Junior Girl Scout troop members, Marie Petersen, Hannah Gray, Sadie Albrecht, library director Dawn Johnson, Katheryn Deters, Amelia Solum and Jacine Johanningmeier checked out the Spring Grove Public Library in anticipation of National Library Week.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Photo courtesy of Deanna Solum
Junior Girl Scout troop members, Marie Petersen, Hannah Gray, Sadie Albrecht, library director Dawn Johnson, Katheryn Deters, Amelia Solum and Jacine Johanningmeier checked out the Spring Grove Public Library in anticipation of National Library Week.

Photo courtesy of Deanna Solum
The Spring Grove Public Library isn't just about books. In honor of National Library Week (April 14 to 20), the fifth-grade Junior Girl Scouts explored the local library to find out what all one can do there.

The scouts visited with Dawn Johnson, the director, and Kathy Herrera, the children's librarian. The girls were quite amazed to find out all of the services the library has to offer and the best part is, it's all FREE!

The scouts wanted to share their findings to better inform the public, so they too can come in and take advantage of everything there is.

The following FREE services are available: books, DVDs, movies, music and audiobook CDs to check out, Overdrive downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, six public computers with Internet to use, and Wi-Fi access for those that bring in their own laptop.

The girls also found newspapers and periodicals, a large magazine selection on many different varieties of subjects, tax forms, electric appliance meters and MP3 converter/players.

Other group activities to attend at the library are book clubs, craft night for kids, the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, the children's summer reading program and author visits.

Last but not least, there are free library cards so one can check out the loanable materials anytime.

The theme of National Library Week this year is "Community Matters", and the girls discussed what community means to them.

The scouts shared that living in Spring Grove gives them a safe feeling, that knowing almost everyone in this small town is nice and having small class sizes are great.



There is a sense of caring, sharing, kindness, being respectful and helping in our community, the girls said.

Their troop leader, Deanna Solum added, "Community really matters in Spring Grove, and we see it all around us everyday. There is a sense of belonging, togetherness and connectedness here.

"There are many people contributing and collaborating to make it a really great place to live. There is a sense of pride and a high level of volunteerism and cooperation to attain goals for the benefit of all the residents.

"Even though Spring Grove is a smaller city, we are part of something much bigger when we are amongst such caring people.

"Please visit your local library during National Library Week, you will find so much more than just books."