Library a great resource
Do you have your library card renewed yet?
August of this year is the time to do it. If you got a card in 2003, it was good for three years and it needs to be renewed. There are no fees involved, and children ages 5 to 15 may have a card with their parents' signature.
If you have an idea or subject that needs to be researched, you can go to the city's Web site and access their catalog from your home computer. The resource links are right there.
There are many resources at our library. Computers, scanners and printers for patrons use as well as videos, computer software, music CDs, large-print books, audio books on tape cassettes and CDs, and an electronic catalog of materials are accessible to patrons.
They also have a "Hooked on Phonics" program, and "Where's There's a Will, There's an A" for parents and children. There is a good supply of Accelerated Reader Books.
Paperback books and magazine exchanges are popular. There are newspapers, The Lansing Current, The Leavenworth Times, The Chronicle Shopper, Lansing This Week, The Kansas City Star, and Linn's Stamp News.
The library currently has 30,000 items cataloged. Our supportive and generous community has donated many. Recent best sellers or classics in good condition may be accepted. Some donated materials have been donated to area libraries and schools, and some have been sent to the Peace Corps.
Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and hours Saturday are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The library is in the Lansing Activity Center at 108 S. Second Street. The telephone number is 727-2929.
Our library is only 8 years old. We started out with two empty rooms and donated books. The first two years, we had well over 100,000 books donated. We had more books than we had room for in the two rooms and the large storage area. We had several large book sales in the gymnasium, on tables that covered the whole floor and bleachers. The response from the community was amazing.
Originally we had 22 volunteers to man the library hours. Now we have two paid employees plus several volunteers that help with the day-to-day activities.
Darlene Dean is the librarian, and she constantly amazes me with her endless ideas for the children's programs.
Our board of directors meet the first Tuesday every other month to set policy for the library.
If you have not taken the time to visit our library, please do so; you will be well pleased.