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Posted on: September 12, 2017

September Leadership Letter – Councilmember Peterson

Have you read a good book lately? Perhaps you attended an informative or fun program. Or received assistance with a puzzling question or project. All this and more is offered at the Pella Public Library. Before you go any further in this letter, please turn to page two and look at the offerings listed in the library’s column. Each issue of the city’s newsletter contains this column providing services and activities being offered during the month. The library is an outstanding resource adding to the quality of life within our community. At the end of the last fiscal year (June 2017), the total circulation of items from the library was 255,516. Now you may be thinking this must be books, music, or movies. It is, but it also includes American Girl dolls, art prints, babysitter boxes, cake pans, craft supplies, Launchpads, seeds, media equipment, toys, puppets, and home energy use monitors. Whew! In fact, the Pella Library has a greater circulation total than cities like Sioux Center, Altoona, Waukee, Waverly, and Fairfield, among others. The library provides services and programs for infants to senior citizens. There are opportunities for story times, after school programs, teen club, adult book club, family programs, life-long learning, and reading programs for babies to seniors. A special reading program is the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program which encourages 1,000 books to be read to or by children before they enter kindergarten. The library staff provides assistance with the use of your electronic devices. They can show you how to use the library’s wireless printer to print from your home or how to reserve meeting space in the Community Meeting Room, small group meeting rooms, or individual study rooms. During a conversation with Library Director Wendy Street, she recalled a conversation with a person who was using the library and stated, “When we were looking to move to a new location, Pella wasn’t even in the running until we visited the library and then we decided to live here.” Yes, the library is even a resource that assists in the growth of our community. Wendy’s desire for the Pella Public Library is to be a “safe space for people to ask questions, learn stuff, and try out new items and innovations coming into our lives.” Stop by and see what’s happening at the Pella Public Library! 

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