Since 1958, during the month of April, libraries across the nation have celebrated the unique roles they play in people's lives.
Every day in this country, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, movie lovers and travel buffs. Libraries truly have something for everyone.
This year, "Communities Matter @ Your Library" is being celebrated the week of April14-20 at the Marshalltown Public Library.
Library volunteer, Lee Brintnall, with his grandchildren David and Olivia Brintnall, look over some of the items donated to the Marshalltown Public Library for National Library Week. Donations will be given to the Emergency Food Box, the Salvation Army and the House of Compassion. A lucky donor will win a Marshalltown Staycation.
"The Marshalltown community has always been a huge supporter of the library," said Sandy Gowdy, of the library staff. "Whether we need someone to present a program, a volunteer to shelve books or even a few million dollars to build a beautiful new building, Marshalltown citizens have stepped forward. Now the library is going to return the favors by collecting supplies and food for three area agencies: the Emergency Food Box, the Salvation Army and the House of Compassion."
For every item donated between April 14-20, library users may enter a drawing to win a fabulous Marshalltown Staycation.
"We want to support our community by highlighting fun things to do while staying right in town. Our goal is for the winner to be able have fun from morning until night - while never having to leave town," Gowdy said.
All ages may participate and families are urged to make a contribution for each family member.
The Staycation package, valued at more than $110, has been generously donated by these local businesses: Morning Glory Bakery, Totem Bowl, Mama DeGrado's and the Orpheum Theater Center. Drawing for the Staycation will be on April 22.
Some suggested non-perishable food items to donate are peanut butter, cereal, mac and cheese, tuna, canned chicken, pasta, rice and helper dinners. Personal care ideas include soap, tooth paste and tooth brushes, shampoo, combs, laundry soap, toilet paper and tissues. All items will be collected near the check out desk in the library and will be delivered to the local agencies the following week.
For more information, call the library at 754-5738 or check the library's website at www.marshalltownlibrary.org.