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SPOTLIGHT ON THE LIBRARY
DECEMBER 5, 2005

I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful festive events that took place throughout Wellsville last week. This was my first time as a new Wellsville resident to participate in the tree lighting ceremony, view the fantasy of lights, and enjoy the spectacular show of fireworks. My family and I look forward to the many wonderful memories we will create by walking around Wellsville during the holiday season. My wife and daughters will especially enjoy shopping in all of the downtown shops to buy great gifts for friends and family. I believe that the most rewarding part of last week’s experience was seeing my daughters’ eyes light up as the fireworks exploded in the sky. Their cheers, laughter and excitement were priceless. I know that many other families enjoyed the same experience. It makes you realize how fortunate we are to live in the community of Wellsville.

If you were unable to attend last week’s events, be sure to check out the Wellsville Daily Reporter’s Upcoming Events section. Many organizations throughout the community are hosting parties and fundraisers to make the holiday season more cheerful. There is something for everyone. You may also want to attend programs here at the library. The Pearl Quartet played beautifully last Thursday night to a very large audience. Residents both young and old gathered in the library’s Reference Room to enjoy a string of traditional and popular yuletide carols. Members of the quartet included: Lisa Lindsay, Roxanne Rice, Ann Giddings, and Jane Metzger. The quartet was accompanied by Virginia Vossler. The library is very grateful for the quartet’s wonderful performance.

This "Spotlight on the Library" article was written by Brian Hildreth, the David A. Howe Public Library director. Articles are written and published biweekly in the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

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Would you like to learn more about computers? The library will be hosting a series of computer classes during the month of December. On Monday, December 12 the library will be offering a class that teaches participants the basics of using computers. Participants will learn how to: turn computers "on," navigate with a mouse, begin use of simple software programs and become comfortable with using computers on their own. On Thursday, December 15 an Internet searching course will be offered. This course will discuss ways for patrons to use the Internet to find important information. Patrons will learn how to use search engines and web directories to answer tough questions regarding everyday problems. Additionally, the library will be holding a desktop publishing course on Monday, December 19. The course will focus on using basic computer programs to create professional-looking documents. These classes are free, but you must register at the library before attending. Classes will begin at 7 pm.

A special performance will take place at the library on Tuesday, December 20, at 2:30 pm. The Pond House Duo, featuring Elaine Hardman and Carol Burdick, will be playing in the library’s Reading Room. The duo will present traditional holiday music including works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Both performers are very excited to help library patrons get into the holiday spirit by spreading joy through song.

Additionally, a tour of the library will take place on Thursday, December 22, at 7 pm. Come see the library’s beautiful Georgian Colonial style building and all of its distinct architectural features. This is a terrific occasion to see areas of the library that are not always open to the public. During the tour, patrons will be given the chance to learn about David A. Howe and why he gave this wonderful library to our community. The tour is roughly forty minutes long and involves walking up and down stairs. Don’t miss it.

Although this year’s programs will conclude on Thursday, December 22, there is much to look forward to in January and February. Included in the winter line-up are: a book discussion on Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, a genealogy workshop called "Digging Up Your Roots," a visit from "Moreland the Magician," two lectures on civil rights and the feminist movement by Alfred University professors and several computer workshops that have not yet been offered at the library. Be sure to stop at the library the last week of December to pick up the most recent edition of the Howe Happenings newsletter.

Are you looking for something good to read? The David A. Howe Public Library prides itself on offering bestselling authors and titles. Here are this week’s top five selling books for fiction and nonfiction. The library has all of them in its collection. Nonfiction titles include: Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter, Teacher Man by Frank McCourt, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Fiction books include: Mary, Mary by James Patterson, At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks, Light from Heaven by Jan Karon, Predator by Patricia Cornwell and The Lighthouse by P.D. James.

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The David A. Howe Public Library is open Monday and Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and closed on Wednesday and Sunday. If you have any questions or need to get in touch with the library, please call us at 585-593-3410 or visit us online at www.davidahowelibrary.org.

This page was last updated August 19, 2011.

David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895
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