February is “Love your Library Month”

February is “Love Your Library” month. Libraries across the nation are celebrating this in many different ways, and are encouraging patrons to reconnect with this rich resource for families and communities.  Both the Warms Springs branch, and the Goshen branch serve Bath County residents.

“I’m Bruce McWilliams and I live in Bath County, and I’m also a member of the Rockbridge Regional Library Board.  The library is the first thing people look for when moving to a new community.  I’m proud of our library system for bringing new families and businesses to our community.”

“Hi there, I’m Julie Goyette, director of the Rockbridge Regional Library System.  From the moment block letters on the page turned into words when I learned to read, I have loved libraries.  I love our library because of how it brings people and communities together across our region attending programs, doing homework, tutoring, or looking for jobs.

“My name is Doug Horan, and I’m chairman of the Library Board.  My wife and I both love the library.  We enjoy taking out books and DVDs, and we take out several every week.  But I also enjoy seeing so many folks using the libraries resources.   But finally being at the library reminds me of when I was a kid in school and I used to walk the mile or so to the library  to do research for school projects.  So being in the library brings back wonderful memories from long ago. ”

“My name is Paul Grantham, and I love our local library for the fact that it’s got a large assortment of books, movies, VHS, DVDs, a lot of new releases.   The movies are available for seven days at a time; the late fees are reasonable and the staff is real nice; you get local internet access.  They even offer programs for teens and younger children too during the week.  And of course then they’ve got the book sale to help promote the library, to get some funds, and things like that.”

“I’m Evelyn Gwinn; I live right here in Warm Springs.  I love coming to the library. One thing I like to read the newspapers that they have from other cities like Roanoke, Staunton and so forth.  And then every now and then my computer gives me trouble, or my printer, I know I can just run up here and print out what I need.  Another thing I really like too, I like to look at the display case out here that the patrons put in different collections and things.”

“Hi, I’m Sharon Lindsey, and I’m the branch manager at the Bath County Public Library. And I love this library because I have met so many wonderful patrons over the last forty years, and such interesting people in this position.  I would never have had the opportunity to meet those people, or be involved with them if I did not work at the library.”

“My name is Connie Taylor Simmons, and I’m from Bacova, Virginia.  I love my library because we have great librarians, and I have easy access to new DVDs and old favorites, books, current magazines, and it’s my office because of the computer access, and making phone calls are a necessity for my business, and without my library, my business wouldn’t exist.  I also like volunteering at the library because the staff truly appreciates your time, and best of all, the library helped my husband find a job through the Valley Worksource Program.”

For more information, and for library hours in Goshen and Warm Springs visit www.rrlib.net   .

Story By

Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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