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9/21/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Making beautiful music. Clara Lindner, daughter of Steve and Sara of DeWitt, plays the new clavinova at the Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library Monday evening during a “christening of the clavinova” celebration put on by Friends of Frances volunteers. Library visitors can reserve one-hour time slots to play the digital piano that has numerous capabilities. Photo by Kate Howes
Visitors can tickle the ivories on library's latest investment

By Kate Howes
Staff writer

Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library in DeWitt isn't just about books anymore.

Proof of that comes with the recent purchase of a clavinova by Friends of Frances volunteers.

The digital piano will be located in an enclosed room on the southeast side of the library. Visitors may reserve it for one-hour time slots. Earphones are provided as well.

To officially introduce the clavinova to the public, Friends of Frances held a "christening of the clavinova" celebration Monday evening with wine and cheese and local talented pianists taking turns playing beautiful music.

Friends of Frances board member Mary Froeschle says the results of a community survey asking what residents would like to see and be able to do at the library are what motivated them to purchase the clavinova.

Respondents said they wanted to be able to "express their creativity" in some way and to visit a comfortable space in both the physical and virtual sense.

All library staff members are being trained so they can assist users whenever necessary.

All users must have a current library card with no outstanding fines or overdue materials. They also must sign in first at the circulation desk and students in the fourth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No food or drink is allowed when using the clavinova and usage time is available on both a reserved and a first-come-first-served basis.

The library reserves the right to restrict time if excessive reserved times by an individuals prevents others from access. Reservations must be made in person or by phone.

The clavinova will be available during regular library hours and users will need to be done 15 minutes before closing time.

"We're trying to rejuvenate the library," Froeschle notes. "We're trying to get different kinds of people with different interests to come visit."

Classes also will be offered that can help those in need become more knowledgeable with modern technology.

An eBook® class with Jim Hetrick will be held Monday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.

An iPad® class with Tammy McClimon will be held Monday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.

September is library

card sign up month

September is Library Card Sign Up Month, a time when the Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure students have the most important school supply of all - a free library card.

Resources at the library are available to anyone with a valid library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.

Students can use their library cards from home, too. The library offers access to important educational resources, like NEIBORS eBooks, Learning Express, EBSCOhost and numerous other databases available through the research tab on the library's website:

"Our library provides all types of students with the tools they need to succeed," says Jane Kedley, director. "We provide students with programs and resources that they can access from the library or at home - all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is the most important school supply of all."

And the library is not just for students -there is something for everyone: books, large print books, audio books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, genealogy information and databases, computers, Wi-Fi access, meeting and study rooms, Clavinova, copy and FAX machine, book sales and librarians who are looking forward to your next visit.

Throughout September, those signing up for a new library card will receive a small gift as well as be entered in a drawing for bags full of prizes donated by local businesses.  Also, replacement cards will be available at no charge during the month for those who have lost their card or just want an updated version that includes a wallet and keychain card.  

All you need to obtain a library card is valid identification and something that includes your current address, such as a piece of mail, rental lease or bank statement.

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