by Havila Lyon
A.F. Library Director
In case you didn’t hear our shouts of joy, the American Falls District Library did install nine new computers for public use on April. Thanks to the generosity of the American Falls Lions Club, we now have fast, new computers that don’t require sainthood (and the accompanying patience) to use which is always a bonus. If you have a library card, you can use our computers for free, and if you don’t have a library card, well, what are you waiting for? Everyone, school age and up, is eligible for a free card at the American Falls District Library.
Speaking of generous groups that help the library out, the Friends of the Library is having their semi-annual book sale this Friday, April 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m. It’s a great deal – paperback books are 25 cents, and media and hardback books are 50 cents. You can’t beat that! Before she left, Harriet (the old library director) pulled quite a few books out of the stacks that were duplicates, etc, so this will be our biggest sale to date. An especially good deal is the “stuff-a-bag” program, where you can buy one of the library totes for sale for $10, and every book you can stuff into it, you get for free. Back rubs are NOT included, so be careful hauling your treasures away, will you?
What does the Friends group do with the proceeds from this book sale? They support our Summer Reading Program by providing free books, folders, and more as prizes to the children for completing the program. They pay for the recycle bin for the library, so we can do our part by recycling paper, plastic, etc. through the city. They support specific programs, like bringing the Idaho Arts Council Humanities Speakers into the library to give presentations.
Speaking of, it just so happens that the Friends of the Library group is sponsoring a Humanities Speaker to give a presentation on chocolate on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. A “Women’s Night Out” event, the speaker will be giving the history of chocolate, and also providing chocolate samples for us ladies to try. (Sorry, men – seems horribly unfair, I know. If only we could locate a Humanities Speaker who could give a presentation on beer…) The presentation and samples are free; however, donations to help pay for future programs are always welcomed.
Thanks to everyone in this great community who supports the library, whether it’s by donating gently used books and movies to the library or buying the gently used items; voting Yes to a bond to greatly expand and update the library; donating money through the Lions Club or other civic organizations; or coming by the library to check items out and use our computers. We appreciate each and every one of you.