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Oakdale youth and adults packed the Lois Johnson Memorial Library in Oakdale for their grand opening on Monday afternoon.
During the event, guests enjoyed cookies and drinks while having the opportunity to browse through new selections and view the renovation that happened in the building.
According to Sharon Kinnan, workers found a hardwood floor underneath the carpet in the side room at the library. The floor was stained and finished.
“When we took the carpet off we found out that there was a hardwood floor, so that all has been refinished,” she said.
That room has now been changed into the “Children and ‘Tween’” room, where the selections in that room cater to those age groups.
“All the books in that room are for children all the way through what our librarian calls ‘tweens,’” she said.
In the main room, the adult sections have been rearranged. Also, a reading center has been set up with multiple chairs and a table for guests to enjoy a book in comfort at the library.
Kinna said that the library received multiple donations in the form of books and movies for the library.
“We have had quite a few donations of DVD’s and children's books for the library,” she said.
The Lois Johnson Memorial Library is named after former Oakdale resident Lois Johnson, who passed away in 2015. Before her death, Johnson purchased the building the library is in now and donated it to the city.
Kinnan said that Johnson was very active in the community before and after her retirement.
“She was a teacher, she taught in many different schools. She retired in 1985, and she was very active in almost everything in Oakdale,” she said.
During her life, Johnson was president of the Oakdale Cemetery Auxiliary, served on the Library Board, was helpful in the Antelope County Historical Society and was very active in the Methodist Church, where she traveled to attended many meetings as a delegate.
Kinnan said that Johnson was the first person to come to mind for any questions about the town.
“I called her the ‘Historian of Oakdale.’ Anything to do with Oakdale she knew about. She grew up here. She was the go-to person when anyone had questions about Oakdale.”
Over the summer, the Lois Johnson Memorial Library will host multiple events. Their summer reading program starts on June 18 and will run through July 20. Ages 2-5 will meet with librarian Becky Williams at 2:00 on Monday’s, ages 6-10 will meet at 2:00 on Wednesday and ages 11-17 will meet 2:00 on Friday’s. The library will also hold a movie viewing every Saturday, and will host Neligh’s Peter Sample to make balloon animals on June 29.
Kinnan said that the library is something that the public has to see to believe.
“Come and check it out, you might be surprised at what you find!”