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Monday, August 29, 2016

What's That in Your Pocket?

I'm hoping it's a Roselle Public Library Card.  If you don't have one, don't worry.  September is National Library Card Sign-up Month.  Did you know that it is easy to get a Roselle Public Library Card?  All you need to do is bring in proof of residency and identity (photo ID with current address).  For children, a parent or guardian must accompany them.  Once you have a Roselle Library card, most Illinois libraries will let you check out materials as long as you don't have fines on your card.  How cool is that?

You can put that new library card to work by checking out books to celebrate National Read a Book Day on September 6th.  It's a day where book lovers and non-book lovers alike find a book they enjoy and spend the day in a relaxing spot to read for a bit.  It's a day to disconnect from technology (unless you are reading an e-book) and spend time reading with friends and family, sharing a fantastic piece of literature. 

Reading is a good way to learn about different places, famous people, other eras or learn how to do new things.  It's also a very affordable means of entertainment by either making a movie in your mind or having beautiful illustrations!

Let's take a moment to travel back in time learn about early books:

  • Book pages were made from used parchment or vellum (calf skin).
  • Covers of books were made of wood and often covered with leather.
  • Clasps or straps held books together.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.
  • To prevent theft, books in public libraries were often chained to a bookshelf.
Moving into more modern times:
  • Books are printed digitally using toner rather than ink.
  • Books can be printed on-demand. 
  • E-books (electronic book)
My advice to you is to make everyday "Read a Book Day" and if you don't have a library card, what are you waiting for?  I'm ready to set you up with a great read and in the infamous words of Dr. Seuss: 

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