How We Use the Library – August 14, 2009

bookdepository1Advocating for public libraries is an important part of what we do at In these difficult times, libraries have to spend their valuable resources demonstrating the value they bring to their communities.  We want to help you get the word out.  We have been recapping the ways that employees and tutors benefit from our public libraries.

Here’s another “all tutor” edition of how we’ve been using our public libraries:

Kristi H., Elementary and Mid-level Math and Geometry Tutor
I took my two oldest children to the library to pick out their honor books from the library in honor of them both completing the summer reading program.  Ramona and Her Mother and an Amelia Bedelia book will reside forever in our library in honor of them.  Also checked out the fourth Percy Jackson and The Olympians book.  My son and I are reading the series this summer.

We later visited two different libraries on the same day. We returned The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street and checked out The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  We then visited the second library to return some other books, check out Amelia Bedelia books for my emerging reader, and checked out By the Shores of Silver Lake. I am reading the Little House Series to my six year old this summer.

Nicole B., Elementary Math Tutor
I checked out two books on tape for an upcoming car drive and 5 children’s books.  My son got to “test drive” some favorites from the library before deciding what to ask for for his upcoming birthday.  We saved at least $20 and many long nights finding out that fairy tales create nightmares!

Marilyn L., Trigonometry and Algebra 1&2 Tutor
Don’t forget the wonderful reference librarians! Our local library just helped us tremendously when we had tried buying a hard-to-find book and (after almost getting it from a vendor who mailed back that they did not have it in stock after all,) we got a letter from another vendor we tried saying it was on back-order. Now we were stuck with it being ordered but not available. My daughter needed to start reading it before returning to college this fall, and knowing it was not in our library system, we asked the reference librarians to see if they could find it for interlibrary loan.

We had it in our hands before the week was out. This is such a wonderful service to allow us the ability to get hard to find books when we need. Thanks to the librarians at Branford, Connecticut’s James Blackstone Library!

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