Our local library is paying for a half-page ad in the newspaper this weekend to let people in the community know that Hello! The library is more than just books. The librarian sent me a copy of the ad and it is perfect. You don't even have to be able to read to understand what the library offers, they can get it all!
The library is trying to get more people to see what a valuable asset the library is so the ad is being aimed at those who don't frequent the establishment. My husband is a prime example. He likes dirt more than books and the only time he has officially been in the library was for the wine-tasting fundraiser last fall. And I'm sure the promise of alcohol and women in tiny black dresses avoided a fabricated farm-related emergency that would have caused his absence.
So when the ad arrived in my mailbox I promptly printed it and placed it in a prominent spot in his office. He will see it everyday and next time he asks me to spell a word I'll tell him to call the reference desk at his local library, the phone number is conveniently on the ad. The library employees will love me even more than they do now! (I swear I'm reading those overdue books as fast as I can!) And soon I hope to cover up the Bush/Cheney (yes, he is still living in 2004) bumper sticker on his mudroom cubby with a Vote Yes for Library Mileage sign. I figure I can slowly change his subconscious and if that doesn't work I'll tie him up while I fill out his absentee ballot.
***Now how funny is it that he just called from the road to have me spell "sincerely"? I was a good wife and spelled it for him instead of directing him elsewhere. (You can thank me later Erin.)