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.
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.
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Name: Kirkendall Public Library
Location: 1210 N.W. Prairie Ridge Drive, Ankeny IA 50023
Location: Whitesboro, Texas 76273
Name: Whitesboro Public Library
Whitesboro Public Library is a City Library. This friendly branch is in a lovely building on Main Street. It is well laid out with good signage. The staff is ready and registering for the the upcoming Summer Reading Program “Get Fired Up For Reading”. They Plan to have 52 programs in 6 weeks including a Lock-In with a late pizza party supper and a walk to the nearby donut shop for breakfast. They have many incentives for reading including the two bicycles shown below. The library has a lot to offer the community. People can apply for Passports at the library including getting their picture taken. There is wireless internet available for those with their own devices or public access computers for those who need internet access including a visitors pass for people who do not have a library card. Two computers are dedicated to the children. There is a History/Genealogy corner for those wanting to do research and two study spaces if someone needs a quiet place to work. The study spaces can be reserved or are available if no is using them. There is also a Conference Room available to the public for meetings and receptions by reservation. Outside the library next to the parking lot is a lovely gazebo open to the public as a place to come sit, read and enjoy. The Library is also involved in Project Linus to help provide security through handmade blankets. The quilt shown is one the children helped make in 2010.