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Orient library turns 20

More than 40 people celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Public Resource Technology Center in Orient Sunday.

Sharon Mensing spoke about the history of the library from its opening in 1999 to the additions made in recent years. During Mensing's 18 year tenure with the library, she has seen the development of two book clubs, a summertime preschool story hour run by Jill Tussey, an online presence, Saturday coffees, access to ebooks, and more.

The growth of technology has helped the PRTC stay relevant to the community. Joining WILBUR, which became Bridges — an online association of libraries — allowed patrons access to resources beyond what a small community library can offer on its own.

"We're well positioned for the future," Mensing said. "There are possibilities there that individually we could never accomplish."

Orient-Macksburg School Superintendent Norene Bunt spoke of the help the library has been to the school

"We come in and take over the library for professional development," said Bunt. "I appreciate how they tell us what they need or what needs to be done. We work together very well."

The PRTC has helped Orient's community grow closer, Mensing said.

"It's a fun place to be," Mensing said. "People make a connection with other people when they come to library events."

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