We have come a long way since December 1, 1916. What was once a place of clunky card catalogs, walls upon walls of books, and the legendary “Shh…” is now a sentimental memory compared to the forces of the modern day public library. Amongst the hustle and bustle of both community members and tourists alike, the present day library isn’t always the quietest, but it does offer programming for all ages, tech help, and an abundance of digital resources.
- Today, we offer children’s programming as a unique service to the community. Here, we value the opportunity to provide weekly supplemental programs to enhance a well-rounded education. Especially with our toddler and preschool groups, parents are encouraged to join in on the fun so that they may reinforce methods at home.
- Today, we offer computer classes for adults who wish to improve their information literacy skills for anything from job placement to personal growth. In these programs, participants use Windows 10 laptops, providing access to up-to-date software and tools.
- Today, we offer a wide variety of print and digital resources to meet numerous needs. A sampling includes:
- Large print novels
- Audiobooks on CDs
- E-books and digital audiobooks
- Periodicals & newspapers
- Practice exams (online resource)
- Genealogy tools (online resource)
- Automobile reference (online resource)
But, what will tomorrow bring?
As we enter the next phase in the land of public libraries, we will take time to highlight the many awesome things our public library offers as well as things you might see in the short term and long term outlook for libraries. We’ll introduce our staff and board members on more personal levels. We’ll share more on our programs—and more importantly, the impact of these programs beyond the surface benefits. We also have exciting, new programs and services that we’ll be introducing in 2017.
So, what will we experience in future? Stay tuned! It’s going to be an amazing journey!
Join us in welcoming the next 100 years of innovative library service. Join us in embracing the modern public library.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Roberta Dinsmore’s article, “Roberta’s Random Thoughts: Libraries Are Ageless,” that was published in Saturday’s edition of the Punxsutawney Spirt, please do so. On page 4, she covers the wonderful beginning of what is now a strong and vibrant organization in the community.