More to a library than just books

Montgomery Memorial offers patrons many options

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Courtney Sogard Sisters, 12-year-old, Maddie Schnittjer, right, and 14-year-old, Macie Schnittjer, left, create some crafts in The Nook, which was donated to the Montgomery Memorial Library with the help of a grant and other donors’ funds.

JEWELL — When stepping inside the Montgomery Memorial Library, patrons can see the most recent best-sellers from fiction to nonfiction, to young adult novels, and children’s books, but if you walk in a little further, you will also find a computer station, a 3-D printer, and The Nook.

The computer station is set up for the community to use for research purposes or gives children the means to play interactive learning games, such as Webkinz, which allows kids to use their imaginations in a virtual world with animals. The 3-D printer allows supervised school age kids or college students to create innovative figures in real time, which promotes learning about geometry, engineering, and design. Library patrons are able to use the 3D printer free of charge and by using the Tinkercad website, can virtually create objects of almost any shape. Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make, according to the website.

The Nook, which was funded by the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, Fidelity Charitables, and other private donations in 2015, is located in the back corner of the library and houses multiple crafting items, as well as a lego wall. It is used a great deal in the summer months for kids needing a creative outlet and the funds raised by the donors have provided enough materials to keep The Nook fully stocked for years.

The Jewell Library also provides multiple programs and classes for the community beginning in the month of Sept. For the younger kids, ages 4 and under, there will be Story Time from 10:15-10:35 am in the back room on the following dates: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 30, and Dec. 14. Kids will be read to and given an activity to do each class, led by Library Director Roxie Young.

Hang Time is another program also led by Young for 3rd-6th grade students after school, which will provide games, crafts, snacks, and the use of the 3D printer. Activities could include playing outdoors to making homemade ice cream. The after school program will end by 5 pm, at which time students can then take advantage of the the other amenities of the library until picked up. Dates are as follows: Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20, and Dec. 4. No registration is necessary.

Adults are invited to participate in the Adult Book Club, beginning Sept. 12 at 2:30 pm and every second Wednesday of the month after that. There will also be free coffee provided on every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 4th for adults interested in getting out in the community and socializing.

Senior citizens can participate in some exercise classes held at the library every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 am beginning the week of Sept. 4th.

Anyone aged 55 and older may be interested in taking some free art classes provided during the month of Sept. The first class will be teaching the art of Basket Weaving on Wed., Sept. 12th from 10 am- 12 pm. There will also be a Card Making class on the following Wednesday, Sept.19 from 1:30-3:30 pm. A Paper Marbling class is also being provided, in which patrons will able to create designs resembeling an actual slab of Marble, by filling a tray with water and addding different types of ink or paint colors and then dipping the paper to absorb the pattern floating to the surface. This class will take place on Sept. 26 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Class sizes will be limited, so call to register at (515) 827-5112.

The Jewell Library provides multiple learning environments for people of all ages, as well as a plethora of books that are waiting to be read.

To explore any and all future classes and programs being provided from the Jewell Library, visit their website at