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Cache County Library serves all county residents

February 19th, 2010 Posted in Arts and Life

By Bonnie Phelps

PROVIDENCE–Do you remember the excitement of being young and getting a new book from the library? When I was very young, my mother and I would walk to our small town library and choose a book to read together. I remember the child-like anticipation of a new story, but most of all relishing the fact that a new book meant more quality time with my mom. We still reminisce about days spent nestled on the couch reading books like “Chatterer the Red Squirrel” and “Ramona The Pest.”

Cache County Library in Providence has approximately 2,100 books. They also offer free Internet access, although they require parents’ permission for minors to access the Internet there.

“We’re just a small, one-room library, but we’re open to the public; we serve anyone,” library director Marsha Herron said.

You can obtain a library card by providing your current phone number and e-mail address. This will supply your family with one library card. If you would like to have more than one, it will cost $1 per copy.

If you have small children and are out of ideas for entertaining things to do, try the library. It is located at 15 N. Main Street in Providence. They have designated the north end of the library as the children’s section. It is a nice, cozy corner with colorful rugs and pillows and child-size tables and chairs for reading or playing. There is an endless selection of children’s books that will keep little ones occupied for hours.

Story time at Cache County Library is every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. “We had 63 here [Thursday],” Herron said. “That is huge for this building.” They usually average around 40 for story time, she said. Story time is a fun activity that provides children a chance to get out of the house, and it is also a good way to introduce them to new books.

If you have wanted to add to your personal library, mark your calendar for June 11 and 12 when Cache County Library will hold their annual book sale.

There is also going to be a summer reading program sponsored by the library. It is mostly geared to the age range of pre-reader to 12, but Herron is trying to organize a teen program too.

“It’s just for fun, really,” Herron said. “We want the kids to keep up their reading skills so they aren’t behind when school starts again.” There will be drawings, prizes and other incentives for participating in the summer reading program. Sign-ups start in a few weeks.

The library offers so much more than books, movies and Internet. It offers new lands, adventures and ideas that will stretch your mind. With a book you can go to the pyramids, experience the life of a pirate on the stormy sea or be a princess in a tower. You can confront the witch or slay the dragon, and then join your family at the dinner table when it’s all over. Reading is a magical thing, and it can take you to places you have always wanted to go. You don’t even have to leave your house to get there… well, just to go to the library.

Cache County Library hours:

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.- noon and 3-7 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.


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