“National Library Week” attracts more visitors


MASON CITY, Iowa – The role of the library has changed a bit thanks to technology, but this week’s celebration reminds us of the great resource libraries still can be.

This is National Public Library Week.

In Mason City, visitors are being asked to sign the “Declaration for the Right of Libraries” as a way of letting others know that people are still using the services.

In recent months Mason City’s library announced new movie and music streaming services, to go with the e-books and traditional media they already offered.

Something they hope can bring more visitors in the future.

“We offer a place for people to not only get materials that they may not have access to or be able to afford, but also it’s a nice place to connect with others and to have interesting and fun programming,” said Mary Markwalter, Mason City Public Library Director.

On April 23, the Mason City Library will hand out 20 copies of a specially printed World Book Night title to strangers who may never have owned a book in their life.

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