Published On: Thu, Feb 9th, 2017

More people are checking out Lied Randolph Library

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Public Library offers a lot more than a good book to read. The Library provides access to materials, resources and services that improve the overall quality of life for all ages.

Library Director Peggy Leiting provided an update on the Lied Randolph Public Library during the recent Randolph City Council meeting.

The library had 12,367 visitors last year with 3,735 of the visitors using the computers and online services. The library presently has eight desk top and nine laptop computers for public use. One-to-one technology/computer help is also available along with scanning, email services, faxing and copying, according to Leiting.

The library collection includes 13,745 books along with 3,247 eBooks, 169 audio books, 36 magazine subscriptions, and over 1,700 DVDs.

Library cardholders also have access to 22,596 eBooks, 18,716 audio books and 167 magazines that can be downloaded.

By working with the Central Nebraska Digital Co-op the Library now offers Zinio, OneClick and Chilton to its patrons, according to Leiting.

The Chilton manuals can be accessed at home with a valid library card number and be used to make car repairs.

“We plan to continue working with our community to provide a learning center for our community and a place for people to turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information,” Leiting said.

The Library continues to offer story hours and after school programs for the children.

A Reading Buddy program is a new service that was added to the Library this past summer when several high school students volunteered their time to read with younger students.

“It is great to see students of all ages working together,” Leiting said. “It is a pleasure to watch the children grow and have new experiences.”

The adult patrons at the Library enjoyed Humanities Speakers, book discussions, exercise classes, quilt classes, and computer/smart phone classes.

It was a busy year for the Library.

“We enjoyed working with our intern this summer and plan to have her come back again next year,” Leiting said.

Along with grants from the Nebraska Library Commission the Library was pleased to receive two additional grants. One grant was from the IMT Group & Town & Country Insurance and another from the Library Foundation.

These grants allowed the Library to purchase preschool activity bags and a grief kit from Ted eBear Hollow, according to Leiting.

Local organizations, which included R.O.A.R., Randolph Community Club, Randolph Woman’s Club, P.E.O. Chapter E.A. and Friends of the Lied Randolph Public Library, provided donations to the Library .

Funds in the amount of $6,000 were provided by Cedar County. Several memorial gifts were received throughout the year.

“It is a pleasure to serve the Randolph community through the Lied Randolph Public Library. We are very fortunate to have the support of our local organizations and community members who work with us to host, promote and fund our programs,” Leiting said. “We are pleased with our attendance, especially for our children’s programs. We plan to continue offering programs for all ages and we are open to new ideas.”

The Library is an asset for the city, according to Mayor Dwayne Schutt.

“The library is very well maintained by the employees. They take good care of it,” Schutt said. “The Library has a lot of good features. It is very important to the city.”

For more on the Lied Randolph Public Library, and the Randolph City Council, check out this week’s Randolph Times print edition, or the Randolph Times E Edition.