One of the primary community hubs in David City is celebrating its birthday this week in fun fashion.
On Thursday, June 27, the Hruska Memorial Public Library is hosting its Bailey’s Bubbles event as part of the facility’s 128th birthday, where Brainard resident Yolanda Bailey will bring her bubble-making contraptions and solution for children from David City and surrounding areas to enjoy.
“She is going to come and talk about her famous bubbles solution that she has created, just the history of her creation and then they will go outside and make these huge bubbles,” Library Director Kay Schmid said.
During the summer months, the library has been keeping people of all ages busy through its variety of activities catered to all. Summer Reading Program participants recently interacted with a variety of animals from Monroe’s Horn T Zoo, which Schmid noted is always a fan favorite.
“We had over 100 children here from the Horn T Zoo presentation,” she said. “And the zoo brought 10 different animals and the kids could touch each animal … the kids really gave it a rousing approval rating. They really liked it a whole lot.”
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Schmid said that over the course of the past few months many families have been making the library a part of their daily routines. The library each month averages about 4,000 checkouts consisting of books, DVDs, audio books, puzzles and more.
“For this community, the library is definitely a community center where all ages can find entertainment and educational items,” Schmid said. “We have programs for teeny weeny ones, and for those who aren’t teeny weeny at all. It’s one of those unique places in town where all ages are well served.”
In her 30-year tenure as library director, Schmid noted that there have been quite a few changes to the structure of the library, in particular, the amount of technology that is provided to children and adults.
But, she said, books remain one of the core staples of the library.
“Kids are still checking out books and bringing them back,” she said. “And that has always been our main focus.”