From Susan Weight
For our community to thrive, we need a fully functioning and technologically up-to-date library! The experiences of Clarinda, Red Oak and Shenandoah show that a renovated and expanded library can revitalize neighborhoods and downtown areas. Libraries can be focal points for addressing social problems, and community meeting places that promote democratic ideals and social concerns. We have an outstanding staff at the Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library that is more than happy to provide reliable, unbiased information on any topic.
I love the idea that libraries are a sort of “people’s university.” Many of our citizens are unable to afford the cost of higher education, but our local library provides free access to print materials, databases and other resources with a well-trained staff to assist anyone who needs guidance.
Our library has the potential to expand access to the arts through special programming. The planned addition to Matilda J. would make it possible to showcase local artists and provide music and other fine arts experiences to the public at no charge, so all could enjoy our talented local and regional artists.
I became a Matilda J. user in 1948, and I was greatly influenced by Margaret Ball, Olive J. Moore and Phyllis Arnold, who were the librarians of that time. I spent 43 years as a librarian, and I cannot imagine life without a book in my hand. Visit Matilda J. and let the magic work for you!