Thursday, July 8, 2010
Support Your Local Library
I use the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library (in Mechanicsburg) and other libraries in the Cumberland County Library System on a semi-regular basis to research for stories and articles, to borrow audio books and DVDs, and I browse the magazines for editor and submission information. Every time I go in there, no matter what day or time of day, the place is buzzing, all of the computers are in use with a several-person waiting line, and there are always shelves packed with reserved books and other library items behind the circulation desk.
The Simpson Library hosts a book sale several times per year and my mom and I always donate books to the sale (and then usually end up purchasing three times as many as we donated). Now, especially because of the budget cuts affecting libraries, it’s important for individuals to step up and support their library, which doesn’t always mean just handing over a check.
At the last library sale, I picked up a flyer for the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library’s 4th Annual Run for Reading event on August 14, 2010. Participants have the option of running or walking a 5K or a 1-mile fun run. I heard about the event last year but didn’t sign up because I hadn’t been running, training or doing much of anything physically. But this year I think I’ll give it a try. I’ve been making an effort to get back in shape, and running a 5K would be a great mini-goal to work towards. And, of course, if nothing else, I’d be supporting the local library.