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It’s not her grandma’s library any more, she says


As I grow older and find myself reminiscing, one of my fondest memories is visiting the public library with my grandma.

We would pull open a drawer filled with cards, find a title, write down a bunch of numbers and letters, and then go on a hunt through the stacks of books to find our next adventure.

I am amazed how much libraries have changed since my childhood visits to the library. Back in the day, unless you wanted to find a book to read, there was no reason to visit the public library.

Today, a library patron can check out DVDs, music CDs, books on CD, Wii and X-box games, and magazines. LCD projectors are available that can be used to project videos and images. Thinking of buying a Kindle? Why not check one out from the library first?

The library is also a great place to make copies, send faxes, scan documents and get connected online. There are computers for public use and free Wifi is available. The surrounding communities’ newspapers are in the reading room.

Ellsworth Public Library offers countless activities for all ages. Examples include story times, Legos in the Library, American Girl Adventures, musical groups, magicians, Wii game days, basic computer classes, duct tape creations, reading challenges, mystery quilt projects and author visits. This is just a small sampling of activities offered.

If you haven’t been to your public library in a while, stop in to find out about all the fun activities. Use your free library card to check out a book, movie, magazine or game. Libraries are more than just books.

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