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Library as a Community Resource

Yesterday – April 15th – I was so fortunate to be able to attend The Library as a Community Resource at the Main library.  The focus of the event was on partnerships the library has formed with groups and individual people in the community of Falmouth.  After welcoming statements from Library Board Chairman Otis Porter and State Senate President Therese Murray, several library staff members introduced people whose lives have been enriched by their participation in Library activities.

Dr. Peter Hopewood described the Library’s partnership with Falmouth Hospital in establishing the Cancer Research Center here, including access to both print and online resources for patients and patients’ family members dealing with challenging illnesses.  We have information you can take home.

Leiko McSherry, a parent who has home-schooled three children, told of her warm relationships with the Children’s Department staff members, and how her children had learned from a recent program on raptors.  I was moved by her mentioning the joy of sharing with her children books which had been well-used by other people.  “We are not the only ones who have read and enjoyed this book.”

Paul J. Mulloy, RADM USN (Ret) shares his love for this Library with his children and sixteen grandchildren!  He mentioned that he had moved here from a very wealthy community, and found this Library so much better.  He made me feel proud to work here. 

Evan Kan, a young man who just turned eighteen, spoke movingly about participating in his first book club, organized by Teen Librarian Donna Burgess.  His interest in the stories he has read so far was catching; I want to read those books, too.  Keep up the good work, Evan.

The final speaker, Michael McNaught, is a lecturer in the Friends’ Joy of Learning program.  He spoke glowingly of his interactions with Systems Librarian Gary Ingraham, who has helped him use the new technology available in the Library’s meeting rooms to enhance his classes. 

Health, home-schooling, generations of readers, teen readers, lecturers – the Library has something for them all.  We’re open six days a week.  Come check us out!

Fran Bordonaro, Technical Services Department Head

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