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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Where Am I?

People often ask their reference questions by phoning the Newton Falls Public Library. “My friend just phoned me; she is lost and asked me for directions. Can you help me? I don’t have a clue where she is.” This is not the first time someone has called or visited the library asking for assistance getting from one place to another.

Our staff asked the caller where her friend was going, where she had started from, and if there were any landmarks or signs letting her know where she was at present. The driver had left Kent, Ohio, on her way to Alliance, and was on Route 619 near Hartville. The quickest way for us to find this information was to go to Typing in the directions section, “from” route 619 Hartville, Ohio and “to” Alliance, Ohio, brought up the information that was needed. Our caller was able to pass the information onto her friend, who, we are happy to say arrived at her destination safely.

For those who prefer the more traditional means of determining driving routes, the library also has Rand McNally’s The Road Atlas 2011 as well as the Official Street Atlas for many cities and counties in Northeast Ohio. Many of these items may be borrowed from the library as travel guides.

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