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August 4, 2015

Check It Out!!!


There is still plenty of summer heat left, but our Summer Reading has finished for this year.  We celebrated heroes with and without capes ‘n masks with 60 kids this summer and were once again able to give away books to those participating.  (A few of you were on vacation the final day so don’t forget to stop and get your superhero cape and mask.)  I couldn’t have done it without Sue, Barb and Linda along with some local heroes – the AGWSR Drill Team, Clay Meinders, Joan Frazier, Becky Schipper, Rynnie & Petunia, Rhonda Daniels, Jo DeVries, Lisa Kielty, Denise Willems, the Cougar Den Staff, parents, grandparents and siblings.  We especially want to thank our Superhero Sponsors:  Ackley Chiropractic, Clinic, Ackley State Bank, Ackley Super Foods, Blank Park Zoo, Eichmeier Motors, Farm Bureau Financial Services, Green Belt Bank, Gun N Doc’s Family Resturant, Ibeling Insurance Services, McDonald’s, NuCara Pharmacy, Ryken Engineering, Scallon’s Lawn Care, Sietsema Funeral Home, and T & S Auto Parts, L.L.C.   Next year’s theme is sports/health/fitness and I’ve already got a few ideas running around in my head.  Thanks again to all of you for helping make a successful summer program.

New, but not new, is the BRIDGES: Iowa’s eLibrary, offering eBooks and audiobooks available to download for free anytime, anywhere.  Library card holders can check out and download digital media by visiting our webpage and looking for the link at the bottom of the page or by going to

If you were a NEIBORS user BRIDGES takes up where they left off and your information has been transferred and you’ll be comfortable with how it works.  If you’ve never tried our eLibrary you can browse the library’s website, check out with a valid library card and access borrowed titles via PC, Mac, Kindle and other mobile devices.  This service is powered by OverDrive, which supports all major computers and devices and is free for patrons with their library card.  Digital content is borrowed for a set period of time and titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period.  By combining both Iowa consortiums together you have access to 16,500 eBooks and 7,500 audiobooks.  The selection for kids and young adults has  increased dramatically and we now offer a search tool just for both ages to make it easier to find.

            During these last few days before school don’t forget that TUMBLEBOOKS are also available on your computer for the younger set.  They are a good way to get the kids back up and reading before they go back to school.

            Another new item is a ‘Quick Picks’ area by the checkout desk with packages of books on a select topic designed for the Pre-Kindergarten level so you can just grab and go if you are in a hurry and when isn’t the parent of a young child in a hurry???? 

            And on a parting note:  “The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.”  Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures

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