New England celebrates library week

The New England Library celebrated National Library Week with three fun filled days April 12 through April 14.

The New England Public Library celebrated Library week in ‘bouncy’ fashion, making a bouncy house available outside of the library April 12-14. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)
The New England Public Library celebrated Library week in ‘bouncy’ fashion, making a bouncy house available outside of the library April 12-14. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK
Herald Reporter

This year, on Thursday afternoon, the library added an extra special treat by having a jumping castle outside for the children to play in. Since the school-age children in New England were on Spring Break, over 65 kids and parents attended the event on Thursday.

Currently the library has 250 memberships, and Librarian Donna Jirges was excited to see the new families who came to check out the library last week.

During the three day event, kids were able to check out books, while enjoying cookies and juice during their stay at the library.

Every year the library tries to do something special during National Library Week. Over the years the library has invited local authors to spend time at the New England Library, and once they even had The Cat in the Hat stop by.

Besides Librarian Donna Jirges, the library is operated by a board of directors. The other members on the board are Kristen Stecher, Ladonna Kuske, Linda Plaggemeyer, Reyne Rettinger, and Diane Hanson. The library also has a group of volunteers who help throughout the year adding a big part to the success of the library.

During the months of October through April, the library offers a story hour one Saturday a month. Each story hour has a theme, where books are read and activities are available for the children in attendance.

To encourage reading during the summer months, the library offers a Summer Reading Program from June 1 to August 1. The reading program is for children ages preschool to 6th grade. To treat the children for all their hard work and dedication of reading over the summer, the library hosts a picnic and gives away prizes for the kids to win.

The library relies on various fundraisers and donations to keep the library operating for the community of New England. The library accepts aluminum cans, which after bagged, can be left in the back of the library.

n the fall of the year, the library has an Indian Taco feed during the Wheat Harvest Jamboree, and soon the New England Library will be taking orders for their annual spring flower sale. Orders will be taken for available planting flowers and the flowers will be delivered around the end of May. Order forms will be available at business in New England, and also at the library.

The New England Library has a laptop computer that is available for use while in the library, and there is also Wi-Fi available. Library hours are Tuesday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, and Wednesday through Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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