Bob Dylan’s Birthday Month

May 3, 2021

Most patrons of Musser Public Library would be surprised to learn that of the two Americans who have won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the 21st Century, one of them is my greatest musical hero, Bob Dylan, who was so honored in 2016.  Arguably the most influential American artist of the 2nd half of the 20th Century, Dylan will turn 80 on May 24th, an event that has already spawned a new round of books and celebrations. For anyone wanting to learn the facts of Dylan’s life and career, among the biographies available I’d recommend Howard Sounes’ 2001 Down...

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Library Appreciation Week

April 2, 2021

April is finally here!  April is National Library Week (April 4-10, 2021) and the theme is “Welcome to Your Library.” This theme promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic, libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology,...

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Craft Month

March 10, 2021

For most, March is the month that offers whispers of hope through warm breezes that winter is finally fleeting. The snow retreats from the edges of our yards, and from beneath the wilted and browned grass, flowers begin to protrude from the earth. March is certainly a month full of growth and new beginnings, so why not try a new hobby or perfect one that already interests you? That’s right, for us here at the library, March designates Craft month! Our monthly display is now filled with various craft books. So, if you’re aiming to master knitting or perhaps looking...

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Spring Is On Its Way

February 26, 2021

After a memorably cold February, the weather is finally starting to take a turn for the better. And with the change in seasons comes a few more changes at the library. As Covid numbers continue to improve in Muscatine County, we are adding back a few more services that have been on hold for the past several months. Here’s what’s happening beginning March 1st: Room #301 (the large program room on the 3rd floor) will now be available for reservation. Group size will be limited to 25 people and masks are required in the room for the duration of the...

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eMagazines Get a New Home!

January 27, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Over 3,000 Popular Magazines Now Available for Download through Musser Public Library Readers can enjoy popular titles and more through the Libby reading app  Muscatine, IA – January 27, 2021 – Musser Public Library is pleased to announce that over 3,000 popular magazines are now available to download and read on any device 24/7. Users with a library card can read digital magazines alongside ebooks and audiobooks on Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting titles include Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Newsweek and many other popular publications supplied by ZINIO (previously available through the RBdigital app). Digital magazines have...

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Goodbye 2020!

January 11, 2021

Hello and welcome to the new year! The staff here at Musser Public Library is excited (as everyone else is) to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021 with our favorite people, aka YOU. We want to try something new this year by starting a monthly blog post where library related topics/staff interests will by highlighted by certain staff. We want our patrons to get to know us better, so in turn we can serve you more efficiently! Check back each month for something new! We wish you the best for this year, The Staff at Musser Public Library

Meeting Rooms!

October 3, 2020

Happy October! The library has made a few recent changes to increase access to our services along with one or two other items of interest… New library hours are: Monday thru Thursday, 10am-9pm; Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-2pm; Sunday, 1pm-3pm. Monday through Thursday, the Children’s area will be unstaffed after 7pm so if you need any materials from that area, just ask at the Service Desk. We’ve opened up a few more meeting rooms, which now include #104(Capacity=12), #201(Capacity=4), #203(Capacity=2), #204(Capacity=2), #205(Capacity=2), #206(Capacity=2), and #316(Capacity=4). You can make reservations on the Room Reservation page. We’ve added more yearbooks to our online...

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Meeting Rooms!

August 29, 2020

Happy Saturday! The library is opening 4 small meeting rooms on a trial basis to allow for private meetings. Room Reservations can be made by visiting our Reserve A Room page. In addition to our usual meeting room policies we’ve also add a mask requirement for those reservations with more than 1 person. If you need a mask, just ask at the Service Desk. The following rooms are now available: #201 Conference Room (Capacity: 4) #203 Meeting Room (Capacity: 2) #204 Huddle Space w/Monitor (Capacity: 2) #316 Lounge Room (Capacity: 4) Feel free to call if you have any questions,...

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Summer Update

July 30, 2020

As summer rolls along, road construction near the library is winding down. We are delighted that the new traffic circle at 2nd and Mulberry has finally opened and 2nd St between Cedar and Walnut has also reopened! That means it’s much easier to get to and from the library from all directions now. The constructions crews are still wrapping up some of the landscaping and other details but the roads are open and the library looks forward to seeing more of you come visit. We are still operating on a modified schedule in light of the Coronavirus pandemic which means...

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