"Give the gift of reading" is a common theme for bulletin boards in libraries around the Christmas holiday. Instead of utilizing that as a display this year at the Cherokee Public Library, I am going to suggest some ways the concept can actually be put in motion.
Make sure your child or grandchild is introduced to books and the necessity as well as the fun of being able to read. Take time to accompany them to the library to look around or attend a program. Help them learn the routine of checking out and returning items. Encourage them to participate in the summer reading activities. Instead of playing on the computer, sit down and read a book together. Set an example by promoting reading time at home for the whole family. Doing all this can create lifetime readers and library users.
Volunteer as a Stories 2000 reader. Each month we provide people to read aloud to the children attending the WIC clinic at the community center as well as give each child a new book to take home. This program is in its tenth year of operation and has been wildly successful, far beyond what we had hoped. I thank those who took part in 2010. John O'Connor, Jean Miller, Roni Timmerman, Phyllis Miller, Lisa Kellen, Lori Thomas, Pat Friedrichson, Nancy Reuter, Ramona Nitz, Sue Reinert, Susan Julius, Joan Kelly and Lynette Hyndman all helped out. A special note of appreciation goes to Jolene Schumacher who picks up the bag, sets up the books and handles the early shift each month.
Donate a book to the library as a gift to someone who is a library lover, hard to buy for or just has too much "stuff." We will mark it with a plaque designating the recipient, the donor and the occasion. We have done this through the years for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. Many of our patrons comment on the various plaques they see in books and it encourages others to do the same.
I end with a quote from Elizabeth Hardwick, an American author and literary critic. "The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it gives you knowledge of the world and experiences of a wide kind." My addition would be "It can't get any better than that."
The library will be closed Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1. It will be open regular hours all other days unless weather is a problem. Happy Holidays!