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Nancy's Notes - February 12, 2009

Building progress, Library use, Magazines about Iowa

            I spent most of Saturday morning writing my article and sent it off to the paper. It got lost in cyber-land somewhere along the line so you will get a quick overview this week.

            I hope everyone has noticed the progress on our new building. They are a tiny bit behind due to a harsh winter but still targeting a finishing date of late summer. The inside looks like we'll never finish but they are working on the time consuming things like electrical and plumbing.  A few of the walls are studded in.  It's impressive to look at the ceiling in the original building and see the tin ceilings. These will be kept as a great reminder of the original architecture while the remainder of the facility builds on the future.

            Channel 8 news, in Des Moines, has had short news clips twice, in the past couple of weeks, about the increase in use at the city's libraries during hard economic times.  People have found free entertainment such as internet use, video check-out, and even a few are reading!  We also find this to be true.  I mentioned to my husband, the other night, that several days, lately, all internet stations are full, which is not unusual, but there are also two or three patrons sitting using our wireless with their computers. We have been pleasantly surprised to see many new faces at our new location.

            I like to thumb through magazines in the evening while I watch television.  If you are interested in what's going on in Iowa, we have two different Iowa publications with another on the way.  "The Iowan" has been around for many years and  its features and photos of the state are quite popular.  Last year a new publication entitled "Our Iowa" hit the shelves.  It is mostly human interest stories.  This is published in the style of Rieman publishing's "Country".  Karen Weld wrote an article about Danny Schnell in the latest issue.  Last week we received a premiere copy of "Iowa History".  I am a history buff and found it very interesting.  There was a very nice article on Nile Kinnick.  Also included were articles on Fred Maytag, "The night the music died" in Clear Lake, Buffalo Bill, Iowa Indian tribes, and trivia.  We are looking to purchase this soon.

            Come in and check out these or any of our 60 subscriptions: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.