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Marcellus Library lovers share favorites

The people of Marcellus love their new library.

According to library director Carol Johnson, since moving to the new library in May there has been a 70 percent increase in average monthly circulation.

"We are thrilled to have so many residents visiting our new library and taking advantage of the library's programs and services," she said.

To help observe February as "Library Lover's Month," the patrons of the Marcellus Free Library were given the opportunity to share their thoughts on what they love about their library.

The Friends of Marcellus Free Library provided heart-themed notepads and a display board in the lobby so library users could write about their favorite feature and post it on the board. An array of sentiments was expressed by all ages of library users.

Most of the youngsters stated their love of books and reading in general.

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Computer users love the access provided at the library and one expressed gratitude for having printers that work. Being able to freely borrow books and have access to books from all over the county was noted.

Kudos to the friendly, helpful staff appeared from several writers. Preschool parents wrote on behalf of their children about their experiences at story hour and being grateful that children are made to feel welcome at the library. An appreciation that programs for people of all ages are offered was also expressed.

Features such as the large community room for events and the beautiful design of the library with lots of windows, were cited. Mention was made of the coffee bar, where freshly brewed coffee or tea is available. The Book Nook, where a variety of donated, used books are sold with the proceeds benefiting library programming, was a favorite of some bibliophiles.

In anticipation of the one-year anniversary of the opening of the new library plans are being made for a community celebration in May.

"We want to have lots of book-related activities for everyone -- both kids and adults -- to participate in," said Debbie Grousett, who is helping to plan the event.

Paulette Quinn is the program chair of the Friends of Marcellus Free Library.

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