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Celebrating National Library Week To the editor: The Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System and its thirty member public libraries will join libraries across the country from April 15 to 21 to celebrate National Library Week. This year's theme of "Come Together @ Your Library" is especially relevant to the work done in libraries across our three county service area as they aspire to be a community center rather than just collections of books. At our member libraries, people of all ages and backgrounds can come together for community meetings and programs, to do research, to get connected with job resources, or to keep in touch with family across the country using free Internet access. I would like to encourage all readers to thank Senator Betty Little, Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey for their ongoing support for libraries. We are especially grateful that again this year, all of our member libraries will celebrate National Library Week with a $2,500 Patron Grant from Senator Little. Recent advances in computer technology have allowed the CEF Library System's member public libraries, regardless of their size and financial resources, to open a "window on the world" of information to their communities. With the recent completion of automation projects at the Wells Memorial Library in Upper Jay and the Black Watch Memorial Library in Ticonderoga, the library system has reached the automation half-way point, with fifteen libraries automated out of thirty. Thanks again to funding from Senator Little, there are currently eight more libraries going through the automation process. Senator Little has also made $25,000 available to CEF to help maintain the "virtual library" that goes beyond the physical library building 24/7. The system is planning to roll out more "good reads" in a new format later this spring. "Click, Connect and Listen" will provide access to over 1,200 downloadable audio book titles that can be accessed by patrons any time they want them. Patrons of any of our member libraries will be able to access title database and download their choices from their homes, work or school. Titles will include New York Times best sellers and classics for adults, young adults, and children, plus non/fiction collections of self/help titles and the renowned Pimsleur Language programs. We believe that local spoken word listeners of all ages are eager to enjoy this shift in library technology and we are happy to have the opportunity to respond to that need. This project is made possible in part by a Federal LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant from the New Yark State Library. I encourage all North Country residents to "come together" at their community library this spring and am confident that they will find a wealth of resources and a friendly welcome. Complete information about current happenings and holdings available through the library system and at its member libraries (plus a complete schedule of bookmobile stop times and locations) is available on our Web site at www.cefls.org. Respectfully, Ewa Jankowska, director Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System

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