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Find Surprises @ your library!
Your library is full of surprises! Like library-loving pigs in baby strollers.
Sure, we’ve all been amazed by plot twists and turns inside the books: traveling unexpectedly through space and time or fearing that our favorite detective was killed off in the latest caper. And don’t even get us started on the celebrity biography shockers!
Aside from the books and DVDs, your library itself holds surprising resources and services.
Use our notaries at the Main branch
Choose from a nice selection of graphic novels
Learn a language, even from home, with our Mango language database
Look through the definitive book on Virginia Caverns in the Main branch reference collection
Use our Inter-Library Loan service to borrow a book from any participating public or academic library in the United States
Gain new skills with Learning Express, which offers courses from kindergarten through graduate levels, GED study, and on-the-job and workplace skills
Practice your Spanish language skills with our collection of Spanish language books, magazines and DVDs
Research your roots with our guides to passenger and immigration lists covering the 17th to 20th centuries
Investigate the ever-changing selection of the book sales and gift stores at many of our branches
Give your eyes a rest with our large print books
Browse back issues of the Daily News-Record complete from 1913 to the present and semi-complete from 1822 to 1907
Enjoy wireless Internet at our Main branch – coming soon! Surprise!
Our librarians and staff members receive their share of pleasant surprises too. In January 2014, an anonymous fan left a postcard at our Main branch that read in part, “You benefit EVERYONE! … You are the brain of downtown … We are forever grateful for you, oh building of words and knowledge.” The brain of downtown – we like it!
Another sweet surprise is pictured here. It was left in an envelope on the front desk at Grottoes Branch Library by a young patron too shy to hand it to the librarian in person. Her poem says:
I have all was love you
At helping us you are all ways as fast as lightning
It’s lovely and great
What you create
Remember – your tax dollars and donations support our programs and services. This is National Library Week. Celebrate by stopping in any of our seven locations to Find Surprises @ your library!
Help us continue to offer you surprisingly great services.
You can make a donation at any branch by cash or check, or at our Main Branch with cash, check, Visa or Master Card. You also can donate right now with your Master Card or Visa, using our secure server.
Have questions or want to talk to someone about our library needs? Contact Kim Haines at 540.434.4475 ext. 135 or use our Contact Form.