Library is for everyone

Spring has finally made its 2013 debut, and there is no better time to get to the library to pick up a new book. Here at the Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington, we offer an assortment of bestselling titles including “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, “Six Years” by Harlan Coben and “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, but did you know that the library holds more than books?

Basic literacy is the backbone upon which the Mifflin Community Library was built, but it has evolved into much more. Along with the beloved books, at the library you will find a treasury of audio books and even eBooks. Your library can fill the void of the closed-up corner video rental store too. We have dozens of DVDs available to check out like “The Hobbit,”“Lincoln” and “Parental Guidance,” to name a few, and we still hold some great VHS titles.

Yet, the library is much more than the materials available to check out. We hold programs here at the library that cover a range of topics from computers to finances to gardening to health and wellness, and there are different programs for all ages.

Library benefits for children are obvious. For many, the community library is their first experience with early literacy as they come in for weekly storytime. They listen to stories, play games and sing songs developing not only a love for reading but social skills that will help them thrive as they get older.

Older children and teens find that the library is not only a great place to read and study, but it is a great common space to collaborate and learn together. Through library programs, they can explore subjects that aren’t typical in a school setting.

Adults will find that the library is a complete source of fulfillment as well. We never stop growing and learning, and where other than your community library would you find programs designed to build your success that are offered usually for free? Even better are the social groups like Stitching Circle or Writers’ Group, where you can socialize while doing the things you love.

Yes, the library is for everyone, and libraries all over are looking for new ways, more comprehensive ways to serve our communities. With the ever-changing face of technology, libraries too must adapt and grow. If you haven’t been into the library for a while, it might be time to give it another chance.

The Mifflin Community Library invites you to become a regular. Read this column each month to find out more about the happenings of your local library, and in the meantime, visit our website at www.berks.lib.pa.us/mifflincl/ to check out our collection, events and programs.