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Director’s Corner

Director’s Corner                                                                              April 2016

On the road again, this time to Plymouth, Massachusetts where I visited the famous Plymouth Rock and the National Monument erected in honor of the Pilgrims. The rock turned out not to be the large boulder I was expecting. It now sits inside an architecturally designed cage to block people from trying to chip off a souvenir. The monument was a surprise as I didn’t realize it existed but found this 81 ft. tall piece of granite amazing in its sculptured detail.

Plymouth has its expected tourists sections and gift shops, but it also has much to offer historically and a wonderful view of the ocean.

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Back home and back to work, I learned of a new hobby for those who like to irritate others – phone spoofing. Most people today have caller ID on their phones. Spoofers manipulate the caller ID so it appears the call is from your bank, creditors, insurance companies, or even the government. We discovered this the hard way when a patron called to say she was getting phone calls from the library but the person on the phone in truth was selling something.

According to the FCC, while irritating, spoofing is only illegal if the caller has intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongly obtain anything of value. Individuals who illegally spoof can face penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation.

If you believe you are receiving illegal spoofing phone calls, do NOT give out any personal information. Contact the FCC to file a complaint. You can lodge a complaint on the FCC website, or by phone: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

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I’ve been voicing my opinion recently that I want Congress to enact a law similar to other countries that would limit campaigning for public office to six months. Each election finds campaigns starting earlier and earlier and costing more and more money.

At home, I can turn off the TV and radio; but just in case I think I’m being clever, low and behold what did I get from the State of Illinois this week? – The Local Election Official’s Handbook for the 2017 Consolidated Elections. Anyone interested in reading these instructions and in need of forms to make copies can inquire in the library’s office.

See you at the library. – Kathy Berggren, Library Director