Name: Hershey Public Library
Location: 701 Cocoa avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
We visited here during a time of celebration! Hershey Library is celebrating 100 years of providing books, materials and service to their community. Also, the Friends Of the Hershey Public Library are celebrating 50 years of supporting HPL’s many library programs and activities. As I visited there was a huge book sale going on and I could feel the positive energy in the library.
Although the building is large it is warm and friendly. The collections are well laid out with many areas set aside for research, study or just relaxing with a good book. There are small-tablets for catalog searching attached to the pillars in the adult area making it easy to search for materials without walking to a reference desk or back to a catalog computer.
As I walked through the building I saw that along with the regular collections there is a designated corner set aside for materials dealing with Palliative care: Living With Illness and Coping With Loss. I think this shows a special concern for those who need to find this information quickly and quietly. Also, I was informed that there is a Director’s Meeting room with material from Milton Hershey under the proud care of the library. The Summer Reading Program continues for all ages through the end of August. The Library is asking people to share their personal library story. These stories will be placed in the library’s archives. In November there is a 100 Year Anniversary Fundraiser diner entitled “In the Stacks with Murder on the Menu.”
The Friends of the Hershey Library members are excited about supporting all the activities of their library. Along with the book sale they are having a silent auction of several books for people bid on. For this special year they hope to have the community purchase 100 memorial bricks, donate 100 new books for families who visit the Hershey Food Bank, donate 100 pints of blood, and have enough volunteer hours at the library so they can reach 10,000 volunteer hours in the 100th year of service. This library is dedicated to reaching and serving its community.
Name: Henderson Memorial Public Library
Location: 54 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH 44047
Henderson Memorial is easily accessed in downtown Jefferson. The collections are well marked making it easy to find the materials you are looking for. Near the circulation desk the DVDs and Music are easily browsed. They also provide public access computers and free WiFi if you have your own electronic device. In the adult area near the magazines are chairs for reading as well as a puzzle laid out for anyone who would like to work on it. For a place to work or study there are several large tables nearby.
For the Summer SRP “Dig Into Reading” program the Children’s Department sponsored a “Muddy Good Times” for one of their programs. The library provided clay that looked like mud and the children made things out of the ‘mud’. The Adults were encouraged to read three books during SRP and choose a free paperback from the shelf by the circulation desk.
A flyer for two programs caught my attention under the title “Digging Up Your Ancestors” They did “Gravestone Rubbings” one day and a “Genealogy “Workshop” the next.The gravestone rubbings were taken at a local cemetery and used different mediums to take them. There is more information at the library website http://henderson.lib.oh.us/.
Name: Mary L. Cook Public Library
Location: 381 Old Stage Road, Waynesville, OH 45068
Mary L. Cook Library is a friendly, comfortable place to spend some time or find materials to take home and enjoy. We were greeted by staff as we entered and felt very comfortable looking around the building.
When entering the building immediately on the right the “New Books” are displayed. All collections are easy to find and the layout is comfortable and inviting. There is a Reference/Genealogy room located near other adult collections. An Adult Reading area with magazines and newspapers are nearby with comfortable seating. The sky light and glass doors give the reading area an open feeling. Next to the reading area is a large music CD collection along with audio books and DVDs. Summer Reading is encouraged for all ages and everyone has a chance to win one of the many gift baskets on display in the library. The teens have their own enclosed area with materials of interest to them and tables where they can study or socialize. The Children’s Rooms are a recent addition with large windows looking out over the grounds. It is a warm inviting place for children to come. The walls have large colorful flowers on them. Some of the books are shelved in nontraditional freestanding child size shelving.
The outside grounds are well kept and show great community involvement. The gazebo was sponsored and built by several groups from the community. The beautiful flowers are maintained by the Warren County Master Gardeners Association.
An outstanding feature provided by the Master Gardeners is Peter Rabbit’s Garden. It is a small garden with vegetables growing in it surrounded by white fence. There are flowers, a hop-scotch game and tic-tac-toe to play as well.
Allerton public Library District
201 N. State street, Monticello, IL
The Monticello Library is located just off the town square in a historic building. Although they are limited in space the library staff have organized the collection and layout to accommodate the needs of the community. The staff are welcoming and ready help if needed. Signage is good and there is easy access to all the collections.Along with materials geared for adults there is a teen collection and a children’s area with materials at their height and child sized seating and play area.
The library is gearing up for Summer Reading, there are two bulletin boards and registration has begun. There is a large glass display case near the check out desk with items of interest from around the globe to go along with the “Have Book Will Travel” theme.
There is a comfortable reading area with newspapers and magazines and large tables for work or study. Free wifi is available with your electronic devices. For those interested in early Monticello there are many historic pictures of downtown in the 1800s in a glass wall display.
Although the library building is not large with a library card customers have free access to materials in other libraries, Illinois state archives, genealogy resources and many more helpful sites. This library is a great place to visit this summer.
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.