After months of planning and dreaming, the Garwin Library is moved and open. It is now housed in the former St. Boniface Social Center. The transformation is unbelievable.
Visitors are greeted with an open space and desk for the Librarian. To the immediate left there are several rows of shelves laden with books. Along the south wall is the children's area. A cozy carpet, rocking chair, rows of book shelves at children height, and a big round table with chairs and space to build Legos completes the area.
A huge screen TV, with ample seating, provides the perfect place for kids to watch a movie and enjoy pop corn on Saturday mornings.
The Garwin Public Library Board is pictured during the Library Open House on December 8. Pictured are: Darlene Bovenmyer, Judy Konicek, Mayor Willy Karsjen, Pat Thoms, Janice Welton and Carla Wilkerson.
At the back of the Library is the Computer Section. There are a number of computer stations, complete with headphones for quiet use.
The project was completed thanks to the many volunteers who worked countless hours, cleaning, painting, installing shelving, carpeting and getting everything moved from the old library.
A huge amount of shelving, computer desks, tables, chairs and media shelving was donated by the Ames Library. One big obstacle was that it had to be moved from Ames nearly a year ago.
The move of the donated items was accomplished by the children of Librarian Lola Slingluff and Diana and Kendall Collins. They hauled several pick-up loads and a horse trailer of materials from Ames. Curt Bacon and high school boys helped unload.
Stan and Sue Koster donated $500 for the carpet for the children's area. And Ron and Lois Groth donated $1,000 for the benefit of the library.
The list of volunteers is very long and is not included in this article. However, a complete list is displayed in the Library. The project truly is a work of community effort.
Garwin Library Board members who worked tirelessly to complete the dream include: Darlene Bovenmyer, Judy Konicek, Pat Thoms, Janice Welton and Carla Wilkerson.
The Open House was held on December 8 and was well attended, considering it was a snowy, miserable afternoon. The public is invited to check out the new facility - it is a grand improvement.