Articles written by Martha Kennedy

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  • Get ready to celebrate National Library Week in April

    Martha Kennedy|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    I am fortunate to have met many delightful members of our community at Hinsdale Public Library's front desk. Mr. S. was an avid reader. He had a positive, robust energy that was, on every meeting, infectious. He visited the library just about weekly and we always loved seeing him. He'd check out a stack of books and never needed a due date slip because he knew he would see us the following week. When other patrons were at the front desk, he would invariably let them know that...

  • Storytimes, book sale shelves, more in the works

    Martha Kennedy|Updated May 19, 2022

    I have a thing for books. Always have. Maybe it began with "Pat the Bunny," "The Story of Ferdinand" or "The Snowy Day." Perhaps it was when I attended my first library storytime. Afterward, I was encouraged to choose a few books to bring home from what seemed like endless shelves of possibilities. Now that I work at a library, I see my coworkers smiling as they pick a new set of books to share when storytime sessions restart June 15. The summer session for all ages will be...

  • Library offerings great for vacations, even at home

    Martha Kennedy|Updated Apr 21, 2021

    The cover of the book was bumpy and grainy. A closer look revealed grains of sand. I smiled and ran a hand over the surface, imagining the reader laying the book on a beach towel, somewhere warm, while sand gathered at the edges and found its way under the cellophane cover. When items leave the Hinsdale Public Library, especially in summer, we consider their travel plans. Items collected for car trips will be on a journey to visit family, National Parks or historic sites....