By Lynn R. Mitchell
Where can you sign up for tech classes, use a computer, enjoy free internet, discover your family’s genealogy, learn about local history, sit in on a book discussion, enjoy a moms night out, take a class in arts and crafts, experience the zen of a yoga class, enjoy regularly scheduled study sessions, have the movie world at your fingertips, or the world’s adventures shelved in front of you?
You can find all that and more at the Augusta County Library and other public libraries nationwide. In addition, this week fines are forgiven for that check-out item that got misplaced or forgotten.
Thank you to library workers everywhere as they provide research help, entertainment in many forms for all ages, technology knowledge, educational opportunities, and so much more at our nation’s public libraries.
My kids and I spent hours when they were young amongst the stacks and used the bookmobile, too. Our load of books went into the largest L.L. Bean boat tote available and, even then, they were stacked so high they tried to fall over the sides.
For those especially in rural areas with no internet, libraries offer computers and internet connections as a portal to the outside world.
In Augusta County there are five locations to find all the good things there are to offer. They are:
Fishersville Library (main location) located at 1759 Jefferson Highway (at intersection of Rt. 250 and Rt. 608). They are open Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm, and Friday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Closed Sunday. 540.885-3961 / 540.949-6354
Churchville Branch Library is located at 3714 Churchville Avenue beside Churchville Elementary School on Rt. 250. They are open Monday-Tuesday 12-8pm, Wednesday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed Sunday. 540.245-5287
Craigsville Library Station is located at 18 Hidy Street (one block off Rt. 42 Main Street). They are open Monday-Wednesday 1-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. Closed Sunday. 540.997-0280
Deerfield Library Station is located at 59 Marble Valley Road in Deerfield. They are open Tuesday and Thursday 3-8pm, Wednesdays 10am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm. Closed Sunday. 540.939-4123
Middlebrook Library Station is located at 3698 Middlebrook Road in the middle of the village. They are open Tuesday and Thursday 3-8pm, Wednesday 9am-3pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm. Closed Sunday. 540.885-1008.
Augusta County has book drops at the Augusta Government Center in Verona, Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, and at the main library branch in Fishersville.
Happy Library Week March 10-16 especially to Augusta County Library folks … we are appreciative for all you do. Now let’s eat cake!
Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
April 14, 2016