What do you imagine when you think of a library? Do you think of a place or a building with lots of books? That’s how the dictionary defines a library.
A library does have lots of books — fiction or fantasy books, mysteries, romances, inspirational, science fiction, westerns and classics, books for beginning readers and picture books. There are non-fiction books or true stories about real people, animals and places, “how to” informational reads and books about traveling to a different country.
But a library is much more than shelves of books. It is a place to see your friends and visit with your neighbors, a place to conduct a meeting, a place to meet your cousin to research your family history, a place to meet new people in the community. A library is a place where you can communicate with your friends and family through email, Twitter and Facebook. A library is a place where you can bring your children to meet new playmates in the Creative Learning Center.
A visit to the library allows your child to experience new adventures with the Bobbsey twins, the Boxcar children, Dora the Explorer and Bob the Builder. A book from the library can take you to new heights with skyscrapers, the world’s tallest roller coaster, airplanes or the Space Needle.
At the library, find an audiobook for your listening pleasure or choose a DVD for your viewing pleasure. Borrow a cake pan for that special birthday cake. Take home a puppet for your grandchild’s next visit. Need to trade cars? Check out the NADA price guide.
Relax in the air conditioning and read about what’s happening in the world. Jefferson, Scranton, Carroll and Des Moines newspapers and magazines may be found in a quiet reading corner. From parenting to Iowa history, antiques to bridal fashions, science and business to gardening and crafts, hairstyles, computers and electronics to health issues, celebrities to sports, there are magazines for all interests.
Plan your next vacation with travel books from around the U.S. and some popular overseas destinations. Or take an armchair vacation and read about all the places you can go.
The library is much more than a place full of books. It’s a really cool place, and you are invited to visit this summer.Jefferson Public Library
200 West Lincoln Way
386-2835 Adult Dept
386-4415 Children’s Dept
Mon. and Wed.: 1 – 8 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.:
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.