It’s hard to tell what a person will find at a Little Free Library where anyone can pick up or drop off a bit of literature for any reading ability. During the celebration of Elkin’s new Little Free Library, local librarians received a special surprise.
New Elkin resident Zulma Fisch, ESL instructor and library aficionado, presented her Library Of Congress card as she signed up for a library card in Elkin.
“That’s the first place I go when I go to a new city,” said the Columbian native. “You can find everything you need there.”
Particularly at the Library of Congress, which is the largest library in the world, according to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at the Library of Congress website.
“The library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office,” said Hayden.
This may be why it is so easy to get a Reader Identification Card which permits people access to the millions of books, newspapers and other media available at the Library of Congress.
“That’s easier than getting a library card with us,” said Elkin Librarian Kasey Guinther when Fisch described presenting her picture ID with current address when visiting Washington, D.C. with students.
“I figured I was there, so why not,” said Fisch, who has begun to receive a reputation among her companions as a collector of library cards.
Anyone can register online but because a photo is taken at the time of verification, anyone wishing to have their own Reader Identification Card for the Library of Congress will have to report to either the Madison Building or the Jefferson Building in Washington.
It is much closer to get a library card at the Elkin or Jonesville libraries, or to borrow a book from the Little Free Library such as the new one at Dirty Joe’s Coffee Shop on Market Street in Elkin across from the Farmers Market.
“I love these Little Libraries,” said Fisch. “When you go to a book store like Borders, they are always so quiet like at the library.
“Here you get to be social,” said Fisch, describing her enjoyment of asking about what others are reading and having conversations about stories shared.
To learn more about the Library of Congress, go to https://www.loc.gov/visit/frequently-asked-questions.
Call 336-835-5586 to find out how to get a library card in Elkin or stop by Dirty Joe’s or the Elkin Municipal Park to share a book at a local Little Free Library.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.