While the International Falls Public Library has been sharing books with the community for over 100 years, like most libraries today, it has evolved into an informational resource center and community hub to meet the ever changing needs of the public. The library, located across from Smokey Bear Park in the town’s center, underwent a significant remodel in 2003 that made it fully accessible and helped make it a warmer and more inviting public space.
The library houses over 65,000 books, including fiction, non-fiction, local history, and paperbacks, large print, audiobooks, magazines, and movies for all ages. In addition, the library provides card holders access to over 26,000 e-books and almost 10,000 digital audiobooks for download. The library’s website at http://internationalfallslibrary.us also provides access to numerous additional sites that provide accurate, timely information on a variety of topics including legal forms, consumer reports, language learning, antique pricing, automotive and small engine repair and more. And, to support Internet users, the library offers four desktop computers and four chromebooks all with printer connections. Those who have their own device but no Internet service can access the Internet via free wireless service.
As part of its mission to support life-long learning, the library also offers almost 200 programs each year for a variety of ages and interests. Many of the programs are made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Arrowhead Library System.
The library also has a dedicated junior room for younger readers. But that area, too, has expanded resources to encourage children to explore the world of science by providing kits with telescopes, microscopes, blocks, circuitry and more. And the library has available video cameras, digital cameras, PS3, Wii and games for all ages. Library Director Diane Adams and her staff have worked hard to respond to the changing needs of the community, including summer visitors, and provide a welcoming environment that is a resource center that connects the community.