Library Book Returned Late--221 Years Late.

Check out this site for an interesting article: George Washington's library book returned 221 years late
A library book borrowed by the first U.S. president, George Washington, has been returned to a New York City's oldest library, 221 years late. "A few days after learning of the situation, staff at Washington's home in Virginia, Mount Vernon, offered to replace Vattel's "Law of Nations" with another copy of the same edition," the library said in a statement.

An Important Study from the Gates Foundation about Libraries

Libraries: The Key Link for Jobs, Health and Education
Results from Gates Foundation National Study

Seventy-seven million Americans age 14 or older---equivalent to one-third of our population---use public library computers or wireless networks says a new study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation titled: Opportunity for All: How the American
Public Benefits from Internet Access in U.S. Libraries.

Of this group,

  • 40% search for jobs and fill out applications,
  • 37% research health issues for themselves or their families, and
  • 42% find help with educational research or completing homework assignments.

Another key finding identifies low-income adults
as more likely to rely on the public library as their sole access to computers and the Internet than any other group.

Unfortunately, access to public library services in Pennsylvania is shrinking due to budget cuts at the state and local level despite the fact that millions of constituents see libraries as essential tools to connect them to opportunity.

For the 2010-2011 state budget, the Pennsylvania Library Association urges Governor Rendell, State Senators and State Representatives to restore access to much needed library services for their constituents.

Please send a message to your legislator about this important study!

SIS Lottery Registration Almost Over

 The registration for the lottery for this year's Science in the Summer program ends tomorrow, Saturday, May 29th. Don't miss this opportunity to sign up your child for a great summer activity!

For Your Consideration

Libraries (Public and Academic) are not luxuries but necessities. They are not superfluous in the age of the Internet, but rather are as essential as ever, if not more so.

Libraries are agents of change for the positive. Note the following examples: --Literacy; --Workforce training. Many people entering the workforce rely on libraries to get them online; --Small business resources. Local businesses are increasingly tapping into the library's online databases to keep themselves competitive and to find new business opportunities; and finally, --Libraries as Catalysts for development. My thesis is that supporting libraries is a wise investment. Your insights are welcome. Communicate with Richard Thau, Director at


Meet Our Staff - Rita

You hardly ever see Rita, but she sure helps you find things. Rita has worked in technical services for over three years. Before that she was at the main circulation desk and in the Children's Room.

Rita processes overdues, magazines and requests. She is in charge of helping customers find an item through Inter-library loan (ILL). She also bills customers for lost items.

Her pet peeve is lack of time and space to function as she would like. Yet her greatest satisfaction is being able to locate that “unfindable” book that a customer requested, somewhere in the United States.

Rita says that in her 15 years here, “the library continues to be busy and thrive”-- she sees no decline.

Rita serves on the Publications and Entertainment committees. In what little free time she has at home, she loves to do word search puzzles and spend time with her family: her husband of 30 years and three grown children (two girls and a boy).