Spotlight: Rolling Hills Library

This is the most recent edition of our “Spotlight” community post. If you have an idea for a future Spotlight or would like to request your business/organization be included in an upcoming post, please contact me

What is your mission?

Rolling Hills Library works to engage our community in literacy and learning by providing interesting spaces and high quality opportunities for connecting to the world around us through learning, enlightenment, creativity and enjoyment. We have three branches – Belt Branch, 1904 N. Belt; Savannah Branch, 514 W. Main; and the Bookmobile that visits schools and communities throughout Andrew and Buchanan counties.

What might parents not know about the library? 

Not only do we offer books, music and magazines for all age levels, Rolling Hills Library offers many lesser known items that might surprise people. For example, we have fishing poles and small tackle boxes that can be checked out (perfect for when your child develops an interest in fishing but you don’t own a fishing pole); puzzles and board games that youths can use while they’re visiting the library; mobile hotspots that allow someone to connect to the Internet when they don’t have Internet service at home. Our website (www.rhcl.org) offers databases with extensive information for teens about health and wellness issues, digital literacy, financial literacy and practice driving tests, as well a database of animated versions of children’s books and an extensive collection e-comic books and e-graphic novels for all ages. For adults, we have databases for studying a new language, searching for a job, researching your family history, taking online computer classes, creating legal documents and suggesting new reading materials for you. Also, the Savannah Branch underwent an extensive remodeling in early 2017, so if you haven’t been into that library, we invite you to come in and see what we’ve done.

Do you have any special events coming up that families might be interested in?

The 2017 Summer Reading Program will be the biggest program we do all year. (More than 2,000 children, teens and adults signed up for the 2016 Summer Reading Program through our three branches.) Sign-up begins May 15 and programs are planned June 5-July 28. Youths and adults can win prizes for how much they read this summer, with top prizes of $100 Walmart gift cards. Our featured performers this year include juggler Brian Wendling, Mad Science of Kansas City, Operation Wildlife, the Rockin’ Rob Show and animal handler Serengeti Steve.

Is there a cost associated with your service/events? 

Most all of our programs are free of charge, but some craft programs have small fees to cover material costs.

Who can participate in your services?

Our programs are open to the public and cover all age groups. We have Storytimes for babies and young children, craft programs for elementary students, teen programs and craft and educational programs for adults.

If we have questions, who should we contact?

Information about library programs can be found at our website, www.rhcl.org. For specific questions, call the Belt Branch at 232-5479, the Savannah Branch at 324-4569 and the Bookmobile at 205-7100.

Thanks to the Rolling Hills Library for taking the time to be interviewed. My family is a huge fan of libraries and the wonders that can be discovered through books and learning. We are so fortunate to have such a wealth of programming, books, and even fishing poles available to us through our libraries. I hope you’ll make time to visit your local library soon!

 

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