Because you can’t spell community without L.I.B.R.A.R.Y.

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Okay, so the post title is a bit of a stretch, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Figuratively, at least. Local libraries and the community outreach they provide are vital to large cities and small towns alike.

Maybe especially the small towns.

Take ours, for example. The St. Maries Public Library offers gobs of kid- and family-oriented events throughout the year, including its weekly mainstay, story hour. The hour-long activity is every Tuesday from 10 – 11 a.m. and includes a few stories read aloud, snacks and a craft or two. Kids love it and parents appreciate it.

Area children enjoyed the one-hour program "Music With Miriam" at the St. Maries Public Library July 25 as part of Family Fun Night. They included Resor Pugh, Nova Newton, Brock Barta, Gabe Bartlett, Kaityln Bartlett, Jack Barta, JoJane Barta, Ava Stancil and in the back Timothy and Joshua Wilson. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

Perfect for parents of young children looking to get out of the house for an hour or so. But what does this mean for out-of-towners looking to visit?

Everything.

Tyla Dittman, Alysse and Lily Craner, Bianca and Debra Dittman enjoy a meal on the lawn at the St. Maries Public Library. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

It’s weekly activities like these, coupled with the big events like Paul Bunyan Days or our charity drives like the Elks’ Christmas Baskets, that mold St. Maries into a well-rounded community.

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