December 15th, 2014 by twilson
Happy customers share successes at the library
Free public libraries exist to enrich the life of residents—culturally and educationally. Usually the transformation occurs over time. We read about authors, inventors, leaders and others who were inspired by their formative years being taken to the library.
Harry Truman, for example, is said to have read every book in his high school library by age 14. All that reading came in handy years later as president of the United States.
Sometimes the library’s inspiration comes in a flash. Recently a local woman attended a piano concert at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch. Ragtime artist Bob Milne performed at the request of Friends of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library.
One customer in the audience said that she not only learned something about ragtime music but was inspired to continue piano lessons and to learn to read music. We know because she told Branch Manager Jennifer Patterson about her thrilling experience last month.
That’s the kind of news that library staff loves to hear.
It’s even more rare when customers call to say they’re happy to pay taxes to support the library, but that’s what one customer said recently. He came into the Main Library in Newton for help with an on-line mortgage application.
He was experiencing difficulty and was extremely frustrated, given he had to FAX the paperwork by 5 p.m. that day
Wanda Rozzelle, a library services specialist, was not only able to help the gentleman complete the task on time, but confirmed that the paperwork had been received by the government agency.
“You’re awesome,” he said.
Library announces holiday schedule
Even though the library will be closed for the holidays, some great online materials are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So if you’re surprised next week with a new iPad or Kindle, check the library website to see all the free resources you can use. NC Digital has lots of eBooks and Hoopla will let you watch movies or listen to music and recorded books.
The Catawba County Library System will be closed Dec.24-26. All branches will resume regular business hours on Saturday, Dec. 27.
Then the libraries will close again at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 in observance of New Year’s Eve. All locations will re-open Friday, Jan. 2 with their normal hours.
Library materials may be picked up before or after those closing dates, while the materials may be returned in book drops at any time.
Check county library for new popular fiction
Fiction aficionados are in luck at Catawba County Library. A number of new novels by popular authors are coming to the shelves in the next few weeks, so now’s the time to place your hold.
Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Lael Miller, James Grippando, and James Patterson are just a few of the best-selling authors with new books in the pipeline.
January will see the release of The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller. The new romance is part of the Brides of Bliss County series and involves jewelry designer Melody Nolan in search of a husband.
Trust No One is the title of Jane Anne Krentz’s new novel involving Grace Elland who goes on the world’s worst blind date and is later being stalked. Expect this romantic suspense title in early January.
Cane and Abe will quench the thirst of crime readers. Best-selling author James Grippando’s latest suspense novel involves Miami’s top prosecutor as a prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Look for its release Jan. 20.
James Patterson scores another thriller in his “Private” series with Private Vegas, about a private eye investigating a murder ring in the city of sin. Jan. 26 is the publication date.
Check availability of these and dozens of other new titles on the library website: www.catawbacountync.gov/library .
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