Thursday, September 16, 2021

Borrow Snowshoes at DC Public Library


This winter the Dodge Center Public Library is stepping outside of the bounds of typical library items. Patrons will literally be able to step outside on eight pairs of snowshoes. The library has acquired four pairs of adult sized snowshoes and four pairs of youth sized snowshoes through a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).

The library has been focused this year on encouraging healthy living and healthy movement in the community. The Summer Reading Program featured a hiking challenge for youth and adults alike, where they earned miles for activity and walking during the day. The library also had a virtual Appalachian Trail hike, and a two candlelight walks through the park that were well received by the community. Library staff began to think about ways they could encourage activity even in the winter months.

“As soon as the white stuff starts coming down, people start staying inside,” said Library Director Ingvild Herfindahl. The candlelight walks were a partnership between the City of Dodge Center and the library. In discussing other options for partnerships, Community Development Specialist Liz Johnson told Herfindahl that there might be a grant program that could help keep people active through the winter months. The library then submitted an application. “We as a library have been making a push to add more things to the library because learning doesn’t only happen through books. Adding ‘learning through doing’ opportunities that are accessible to the entire community is a natural way to build community and expand the wide array of resources and services the library provides.”

Any adult with a valid library card will be able to check out the snowshoes for a week at a time and explore the area parks and trails. For information about the snowshoes, the grant, or the library itself, contact Library Director Ingvild Herfindahl or visit the library’s Facebook page at

For more information on SHIP, visit


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