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Our South County Libraries If you don’t have a library card, or you have one but don’t use it, you are missing out. Written By Robin Shepherd G one are the days of drafty buildings, musty bookshelves and stern-faced librarians who glared if you uttered so much as a whisper. Our local public libraries in Gilroy and Morgan Hill are shining examples of what a modern community library should be. Both libraries are part of the Santa Clara County Library District, which provides county residents with access to nearly two million items in a variety of languages. All this awesome content is available FREE through the district’s online system or at your local library checkout counter. The staffs of both libraries are not only friendly, but always on hand to answer questions. “I’m always amazed at the variety of questions we get from visitors,” said Peggy Tomasso, Community Librarian at Morgan Hill Library. “One day a man called us in search of information on how to repair his vintage car. We were able to steer him to the right resource. It’s the kind of thing that makes our work fun, helping people find answers and learn new things.” Books are available in print, audio or ebook form. Along with books, the district collection includes magazines, movies, music, games, and more. 28 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN You can bring your own device to the library and take advantage of free WiFi service or use library computer work- stations that are Internet-connected and loaded with popular applications. Additional workstations for the vision-impaired are available at both facilities. Responsive and Relevant A glance at either library’s event calendar reveals a full schedule of programs for people of all ages, cultural back- grounds, personal interests, and levels of literacy. According to Lani Yoshimura, Gilroy’s Community Librarian, “People look to our libraries as a place to gather and interact.” You can join a book discussion group, engage in craft making and cooking workshops, hear a lecture, attend a class, get online tutoring, join a fitness workout, and the list goes on. Serving Pre-K to College-bound South County children get a lift from our libraries. Parents (and grandparents) find the Storytime program is a great way MARCH/APRIL 2016