I feel so honored to have been asked to write as a guest editorial for the Volunteer Times and I am so glad to be able to tell you all about the new LaFollette Public Library. We are now located at 201 South 9th Street, the former location of the Recreation Center. We went from an area of 1600 square feet to this building of approximately 4,000 square feet, and the difference is amazing!
We opened our doors to the public on August 1, 2012 and have since seen an influx of new customers, having issued 450 new library cards since our opening.
We provide many services to the public here at the library. We have the latest best sellers in both fiction and non-fiction; we have DVDs, audio books on CD, playaways, newspapers, and magazines. We provide free computer use with high speed Internet accessibility. One of the main services offered at this time of year is to provide you with tax forms for filing income tax. We do NOT offer tax advice, but the forms are free.
The library has a separate computer lab/soft seating area. Here you will find chairs for your enjoyment if you want to settle in and read. We keep a jigsaw puzzle on one of the tables and invite anyone to sit down and ‘find a piece, place a piece.’ Eight public access computers are in this room, as well as a computer set up for scanning purposes only. The staff kitchen is located at the back of this room, and, for a small fee of $.50, you may help yourself to a cup of coffee.
The children’s room is decorated with an outdoor camping theme, with picnic tables and benches serving as seating. There is even a giant sleeping bear (beanbag, of course), much to the delight of the children! We have the AWE early learning computer in the children’s room, which is a fabulous fun and educational tool. We have a Preschool Children’s Story Hour every Monday at 10:00 a.m. This is proving to be a big hit with the very young, and everyone between the ages of 2-5 is invited to attend.
The other part of the library is where the ‘stacks’ are located, as well as the periodicals, the DVDs, audiobooks, playaways, etc. There are also storage rooms for the Friends of the Library as well as library storage in general. There are 2 restrooms located in this part of the library for the use of library patrons only.
The circulation area of the library has 2 circulation computers. We also provide copying service, as well as faxing and scanning.
The staff of the library consists of myself, Nancy Green, director; Norma Asher, part time assistant, and Joy Robinson, children’s story hour director. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 – 5:00 and Saturday 9:00 – 2:00. We invite and encourage you to come visit us soon, and often!