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Letter: Millville Library Much Appreciated

Here at the conclusion of 2019, I am reflecting back upon my year. A large portion of the year revolved around events at the Millville Public Library. I could not be more pleased.

I read digitally almost exclusively these days and have found the library’s subscription to Overdrive invaluable to my reading.

Monthly, I participate in the poetry workshops hosted in the library. This has caused me to find my inner creativity… something that had laid dormant for a long time.

Every other month, I have read the group read for the book club that Courtenay Reece runs. The books selected are each something I never would have picked up on my own. I am better because of reading these books. More importantly, the discussions are nourishing. I look forward to the book club and highlight the meetings on my personal calendar.

The summer reading program was exciting again this year. My son and I enjoyed the trip to the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University and the picnic afterward. This was time well spent and educational, too. I enjoyed planning and reading the books for the bingo board. The categories get me to stretch beyond my comfort zone.

This year, my son truly took to visiting the library. Using his own library card, feeling “adult” by using the computers, and checking out books all brought him to the library. In addition, he looks forward to the LEGO Club every other week. He loves the creations that the club designs. Miss Ewa has been a blessing to him. Makers Day in March was quite adventurous, too!

As the year progressed, my son learned about the creation of the Teen Council and he particpated. He spoke so eloquently of it that my daughter was interested. Both attend the meetings and particpate in the events. This has been wonderful for both of them; each is on the autism spectrum and this group has provided an atmosphere in which they feel comfortable.

Thank you so much for providing this library to the community. Even so, a library without the wonderfully talented staff would be just a building. Our family has found the Millville Public Library to be vibrant.

—Robert Owens, Millville