The lower level of the library is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of local, state, and family history. Many historical items in the library’s collection were gathered under the guidance of longtime library director Marian Bollinger.
After a remodel and expansion was completed in 2007, the library was able to provide comfortable reading areas, study tables, computers, and much more room to display the collection. More items have been added to the collection, and advances in technology have helped make the information more easily available to everyone.
As times change, the library will maintain and preserve the past while adapting and growing with the present and future.
In 2012, the library started the Family History Lab. This program is for anyone who is just beginning or has been working for years on gathering information to build their family tree.
Taira Simmons, a staff member who has worked on her family history for many years, offers help and guidance in searching online for information during these sessions. Staff member Cara Kinney is also available on some days to help anyone with their research.
Other programs are offered throughout the year to help teach skills in family history searches. At these programs methods and strategies used to search for information found in public records, online, and in obituaries are discussed. Building a family history from those resources is also taught. Check the calendar of upcoming events to find out more about these fun and informative programs.