Morning Optimists hear about ‘Fizz, Boom, Read’

The Morning Optimist Club of Marshalltown held their weekly meeting June 24 at the Hy-Vee Dining Room. Vice-President Sharon McKimpson opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and an invocation.

Members discussed materials that are needed to prepare flags for the July 4 flag raising, such as replacements for pole caps and flag covers. Dorothy McHone volunteered to be the official contact person for customers who have questions about flag subscriptions and flag delivery issues.

June Program Chair, Bing McHone, introduced Marshalltown Public Library Director Sarah Rosenblum as the guest speaker of the day. Rosenblum began by stating that the library averages about 1,000 people walking through the doors each day. She sees more new users daily. The use of the digital resources is also increasing, according to Rosenblum, because of the increased need for people to apply for jobs and do other business online. Many citizens do not have access to their own computers or Internet access, so the library is where they can have free access.

The summer reading program for children has about 800 children registered. This year’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!,” supports the current emphasis on STEM activities for children to encourage their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. An activity for pre-school children at the library is the “awe stations” which provide educational games to promote early learning. The stations were made possible with the $5,000 award money that the library received by winning the National Medal for Museum and Library Services in 2013.

In July, the library is partnering with the Education and Training Center for a bus trip to take 56 children to the Science Center in Des Moines. Of the $1,096 cost of the trip, they still need to raise $504. Rosenblum emphasized that the library takes book donations which help toward their ongoing book sale. It made $1,000 last year, which helps toward the $26 per person cost of operating the library.

McKimpson closed the meeting by leading the recitation of the Optimist Creed. The Morning Optimist Club of Marshalltown meets Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at the Hy-Vee Dining Room. Guests are welcome. The club’s website is at www.morningoptimists.org.