Libraries: More Than Just Books | Misty Aldrich

April 3-9 is National Library Week — a time to celebrate libraries and what they mean to people. National Librarian Day is April 16. What do people go to the library for besides books? I know people like to read to relax from their day, to learn, or as a hobby. No matter what the reason may be, you will find the book you are looking for, or even one you did not know you wanted, at your local library.

At the Lewistown Public Library, you can find youth books ranging from board books for toddlers to young adult for teens. Our adult books include fiction, science fiction, westerns, and mysteries. We also carry memoirs, biographies, and non-fiction that give you facts and knowledge. We have TV series and movies on DVD and books on CD.

The library also has other resources and services for all ages. Our youth programs include Books and Babies on Fridays at 10:30 AM and PreK/Kinder Storytime on Saturdays at 11 AM. Teen Writers group meets on Thursdays at 3:30 PM. All of these programs help young patrons’ minds grow and provide social interactions with people their age. There are also computers available to use and Wi-Fi hotspots available for checkout. We also have a local history section that helps patrons find information about the past, including photos, documents, and articles. We have Lewistown newspapers dating back to 1883 available to view on microfilm. We also have a Genealogy Research area for those that want to learn about family history in central Montana. It is staffed on Tuesdays from 1-4 PM for those patrons that have questions. Also, you can visit the library website at to find materials and information about what is going on in the library. Also on the website is The Montana Memory Project, where you can access historical items and photos from throughout Montana.

So next time you come to the library, remember that we are more than just books. 

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