RAGBRAI has come and gone. It is amazing how fast the riders flood in and how fast they pack up and go.
We had a good experience on Sunday with nice people who were grateful for an air conditioned place to hang out. When I came in the door a guy was lying in the exterior lobby reading our Sunday newspapers and before long every chair in the place was occupied. Several people resorted to sleeping on the floor before the day was over.
Our computers were busy but we did not have the lines we did in 2002. In fact, no one ever had to wait for a machine. The magazine section was well used as were our bathrooms. We had cell phone chargers plugged in all over the building and lots of wireless Internet use going on.
We answered questions about the town, did a little genealogy work and directed people to the theater, the museum and places to eat. We lent out scissors to someone who wanted to cut the neck and sleeves out of their t-shirt and told another the closest place to buy toothpaste. Several times we explained the history of the curved wall in the atrium.
Over and over we were thanked for being open (we actually stayed an hour longer than scheduled) and we were told many times that we had a wonderful library. Judy took several pictures during the afternoon and posted them on our facebook page so take a look.
I am pleased to say that I personally had a much -- consider that word capitalized -- better experience both at work and with guests at home than I did ten years ago. The only negative was the heat. As I was walking my dog late in the evening I was really glad I was not sleeping in a tent on Bailey Court or anywhere else.
So now it's back to normal, whatever that is at a public library, and we're looking at August and the start of school. The next thing you know, football will be in full swing. Hopefully by then triple digit temps will be a thing of the past.
Stop in if you need to cool off! The library is open 10 a.m. -- 8 p.m. on Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. -- 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. -- noon on Saturday.