Name: Kirkendall Public Library
Location: 1210 N.W. Prairie Ridge Drive, Ankeny IA 50023
This welcoming Library is set in a beautiful area with walking trails, a community garden administered by the Parks Department and a sports complex nearby. As you come in it is easy to see where the various collections, conference room and restrooms are. The staff is welcoming and greets you with a smile and an offer to help to find what you are looking for. There are many internet computers available for public use and self checks so no need to wait in in line to check out your materials. There is comfortable seating in the magazine and newspaper area as well as tables in various places to spread out on with plenty of electric outlets for all the technology you bring with you. There are two group study rooms and two smaller study rooms with computers for use if needed.
This library offers activities for all ages. The Summer Reading program ‘Dig Into Reading’ has a full calendar of activities. In the Children’s area there is a Lego table and another table with a wooden train for children to play with. Near the check-out desk is a covered glass display case holding a model of a modern farm including a house, barn, animals and farm equipment that that shows the history of the area. There are many activities for all: a writing club based on the Harry Potter Series for grades 4 and up to help develop writing skills; a Teen area with books of interest to that age group with tables where they can study or read. For those who love word games there is a Sunday Scrabble for ages 12 and older. There are computer classes available as well as tea and biscuits to eat as you watch the tv series Downton Abby.
This is a beautiful, friendly library that will be a community center for activities this summer.