“A library card is the smartest card of all,” Hastings Mayor David Tossava said as he proclaimed September Library Card Sign Up Month on Monday.
The Hastings City Council joined the Hastings Public Library in encouraging everyone to sign up for their own library card in September.
Tossava listed the many assets of the library; the roles they play in education and development of children, serving people of all ages from early literacy to homework help to lifelong learning, and empowering people to pursue their interests, discover their passions and achieve their highest potential as learners and citizens.
“Libraries bring communities together, creating welcoming and inclusive places for people of all backgrounds to learn together; and libraries are constantly transforming and expanding their services to meet the needs of the communities they serve libraries promote equity, making digital technology and information easily accessible to all,” Tossava said.
Library Director Peggy Hemerling thanked the council for the proclamation, adding an invitation to the council and the public to an Open House Wednesday Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. Visitors will learn about all the library programs, activities, events and groups of people with like interests. A recent grant allowed the library to purchase some unusual items not usually found being loaned out at a library, including a metal detector, snowshoes, a paper shredder, drill tool bag and even a sewing machine.
In other business, the council approved a Hastings High School request to hold its Homecoming Parade Sept. 21. The line-up for parade marchers and the step off point has been changed to East State Street and school groups and others have been asked to not congregate in the Ace Hardware parking lot. In the past, the large crowds getting ready for the parade have been disruptive for shoppers at the store, and the city has asked them not to stage the parade there.
The council also approved a request by Pastor Randall Bertrand to hold the first skateboard competition at First Ward Park on Oct. 6. The judged event is to reward skate boarders who are truly athletes, but get no All-Star game or Homecoming Parade, to recognize their efforts, athleticism and dedication to the sport,” Bertrand said.
Mayor David Tossava presents Hastings Public Library Director Peggy Hemerling with a proclamation that September is Library Card Sign Up month.