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Dexter Library Musings

Holly Terwilliger-Peichl - Dexter Library Trustee President

Greetings from 724 Marshall St. Dexter. Yes, we are still free and available for patrons via appointment and curbside pickup. For more information or for hours, call 789-4490. Last time we mused about the importance of libraries in general. This time let’s hear from some library patrons.

“The reason I have liked the Middle School Book Club is that it helps with my anxiety, reading, speech and leadership skills. Something interesting about the Dexter Library is that it’s also a Community Center where hey occasionally have soup suppers. I’m not afraid to try new things, and the experience has made me more interested in reading different kinds of books,” Gabi Mortenson said

“My parents met at the Red Oak Library. Mom was reading to preschoolers, and Dad was doing some work at the library. I guess you can say I owe my life to the library!” Julie Clark said.

“Passing notes back and forth, I met my future husband at the DMACC Library!” Jo Zallek said.

“I’m not a regular user, but I poke my head in there to do research now and again,” Bryon Weesner said.

“I remember going to the Dexter Library with my grandma Leighty, who was the librarian, she let me stamp the books. I grew up to be a High School Librarian for Stuart Menlo, Dexfield, and WCV high schools,” said Marilyn Reed.

“My grandma took me to the Summer Reading Program every year, and I always wanted to read the most books. I have made many friendships over having read the same books. The best punishment my mom ever found for me was to ground me from the library! If I couldn’t go get books I would straighten up. We had a basket by the front door that we had to keep the library books in, so they wouldn’t get mixed in with our own,” Cameron McCanlies said.

“I loved the Library (just a bookcase) at the Country School I attended. Heidi was my favorite book and I read it many times. When I got older and could go the town library, I thought it was heaven,” Doris King said.

“I remember the book mobile that came to my elementary school every week. That’s where I first checked out the Box Car Children stories,” said. Dan Peichl

“During this unusual time, I have really appreciated our local Librarians! I look forward to them delivering my large print westerns,” Larry Sudbrock said.

Check out the Dexter Library Facebook page for information regarding Summer Library Program including virtual programs. Make sure and stop in for your grab-and-go kits.

E-Books are now available, please call for your Patron number.

High School Book Club will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15. If interested, please stop by and get the book.

Book Recommendations: “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk” by Ben Montgomery, “Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood” by Drema Hall Berkehimer

Library Quote: “If we encounter a man of great intellect, we should ask him what books he reads,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.