2017-12-07 / Editorial

Library offers fun, food and festivities

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By Bob Cochran

Upon entering the Libby Library earlier today I was greeted by loud cracking sounds coming from the Community Room. I decided to investigate the source of the sound and was greeted by the sight of our mascot, Libby Lobster, many knees deep in a pile of broken candy canes.

“What’s with the nest of broken candy canes? You’re beginning to look like a turkey vulture with a sweet tooth,” I said.

“I’m getting ready for our next STEAMy Saturday, and taking out my frustration about the upcoming FCC vote on Net Neutrality,” he responded.

Libby then went on to detail the devastating impact the loss of Net Neutrality would have on public libraries. The first being the added cost to purchase higher priority internet access for the website, so that patrons would be able to use the many services available online without having to deal with slowness and buffering.

The businesses that we order books, DVDs and supplies from will also have to pay more for fast, reliable internet access, and will likely pass that added cost on to their customers.

There’s also the very likely possibility that the telecommunication companies will bundle website access the way they currently do with cable TV. This means that, in order to maintain access to the many sites our low income patrons use to check email, search for jobs, complete school assignments and keep in touch with friends and family on social media, we would be faced with the added cost of purchasing access to these sites on top of what we currently pay for internet access. In short, it’ll become much more expensive to continue providing the level of service our patrons have come to rely on. If you would like to comment on the upcoming FCC repeal of Internet regulation, go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/ filings/express and type 17-108 in the Proceeding(s) field.

“Libby, I don’t blame you for being frustrated about the upcoming FCC vote, but you also said something about breaking candy canes for science.”

“Not exactly, Bucko. I’m getting ready for our next STEAMy Saturday, which will be an exploration into the science of candy canes. You’ll even find out how a candy cane can be bent without breaking it. If you want to boldly go where no one has gone before, and do it with a mouth full of minty freshness, be sure to stop by the library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.”

“That reminds me, we’re having our Holiday Pizza and Movie Party the night before, Friday, Dec. 15. Come on by for some free pizza, snacks and fun activities aplenty. Our featured film that night is ‘Arthur Christmas.’”

“Hey, Libby. Weren’t you and Stanislaw Starfish supposed to perform your own version ofA Christmas Carol’ at the party”

“We had to cancel it. Stanislaw couldn’t find a prop turkey, so he thought he’d get a real one. You know what happens when a 3-ounce starfish tries to put a 16-pound turkey in a shopping cart . . . nothing good. I take that back. We did have to cancel the show, but now he’s seeing the country as a Flat Stanislaw.

I was thinking of doing a Christmas version of my other favorite movie, ‘On the Waterfront.’”

“I think they’re better off staying with ‘Arthur Christmas.’ While we’re on the topic of movies, we should let everyone know that we’ve started our Winter Family Movie Series. The first and third Friday of each month we feature a thoroughly enjoyable family friendly film free of charge. Also free is our delicious buttered popcorn. The movie starts at 5:30 p.m. It’s a great way to have a fun night out with the family without your wallet crying for mercy.”

“Speaking of movies . . .” Libby interjected. “Can you recommend one for my Teddy Bear Sleepover that’s scary, but not too scary? I went to Netflix and got a recommendation that was horrifying beyond imagination.”

“Was it the original ‘Friday the 13th’?”


“The original ‘Halloween’?”


“’The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’?”


“What’s more horrifying than those?”


“A movie about a giant moth?”

“We’re talking about a room full of stuffed animals here.”

“Libby, before we go on, could you tell the good people about this Teddy Bear Sleepover”

“Sure. The Teddy Bear Sleepover takes place right here in the library on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 12:30 p.m.. It’s a great chance for your child’s favorite stuffed animal to meet, have their pictures taken with and spend an evening with Libby Library’s Clooney of the crustaceans – namely, me. There will also be plenty of snacks and fun activities for the humans, too.”

Before we go we’d like to remind everyone to check our website, ooblibray.org or our Facebook page to see updated listings of events, complete listings of our family friendly films, the Book Club’s book of the month. We’ll also use our Facebook page to let you know of any library closures or delayed openings during upcoming winter months.

Bob Cochran is a Volunteer at Libby Memorial Library

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