I have been a patron of Normal Public Library since I was a commuting college student. I have always enjoyed the art section. Years later when I became a wife and mother, I began to actively take part in many programs offered at NPL. Now a teacher, I check out materials for my many art lessons and activities.

My family and I often spend hours at the library making our choices and leave with arm-aching bags of books! We really enjoy the reading programs, especially the summer reading program for children. Between earning prizes and keeping brains fresh all summer, children are also involved in fun, creative activities. Two years ago, my son won first place in the diorama project in his age group and made a beautiful summer memory. In the wintertime, while my son was in elementary school, I would bring my preschool-age daughter to the library and we'd snuggle in a chair and read for hours.

This year as my children turn 8 and 6, I look forward to having both of them participate in the Partners in Reading Program. This program helped my son advance his reading skills a great deal while in first and second grade. My family has grown up at Normal Public Library. I have watched my children develop a love of reading while having many more opportunities to bond with them.