National Library Week display at Metamora Library

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
The display set up at Metamora Library shows off library items through the years.

— Submitted by Sandy Madsen of IPDPL

You Belong @ Your Library is the theme of this year’s National Library Week (April 8-14), and it is also good advice.

Illinois Prairie District Public Library is a place that is full of interesting and informative materials that you may use free of charge.

There are books of fiction in all genres for people of all ages to read for pleasure. In the nonfiction section you may learn how to play a game or sport, make a craft, learn to paint, grow a garden, build a garage, write a simple will, choose a science project, learn a language, or hundreds of other projects. Or you may want to read about philosophy, religion, history, people, or travel opportunities. Material is available in many forms from paperback, large print, books on tape or CD or MP3 or Playaway, videos, DVDs, music CDs, magazines, or even art prints.

If a specific book is not found in the library, chances are the helpful staff will be able to get it for you through interlibrary loan.

Computers are available to look up information, write a resume, copy a picture, get a map, find a tax form, write an e-mail, find an audio or e-book, or play a game. You may use the fax service, copier in black and white or color, Wi-Fi, obituary index, or newspaper articles on the microfilm.

Story Hours, Summer Reading programs, tax preparation, genealogy help, kindle classes, book club meetings, and art classes are examples of programs that have been available in the district this year.

If you haven’t been to the library for a few years, you may be surprised by all the changes. In honor of National Library Week, the Metamora Branch of Illinois Prairie District Public Library chose to display some of the materials and devices that we once used.

Adults will well remember the catalogue cards and drawers, the noisy Gaylord charger with the book cards and date due cards or the date due ink stamper before that, or the typewriter and carbon paper. But it may surprise you that children don’t recognize these familiar materials even though some of these have only been recently retired.

Go to the IPDPL web page at to get an overview of the Library Week exhibit.

Then come to the library during the month of April to look over the display. Notice what you can remember seeing at the library.

Browse through the old scrapbooks and see the changes that have occurred at your library over the years since 1950 when Illinois Prairie District Public Library was first formed.