Veblen Library Serves Town
The Veblen Public Library has come a long way since it opened in 2012.
Originally, the library was the elementary library for the Veblen School District. When the school closed, many of the children’s books remained on the shelves. Through many book and furniture donations and purchases by the library board, and hours spent organizing, the shelves have become home to an amazing collection of classic and modern works of fiction and nonfiction for young and old alike.
The library, which is staffed by volunteers, is open four days a week (Mon.-Thurs.) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Two computers are also available for the public’s use. Through
memorial donations and fundraising efforts such as a baked potato bar, bake sale, lefsemaking demonstration and sale, and the sale of the Veblen Community Calendar (going into its 7th year), the board has been able to accomplish much. It has purchased books, newspaper subscriptions, and library supplies; paid for new lights and installation labor for the library and hallway; contributed monthly to help pay the city’s utility bill; and donated to community events and projects such as the fitness center, day care, and annual rodeo.
The library also plays host to a weekly bridge club on Wednesday afternoon and the monthly book club.
A Novel Bunch meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The group began with a tribute to novelist Sue Grafton called, R Is for Remembering, and is open to anyone, male or female, who would like to talk about the books that are currently being read.
To encourage community members to use the library services provided, various events have been organized: Easter chocolate egg guessing game, Target gift card drawing, children’s Bingo game, and a variety of children’s story hours with stories, crafts, games, and snacks. The library also serves as a drop-off point for news for the area newspapers.
Yes, much has been accomplished, but it would not be possible without the support of the community, stressed the Veblen Library Association Board.
If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity, stop in during library hours and sign up for a few hours on the monthly calendar or contact one of the board officers - Cindy Hofland, president; Nancy Hustel, secretary; or Myrna Lien, treasurer.
If you have not visited this little gem in the Old School Mall, make plans to do so in the near future. There are books to pique everyone’s interest. Remember the words of Dr. Suess: “The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Let the Veblen Community Library take you on a lifetime of adventures.