We’ve come a long way since the library started.
This is Miss Edna, Rochester’s first librarian. In her day, paper books were all the library had available for check out.
Now we have more than just paper books; we have electronic books! Books on CD and cassette and even books that you can download from the internet. Books! Books! Books!
But wait, there’s more!
The library: it’s not just about books anymore.
In our library catalog, we have:
DVDs and VHS videos: documentaries, feature films, exercise videos, do-it-yourself topics, music concerts, Bollywood, independent and international films, etc.
Music on CD, cassette and even downloadable. We also have musical scores.
Mp3 players are available to check out. The library has a download station for use with these or your personal Mp3 players or ebook readers to download electronic material.
CD-ROMs including games for children that are both entertaining and educational, house and landscape design, keyboarding skills, do-it-yourself, etc.
Storytime Kits do contain books but they also are full of thematic toys, games, puzzles, puppets, flannel board stories, etc.
Wii and Play Station games have become quite popular items to check out.
Hand-held engravers to put your name on personal tools or other belongings.
Electric meters to find out how much electricity appliances in your household use. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, even an entire year. You can also check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, line frequency and power factor. Now you’ll know if it’s time for a new refrigerator or it that old air conditional is still saving you money.
On our website we have access to lots of electronic resources:
- Auto Repair information,
- Learn Spanish, German, etc.
- Take practice tests
- Get company profiles
- Search your family history
- Job Searching links
- Homework Help
In the library building we have
Events for all ages. There are storytimes, music concerts, author visits, game nights, book groups, movies, classes, etc scheduled throughout the year.
Microfilm readers to research old newspapers. Digital scanners make it possible to send the information you find on the microfilm to your email address.
Multiple Internet Stations are located in three areas of the library.
Word Processing computers that have Microsoft Office installed for paper writing or presentation creation, spreadsheets, etc. One of these word processing computers is connected to a scanner and has Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 installed for photo editing.
The Adaptive Workstation allows patrons who are blind or have low vision access to the internet.
Meeting rooms area available for rent.
Quiet Study rooms for one to two people to use at a time. There is also a larger Quiet study area on second floor, right next to the stairs.
A variety of magazines and newspapers, both in print and online, are available to read both in and out of the library.
So, the next time you think that a library is just about books, think again.