Referendum support appreciated

First of all, deeply grateful thanks to the voters of Forest Park who approved the library referendum on Nov. 7. We are committed to providing even better collections and services than we have been able to do in the past, and thank you for making the resources available for us to do so.

Free video checkouts

Starting Friday, Dec. 1, Forest Park Public Library card holders will be able to check out all video formats free of charge. We have wanted to remove charges for some time, but were not free to give up the revenue stream provided by rental charges. Now we are able to lend these items to our card holders for free, and are happy to do so.

Wireless Internet

Wireless Internet access has arrived on the lower level of our building. Now you don’t have to read “Thomas the Tank” books while your child attends a program in our Youth Services Department any more (unless you really like them). If you already have signed an Internet access agreement, but don’t have the password for access, just see someone at either the Adult or Youth Services desks. If you haven’t signed an agreement, just drop by the Adult Services desk for a few minutes to sign the user agreement. Once you do, we’ll give you the password, and you’ll be good to go.

December programming

December brings three very special programs to the library.

Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.: Christmas Carols of Old England will be presented by John and Kathy Atwood. Come hear everything from anonymous folk tunes to old favorites, and everything in between. Besides singing beautifully, the Atwoods provide brief background on each song. Please call 366-7171, or drop by the library front desk to sign up for this free program.

Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m.: Sophie B will read from her book “My Husband’s Mother.” Richie Rich will provide musical accompaniment, and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Call or come into the library to sign up for this free program.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.: Kucha Brownlee and Baba Tony Brown will present “A Kwanzaa Celebration.” This is a family program that highlights the symbols and concepts of Kwanzaa. Free tickets for this program are available at the library’s front desk. Get yours before they run out.

The library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Otherwise, we are open as normal, and we would love to have you come by for a visit.

Information submitted by the Forest Park Public Library