by Doris Wolf
WATERLOO – A library is usually a magical place for kids – full of tales that spur the imagination, help kids learn and have fun. But sometimes, getting to those books can be a dangerous undertaking.
Just ask Mark Benjamin of IESI Seneca Meadows. He stopped by the Waterloo Library recently to check out a Thomas the Tank Engine book that’s a favorite of his son, Henrey. But the experience was a real eye-opener.
Librarian Brandi Rozelle. showed Benjamin and Coreen Lowry, President of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society, that today’s large picture books don’t fit on the library’s old, traditional shelves. Many books have to be stored sideways to fit on the shelves, librarian Rozelle pointed out.
And when Benjamin tried to remove his son’s favorite Thomas book, several books fell out because the shelves don’t have vertical dividers so the books all lean on one another.
“Sometimes the books hit the kids,” Rozelle said. “It’s really dangerous.”
That’s why Benjamin decided to contribute to the Library’s drive to replace the shelving in the children’s room. He presented a check from IESI Seneca Meadows to Nancy Stoughtenger, chair of the Friends of the Waterloo Library, librarian Brandi Rozelle and Coreen Lowry, President of the Library and Historical Society’s Board of Trustees.
The check came at just the right time. The Friends of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society will host a Summer Carnival from 11 am- 2pm this Saturday, August 11th, (Rain date August 18th) on the Library grounds at 31 E. Williams Street in Waterloo. Proceeds from the carnival will be used to replace the old shelves in the children’s room.
“Bring the whole family and enjoy an old time family friendly summer experience,” Lowry said. “There will be a bouncy house, cotton candy, smoke house, games, contests, prizes and lots of fun!’
The Waterloo fire and police departments will be present to discuss fire safety and do child safety ID’s. Bring the whole family and enjoy an old time family friendly summer experience. Tickets will be available for different games, food and the Bouncy House on the day of the carnival.
Contributions for the new shelving can be sent to the Waterloo Library and Historical Society, 31 E. Williams St., Waterloo 13165. For more information on the carnival and other events hosted by the Waterloo Library and Historical Society call 315-539- 3313, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website www.wlhs-ny.org.
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