Maryville Community Library ‘So Much More Than You See’

When Roger Schop was eager to read a series of riddles he read as a teenager nearly 60 years ago, it was as easy as having a library card to access the books.

Shoup, chairman of the Maryville Community Library board of directors and one of the library’s original founders, only had to wait two days for the books he loved to come through.

“We are so much more than what you see,” said Library Director Heather Gaines. “We have access to a lot.”

Gaines has been at the library since 2014 and has been the director since April of this year. The Maryville Community Library is currently located at 8 Schiber Ct.

To highlight this access, the library celebrates Library Card Subscription Month in September with the opportunity to receive a gift bag.

During September, everyone who registers for a new library card will be entered to win a “Taste of Maryville” gift bag, filled with vouchers and certificates for some of Maryville’s upscale restaurants.

“A lot of people don’t understand the value of a library card and what you can get from it,” Gaines said. “Also, a lot of restaurants have been affected by COVID. So, we want to support them and bring people into their establishments, while also urging people to get a library card. This is a community effort.”

With a library card, you can access everything the Maryville Community Library has to offer, as well as its associated databases. As Maryville Community Library is part of the Illinois Heartland Library System, this database includes access to thousands of books, movies, and video games.

Some of the databases in the system include college-level courses that you can take for free.

Besides books, movies, and video games, the Maryville Community Library also has a telescope and binoculars in the library.

The library system has a transportation system that operates five days a week to different libraries to always keep new material on arrival.

The Maryville Community Library has a number of programs, including the adult fiction and non-fiction book club. The Teen and Teen Book Club will start in September.

“The community is very engaged here,” Gaines said. “It’s a mix of older retirees and younger kids. You see that mix of people growing with the library and participating in the programs and everything we offer here.”

Gaines added, “Our community involvement is important. The library not only establishes a love of reading, but also serves educational purposes. The library eliminates crime in the community. It is important to have a place to come to rather than on the street. There is always something to do or occupy yourself with.” .

Behind the library is Drost’s garden where patrons can take books outside to enjoy. The library even has fishing poles for use in the garden pond.

With an estimated 1,500-2,000 patrons per month, the Maryville Community Library has been around since 2006.

The library hopes to be in a new building by Thanksgiving. The new building will be in Maryville Professional Park across the street from Walgreens.

The new space is currently being remodeled into a library, complete with outdoor seating.

For more information about the Maryville Community Library, visit their Facebook page or website.

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