Thereâ€™s a place in nearly every community in Connecticut where knowledge lives and discovery and imagination thrive. We are talking about the local public library.
Todayâ€™s libraries arenâ€™t just quiet, stuffy places where librarians implore patrons to speak in whispered tones and card catalogues direct readers to the stacks to find research materials for term papers and school reports.
The library, like many aspects of the publishing business, has changed with the times.
We now read books, magazines and other publications on tablets, laptops and smart phones. We find the answers to research projects on the Web.
But libraries have adapted to these and other innovations. Need a particular book for a class? Order it online through the libraryâ€™s website. Need to type a book report? Use a public computer at the library.
Want to watch a movie on DVD, listen to music on a CD or listen to a free audiobook? Borrow it from the library.
Libraries offer more than materials. They offer programs, guest speakers, art displays, clubs, community resources and special events for children, too.
The New Britain Library offers a chess club, senior book discussion group and a gaming club for teens among its activities.
The Berlin-Peck Library features story times for tots and teen craft programs.
The Bristol Library has a Coloring Club for adults. And the Southington Library offers morning movies and a Brainy Baby Playgroup among other events.
Most importantly, libraries can introduce youngsters to the wonders of reading - a skill that can open up worlds of discovery and a skill that will never be obsolete.
If you havenâ€™t visited a library in awhile stop in and see what you are missing.