Bringing your children to your public library on Feb. 2 is taking on a whole new meaning. Especially if the Huxley Public is your library of choice.


Saturday, Feb. 2, is “Take Your Child to the Library Day” all over the United States. And this year, as in the past, the Huxley Public Library is celebrating with a special day planned.


The day is considered an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. It all began in 2011, and raises awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child.


The Saturday event kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. Huxley library director, Cathy Van Maanen, is excited about the event, which will feature two local authors, Rachel Aukes, from central Iowa and Matthew Morgan from the Des Moines area.


Rachel Aukes is the bestselling author of “100 Days in Deadland,” which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Suspense Magazine. In the past, she also wrote romantic science fiction/fantasy as Berinn Rae, which includes the USA Today-recommended read and award-winning story, “Stealing Fate.” Her current series is the Fringe Series. Rachel resides near Ames.


Matthew Morgan has dedicated many years of his life to serving critically ill children and their families through his talents, faith and dedication. Through his many contacts with children and families, Morgan is now a published author of a children’s book — “Stella from Pella and her Magic Shoe.”


“The two authors could not be more different — in genre, audience and experience,” explains Van Maanen. “But, they both love to write, meet their readers and encourage new talent. Having them in the library on Take Your Child to the Library Day seems more than appropriate. It’s a great excuse to visit us on Saturday morning, Feb. 2. There will also be door prizes and a lite brunch.”


Libraries are important in our communities. They are also important in the growth of our children.