Friends, I have a confession.
When I first moved to town it seemed like everyone I met asked me if I had been to the library. I’d always smile politely, shake my head, and say “No, not yet,” or “I’ve been meaning to”. Secretly in my mind, however, I was thinking, “Why are all these people raving about the library? Do they hand out free chocolate to anyone who walks in the door because that would be really cool.”
That is not to say that I don’t like libraries. In our previous town I would visit the library several times a week, even if it wasn’t to read, but to rent DVDs of the most recent show I was hooked on (Dr. House, you handsome broken soul you). I grew up loving to read and was surrounded by people who love to read so I really get the whole library thing but I still couldn’t understand why people were so keen to recommend the Marshalltown one…until I visited the library.
For those who may not know, in 2013 the Marshalltown public library was one of ten libraries that year to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is the nation’s highest honor granted to museums and libraries. It’s a very prestigious award and particularly for a town of our size.
Here are five reasons to love our library:
- The books – I love to read, earlier joking aside. I am an avid “Goodreads.com-er” and there have been so many times I go to the library in search of a brand new book I’ve heard about on Goodreads. 9/10 times the library has the book in the “new arrivals” section or I can place a hold because somebody beat me to it.
- Kids Activities – The library has regularly scheduled kids activities like Storytime on Wednesdays and Toddlers and Two’s on Tuesday and Thursday. Fun activities like this are perfect for moms or dads who want to expose their little ones to social and learning activities, or for those parents who just need to get out of the house for awhile.
- Technology – The library gives technology access to many people who may not have regular access themselves. The access to tablets, free wireless, computers, printers, and a plethora of research websites is invaluable.
- Massive and varied collection of books and magazines – Our library has a top rate collection of books, magazines, books on CD, e-books, etc. I’m also a big fan of the magazine swap bin. You can pick up old magazines for free and bring yours to recycle as well.
- Events – The library is always hosting great events like family movie night, film series, and special speakers. Check out some of the Library upcoming events! Oftentimes these are held in the community meeting rooms which are also available to the public for meetings and awareness events.
It’s said that libraries are the “heart” of any community. Just spend an afternoon there and you’ll see that there are way more than five reasons to LOVE our library.