Nina Rogoff's Insights on Sharon Real Estate and More!: Statewide Library Card Considered in Massachusetts

Statewide Library Card Considered in Massachusetts

Statewide Library Card Considered in Massachusetts

Sharon Public Library MAWhen I was growing up, my mother took my brothers and me to the Sharon Public library every week. We loved picking out our own books. In the summers, we couldn't wait to earn stickers for the summer reading programs. When we had each finished reading our own stack of books, we read each others' before returning them. Occasionally, we would travel into Boston and visit the Boston Public Library. Wow! That was such a huge place for a child!

These excursions helped turn me into someone who loves to read! My kids and husband feel the same way. Every week or two we head to the library. It's almost like being in a candy store, but no calories!

One of the best features of our Sharon Public Library system is being able to reserve books online. The library contacts us by email when our books are ready for pick up. Did you know you can also sign up for suggested reading lists? I love that!

Girl with stacks of booksCurrently, our library in Sharon MA is part of the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN). You can request a title from another OCLN library and pick it up at the Sharon library. I also have a library card for two other library networks in Massachusetts. My only problem is that there are so many books and so little time! If you're a big reader, you understand this problem.   

Now, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is thinking of creating a statewide library card. This would make it much easier to order books from libraries throughout the Commonwealth as well as use services provided by other libraries. It might also provide wider access to school, academic and special libraries.

What do you think? Would you like just one statewide library card in MA? Take a moment to fill out this quick survey to let the MBLC know what interests you the most. Your name is not required. 

If you see me at the library please come over and say "hello"!

Nina Rogoff Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA 781-883-3764




Comment balloon 11 commentsNina Rogoff • February 21 2013 07:10PM


Our local libraries are a great resource and in most cases under used. I use to love the summer reading programs, too. I also got my daughter involved in our local library's summer reading programs. Great localism blog.

CONGRATULATIONS on reaching that 200,000 point milestone.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 4 years ago

Thank you, Debbie! Yep! Just saw those zeros rolling by! Thank you!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 4 years ago

Nina, I remember growing up and looking forward to the weekly trips to the public library. My mother had set up a reading incentive program for us and we actually could earn a little money by reading. She also made us give her an oral book report on what we read. What a wonderful foundation that was and just one more reason she was such a fine mother.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional) almost 4 years ago

ok Nina, this is one thing we have been way ahead of you on for at least 10 is  a godsend and I love it!!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) almost 4 years ago

Debbie, your mother sounds like she was wonderful at instilling important values! I'm so impressed by her idea of having you give an oral report. I think if you start something like that very early on, kids can get excited and feel proud of presenting what they've learned. I'll have to remember that for the "grandchildren years", G-d willing, someday!


Posted by Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 4 years ago

Hi, Ginny...I think it will be wonderful. They'll have to work out a few details such as the cost of returning materials to their original libraries (probably means fines will go up, but hopefully won't slash library budgets).


Posted by Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 4 years ago

Having a statewide library card seems to make sense. Last year I learned that I could order books online. I love that!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (Cherry Creek Properties, LLC) almost 4 years ago

I love that, too, Donna! When I'm browsing in bookstores, I jot down authors and titles that I'd like to read and then go online and reserve those books. I love that they're pulled off the shelves for me and waiting when I arrive. It's such a convenient service!!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 4 years ago

Nina...I had not heard about that.  It sounds like a great idea.  When the kids were little we took weekly trips to the library.  Sad to say I'm not there as often. BUT, you can also check out e-books from the library too now!  

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - almost 4 years ago

Hi Nina,

This sounds like a good idea. I live in Loma Linda and it is 2 miles from the Redlands Library so they will not get me a library card because I am not a Redlands resident. Both cities are in the Redlands School District too. Some areas have such stupid rules so I am glad that MA is going to a statewide card. What a terrific idea.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda (Keller Williams Realty) almost 4 years ago

Hi, Christine...I love Canton's library! When my kids were little they loved to go there and play with the board games. The new library is beautiful and has great space!

Hi, Kristin...that does sound kind of crazy! Libraries should be promoting the use of their resources not making it harder to access them!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 4 years ago