One of the greatest assets of the Cherokee Public Library is the presence of the Cherokee Area Archives in the building. It is amazing how many people pass through our doors looking for historical and genealogical information.
When we started the process of planning the addition to library in 1996, I will have to say I was reluctant to give up the space for the Archives room. I wondered how the logistics (heat, lights, key access etc.) were going to work and whether or not it would get used enough to justify omitting a meeting room. All of those thoughts have been laid to rest as the years went by.
The best part of the Archives being in the building is the ability to pass on questions about family histories and obituaries to the volunteers. Requests for that sort of information come in frequently now to our website in addition to phone calls and personal visits. All we have to do it print them out, place them in the Archives mailbox and we're done. We have other libraries that envy us having such service.
If you have never stopped in the Cherokee Area Archives, you are missing a very active part of Cherokee's history. Files of photographs, clippings, obituaries and family history information provide great browsing materials especially for those who have lived in Cherokee all their lives. It's even fun sometimes for us "foreigners."
The Archives is run by its own board of directors and staffed by volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome so if this is something of interest, stop in and check the place out. The Archives room is open from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.
AndÍ.congratulations to Archives volunteer, Phyllis Parrott who was recently named Cherokee Citizen of the Year. It was a well-deserved honor!
On another topic, I am sorry to say that it's not looking like Peg Wurth will be back in time to handle children's activities for April so we are canceling After School Bunch and Youth in Action for the month.
However, Tuesday story time will still take place and we have a special activity planned for April 11 when the Easter Bunny will make a visit. Pick up a newsletter at the circulation desk for times and details.