February is Library Lovers Month, a great time to get up close and personal with a book - or eBook - if you're so inclined.
Libraries are of course wonderful places for everyone - regardless of age. Children can find all sorts of activities, whether it's online games or table top puzzles or age-appropriate books.
Adolescents can find worlds of adventure, both in the young adult section as well as a wealth of information on the EBSCO databases available at the Estherville Public Library where you can also find downloadable books.
And adults can relive their youth, find information or enjoy their golden years with a wealth of literature available - again in paper or eBook format.
As Estherville Public Library Director of Library Services Tena Hanson told Estherville Rotarians Thursday, members saved $517,769 by checking out items from the library in 2011. That includes not only books but also eBooks, videos and audiobooks.
Your local library also provides interlibrary loan services with any other participating city or university library in Iowa.
Like free public education, free libraries are a hallmark of a free society. We need libraries to know that - unlike many other countries - there are no impediments to information in our country.
A free society requires freedom of information - something your library can provide.
Yes, readers are leaders. And if you or your children want to help lead our society well into the 21st century, visit your local library.