Letters to the Editor

Library card is an essential school supply

Parents make sure their kids have the gear they need. Kids have uniforms for soccer, safety helmets for biking and backpacks for a new school year. However, they might have overlooked the most important supply of all. 

September is “Library Card Sign-up Month,” the perfect time to make sure kids are equipped with a library card. A library card can give kids access to free materials to research their papers or information for their next book report. It also can help make life after school more fun, with free access to video games, DVDs, the Internet and more.

Of course, library cards are not just for kids. According to a recent household survey by the American Library Association, 44 percent of parents report that they bring their children to the library because it gives them something to do together.

Family time at the library won’t break the bank. The library and its resources are free with a library card.

 

Mike Hensel
Communications/marketing manager
London Public Library

Beatlemania lectures preserved

A story on our presentation, “America’s Response to the British Invasion 1964-1967,” appeared in the July 25 edition of the Madison Messenger. It was the third program in a trilogy that started with “Beatlemania” in 2006 and “The British Invasion” in 2007.

For each presentation, the Messenger’s articles have been a significant conduit to reach many homes and let the local public know about such entertaining and informative events that are usually only found on college campuses. Thanks to the support of the Mount Sterling Library and its director, Heidi Fletcher, my brother David and I have brought the stimulating feeling of a college lecture series to the area while maintaining a good dose of fun and humor that an audience expects when they go out for an evening.

In conjunction with the library, the Mount Sterling Community Museum has two of the three presentations (“The British Invasion” and “America’s Response to the British Invasion 1964-1967) available on video. I hope everyone interested will see the videos and enjoy our small way of contributing to the revitalization of Mount Sterling. Along with our videos, I urge citizens to visit the Mount Sterling Library and the Mount Sterling Community Museum to see firsthand the instrumental role each is doing to revitalize the village.

John Timmons

Rock Hill, S.C.

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