How does the Norristown Public Library measure up?
Except for the 2 city libraries, I'm fairly sure we have the largest public collection of books and other materials of libraries I've visited. I know from my own experience that our library is great for research. I've used it as a resource for historical and other details in nearly all my books. I also used the library quite a bit back when I was trying to learn the business of being an author, wanting to know how to find an agent and a publisher, what magazines published short stories, and what to watch out for in a contract.
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The library I went to as a kid was where Faith Tabernacle is now, next to Pizza King (which I'm convinced is our most historic business--Pizza King's been there FOREVER). My dad took my brother and me to the library every Saturday morning. I seem to remember the children's library was downstairs in the old building. They had a great Science in the Summer program which we'd attend every year. Since it was during the space race with the USSR, we learned all about Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, Saturn 2 rockets, satellites, and the names of every astronaut, as well as learning about all the planets, and especially, the moon.
The library's collection eventually became so extensive that they bought the building on the corner and a house behind Pizza King, and connected all three buildings in a U-shape. They put the main check-out and exit in the corner building, so you had to go through what seemed like a maze to get there, down a hallway crowded with stacks of books. It always gave me claustrophobia.
In this day and age of the internet and Kindle, you might think the library isn't needed anymore. Think again. It's still FREE. No matter what your income, you can use the resources, do research and borrow books. People say that Norristown students have less advantages than richer communities, but it isn't true in the case of our library. It's just sitting there waiting to be utilized.
Besides that, the library has programs going on almost daily, for children and adults. Check out their calendar page for October.
We really do have the best library in the county right here in Norristown, and in my opinion, the best compared to the surrounding counties. So use it, bring your kids to it often, and support it.