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About the Library Director

Meet Laura Blaker, our library director.

I've been at the Independence Library since July of 2003.  My education includes a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa and an MLS (Master of Library Science) Degree from the University of Iowa.  Most of my library experiences prior to  becoming the director at the Independence Public Library were in elementary schools.  I was a teacher librarian, sometimes known as a media specialist, for eight years. 

I live in Independence with my family...my husband, Mark, and our two daughters, Rachel and Ava.  We enjoy the community of Independence and the many kind and generous people who live here.  The giving spirit of the people here made it possible to build a new library, which opened in September of 2008.  Over $1.8 million of the $3 million project came from private donations!  We were also grateful for money from the city, county, and grants. 

I am so excited to see more people utilizing the library, and for longer periods of time.  The new facility at 805 1st St East boasts handicap accessibility, room for people to read and relax, a community room for library programs and meetings, study rooms, and special areas for children, teens, and adults.  If you haven't been here, please come give us a try! 

I welcome your comments and ideas, so feel free to come in, e-mail or call me (319-334-2470) to share your thoughts.