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As always, there are many things happening at FLCPL. October 5 our we are hosting an even bigger and better Star Wars Reads Day at 10 a.m. that will include trivia, giveaways and fun activities for Star Wars fans of all ages.
On Nov. 16, we are planning a release party for the new Catching Fire movie. Our own Kelsi Murphy is hard at work putting together a night of great fun and prizes. Doors will open at 5:30 and activities will go until 7:30, then we will reconvene upstairs and watch The Hunger Games. This promises to be a great event; however, space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call or visit the Library for more info and to register.
You asked, and we delivered. A generous donation from the Friends of the Library has allowed us to enroll in the READS Advantage Program, which allows us to begin to build our own e-book collection on top of what is available statewide through READS. I have just placed the first order of about 15 titles, most for which our customers had been on long waiting lists. As of now, this program is solely driven by donation dollars, so title licenses are not great in number. However, if you would like to see this program grow faster you are welcome to donate toward title purchases, particularly those you would like to see made digitally available.
I am so pleased to announce that I have created a new position at FLCPL. Jena Gray, who came to us in May after graduating with a double major in Business and Psychology from Tennessee Tech, is filling that role and is very busy putting together a myriad of new programs. First on the list is a meeting with the County School system librarians in an effort to open a dialog that will allow us to understand the new Common Core curriculum, as well as communicate about ways FLCPL can work to supply local students with the tools they need to succeed.
Likewise, Jena has begun work to establish a Teen Advisory Board for the Library that will provide local teens ages 16-18 a chance to volunteer in the community and help the Library create a space open and accessible to teens.
We have established a relationship with Bailey Manor, an assistance location for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia in Fayetteville, and this pilot program will allow residents access to library materials. Moreover, once the TAB is established, teen members will provide volunteer time to residents in the form of readers and companionship. By-laws are being written and the applications finalized. Once ready, these applications will be sent to local high schools so that teens can pick them up and conveniently turn them back in. More information will be coming soon.
In the works are other volunteer opportunities as well as programs and speakers that will provide TAB members with guidance on professionalism and leadership.
Beginning with this current school year, you will see a strong emphasis from FLCPL on support and programming with local schools. If we have not made full contact with your school yet, don’t worry, we will. Or, teachers and administrators are always welcome to call Jena or me at 433-3286 to find out more about our plans. With the support of the Friends of the Library, we hope that funding for youth programs will continue to come in and allow us to further build our programs.