What is a Library?

Libraries have always been special to me.  I think it’s a marvelous feeling for someone like me (an avid reader) to be surrounded by books.  But what does that mean exactly, to be surrounded by books?  By words?  By text?  By symbols?

It’s more than that: each book tells a story.  I’m not just talking about fiction, either.  Non-fiction tells stories, too.  Suppose you check out a book on World War II, or the Legend of Mackinac Island.  Dictionary.com has a few definitions, but mine is straight forward.  A story tells what happens.

So imagine.  When you’re sitting in a library it’s not books you’re surrounded by–pages glued together with hard covers on the outside.  It’s stories, tales.  And there are hundreds of them.  And everyone who has opened one of those books, they’ve become a part of those stories.

In a word, it’s magic.

Miss Pauley, Librarian

avid – having a lot of enthusiasm, interest, or love for something

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Welcome to sylvesterlibrary.wordpress.com–a great resource

Welcome to Sylvester Library!  This blog is for parents, teachers, and students alike.  I hope it will be informative for each of you, in different ways.  Here’s just a brief look of what you can expect to find here:

Parents – Keep up to date on events and opportunities for your kids–as well as the rules of the library.  Click the events tab or the opportunities tab to learn about upcoming projects or attractions such as writing competitions, author visits, and book fairs.  Your part in your child’s reading experience is integral.  Keeping up to date with what’s happening in the library is a great way to encourage your child to participate.

Teachers – Likewise, this blog is a great resource. I’ll be keeping track of dates such as writing competitions, author visits, etc.

Students – Keep track of activities and events.  I’ll even have brief writing advice, reading suggestions.  You can check the calendar or look to the left-hand bar to see what I’m reading!  And if you have questions for me, you can always post a comment!  I’ll also have definitions at the bottom of the page for any unusual words in the posts.

Miss Pauley, Librarian


informative – something that gives useful information

integral – important, necessary to complete something

resource – something used to support something else, usually referring to information or supplies