The library is unique. You can be alone and simultaneously surrounded by a universe of people – without needing the internet, phone, television, or radio.

In the library, you can find many famous people within just a few feet of each other. Where else could George Washington, Harry Truman, and Bruce Springsteen be in the same room? Just check the biography shelf in the library.

How about Julia Child’s French cooking, paleo diets, and gluten-free meals in one place? If you can’t find a restaurant with something for everyone, try the library. Almost any type of food is accessible in the cooking section.

Only in a library will you find nationalists and internationalists side by side. Heck, there are even capitalists, communists, socialists, and anarchists. All they really want is for you read and consider their ideas. If they get too noisy, just put them back on the shelf.

The library can be quite exciting. There are countless crimes; cops, detectives, adventurers, and cowboys are all waiting to talk to you through the pages of a book.

The library has rhinoceroses, wolves, and giraffes (and they don’t even smell). They are completely safe and you will be, too. You only need to go as far as 1031 Weldon Road.

The library is unique because you can take home with you anyone and anything you meet in the library – if you have a library card. Imagine your neighbors’ reaction when you tell them General Patton is coming over for dinner (direct from the library).

Find out this summer how unique the Jefferson Township Public Library is. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30-9:00, Saturdays from 9:30-6:00, and Sundays from 1:00-5:00. You can also find the Jefferson library online at www.jeffersonlibrary.net.

This article was written by Seth Stephens, director of the Jefferson Township Public Library.

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