Hey Library Lovers, this Month is for You!

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While the Internet has given us faster access to our queries, do you still visit your local library? Throughout the month of February, we are observing Library Lover’s Month. This vintage poster made by the Illinois WPA Art Project Chicago highlights the source of the art of continued learning. “For greater knowledge on more subjects use your library often!”

Don’t forget about those great research institutions that are free to access and where we still find a bounty of books on every subject imaginable. Many of us still remain card-carrying members of our local library. Check out a public library near you!

Happy #LibraryLoversMonth

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Nikki Giovanni Poetry during Library Lover’s Month

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In celebration of Library Lover’s Month and Black History Month, we are spotlighting the following poem “My First Memory (Of Librarians)” by poet, Nikki Giovanni.

My First Memory (Of Librarians)
By Nikki Giovanni

This is my first memory:
A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky wood floor
A line of green shades—bankers’ lights—down the center
Heavy oak chairs that were too low or maybe I was simply too short
For me to sit in and read
So my first book was always big

In the foyer up four steps a semi-circle desk presided
To the left side the card catalogue
On the right newspapers draped over what looked like a quilt rack
Magazines face out from the wall

The welcoming smile of my librarian
The anticipation in my heart
All those books — another world — just waiting
At my fingertips.

Library Lovers Month Is An Ideal Reminder To Rediscover Your Local Library

Library Lovers Month From Behind the Pen

Library Lovers Month

Library Lovers Month Is An Ideal Reminder To Rediscover Your Local Library
By Kym Gordon Moore

When was the last time you visited your local library? Although much of the norm for doing research nowadays has evolved into using your most preferred method of online search, whether it’s through Google, Bing, Yahoo, AOL or another searching tool, libraries are far from becoming extinct. Traditional libraries collect large volumes of diversified books, periodicals, resources and other reference indexes. February is Library Lover’s Month, which celebrates libraries of all types.

The nostalgia of this institution continues to be a catalyst of educational support and research for schoolchildren, teachers, parents and other professionals. They offer a quiet escape and sanctuary for those who want to study, research or simply read without interruption. As a result of the computerized upgrades within the library environment, public, school and university facilities are modernized to retrieve information rapidly. Libraries embody an academic culture that is recognized for their value and significance in our schools, public and private sectors.

Libraries are important because they are part of the historical cornerstone in our society. Archives are maintained in immaculate condition like a piece of fine art in a museum. There are some things and experiences that the internet does not offer over libraries. There is a calculated consensus that most people are choosing eBooks over hardcover or paperbacks, but the populous still want that library experience to be able to check out a book to read it. Libraries are also cost-effective because every household does not have a computer or other digital device for searching the web for information. Librarians, although they may be perceived as villains for penalizing the borrower for a lost or late returned book, offer free expertise and loaner time to check out books, DVD’s, digital media, audiobooks, librettos, CD’s, periodicals, VHS and other items. Access to special collections, catalogues, reserved films and even wireless laptops may be borrowed, but used in the library only.

Card catalogues were the iconic accessory search piece in a library’s environment. According to the Copyright Card Catalog and the Online Files of the Copyright Office, cards in the card catalog contained five key elements:

1. Title of the work

2. Author or authors

3. The owner of the copyright who may be different from the author

4. The date of publication

5. The registration number

The acquisition of knowledge at a community-meeting place is the experience you get from visiting your local library. Library Lovers Month is a great time to rediscover the essence of why libraries are important and far from becoming obsolete.

Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is the administrator of the Tea and Poetry Book Club http://www.teaandpoetrybookclub.blogspot.com/, co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE and selected as one of the 2012 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.

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