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February 2, 2018

Check It Out!

 The entire month of February is dedicated to the people who love whole buildings devoted to the reading, housing, organizing, categorizing, finding, studying and otherwise loving books.  It’s National Library Lover’s Month!

Libraries provide so much more than a place for us to enjoy great novels or to discover amazing adventures and untold history.  Yes, they help us ace our research papers and provide a quiet space to study, but they do so much more.  Adult programs like book discussions, lunch-n-learn and coloring provide a time for socialization as well as learning something new.

It’s important to understand that not everything is available on the internet (yet), but if you have the internet you can use the library from home, work or on vacation.  E-books and audio books are available 24/7 as well as an amazing lineup of data bases from Chilton manuals, to practice tests for getting your high school diploma, to learning a foreign language.  See the list on the home page at

For preschoolers, libraries entertain them with hands-on activities that expose them to music, art and their first friendships.  We promote reading with our programs like 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Toddler Time, and After School Friends.  We provide meeting space for public forums, socials, fundraisers and classes.

Libraries lend not only books but magazines, and movies, and puzzles, and cake pans and that’s just a start -  all for FREE.  Libraries provide preservation services, preserving some of the most treasured books, periodicals and documents for future generations.  The Hardin County Libraries have provided a digital database of the county newspapers from the 1800’s to the present day for your use.

How can you observe National Library Lover’s Month?   Continue enjoying your library.  If you don’t have a library card, it’s never too late!  Visit your library to get one!  Why not push against the declining attendance of libraries and go and learn something new that will expand your knowledge of who you are, of where you live or what you do?

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.