Argos Public Library will celebrate 75 years with open house

ARGOS — The Argos Public Library was originally begun by three women, members of what was called the Monday Club.
“I think they met on Mondays,” explained current library director Jane Hall.
Hall explained that the three women decided that Argos needed its own library in 1935. A year later, the library opened in a small room near the town clerk’s office. Since this was before taxes funded libraries, the local Boy Scouts went door to door collecting books.
Next week the library will celebrate 75 years with an open house. Visitors can come in for tours, light refreshments daily from 2 to 5 p.m., and to see materials posted about the library’s history. The library moved to its current downtown location in 2009, and increased its circulation by about 40 percent at that time, said Hall.
Hall hopes that people who have never been to the library before — or who haven’t visited in a while — will attend the open house. She said that because of shifts in the population due to the economy, there may be people in the area who are unaware of what the library has to offer.
“There is something for everyone to use in the library,” said Hall. “You don’t have to (just) want to pick up a book.”
The library has a total of 12 computers available for patron use, including some at lower tables especially for children. Hall said that genealogy resources such as ancestory.com are available on the computers, and the library hopes to offer a genealogy class next year.
They also have a growing teen section, and several quiet workstations near windows. The children’s room and a meeting room is on the second floor — handicap-accessible by a chair lift.
Hall said that the library’s “comfortable” feel is greatly appreciated by patrons, who come to get books, DVDs and videotapes, and to study or just relax.
The library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more, call 574-892-5818.