assistant library director
I have been here for about four years now and since then there have been many changes. However, the library continues to grow in its service to the community, and we are always striving to find new ways to improve.
Many do not realize that on Tuesdays the library has extended hours to accommodate later schedules. We open at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday, but close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
New computers have been installed, and the library offers headphones for patron convenience and noise control. Anyone can take advantage of the free Wi-Fi on their smartphone or laptops. The library even loans laptops for use within the facility.
We have extended the children’s story hour. Previously, story hour was only held during the summer, but now it is weekly. The story hours are on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. All children are welcome to attend either one (or both). These events are themed, such as the recent Hawaii Day, and crafts are incorporated to enhance the learning experience.
Certain Saturdays offer opportunities to expand our programming. In April, with cooperation from Carriage House Players, we hosted at authentic English Tea party, with characters from the play, Pride and Prejudice. May 4 was Star Wars Day with trivia and giveaways pertaining to the Star Wars movies. Future plans include Hello Kitty and Elvis themes.
These special events include children and adults, and we plan to begin book clubs for varying ages and interests.
The juvenile non-fiction section is now on the lower level of the library for ease of access. There are also “Staff Picks” and “Patron Picks” where readers looking to find new and exciting books can check out some of the favorite books of the library employees and patrons.
The library also sponsored an essay contest for local students, which we hope to make an annual event. The first essay winners enjoyed Kindle Paperwhites and Book Inn gift certificates.
There are also special speakers and presenters for the community. We have many events for those interested in genealogy and local history. Recently, Jose Betancourt gave a talk about how to date old photographs by identifying historical processes.
It is always interesting to see what is happening at the library. We are making an effort through local media to promote more public awareness for the many things the library has to offer.
To find out more happenings at the library, call us at (931) 433-3286, visit our blog, like us on Facebook, or come by and see us at 306 Elk Avenue North.