Veterans love libraries

AT THE LIBRARY

Yesterday, Nov. 11, we celebrated the 97th National Veterans Day, historically called Armistice Day. This is a day not only to remember those who died in service to our country, but to recognize those who have served and continue to serve today.

We are fortunate in Mifflin and Juniata counties to have dedicated and community minded veterans groups who support a variety of activities, services, parks, historical sites, cemeteries, etc.  But, I am here to tell you our veterans are also BIG library supporters.

It is my privilege and pleasure to be friends with Sgt. Maj. Terry Wade, USMC, Retired. Terry has been a true library champion, a tireless fundraiser, a past member of the board of directors, and a wonderful liaison between the library and local veteran’s groups. And, he’s a reader, too. I thank him for his service to our county and his service to the Mifflin County Library.

I’m probably going to be in trouble with Terry for recognizing him in such a public way because he, like most veterans, don’t do what they do for the recognition. They “do” because they care, because they embrace and defend a set of values, because they believe in the library as an institution that is important to the community.

In Mifflin County, the veterans groups donate generously to the library, while in Juniata County, the veterans contribute to the Friends of the Library. Whether the money is given directly to the library or to the Friends, it’s the community that benefits because these veterans continue to “serve” through their giving.

Our veterans are voracious readers with a variety of interests. An Army nurse likes series fiction and reads the individual titles in the order they were written. A Navy sailor has a propensity for selecting historical fiction. Several of our Air Force and Marine Corps veterans read mystery and thriller novels despite, they tell me, the improbably of the plot actually playing out in the manner described.

We are proud our local veterans visit the library often and enjoy the materials we offer.

Every day we are losing the men and women who fought in World War II as they are now in their late 80s and 90s. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still living.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. During the year, we’ve updated our World War II collection with newly published titles commemorating this milestone. You might want to check out “Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness,” by Craig Nelson, and/or “Life: Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later.” You can also download several new eBooks. To learn more about the anniversary celebration you can visit: https://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com/

The Mifflin and Juniata county libraries thank all our veterans for their service to our country and their support of libraries.

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Molly S. Kinney is the director at the Mifflin County Library. She is re-reading the “American Girl Molly” series because these books are set in the World War II era.

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