Libraries continue to thrive


OSAGE, Iowa – Even as the internet continues to evolve, area libraries say not only are they keeping up, but they’re thriving.

Whether it’s a love for printed materials or the increasing costs of e-books at the Osage Public Library, last year a total of 70,000 items were circulated by 51,000 visitors.

They say it’s more about the in-person connections you build something you can’t always find while searching the web.

“There’s an app for that anyone can access it but if your patrons want programming socializing a place to go the local library is a place where you should be,” said Sydney Heimer, with the Osage Public Library.

Just today, Mason City’s library announced they’re the first in the state to offer a new movies, music, and TV streaming service for free to your home computer.

It begins next month.

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