My First Libraries

Earlier today I was skimming through a history of Wapello County, Iowa and started to think about libraries. The history included information about the founding of the library in Ottumwa and I started to think about the first libraries I visited while growing up.


Pickwick Library, Ottumwa, Iowa, Libraries My first library memories are from the Pickwick Library in Ottumwa, Iowa. Unfortunately, the library branch no longer exists, and the building is now a dentist’s office.

However, my memories of the library live on. One memory that always comes to mind is attending a library program where they showed a film about Stone Soup.

I remember going to the library with my sister while pulling my red wagon to take back or bring home the many books we checked out.

Ottumwa Iowa, LIbrary, library memoriesI also have memories from the main Ottumwa library, especially checking out 35mm movies that we would watch with friends. The library no longer has a branch on the south side of town like it did when I was growing up.

The library was a Carnegie library and was built in the early 1900’s. Someday I plan on writing a post about the library.

Ashland Kansas, Old LIbrary, Eagle Project, LibrariesWhen I was in High School, as my Eagle Scout project, I helped move our town library to a new building that was built. The old library was on Main street and I have many great memories of visiting it.

Ashland Kansas, Library, New library, eagle projectI then volunteered in the new library until I went off to college. While in college I worked for several months in the school library as part of a work study program.

Through the years I have had library cards in all the different places that I lived. In some places, like Kansas City, I had library cards in multiple library systems at the same time.

A strong library helps build a strong community and I am glad that I have lived in places with good library systems.


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