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Who is Kesha?

Names. They tell the story of our existence without ever uttering a word. You are given one before you can say or spell it. They give us pride. They are passed down to us. My husband is the third. You may be named for someone close to you, most often your parents. Our names are personal. We wear them around our necks, get tattoos of lovers or lost ones. We are named for our heroes - an aspiration for our children. Your last name shows generations of those who were able to survive and continue their lineage.

Your name is your introduction to the world.

Become a 3D Printer Master

We have an exciting update for 2017: Starting this month we will be offering on demand 3D printer services! You may be excited at the thought of being able to print your very own designs without purchasing your own 3D printer. Or, you may be thinking this is cool, but why am I interested!? What can I make? You can make a ton of things. A simple Google search will pull up hundreds of designs.

Yes, AND!

Say it with me: “I. Feel. Great. YES!” On Fridays in the Main Library’s Teen Department, this is how we start off Shenanigans, a program of games and activities based on improv. To gear ourselves up for an hour of silliness and “shenanigans,” we all rub our hands together and shout the phrase together three times.

You’ve Got the Resolve, We’ve Got the Resources

Updated December 2017

It’s 2018 and you are ready. Ready to make a change, and ready to do your best. While you are still trying to remember to write 2018 instead of 2017, let us be a partner in helping you to achieve your new goals this year!

Whether you have resolved to learn a new language, start a business, learn to code, read more etc., we have the resources you need to succeed. Below are some of the most popular resolutions - and how your local branch can help you stick to it!

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8 Days of Holiday Cheer!

This year we wanted to give our staff a chance to share some of their favorite holiday memories. It was a great chance for staff to share stories from their past, and some really beautiful memories came up. We've compiled them for you right here, with a little background on their stories!



Our Top Picks: Perfect Pairings of Books & Toys

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Family, friends, gatherings, festivities, and shopping for loved ones.  While books are a frequent gift in and of themselves, they can also expand and enhance your child’s toys, too!  Both books and play allow children to learn about the world around them, so pairing a book with a toy can inspire and deepen play experiences.

Here are some traditional gifts for children and books that go along with them.

What You and Bill Gates Have In Common

Last week, Bill Gates sent out his top book picks for 2016. Investing in Microsoft is a win, but so is investing in your brain. If Bill Gates can read a book a week, then we know the rest of us mere mortals can read at least four each year!

Let Us See Those Book Faces!

At the Library there’s one thing that brings us together – our love of books! Being a bastion of books, we are often offered Advanced Readers Copies of upcoming best sellers. While we love those advanced reads, we know that you do too! We wanted to pass on that perk to you, but how would we tell who the biggest book nerd is?!

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