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Laura Turnquist is the Children's Librarian in the Alta Community Library. She offers a monthly party on topical subjects. The children really have a lot of fun. Contact the children's programmer

Laura Turnquist is our children's librarian.  Laura keeps the love of literature flowing with her Story Hour Programs which are held during the school year.  The themes last year were:  Football (Alta Cheerleaders); Character Costumes; Pirates; Santa Claus came to the library!; PJ Party; Bear Hugs; Race Car (a crowd favorite); and Bugs.

This year's themes:  Book worm; Costume Party!; Cowboys and Indians; Santa Claus visits; Space; Alta Speech Club; Monster Trucks (come and see one!); Alta Dance Team.

Children are frequent users of libraries.  To illustrate an analogy of "water":  Teenagers and young adults can come about like raindrops.  Adults sometimes sit around like puddles--they can get into the habit of reading the same types of authors and genres.  (Not that there's anything wrong with that--we should read what we truly enjoy.)  But children jump into books like they jump into "literary lakes."  They're not afraid of the depth of the material.  If a book makes them cold, they'll get out of it.  But they never stop in their quest for knowledge.  One week they'll be reading nonfiction books about underwater schools of fish; the next week they'll be reading fiction books about schoolteachers and troublesome classes.

The Alta Community Library tries to satisfy the academic needs of its students.  Research is quite easy for them, because the public library is right in the school with its holdings.  They get the best of both worlds, since the school holdings are voluminous, too.

Many students like to stay after school and study or play games on the computer.  They decide that they like the comfortable atmosphere in the new library, and they want to investigate their reading interests using the automated card catalog, or even using interlibrary loan.


This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.