Galva library still etching solid place in community - 100 years later

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
For 100 years, the Galva Public Library has stood at the corner of Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest Second Street, serving patrons.

If the walls of the Galva Public Library could talk, they’d surely have a story to tell.

Since the first books were loaned to patrons July 14, 1910, the brick building at the corner of Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest Second Street has been source of education, entertainment and socialization. Generations of families have enjoyed its offerings.  

It’s place in the community is both bed-rock and vital.

“I think of the library as a gathering place where people should be made to feel welcome,” librarian Melody Heck explained, “whether they are coming to find some entertaining reading material, do research, use the computers and Internet, find a movie or audio book, attend a program, or just come for a friendly face and place to be among others in their community.”

The library's current holding include 21,000 books, 1,200 DVDs, 400 audio books, 70 magazine and newspaper subscriptions, 70 jigsaw puzzles and 33 cake pans – yes, cake pans.

Last year, approximate attendance was 18,300 – about 65 per day – and 35,009 items – about 115 per day – were circulated.

Though widely used, it’s still one of the best kept “secrets” in town.

“Many residents may not be aware the library resources are available for their use, without paying usage fees,” Heck said. “The tax dollars of our residents comprise 98 percent or more of our budget. Why not take advantage of the wealth of information and materials the library has to offer? In these times of economic hardship, why not save your entertainment budget by using the library?”