ARTICLE PUBLISHED MARCH 2010, Valley Journal
There’s a lot more to Polson City Library than meets the eye.
A lot of people don’t know, for instance, that they can download audio books to their MP3 players, find engine repair instructions for their vehicle, and locate their grandparents’ census records – all for free. These services and many others are available at Polson City Library and also from your home computer.
By setting up an iBistro account at the library, you can browse the Montana Shared Catalog. You can select books, place and remove holds, see your checkouts and due dates, etc. This service, too, can be accessed from a library computer or from home.
The library has six Internet computers that are available for free public use. Local users must have an active library card. Opening a new card is a simple process that takes only a few minutes. Wireless Internet is also available throughout the building.
Many local residents aren’t aware that Polson City Library is a partner with 23 other libraries in Montana. This means that if the book (DVD, CD, etc.) you need isn’t part of Polson’s collection, it can be ordered from a partner library and delivered to Polson City Library at no charge. Interlibrary Loan is also available for obtaining books from nationwide sources for a small fee.
The “Grab n’ Go” section provides quick and easy access to current popular fiction. Services are also available to blind or low-vision patrons through the Montana State Library’s Talking Books program.
Polson City Library is known throughout the area for its children’s programs. Call the circulation desk for more information about Mother Goose Time (for children 0-3 and their caregivers), Story Time (for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers), Friday Flicks and Game Afternoons (for everyone) and other events that could benefit your family. The “Story Shuttle” van brings services to community groups that have difficulty coming to the library. The popular Family Summer Reading Program for readers of all ages is gearing up for the coming season.
Polson City Library is struggling to maintain services during the current recession. They depend heavily on a small group of dedicated volunteers and a very active Board of Trustees. Friends of the Library and other donors continue to assist by purchasing items for the collection, since no tax monies are available for this purpose.
The Library District Steering Committee is working to stabilize funding for the library. This can be accomplished by the passage of a library district, which will be presented to voters again in 2010.
Library Director Marilyn Trosper and all the library staff extend a warm welcome to stop in and see for yourself the many and varied services that are offered at Polson City Library.