George Washington's trip to
the local library
was the last time you were in the library? Imagine standing at the
front desk about to check out a book and the President of the United
States walks up behind you waiting his turn to check out books as
well! Impossible? It actually happened on October 5, 1789, when
George Washington walked into the
New York Society Library and checked out two books. What was our
first President doing in New York? The White House was not completed
at that time and our country's capital was in New York during
George Washington's presidency.
No one is sure exactly why
Washington checked out "The Law of
Nations" and Volume. 12 of the "Commons Debates" series. Perhaps he
was preparing for a debate or speech? Perhaps he was just looking
for some "relaxing" reading? What we do know is that he never
returned the books! The books are now well over 200 years overdue!
Was George Washington's
credit rating in jeopardy?
The library offers so many services to the public, but what you
borrow must eventually come back. In Pennsylvania’s Allegheny
County, for example, most libraries offer you many chances to pay
off your fines, even with a repayment plan. However, if a patron of
the library didn’t pay off the fines and continued to owe over
$50.00, their fines would be given to a
debt collection agency, in most
cases. When debts are turned over to collection agencies they can
information to the credit bureaus
which can have a negative affect on your report and score.
You can see the record of
George Washington's library
When was the last time
you used the library?
There are more than 80 libraries in Allegheny County, and if you haven’t visited
one recently you may want to stop by. By providing a variety of
educational and entertainment mediums, our libraries have become a very
valuable resource during a time when saving money is important.
During my last trip, everything I noted that the library provided to the
public would have some cost to an individual, if she was to purchase that
item or service on her own.
The library makes saving money easy. In Allegheny County one library card
allows you to use any library, and if your local library doesn’t have a
particular book or resource they can borrow it from a different library
and have it sent to your library for pickup! Here are some of the things
the local library provides the community.
There are several applications available on the library computers,
including software like Microsoft Office. You can save your work to
a flash drive.
Use the WiFi access on your own laptop, or simply use the library’s
Listen to videos or music
Most of the computers in the library are compatible with headphones,
so you can watch videos online or listen to music.
There are thousands of music CDs in the Allegheny County libraries.
Every genre is represented.
The same is true with DVDs. Who needs to go to the theatre or rent
movies when they are free at the library?
Remember the days when audio books were on cassette tape or CDs?
Well, you can still find those at the library, but now you can also
download e-books. And for anybody who's been online buying e-books,
you'll quickly see the value in borrowing them from the library.
At the library you'll find books for all interests. Additionally,
you'll find large print, hardcover, and even paperbacks.
At the library there are many magazines. And the best part is that
you'll find magazines for both kids and adults. Again if you go to
the newsstand, and look at the cover price, you'll soon see the
value in magazines that the library provides to us at no charge.
At the library they don't just carry the local newspapers, they also
carry national and international newspapers a lot of times.
Copying and printing service
Just about all the libraries offer some kind of printing and copying
service. You can print documents from the computer or you can copy
documents for a nominal fee.
The library is a host to many local events, and you'll find lots of
educational things to participate in.
Here's something I was surprised to find. The library in Penn Hills has a
huge selection of coupons. I spent about 5 to 10 minutes going through the
coupons, and was pleasantly surprised to find $11.00 worth of coupons that
I can use.
Here's where the library really stands out for those of us with kids. If
you walk into the children's section of the library you'll find so many
resources for children. Lots of great books and lots of great things to do
together as a family.
Encyclopedias and reference books
For those of you who are hooked on Google Books, this is still much better
and you’ll find references on even the most remote subjects!
Lots of quiet study areas
If you need a quiet place to study, the library offers all kinds of nooks
and crannies within its’ walls that you can huddle up in and enjoy quiet
time alone with your study materials.
A convenient meeting place
Need a convenient place to meet with a friend or a business associate?
Well the library provides an excellent location for quick meetings.