Mountain Home AFB Library: Taking care of Airmen and Families

Saturday, January 18, 2020
Danise Christensen, storytime volunteer, and Lori Urfer, 366th Force Support Squadron senior library technician, engage in arts and crafts with children during storytime, Jan. 2, 2020, at the library on Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Storytime is a program that promotes early literacy, and its primary goal is to have the youth engaged in reading and literature. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho --The base library holds nearly 40,000 items that can provide numerous benefits for Airmen and their families, ranging from education, creativity, entertainment and more.

One of the library programs focuses on the education and interest of the youth, such as story time, an event that encourages early literacy for children.

“We read anywhere from three to four books to the kids, and then we follow it with the craft based on the topic of the book that we read,” said Lori Urfer, 366th Force Support Squadron senior library technician.

Another goal for the educational programs is children having fun as they learn, creating an atmosphere where kids feel comfortable.

“We have our Summer Reading program, which is very well attended and popular,” said Debbie Worthington, 366th FSS library supervisor. “Last year, we had around 200 people come to the opening party.”

The library also owns 3D printers, creating areas to support the ideals of 21st century technology.

“This is all about innovation and creation,” Worthington said. “3D printing is so prevalent nowadays in science and technology.”

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