Library programs return

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The West Liberty Public Library opened its doors to the public on Nov. 23. Now, only two months later, the programing and events that once adorned the community are back in full swing.

"The library is bringing back all of our other programing," said Director Janette McMahon, "We were so limited in our space, and things like that at the other building, we honestly didn't put together programing like we wanted. Our goal is to provide, again, all of the cultural opportunities that we provided before."

The main library closed May 2012 and reopened a year-and-a-half later. While temporarily located in the Century Grille building on Third Street, the staff kept some of the programs alive, but space issues hindered the events.

However, the library recently reinstituted the "Early Out" program last Wednesday, Jan. 8. A partnership with Iowa Public TV, children television star Dan Wardell visited West Liberty to perform. The event also included physical activities and brain games.

"It was great, we packed the ICN room with 30 kids," said McMahon. "Following that, 60 people attended Dan Wardell's performance. And if you combine that with story time the library touched 100 kids that day."

'Early Out' will continue every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. and is meant to cater to children in elementary school and early middle school. From crafts to games, the program will offer a plethora of activities in order to reach all students.

"You don't have to sign up; you don't have to do anything special; you just have to comeā€¦It's geared so that, at some point in the month, you will find something that you want to do at the library, that's our goal," said McMahon. "We try to hit a multitude of kids by doing it that way."

On that note 'Toddler Story Time' has been revamped. While the program did continue to occur during the temporary move to Third Street, the staff has put in extra effort to make it special once again.

Books, music and activities for young children will be provided every Wednesday from 10:15 to 10:45. Often themes are tied to each week.

But the library hasn't forgotten about the adults. Right now it's hosting three different reading clubs.

There's the lunch club every fourth Wednesday of the month where participants bring their own lunches and discuss reading, plus there's a later club that meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. the same day.

Also, the library is kicking off a morning coffee book club from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every fourth Tuesday of the month. A story time will be provided alongside the club for children in order to give parents and caregivers a chance to be a part of the coffee club.

DJ services provided by Ash Entertainment will occur Jan. 25 from 7-10 p.m., and folk music group, Hungry Trio, will visit West Liberty on March 23.

"There's lots of programing and options coming, we recommend that everyone check their calendars," said McMahon. "This summer is going to be fun, we've already booked performers for the summer. There'll be quite a bit of family programing coming when it's warmer."

To see what's coming up for the library, visit, or visit the library for the latest schedule in print form. Also, keep your ears in tune to the the Index's Upcoming Event's section.
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