Library Lines – 9/22/20

Next up in my continued effort to highlight everyone who works at the Eaton Rapids Area District Library is Amanda Furgason! 

Amanda has been an ERADL Library Assistant for the past six years, but has been a part of the Eaton Rapids community her entire life. She graduated from Eaton Rapids High School, and settled down with her husband (also an Eaton Rapids lifer) to raise their family in the town they know and love. 

Together they have two children (16 and 9) who both attend Eaton Rapids schools, and two dogs. Not only that, but Amanda’s parents live in the community still, as well as a myriad of other family members, including her nephews whom she adores.

For anyone who knows Amanda, it will come as no surprise that her favorite thing about working at the Library is the patrons, especially the tweens/teens she runs programs for.

Go to book recommendations for Amanda are: Endurance: My Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly (two of us have now recommended this book, have we convinced you to read it yet?) and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know Amanda a little bit better, but really the best way to get to know her is to come down to the Library and say hi sometime!

If you have questions or comments about the Library please contact me directly (acurtis@eradl.org or 517-663-0950 x401).

Library Lines – 9/9/2020

I am going to do something a little different with my bi-weekly column over the next few months and take time to highlight the amazing staff you will see when you come into the Library. This week I am going to start with myself because I just came up with the idea, and I’m about an hour from when I need to have this submitted to make it into this week’s paper! 

For those that don’t know me, my name is Anna Curtis and I am the Director at the Eaton Rapids Area District Library. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in History from Alma College, where I also studied Communications and Ballet (I was in the Company my entire college career, and finished my senior recital by standing on someone’s shoulders being carried off stage backwards).

From there I went on to receive my Master’s in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. I originally planned on being an academic librarian, but was hired by the Marshall District Library as a children’s librarian and I haven’t looked back since! 

I came to Eaton Rapids in December 2014, and took over as the director on January 1, 2015. My favorite program is my Jump Into Reading Story Time (held virtually through the end of the year) because I love getting to connect with the youngest members in the community, and I get to read some of the funniest books too!

My go to book recommendations are: Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin (young kids), Endurance: My Year In Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly (young readers/adults) and Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (adults).

I reside on our family’s dairy farm in Williamston with my husband of 11 years, our two children Helen (7) and Michael (5) (both of whom are featured prominently in the majority of the videos/photos recently posted on our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram), two dogs, one cat, eight chickens and four ducks.

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little bit better, and are looking forward to learning more about the rest of the ERADL staff over the coming months!

If you have questions or comments about the Library please contact me directly (acurtis@eradl.org or 517-663-0950 x401).

Library Lines – 8/25/2020

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Eaton Rapids Area District Library is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom, and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions.

Libraries offer free and fun educational resources and activities, helping transform lives and communities through education. At the Eaton Rapids Area District Library, you’ll find a wide variety of educational resources and activities, including recorded story times, live trivia nights, technology videos, and a variety of virtual STEAM activities.

Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home, and who use the library, perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

ERADL, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the Library’s resources and programs, please visit us at https://eradl.org.

This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card. During September, the Library will host activities including a Beanstack reading challenge and weekly Take and Make crafts featuring superheroes!

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries unite together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

If you have questions, comments or concerns please contact me directly (acurtis@eradl.org or 517-663-0950 x401). Happy reading and exploring with your library card!