealogy and local history information.
We have more than 3,000 videos, and more than 1,000 audio books. Our staff can show you how to download and use free music, book, audio and video programs available through the library website.
Need to use a computer? You can use one of our public access machines. All you need is a valid library card or a current ID from anywhere. Have a wireless card? Bring your laptop to the library.
If you can’t come to the library, our outreach service librarians will come to you. Don’t worry, ALA policy and Kentucky law forbid outreach librarians shushing people in their own homes. However, if you, or someone you know, has trouble seeing reading, we can help with deliveries of audio books.
The library’s services don’t stop with books and information. Every month we sponsor or present a variety of programs: book groups, local history presentations, job search help, social media, digital photography, computer and art classes, and workshops. Programs are free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.
Here are some highlights for March:
From Adult Services:
“Secrets of Pencil Drawing for Beginners,” Monday, March 7, 6 p.m.
“Upload, Edit and Share Digital Photos,” Monday, March 14, 6 p.m.
“Spring in Clark County” Book Lunch with Bill Crankshaw, Thursday, March 17, noon.
From Youth Services:
“Dr. Seuss Birthday Party,” Saturday, March 5 10 a.m.
“Story Times” for Tots (10 a.m.) and Youngsters (11 a.m.) every Wednesday and Saturday morning
“Teen Pizza Making,” Monday, March 28, 6 p.m.
Of special interest in March is the “AppalSeeds Heirloom Seed Starting Workshop,” Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. This is always our biggest class of the year. If you want to know how to raise organic heirloom vegetables, this is the class to take. If you can’t make the workshop here, Director Julie Maruskin and her assistant, Outreach Librarian Wendy O’Connor will be presenting similar classes around the region through May. The Library Newsletter and Calendar will tell you when and where.
So, drop by, call or e-mail the library to receive the newsletter/calendar by post or by email. Just give one of the staff your address or email address and ask to be signed up for the Library newsletter.
Need a card? To apply for a personal card, you must be 18. Bring a picture ID and proof of current residence to the library. Applications are limited to residents or people employed in Clark County or to residents of counties in our library region. Parents or legal guardians must apply for persons under the age of 18.
The best thing about the Clark County Library is that it is fun. Our staff is friendly and they are committed to serving everyone. Watch this section of the Sun to find out about the library every week. Come to the library to see and explore all the great books, media and programs available to you, free.
Call the Clark County Public Library at 859-744-5661 or e-mail email@example.com.
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a new weekly feature.