By Kris Lomedico
At the library: Free e-books, free music downloads, free online magazines, and, of course, free Wi-Fi. Our library even has its own app! A Whatcom County library card is all it takes and, yes, it too is free.
But wait, there’s more! We have story time every Saturday morning, learning games and toys for restless kids, and fabulous books to read or listen to. Do you have a long drive ahead? Grab some books on CD. Going on a long run? Check out books on tiny play-aways. Traveling abroad? Try free language lessons with Mango. Does this look infected to you? Find free medical advice from Consumer Reports and many other trusted resources.
The library has online car repair manuals, business analysis, law library access and ancestry research, to mention just a popular few, and all are free.
Kids and teens never have fines on juvenile materials. Library Elf is a free service to manage multiple library cards for a busy family, and most items can be renewed twice online, in person or by phone.
This year the library system lost a fine director, Regan Robinson, to cancer. She lives on in memory as a boss who urged community involvement and encouraged staff to always do their best. The search is still on to fill her position and should be complete early in the new year. Library trustees are also seeking a new member, and maybe that could be you. No one from Point Roberts has ever served on that board. Yet.
This year also saw the new South Whatcom library branch opening in Sudden Valley, as well as the new state of the art Ferndale library. Exploring the Ferndale branch awakened glorious aspirations to incorporate so many good ideas for the new Point Roberts project: low shelving with built-in lighting, electric pop-up outlets on every table, comfy chairs, a proper delivery area, cupboards everywhere and a real staff room.
The quote that best sums up the year is, “Imagine, improvise, inflict. Get inspired or die trying.”