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By Jillian Rael, Libary Director
After a very busy April we are taking a small break at the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Library in order to prepare our Summer Reading schedule. But, wow what an April we had! All of our events were greatly successful, and the Friends of the Library speaker, Jose Betancourt, gave a wonderful presentation on historic photographs and processes, which you can watch on Channel 6 or on the FPU website.
First Lady Crissy Haslam was a wonderful presence in the Library on the 24th, and with her help and support (along with teachers, and the Imagination Library), we signed up 182 children for their first library cards. Yes, you read that correctly, 182 children! All in all, we welcomed 237 new patrons to our Library last month and had 1,115 patrons use our public access computers (compared to 839 in March).
On May 3 we welcomed all our state legislators and Secretary of State Tre Hargett. We had a wonderful turnout and a delicious cookie platter compliments of my mom at the Iron Kettle Restaurant in nearby Lynchburg. It was so wonderful to not only have our state legislators but also Mayors Underwood and Bevels and all the other county and city officials that were able to attend. The community showed wonderful support for our Library, and we are so grateful.
The legislators enjoyed a tour of our beautiful new library building and appreciated the opportunity to see many of the initiatives that they voted to fund in action, including our courier service that allows us to send and receive books on interlibrary loan from any library anywhere, and my plans for the laptops the library received last year through a grant for rural libraries.
As for the rest of May, we will only be having our regular story hours on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as we prepare to begin our big Summer Reading program that will begin in June. This year’s theme centers on things underground with “Dig into Reading” for children and “Beneath the Surface” for teens and adults.
In addition to the reading program itself, we will have a number of speakers and activities, including archaeologists and organic farmers. There is a lot of thought and time that goes into nailing down such a schedule, so we will be focusing our brain power on making this year’s program a great one. With this being my first experience with Summer Reading, I hope to learn much so that next year we can be even bigger and better.
Thank you to everyone who has come out to our events and contributed your time and efforts to make our programs a success. As you know, we love to see you at the Library!