Prairie Community Library now has internet service available to the public thanks to a grant from the Idaho Community Foundation. We received a grant for $1000.00 which went toward a new computer and supplies and equipment for setting up the internet. We already had the printer, so that is available also for use.
The median income for this area is low, so many patrons and students who do not have a computer at home will now be able to access the internet for homework reports or just to get general information. Two popular subjects are checking the Idaho code and the workings of the legislature.
The Idaho Community Foundation deserves much credit for making this possible in our small community. The Idaho Community Foundation assists hundreds of nonprofit organizations throughout Idaho in their crucial work of supporting families and seniors, advancing the arts, protecting animals, preserving the environment and much more. In 2009 ICF gave nearly $5 million in grants and distributions to charitable organizations and scholarships from its more than 400 funds.
Prairie Community Library received a letter from the Idaho Humanities Council informing us that we were not picked to host the Smithsonian exhibit "The Way We worked." Possibly the limited number of hours the library is open had something to do with it.
We will be hosting The Chamber of Commerce meeting again on Thursday, February 10th. On February 14th we will have a children's craft and story hour at the library from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Parents may attend the Sweetheart Mass and Dinner during that time.
Notice to you coffee folks: The library will be open at 9:00am Thursday morning, February 3rd, to allow you an opportunity to enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the library and visit with your friends.
Did you know the library has books on tape for the listening reader? Also books in LARGE PRINT for those who enjoy that type of reading. There will soon be a section for local authors to make those books easier to find. Joan Kopczynski will be here for a book signing for her new book, "Spies, Lies & Psychosis" in April. Look for more information to come on this.
The library received a laptop computer from the Horizons group. It is very nice to have and makes it so the library has 3 computers available. The high school shop class has donated a rocking chair to the children's center. So come in and check out the new library if you haven't already. We have lots of new things to offer.