The Washington Times-Herald

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August 28, 2009

Library aims to bring people back

In this current economic climate when all the talk is of budget cuts and job losses, many believe absurd to expect anything for free. But Teresa Heidenreich disagrees.

“It’s all free,” said Heidenreich, the Carnegie Public Library director.

September is National Library Card Sign-up month, and the Carnegie Public Library is encouraging everyone to sign up for a free library card.

“Where else can you go to get free entertainment and free classes these days?” Heidenreich said.

A library card gives all patrons free access to a collection of movies, CDs and books for adults and children.

All of the fall programming for adults will kick-off this month. The programs are open to everyone and will include educational, entertainment and special interest classes.

“One of our employees, Barbara, is an avid bird watcher and is going to share her expertise in a program called Birds of Indiana,” Heidenreich said. “And Rick, another employee, used to be a travel agent, so we’re doing a travelogue.”

Technology will be the focus of several programs. Classes on internet basics, online job searching, Microsoft Word and resume writing will be offered in hopes meeting the needs of those in the community.

“Many people still don’t know how to use the internet,” Heidenreich said. “We really want people to realize we offer that as a service to them, and we’re here to teach them how to use it as well.”

Though it is not necessary to possess a library card for participation in programs, it’s encouraged.

Obtaining a library card is painless: take a current identification document with a name and address to the library. Though, there are some requirements. One must live within Washington city limits, and if one is under the age of 16, a parent is required to sign for the card. Any child in the first grade or 6 years of age or older is eligible for a library card.

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