Abby Hardison (right), the new librarian for the Macon County Public Library, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 22 meeting. She is pictured with Rotary Club member Debbie Tallent, who serves on the Macon County Library board and the Fontana Regional Library board.

During her presentation, Hardison said libraries are not the quiet, old-fashioned archives of yesteryear, that they are more like a multi-age classroom with people learning in a variety of ways.

In addition to the traditional book stacks, the library offers a computer lab for those who do not have a computer or Internet access at home. There are conference/study rooms where small groups can get together. The library hosts a variety of programs for adults and children and often hosts art exhibits in its community meeting room.

For those who prefer reading on their phones or tablets, did you know you can get free access to e-books through the library?

Hardison said the library is often the first place people go when they need assistance and don’t know where else to go. She said she enjoys her job because she can help make life better for people.

During the meeting, several club members voiced their support of the library and contributed many Happy Dollars for the library and its staff.

Club member Dick Pritts may have summed it up best when he said, “The library is the living room of a community.”