As the Newton Public Library celebrates 25 years at its current location, the community is invited to learn about the library’s history and its future during a Jubilee event.
Attendees are invited from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday on the library’s lawn for live music by Deep Dish Diva of Cedar Rapids. There will also be refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided and an optional tour of the library from 1 to 2 p.m.
NPL Director Nicole Lindstrom said preparations for the Jubilee began in January.
“We knew we would be coming up on our 25th year anniversary, and we decided to plan an event each month leading up to September,” Lindstrom said. “We thought it was important because we knew we were going to be getting new carpet and new paint and we wanted to celebrate the building as what it has been and then what it would be over the next year.”
Lindstrom said Larry Hurto, a local historian, will lead tours of the library and discuss its history.
“He will discuss what has changed over the years and show old photos — he will show the different layouts of the library and talk about old programs,” Lindstrom said.
As the jubilee will reflect on the history of the library and how far it’s come, the event will also celebrate its future.
“I’m most excited for the new carpet and layout, the new layout for the library will be a lot more user-friendly and a lot more visually stimulating,” Lindstrom said. “We want to hear the community’s feedback and how we can help them enjoy the library and the layout.”
The funds for the carpet and the paint are from the city, according to Lindstrom. The library is also continuing to look for donations for other updates and projects such as new furniture in the teen section of the library.
“Things have continued to change as we have seen technology change,” Lindstrom said. “I think the community has been really supportive and they see what an asset the library is. We are really here to fit the community’s needs and as those needs have changed over the years we have adapted.”
According to public services librarian Rebecca Klein, the NPL is set to continue partnering with the Newton YMCA for adult fitness classes. Klein said she is also looking to see what other fitness classes could be added.
“We are also going to continue offering technology and drop-in programs to assist in mobile devices and E-readers,” Klein said. “We have also really found that our arts and crafting programs have been in very high demand and we are looking to offer more of those as well.”
Klein said the jubilee event is all about celebrating the years under the blue roof.
“I think it’s an exciting benchmark for us and we are looking at how we have grown and how our services have changed throughout the years,” Klein said. “I think we are a central location for technology and access to technology, programs and events.
Klein said the library’s goal is to continue to be a community hub.
“This is a great time to look back and reflect,” Klein said.
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