We're Celebrating!!

The Library is 100 years old!  Be sure to take a walk downLibrary memory lane by looking at our history on the display wall, decade by decade.  It comes down mid-month to get ready for the Summer Reading Program.

                                                                                                                                                      

 

      Help us celebrate 100 years!

The Brookings Public Library is Exemplary!

The Brookings Public Library was accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2012 as an Exemplary Library, under a new system of tiered accreditation.   Libraries applying for the accreditation are evaluated on governance, administration, access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology, and public relations.
Those criteria sound like quite a check list, and they are.  What isn’t always measured in these types of list are the “rest of the story”.  The human touch that comes from exemplary customer service, from spending a little longer in making sure the child or the adult has the book or the information they want, in planning programs to interest, excite, and challenge.  It’s trying very hard to keep up with what’s happening in technology and its various devices and apps so we can assist those who might struggle a bit.  It’s being told by parents how much their children enjoy coming to the puppet shows, participating in the summer reading program, and experimenting with science at our family science nights.  It’s making a difference in people’s lives.  Those things just don’t show up on a checklist.
Just as one good player doesn’t make a winning team or one good book make a library, I’ve had the best Library Board and staff a director could want.  I have the support of my city manager, and also the support of the community and of our funding bodies, particularly the City of Brookings, and also Brookings County and the Friends of the Library.  Everyone plays a role and we and you all benefit in this success.  So thank you all for helping us be designated as an exemplary library.  We’ll try very hard to continue to earn that praise.

Welcome to the new website!

Welcome to the new Brookings Public Library website!  We have a new look, a new host, and new software.  Along with the new layout and look, you’ll find a number of new elements and pages.  Check out our event calendar in the upper right corner where you can view upcoming Library events.  There is also a Goodreads link on the left side where you can view new books for the month.  Like the old website, you can search our online catalog (search box to the left) and go to the South Dakota Titles to Go page for e-books and audiobooks.

Also new is the Resources link at the top of the page.  This gives you suggested websites to visit for fourteen different topics from Books and Readers Advisory to Languages and Style Sheets.

We’ll be adding more features as time goes on.  Please let us know what you think.  You can do that by emailing one of us listed on the Contacts link (top of page) or by friending the Brookings Public Library on Facebook and telling us there.  We’re excited about the possibilities and hope you will be too.

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