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Editorial: Library Temptations

Covering the latest happenings at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library can be dangerous for me; not physically, but in the sense that once I get to the library, I pretty much never want to leave. After conducting my business, I rack my brain trying to think up an excuse for how I can stay there, perhaps relaxing with a stack of magazines in the Roberta S. Kaufman Reading Room, for the rest of the day and avoid my other responsibilities completely. I haven’t come up with a satisfactory excuse yet, but I’m open to suggestions.

I grew up riding my bike back and forth to Jericho Public Library, so the JPL will always have a special place in my heart. However, there’s just something about the POB library; no matter what kind of day I’m having, whenever I enter the building I automatically feel better. I don’t know exactly what Director Browne and the entire staff is doing to make me feel this way, but I’m grateful. Clearly, they’re all doing something very right.

If you patronize the library, then you probably already know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t been by in a while, I recommend you stop in and see what’s going on; you’ll be amazed at the sheer amount of services on offer. However, if you find yourself ignoring other plans to spend the rest of the afternoon there in blissful relaxation, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

-KG