What is a Library for?
Library Stories
Here, at Phillips Free Library, we live and breathe what libraries are all about. To us this building, the books and programs and people here represent democracy, education, and community. Here's where we come together to learn and grow and work for a better world. Here's where we try to make the world a place of equality and opportunity for all. Here's where we get all teary eyed watching children grow into adults before our eyes, listening to elderly patrons tell us stories of their childhood memories of the library, helping a community member learn a new skill or discover a new interest. But we don't think we are the only ones whose lives are affected by the library. What's your story? 

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Love of Reading
I have loved reading since I was a little girl. I remember The Secret Garden, my first book I ever owned, my own! With the ebooks and the digital whatever, I hope you will be here forever - with books you hold in your hands, and turn the pages. Put in a bookmark to keep your place until you get through all those other things, until you can get back to what comes next. I love coming to the library. Thanks you for all you do. 
Home Away From Home
When family or friends come to visit one of the first places we seem to take them is to the Phillips Library. We love to show it off to everyone, the murals, the maker space, the beautiful and inviting architecture and design are all important to us but nothing more so than the feeling of being in this home-away-from-home. Our guests feel it too, the sense of community and openness, excitement and encouragement. This place is in our hearts.
A Library Supporter's Story
When I heard about the Tech Explorers Program I met with Priscilla Berggren-Thomas to see first hand what the program was all about and to actually see the children engaged in this new mind stimulating technology. I was impressed that to see how well the program was organized and how beneficial it was to the children in their development. As with all programs there is always a need for financial support and I was pleased to be able to offer that support over the last couple of years.
A Lifelong Reader's Story
One of the first things I remember after moving to Homer is my mother taking us to the library to get library cards. I remember both of my parents being readers. I've always enjoyed reading and owning books. Over the years Phillips Free Library has grown to be a very important part of my life and an important part of this community. The multi generational programs that have grown over in the 21st Century have been amazing. I own an e reader, but the physical rush I get from holding and reading a new or old book is one feeling I will never give up.
Early Library Memories
My clearest memory of Phillips Free Library is one of sound, or rather, lack thereof. I remember the click of the big brass doorknob, the sound of the clock ticking, the rustle of a turning page, the gentle tapping of Miss Baldwin's pencil-top date due stamp on the circ card, and the "creak" of the front door as I left. The library was an oasis of calm, a treasured escape from the pesterings of my younger brothers and sisters. And when I left that sanctuary, it was always with an armful of books that I couldn't wait to read.
Childhood memories
Most of my memories of the library take place in the old children's room, when the floor was carpeted and the shelves were made of wood, and there was a step you had to go up to get to them. My strongest memory is when my cousin and I had a contest with each other to read all of the books on a shelf. Never did complete that goal... but we had fun trying.