Thursday, January 29, 2004

Felicity library observes 10th year

By Lindsay Whitehurst
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FELICITY - The stacks are busier, the circulation is higher, and community members come in droves. But in the 10 years since the Clermont County Public Library branch opened in Felicity, at least one thing has stayed the same.

"The fines haven't gone up. They were five cents a day when I started, and they're five cents now," said Amy Vogel, Youth Service Specialist at the library in Felicity.

At 7 p.m. this Friday, the Felicity library at 209 Prather Road will celebrate its 10th anniversary with music, poetry and plenty of food.

Over the past 10 years, the library has changed from a place to go and get books and do research to a place for the community to gather, said branch supervisor Chantelle Benteley.

People of all ages wrote in to tell librarians what they loved about their library.

"I depend on the library," wrote one teenage girl. "I come to do my homework. It's a great place to hang out."

An older man added, "The library is a travel agent for the mind. You go there and you can travel all over the world."

Members of Teen Zone, an organization of young people ages 12-17 who support the library, will read poetry about libraries and librarians. The high school choir will perform.

For information, call (513) 876-4134.

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