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Van Meter Public Library

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M,F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tues. 3-8 p.m.

W,Th 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat. 9-noon

National Library week April 13-19: This started in 1958 and I think it is very important we celebrate our libraries!

I wanted to share my own story in hopes that others will.

My Mom read at least a book a day and my Dad always read his Bible and newspaper everyday!

We had a big family of eight so there was not money for new books nor the room to store all of them in our house of book lovers.

I remember the first Public Library I went to was in Exira, Iowa. I lived nearby in the country. Then I remember well the Guthrie Center , Menlo and Stuart libraries. I worked in the school one or volunteered in Junior High. Whenever I got to go to a library it was a treat. My Mom and Dad taught us to take care of our things. I remember losing one book when I was young and my Mom making me pay for it. That stuck with me.

I was the oldest of six kids, so when we lived in Menlo, I took all my siblings to the library. We usually pulled the youngest in the wagon or swung her between us as we walked. As I got older and worked in Des Moines for 19 years I didn’t get as much time for pleasure reading but my job in the Pension Dept. at Principal required a lot of reading and learning.

I then got to stay home with our two daughters and homeschooled them. My Mom had them at the library when they were young all the time. They grew to love the Van Meter and Adel Public Libraries. The Director at Van meter before me remembers my oldest, Julia, just sitting for hours and going through books. Joyce loves this too and I want to sometimes limit them but realize they are adult age and make really great choices. A mom is always a mom.

My story is, I am so thankful to have been influenced in a family of readers but the libraries made it even better. The world was at your beck and call. My Mom and Dad could never have afforded all the books we have read over the years.

I applaud the little libraries and the friends and relatives exchanging books, but there is nothing like the public Library. This is for all ages, incomes, races, etc.

I am thankful in America that we have so many choices and I am proud to live in Iowa with it’s 544 public libraries. Celebrate and make sure you have a library card! -Jolena Welker

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