Mrs. Dykowski... wants you to enjoy the Library's magic today

When I was a kid, my mom was on the library board. 

The Mitchell County Public Library was a special place for my brother and I. We read every book in the children’s section, some more than once. 

I didn’t know about the budget struggles and difficult decisions that were a part of running a library. 

I just knew that the ladies at the library were always really nice (as long as I was quiet), and that every so often mom would go sit in a room with other adults and talk about the library. 

For me, the books kind of magically appeared on the shelves, and the librarian’s knowledge of where everything’s location was mystical and amazing. 

The library was magic. 

I watched the movie Matilda (probably borrowed from the library’s VHS collection), and I knew just how Matilda felt when she discovered the library. It’s a wonderful place. 

In the ’90s, my hometown library was a wonderful place, and I know that the people who were a part of that did everything they could to make it that way. 

I know now that it wasn’t ever easy. 

That’s why I’m so passionate about Dublin’s library. It’s arguably the best public library of its size in the area. 

Not to brag, but our story time draws patrons from all over the county week in and week out. 

Our genealogy section draws people from across the nation to Dublin. 

Our children’s area is a haven for reading, learning computer and math skills and making new friends. 

It’s an amazing resource for homeschool students just like I was in Mitchell County.

Unlike me, these kids will never get through every book in the kid’s section, because our library is constantly bringing in new material to keep them interested and keep the magic of the library alive. 

You have a chance to be a part of that magic today. 

This morning at 9:30, Santa is coming to add a little extra magic to story time. Tonight, after the parade, enjoy a bowl of hot chili downtown with the library board. It’s a fundraiser so the board can help keep Dublin’s library stocked with new material, technology that works reliably and services our community needs — from English and Spanish language lessons, to technology help for senior citizens, to summer reading programs for the kids. 

Several community members and members of the Women’s Thursday Club have made desserts for the fundraiser, as well. 

These people are amazing cooks, so you don’t want to miss out. 

Who really wants to go home and make dinner before or after the parade anyway?

So bring your kids, relatives, dogs, friends, whoever sometime between 5 and 8 and help Dublin’s library stay a magical place for the kids of Dublin and lifeline for community. 

And if you need some inexpensive entertainment for this winter, check out the library’s book sale at the Dublin Citizen office. 

Sarah Dykowski is the wife of Publisher Scott Dykowski. She can be reached at

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