Did You Know?
That you can access hundreds of thousands books and media electronically? We have listed several online sources on our web-site and our FB page.
The Library of Congress is so devoted to making knowledge available to everyone that it pays to reproduce popular magazines in Braille. In 1985, an irate senator from Ohio named Chalmers Wylie lobbied to get them to stop publishing a Braille version of Playboy. It was reinstated after protests and continues to be published to this day.
That librarians are taught how to search for answers to questions, and don’t just “google” it? (helpful if you’re doing genealogy or writing a term paper!)
We have a book club that meets every month – and that we have so much fun we have a hard time focusing on discussing the book! (We even had a “socially separate” book club in March. There were some technological difficulties, but all in all it was a success!)
The world's largest fine for an overdue library book is $345.14, the amount owed at two cents a day for the poetry book Days and Deeds checked out of Kewanee Public Library, Illinois, USA in April 1955 by Emily Canellos-Simms. Although the book was due back 19 April 1955, Emily found it in her mother's house 47 years later and presented the library with a check for overdue fines.
That Fort Hunter Free Library is the smallest library in the MVLS system? But the smallest library in the world is the Little Free Library, which travels around NYC, has 40 books, and can only fit one person at a time!
One of the largest libraries in the country is the McAllen Public Library in McAllen, Texas, which is housed in a converted Walmart location and might be the largest single-story library location in the country. The 123,000-square foot space has a computer lab, a cafe, and an 180-seat auditorium. (I want to go there)
The Haskell Free Library and Opera House sits directly on the border between the United States and Canada. You can walk in from Stanstead, Quebec, and walk out into Derby Line, Vermont. You don’t need a passport to cross the (literal) line running through the building, but you do have to return to your country of origin or risk fines. (And I want to go there, too!)
There are more public libraries in the United States than there are McDonald’s? (Yay for books! And fries…Mmmm, fries…)
The Guinness Book of World Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries. We would show you that record in the Guinness Book, but…ours was stolen.
Hope everyone is doing well – we miss you all!!