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Feb 06

Get to Know Nicole Lindstrom

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 4:01 PM by Danielle Rogers

Nicole LindstromNicole Lindstrom has been the Newton Public Library Director since January 2016. She worked as the Public Services Librarian for 3 years before being named Director. She's also worked for The University of Iowa Law Library, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, and Schmaling Memorial Library in Fulton, Illinois. Nicole earned her Bachelor degrees at St. Ambrose University in English and Psychology and a Masters of Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an active member of the Arts Connection, Inc., Jasper County Crime Stoppers and is currently the President of the Young Professionals of Jasper County. 

What do you think people should get to know about Newton? 
Newton has a great downtown area where many community events are held throughout the year including the Farmers' Market and Thanks with Franks, and if you ask me, the downtown area is only going to get better. Not many cities in Iowa can boast that they have a historic hotel (being renovated), a family owned digital theater, restaurants, coffee joints, and great shopping. 

What’s an upcoming project you are excited to work on? 
A project that I am excited to continue working on is the Library renovation occurring in late spring. Both the Library Board and Library staff have been working with architects from Studio Melee on this project. We recently celebrated 25 years in this building and we’d like to celebrate the next 25 in a slightly updated building that fits the community’s needs.

What is an accomplishment you are proud of?
We've spent the last several years investigating ways for the Library to become more energy efficient. We started with new sink faucets and turning off unused lights, continued with new furnaces and air conditioners for our offices and meeting rooms and finished with new LED lights both inside and outside the Library. This change alone led to drastic cuts on our energy use and will therefore effectively pay for itself in 2 1/2 years. Energy efficiency is important to me not only for the cost-saving measures, but because it is good for the environment and improves quality of life. 

How is your department helping Newton prepare for the future?
The Library really focuses on the technology and information needs of the community - how those needs are changing, and how we can meet that demand. We offer content that is compatible on patron's devices from free downloadable music to eAudiobooks and eBooks. We are also preparing Newton residents for future technology enhancements by ensuring they have a solid foundation of understanding of technology now and ensuring their current and future access, regardless of background or economic standing. 

What is Newton's best kept secret?
Westwood Golf Course is Newton’s best kept secret. Whenever I have family or friends in town, we go out to golf and they walk away with nothing but compliments for the course. They love that the course is a bit of a challenge and that it is well cared for and maintained. I personally love the views of the surrounding country area from the first 9 holes. I’d encourage everyone to go to the course, visit with the golf pro, and play the course.