Wareham loves its library

By Jaime Rebhan | Feb 04, 2012
Photo by: Jaime Rebhan Wareham Police Lieutenant Kevin Walsh reads "Police Officers on Patrol" during the Love Your Library Rally on February 4.

It's not often you get to make some noise at the Wareham Free Library.

From music performances to story times, visitors showed just how much they appreciate the library during the second annual Love Your Library Rally on Saturday, February 4.

In addition to being full of fun activities, the event was a show of support for increased state funding for libraries.

"It's a way to let your legislators know what's happening in public libraries," said Wareham Free Library Director Denise Medeiros.

Visitors signed a petition in support of more funding, which will be sent to legislators, and wrote why they loved their library on pink slips of paper that will be displayed throughout the library this month.

"I am getting help on how to get the most out of my computer," one visitor wrote.

Another rallier wrote that they love the Wareham Free Library "because it's a great place ... to work peacefully." (Maybe not on this particular Saturday, Medeiros pointed out, but it usually is!)

A younger visitor wrote: "I love the story times with Miss Hickey."

Guest readers participated in story times during the rally. Town Administrator Mark Andrews, State Representative Susan Williams Gifford (R-Wareham), Wareham Police Lieutenant Kevin Walsh, and Wareham EMS Director David Evans were among the special guests.

Organizations from the Wareham Gatemen to the Wareham Garden Club visited to show their support and to display information about their causes, while children from local vocal troupe Showstoppers filled the library with music.

"It's kind of like controlled madness," a smiling Medeiros said of the rally. "But it's a lot of fun!"

Didn't get to stop by the event? You can sign the petition all month at the Wareham Free Library. The library is located at 59 Marion Road.

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