2006-09-21 / Editorial

Lots more than books at the library

If you haven't been to the Jamestown Philomenian Library lately, it's time for a visit. The island library is a beautiful facility and offers a world of services.

Of course, the library has a vast collection of books, magazines, newspapers, and research materials. New books arrive daily. Should you not find what you are looking for, you can always request the item from the inter-library loan program.

You'll also find a wide collection of videos, DVDs, and unabridged books on cassettes and CDs. Plus, there are many music CDs for your listening pleasure.

The library is a wonderful place for children and teenagers, too. In addition to featuring a great selection of books for young readers, the library hosts a number of programs specifically for growing minds.

A little known service offered by the library is its program for homebound patrons. Ask for details.

Don't have a computer? The library has plenty. You can write a letter or access the Internet. From the library, you can use the online ancestry research services and the index to the Providence Journal as well.

Speaking of the Internet, you can manage your library account online. You may order books, renew books, and see when your books are due. Check out www.jamestownri. com/library/.

Have a question? The island library is the font of all knowledge. Just call or e-mail and the helpful staff will research the answer to your query.

The index to the Jamestown Press is also available at the library. Older issues of the Press are available on microfilm.

The library has book discussion groups for those who like to talk about what they read. The Friends of the Library sponsor a number of other programs that range from educational to entertaining. The library also provides meeting space for community groups.

Volunteers play a huge roll in the island library's success. Their assistance is evident from the library's home page on the Internet to the library's book sale held every summer.

The Jamestown library is a tribute to its hardworking staff and the islanders who value the institution. See you there!

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