By Joy Trotter, Meade County Public Library
One might be curious as to why the library needs additional space. While MCPL is home to a large collection of books, a library isn’t just for books anymore. In addition to access to books, the library offers an average of 125 free programs per month for patrons across all age groups.
An average of 5,500 people come to the library each month to access printed books, audio books, DVDs, Music CDs, video games, and electronics such as computers, personal E-readers, Chromebooks, and children’s early learning stations. If a patron is unable to find a book in the current collection, they have access to the Interlibrary Loan Exchange from libraries across the United States and the digital collections on Hoopla and Libby. The library offers computer access and also sponsors a host of opportunities for research and education via the library’s website. Beginning in March, the library will serve as a hub for completing the 2020 U.S. Census. The library is also home to the Marie Coleman History Room, a room dedicated to written and digital information on births, deaths, marriages, old newspaper articles, Meade County history books, and other historical documents. Data base searches (Heritage Quest and Proquest Ancestry), and classes are available upon request.
Children’s programs are available starting at birth, and include early literacy, developmentally appropriate play, Kindergarten readiness, Kids Unlimited for school-aged children, children’s fitness classes, and art experiences. The programming team works hard to provide opportunities for families to engage in the library together through programs and events.
Activities for teenagers and adults are also numerous at the library. These opportunities include ACT/SAT test practice, individualized computer skills classes, crafts, scrapbooking classes, a variety of fitness classes, book discussion group, essential oils classes, Cricut classes, knitting and crochet, and an Anime group.