Caroline Bredekamp

Preston, Iowa USA

Who are you and what do you do?
'Caroline Bredekamp, Director of the Preston Public Library.'

Why do you choose to live in Preston?
'I live in the area and was born in the area, just living away when in college. It is my home-base as it were.'

What's your favourite place in Preston and why?
'My favorite place in Preston is the library. It is one of many plusses in the town and was built and paid for in three years with donations and grant money (no bond referendum), which shows that it was wanted and supported by many people in the community. The library staff work hard to accommodate needs of patrons from birth to one-hundred plus and have strived to make adjustments according to the times (Covid for example). Most libraries in local communities are not as big or stocked as our library and it is often used by state staff as an example of how to build a library in a small community.'

What is Preston proud of?
'Our community is a rural community, in a very rural county, in a rural state. We have worked hard to do further thinking so we can begin to grow again and be inviting for said growth in families, housing and businesses. We have an outstanding library and have recently merged with a neighboring school district to form a new one, completing the restoration of the buildings and have completed additions to each school building. One of the former elementary buildings is on a list of pre-planning for what we hope will be a new rehab project. We have several parks that have been redone and for 2021 we have hopes of reworking one small park that has fundraising efforts going on at present. A new year round walking path has been completed in recent years and it is hoped will eventually be connected with the DNR/County bike paths in the countryside around the community. Plus our churches do so much within the communities/school district and even though they vary in some of their doctrine, they do many ecumenical services and projects together.'

Tell us something about Preston that people won't know?
'Preston was named after I. M. Preston who worked for the railroad line around which Preston was plotted and established. Preston's nickname is 'Bee Town' because of the family owned a beekeeping and honey business that has been in the area for multiple generations.'