The recent Valentine Annual Fund appeal from the Mark Skinner Library reminded me that I have experienced nearly all "10 Reasons to Love Your Library" in a mere 7-month period since moving full-time to nearby Sunderland.
I quickly found that MSL is so much more than a repository of books for reading and research. Yes, it has an extensive collection of fiction, non-fiction, and electronic media; it is also a wonderful community resource with numerous practical as well as intellectual offerings. I was without technology tools when I arrived and was delighted to find that I could use computers and printers at the Library for personal and professional business at a modest cost with the non-resident fee I gladly pay each year. The staff was warm, welcoming, and helpful. The physical space is bright and inviting, as I am confident the new Manchester Community Library will be.
As a retired educator, I was excited by the summer reading and unique basket raffle that was introduced to stimulate young people to read, and the broad range of intellectual opportunities for adults that are sponsored by the Library throughout the year. When I finally purchased a new laptop with Windows 8, I was able to get help from the library tech support person. I also found information at the Library about a tech class at CDC that was another way for me to brush up my skills.
I regularly exchange my magazines with those left by others on the rack near the exit. What a smart way to support recycling. The nearby bulletin boards keep me informed about local resources and events. Manchester is so much more than shopping and skiing, and the Mark Skinner Library helps to keep people enlightened, engaged, and informed.
All in all, I am very happy I purchased a non-resident membership to have the benefits provided by the Library and will be sending an additional gift to their Annual Fund. I am hopeful that the residents of Manchester will also support the Mark Skinner Library and its resources for the community by approving funding at the upcoming Town Meeting.