Nixa Students Need a Public Library

Nestled in the southwestern part of Missouri, Nixa is a small town that is growing every day. Nixa’s population has nearly doubled since 2000, and it is easy to see why. With all the conveniences of a larger city, Nixa still has that small town feel. It also happens to be the home to one of the best school districts in the state, and some of the kindest people I have met. The one thing Nixa doesn’t have is a library.

At a Nixa Chamber of Commerce meeting earlier this week, I met a gentleman who showed me just how vital a library would be for his town. The man’s neighbors are a hard-working bunch, like most folks in this area are. The family of six has just about everything they need — a roof over their head and food on the table. The children attend Nixa schools and are getting a stellar education there. With the push towards technology, one of the kiddos in particular needs to complete assignments and homework online. The trouble is, the family has had to chose other amenities over having internet access at home. No internet means their child has a tricky time getting assignments completed. Here is where the gentleman comes in. Kindly neighbor that he is, he often let the student come over to his house and use the internet to complete his assignments. This student is lucky to have such a neighbor. I wonder how many students in Nixa might be in a similar situation, but without a neighbor who is able to help out. But if the town had a library, students would be able to access the internet and complete assignments there.

Kiddos enjoying exploring a book at the Ozark Library

Nixa students deserve better. They deserve a clean, quite space they can use to work on assignments, do research for projects, or meet with study groups. Their parents deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your child has everything they need to succeed.

Nixa students deserve a library.