Library honors Kennedy’s death with display

The Marshalltown Public Library has a special display to honor the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy’s death.

Throughout the week a table in the center of the library will be showcasing various books about Kennedy and his assassination. In addition to the books, a poster is on the table asking library visitors to share where they were on Nov. 22, 1963.

“We just wanted people to be able to share their experiences,” said Katie Fink, reference librarian. “It’s such a traumatic and defining moment in people’s lives that people just remember. It’s kind of like 9/11 for people in this generation.”

Jack Mackin wrote his story on the poster. Mackin said he was a sophomore in high school at State Center when it happened.

“I was in Mr. Thompson’s typing class,” Mackin said. “I’ll never forget the expression on his face when they announced it. We were all in shock. His expression was just amazing. We were so caught up by surprise and a few minutes later it was announced that he had passed. They literally cancelled school and we all went home to watch it on TV.”

Fink said she welcomes anyone to come in and share their stories. The library also bought new books about Kennedy.

“I believe there’s probably more than 15,000 books about President Kennedy and people continue to publish books,” said Sarah Rosenblum, library director. “People are still very interested in what happened and the family and that’s a role the library plays and one of our many roles to kind of set that information out for people. We try to have a wide range of materials and certainly that’s a subject that still has great impact.”