Sharing a muse ~ Thank you to books

“Dear Literature, Thank you for keeping us entertained, making us think, showing us other worlds, and offering glorious distraction when reality has us freaking out. What would we do without you? We love you forever. Signed, Readers”

via A Thank-You Note to Books in General (And Our 27 Current Favorites Specifically) — Discover

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Holiday Booksale, December 2nd & 3rd

Friends of the Meridian Library District is very fortunate in that we have a great selection of books to choose from.  Come linger, peruse, and holiday shop.  Have a bookworm in your life?  Bring them along and let them pick out their own gifts. Our prices entice any book-lover.

Official sale  is two days only,  Friday, December 2nd thru Saturday, December 3rd.

Friends members have perks!

Friends-only pre-sale is Thursday December 1st from 4-8 pm!

I implore you ~ Vote Yes!

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Friends of the Meridian Free Library District exists to aid and assist the Library District in accomplishing its mission and goals.  Now is a time when we can serve the library in a time of need.  The Meridian Library is serving a growing population with resources designed twenty years ago for a population half the size of Meridians population today.  The upcoming Bond measure will enable the library to better serve geographical breadth and population size of Meridian.

Please Vote Yes, and please vocalize your support of Yes.

I implore you, my neighbors, to consider the value of our public library services.  Public Education of the general population is a distinctly American hallmark in the development of a democratic society.  Access to literacy and to education for our citizens has been a fundamental core value first provisioned by the United States to its citizens.  The public library provides a fundamental institution to that purpose, serving to grant equal access to opportunity to all of our citizens.

The Meridian Public Library is a critical partner in creating the kind of community that produces critical thinkers, innovators, and participatory neighbors.  The library is especially critical to our youth, supporting early literacy, STEM advocacy, providing access and awareness to new technologies, and providing a safe and educational environment in which our teens can study, learn, and be.  This becomes especially important to families with less financial resources, homeschoolers, and parents looking for supplemental frameworks to educate their children.

An educated citizenry pays if forward to future generations by creating stronger economic viability.  A Yes vote for the Meridian Library District is an easy, inexpensive investment in our most powerful and productive resource, our human capital, present and future.  Investment in good schools and libraries also creates a competitive attraction to businesses and to educated labor forces.  The cost breaks down to $0.92 per $100,000 property value per month annually.

What does our library district provide per month annually?  Meridian library embodies and fosters the meaning of community with a very tangible and mindful presence.

Meridian Library District has approximately 90 programs listed in its fall schedule.  These include all ages.  The expertise of the librarians covers many fronts: children’s literature, entertaining books to read, electronic and technological resources that empower the way small business entrepreneurs do business.   Examples include:  toddler song, dance and reading, fit and fall proof senior exercise, Minecraft clubs, family craft sessions, adult craft sessions, moms who code, family book clubs, art sessions, book clubs for all ages and across genres, sessions for writers, earth science experiments, a tween advisory board, game nights, poetry slams, author visits, movies, contests using the 3d printer at unbound, and more!

The library remains a relevant font of resource to our community, bringing a culmination of human knowledge, experience, culture, and entertainment to our fingertips and to our interpersonal interactions in a way that devices alone cannot.

Meridian in this place and time is fortunate in that we now have the opportunity to pay it forward and support the development of our human capital, our economic viability, and our community as this place we love to live and work.  Please, Vote Yes.

Friends Meet & Greet

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Please join us:
Thursday, October 6th,
6-7 pm
Cherry Lane
 
We are interested in your talents and in knowing what you would like to gain from being a part of the Friends.  Drop by and share your greatest new read, become a member or renew your Friends membership, and discuss ideas you have for how Friends can contribute to our community and support the library we love.

A Few of My Favorite Things about the Meridian Library District

My list goes on and on.  Books tops the list – physical books that are inhaled and tangibly experienced form the core of my favorite pastime. However, as a working mom of 2 young children, my favorite pastime has become more of a luxury.  And with that shift in focus, my love has grown beyond books to recognize and appreciate the many ways that the library supports me.  The Meridian Library District embodies the ideas of community and childhood literacy.

My family uses and loves the children’s section of the library.  Because of the excellent children’s programs, my children are growing up with a familiarity and love of the library that sows fertile soil for the future of my children.  I love that the librarians have know my kids.   I love that the librarians are so knowledgeable, thoughtful, and engaging.  I love it when my son says, “these are the books I would like to borrow, mom”, and with that statement, understands that we are to be good stewards of the book for the time we have it so that someone else in our community can enjoy it just as much.

As a mom with limited “me” time I love that I can find reading lists on the library website, and that I can search inventory and reserve a book on-line.  That way when my children are buzzing around in a frenzy over their books, I can have my own reading ready for easy pick up in the same visit without disturbing quieter patrons, as my children learn what it means to be a library patron and supporter.

I invite you to share your favorite things about the library on our Facebook page.

Teddi Scales

Friends president

Vote Yes!

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The cost breaks down to $0.92 per $100,000 property value per month annually.  What do I get from the library daily, weekly, monthly, or annually?  I receive access to the expertise of the librarians on many fronts at a moments notice: children’s literature, entertaining books to read, electronic and technological resources that will change the way small business entrepreneurs do business.   Most importantly, through the library services that I receive, I get an experience of community support that is tangible.