The Lester Public Library of Arpin was created with the donation of books, an office chair and desk, and twenty-five dollars by the John B. Arpin family in 1951. It's beginning years were composed of a community effort to create a home for the expanding library. Over the years, the library has moved locations and changed staff numerous times while continuing to successfully serve the Arpin community.
Today, the Lester Public Library of Arpin provides educational resources and programming for Arpin and surrounding communities. We welcome you to enjoy our collection of over 15,000 items that includes books, audiobooks, video recordings, and more. Our collection is supplemented by an additional three million library holdings of other members of the South Central Library System, which may be reserved through the library's online catalog. A variety of different online resources are also available, including ebooks through Overdrive, genealogy resources and newspaper archives, reference materials, and more.
We offer a wide variety of special events for all ages throughout the year in addition to our children's story hour, two different book clubs, and our summer learning program. Free wifi is available throughout the library. Our reference room doubles as a meeting space, as well as the location of reference materials and documents and artifacts included in our Arpin Archives Project. The large, open programming space in the center of the library has been used for a broad array of events and reasons, including a meeting space, a makeshift theater for movie showings, and an art gallery.
Our expanding Makerspace and activity area includes a Makey Makey kit, snap circuits, a code-a-pillar, puzzles, games, and other fun kits and activities. Launchpads, a Nintendo Switch, and Kindle Fires are also available for patron use and checkout.
Visit our Library Services page for more information on services the Arpin Library provides.
Stacy Kundinger, Library Director