From the Director's Desk

Some of the smartest people in history - scientists, authors, presidents - have known that a library is a good place to learn something new. It’s always been a place where those without means could get an education.

Libraries have always been my go to source for new hobbies and DIY projects. This summer, I got tired of mowing my lawn and weeding my flower beds. So what did I do? I checked out books on native plants and no mow lawns. Recently, I’ve ventured into sourdough bread baking. And while I did learn a lot from the internet (King Arthur flour has a great website), I have also checked out every book in this library and the next one over on sourdough bread. There’s just something different about the experience of flipping through a book, looking at the beautiful pictures, and choosing a recipe that way.

In addition to books, the library also offers a regular slate of classes. You’ll see some new offerings in this issue of our newsletter. The engineering and classes for kids are pretty cool. Want to learn to learn more about recent trends like dot (bullet) journaling and Instant Pots? Come to the library. Do you want to figure out how to use the scanners to digitize your photos or learn to research your family history? We have a class for that.

The most exciting thing we are offering is the DIY Festival. This is your opportunity to learn from your neighbors. Or to teach your neighbors about something you think is interesting. If you have a hobby that you’d like to share with others – say you know about those no mow lawns, or how to keep bees, or ballroom dance – please stop in and let Roanna know. We’d love to have you teach us something new!

“All I have learned, I learned from books.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” –Albert Einstein

“Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.” –Laura Bush

“From the Director’s Desk” was originally published in the New Carlisle Public Library newsletter, which can be viewed at

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