—by Kolleen Taylor

Housekeeping at the library is a little different than keeping things in order in one’s home. At this time of year, the library staff and volunteers usually start going through their magazines, sorting out the ones that have passed the time limit set by our board of directors to maintain. If you subscribe to a magazine in your home, you might keep it a few months, but at the library, some issues we keep for 2 to 3 years, others indefinitely. When we weed through the magazines we keep in our archival areas, we are always amazed at the amount of space that these take up.

Iowa publications make the indefinite list. Iowa History, Iowa Conservationist or Our Iowa….those that tell local stories are usually available until they become lost or destroyed by accident. The National Geographic magazine also is maintained into perpetuity. But the rest of our publications have a shorter shelf life, and if you are one who enjoys our magazines, you know that some of our magazines get massive amount of use and literally seem to wear out, and others are nearly pristine.

If you have an interest in our issues that date back 3 and 5 years, let us know. Otherwise these will go either into the magazine exchange area or to the paper recycling. And let this be a reminder that we do try to maintain past issues for quite some time, so if you have a particular magazine you enjoy, but have a tendency to only have time periodically to read it, know that we have them here for you to checkout or to read here in-house!

We will be back to regular programming this week, and we hope that everyone dresses wisely as winter reminds us just how cold it can get here in Iowa. The more I bundle up, the more I’m reminded of the years as a child when we were required to wear dresses to school, so we would pull slacks on (not jeans or leggings), under our dresses and take them off when we got inside the school building. We are in the same type of weather pattern as those years, with our coldest days pushing the old records.

So as I struggle to find my own missing hats and mittens, I look at the lost and found box we have here at the library. I KNOW someone needs these hats and gloves! So if you have already gone through so many gloves and hats this winter that you are frustrated, don’t forget to re-trace your steps and see if they might be hiding at the library in our lost and found area!

We are open our normal hours this week, with the library open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays we are open from 1 to 5 p.m. So come to the library to find a book to warm your heart, and lighten your soul!