Ruskin Library Celebrates 50 Years
It’s pretty incredible to think the Ruskin Library is turning 50 on June 6. That means it opened in 1966! I cannot even imagine the changes that have taken place in those 5 decades. I-75 did not even come to the South Shore area until about 20 years later so Ruskin must have been a sleepy little town. What’s most amazing is how the Ruskin Library has adapted and grown with the community. It’s a testament to the importance of libraries in our community and a testament to those who make our libraries the places they are today.
I’ll be the first to admit I have not frequented libraries since I was at university (were talking decades), until now. Ruskin Library’s Senior Librarian, Isabelle Fetherston, recently gave me a tour of the Ruskin Branch Library. I went to check things out before their 50th anniversary celebration and I was astounded. It was NOTHING like the library of my memories. No dusty card catalogs (Yes, I remember Dewey’s famous paper ‘internet’) and not a bank of dated encyclopedia’s in sight. It was full of amazing resources for children, adults, business people, people learning languages, people learning about technology, and on….
- Internet access
- Walk-in tech help
- Cooking classes
- A Tea 101 program
- Book clubs
- Writers’ workshops
- Self-help seminars
- Children’s and teens’ programs
- Online classes
- Business and entrepreneur resources
- Conference/meeting rooms
- And many more useful (and valuable) FREE resources
….all for the price of a library card (FREE!).
Oh, and books. I found lots of books and movies and CD’s and eBooks and DVD’s.
Apparently, sometime between the last time I visited a library and now, libraries became modern, fully equipped technology, learning, business and community resource centers.
Resources You Don’t Necessarily Equate with Library
It’s impossible to detail all of the resources available at Ruskin Library, but you can find them here: http://www.hcplc.org/ (great website). However, I would like to draw your attention to a few resources you may not know about, that the library offers for free (otherwise pretty pricey) to library card holders. These resources are not what I traditionally think of when I think ‘library’ so I wanted to put them on your radar.
The first is Lynda.com (adults). For non-library card holders Lynda.com will run between $19.99 and $29.00 per month. If you’ve not heard of Lynda.com it’s a collection of online classes for everything from Excel to Photography to Data Analytics, and everything in between. It’s a useful resource. I’ve taken several classes through Lynda.com. Classes are added and updated all of the time so you can stay on top of the always-changing technology world.
The second resource, Tutor.com (students), is another valuable resource, again free to library card holders. Without a library card parents would pay anywhere from $39.99 per month (for one hour of tutoring time) to $114.99 per month (for three hours) for this online tutoring and homework help program. $114.99 per month! Or, FREE with a library card.
A few other valuable resources, free to library card holders, include meeting spaces – the Ruskin Library has a conference room, with projection equipment, that will hold up to 36 people – and technology classes. Just in May the Ruskin Library offered classes on Pinterest, the Introduction to the Internet, and managing Media.
Do you use the Ruskin Library?
If so, I encourage you to stop by the library between now and June 6 to fill out a memory card. The library is collecting memories from people who have used the library over the past 5 decades. I took a quick peek at a few of the memories already posted. I have to say they are pretty powerful. It’s clear the Ruskin Library has been a valuable asset to many in the community.
If you’ve not yet visited the Ruskin Library (or any library) I invite you to go and take advantage of their incredible resources. You can’t beat the price!
The Big 5-0!
The fact that Ruskin Branch Library is turning the big 5-0 is a huge deal. The Ruskin Library has been a central Ruskin community resource for 50 years, long before many of us got here. Imagine the number of people who’ve walked through her doors.
I am kicking myself a bit for not having visited the library sooner. I think I wrongly assumed the library was mostly geared to students. Now I know. It’s a place to go, well, always, whether for fun or business or learning or just some quiet time. I left the library vowing to return soon and armed with my new library card, which they gave me on the spot.
UPDATED CELEBRATION DATE! Original event postponed due to Tropical Storm Colin. Now -mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 8, 2016 2:00PM – 5:00PM and join the Ruskin Library in celebrating their 50th Anniversary. They’ll be serving refreshments, showing an interactive slideshow and talking about local history. You can get your very own library card, too, on the spot!
50th Anniversary Details:
26 Dickman Dr. S. E., Ruskin
NEW DATE: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (2:00PM-5:00PM) to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Regular Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-6PM (except Wednesday, 12:00-8:00PM), closed Sundays.