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Let it go and move on

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:40 p.m. CDT

From Lynne Schlaht


The shell of any building, whether it be a store, bank, church, school or library is not what is important.

Paramount are the contents of those institutions, the competence and friendliness of people who staff them, and the services that are available.

If there is not enough space and the needs of the community cannot be met, then it is time to let the brick and mortar go and look to the future.

Let it go and move on.

When I went to work at the Adel Public Library as assistant director, our library was in a former church which had been built just after the Civil War. After moving into our new library in 2006, there was an explosion of things we were able to offer the public: expanded children, teen and adult programming, meeting room space for large groups, two smaller meeting rooms and two study rooms perfect for tutoring, space to expand not only the book sections, but also books on CD, DVDs and periodicals.

Our public use computer section grew significantly. Tools may be checked out for those home improvement projects. The Adel Public Library is the hub of the community and is ready to meet the changes and challenges of the future.

I will be volunteering at the Adel Library, 303 S. 10th, on Aug. 6, 7 and 8. I invite all who are against the library move to Lincoln School to carpool and take a road trip to the Adel Library. I will give you a special tour. Keep an open mind and see how much we have to offer. On the way, stop and visit the Winterset Public Library which moved into an existing building.

It looks nothing like the original building. And Lincoln School will look nothing like a school once it is remodeled. We have the architect’s word on that.

If you have doubts about the Creston Library move,

I hope to see you in Adel on Aug. 6, 7 and 8.

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