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Libraries change to meet modern needs

Posted July 31, 2013 in Community Featured, Clear Lake

The saying “The more things change the more they stay the same” is certainly true of Iowa libraries at this point in time.

Even though technology, particularly digitalization, over the past decade has radically changed how Iowa libraries deliver materials and services to their customers, people are still using Iowa libraries at a steady rate.

The Clear Lake Public Library Board of Trustees and library staff emphasize the following areas in providing service to our community: 1) Children’s Door to Learning;  2) Formal Education Support; 3) Support of Lifelong Learning; and  4) Popular Materials Center.

We are delighted that many Clear Lake families use the library as a doorway  to literacy for their children. More than 400 children and teens participated in our 2013 Summer Reading Program. These youth keep up their reading skills over the summer. The Friends of the Library sponsored reading incentives and special programs to ensure that kids had fun with their summer reading. Our preschool story times offered throughout the year at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and our after school programs are also well attended.  We appreciate the commitment of parents who make it possible for their children to participate in these programs.

We support formal education by providing services such as monthly book deliveries for classroom libraries in our local schools.  We also offer a wide variety of electronic information resources to students at all levels. Learning Library Express is an especially valuable online tool providing subject tutorials for younger students and practice tests for standard exams at the high school, college and professional levels. We also frequently proctor exams for distance learners.

For lifelong learners we provide materials in print and electronic formats for a wide variety of subjects. We often reach beyond our library to request materials from other libraries. Electronic communication makes our interlibrary loan process faster and easier.

Stocking our popular materials collection can be a challenge. We often will offer a high-demand book in traditional print, large print, CD audio book and as downloadable audio book and e-Book. This variety of formats reflects the diversity of our users and their current preferences for accessing reading materials. Downloadable Zinio magazines are a new product that is extremely popular and easy to use. Find out more at a free Zinio class that is being offered at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. Contact the library at or 357-6133 to sign up.

Clear Lake Public Library
200 N. Fourth St.
Mon. – Thur.: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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