There is always something new offered through the Conway Public Library. I’m pleased to announce that The New York Times mobile app and website are now available through the library.

Based in New York City, the Times was founded in 1851, and has worldwide influence and readership. It has won 127 Pulitzer Prizes (more than any other newspaper), and is ranked 18th in the world by circulation and third in the United States.

All Conway Library patrons now have complimentary access to this resource and there are a couple of ways to get it. One option is to connect to the library Wi-Fi on site, then register at Enjoy unlimited access to on any device during your visit.

The second option is to gain free access from home using your full Conway Library card number. Receive an access code by going to This access will remain active for 72 hours at a time.

Conway youth services librarian Tara McKenzie is now a certified notary public. A notary is a government-appointed impartial witness that performs a variety of official fraud-deterrent acts related to the signing of important documents. If you would like to access notary services from McKenzie (free for Conway Library cardholders), call (603) 447-5552 to confirm her availability.

As a way to share my love of reading, I would like to use a space in this column each week to talk about a variety of books that have piqued my interest, stayed on my mind, or have come recommended by others.

This week’s book talk features a new children’s book, “You Hold Me Up,” by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Danielle Daniel. The inside cover contains a description as “a quiet story about the simplicity of love, the importance of respect and the cultivation of compassion.”

This is an ideal book for reading together. The bright watercolor illustrations depict people across generations supporting one another through friendship, service, education, laughter, play, comfort and more. On each opposite page, large and easy-to-read text is set against a pastel background, adding to the ease and soothing nature of the story.

The theme of the story is a simple one, yet profoundly important in human existence: “You hold me up. I hold you up. We hold each other up.” Smith includes an author’s note at the end of the book, explaining the long history of legislation and policies that have deeply and negatively affected the wellness of indigenous children,their families, and communities.

She explains: “With this book we are embarking on a journey of healing and reconciliation. I wrote it to remind us of our common humanity and the importance of holding each other up with respect and dignity.”

Next time you come to the library, I hope you will peruse this empathy-building picture book that Kirkus Review calls refers to as “Calming, positive, and serenely affirmative.”

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