Merchandise for sale! Come in to the library and buy your items today!
All proceeds benefit the Drake Public Library!
Merchandise for sale! Come in to the library and buy your items today!
All proceeds benefit the Drake Public Library!
Summer Reading Programs are very important to librarians. The themes are picked months in advance, there is a merchandise/incentive plan in place, book lists are formed, and workshops are scheduled for library staff. The 2015 SRP theme is “Every Hero Has a Story” and we are ready!
The SRP is the best part of being a librarian! JeNel and I brainstorm for them basically all year. We shoot ideas back and forth and jot down craft ideas on scraps of paper. Pinterest has revolutionized our planning. We now have a dedicated board where we post and peruse blog entries.
Summer Reading Programs are crucial for children. The summer slide is described by the RIF.org website:
Children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates.
Raising money for Drake Public Library is a continual function of Friends of the Drake Public Library (FDPL), but that doesn’t mean fundraising has to be mundane. Nor does it need to be burdensome to donors. Friends has launched several fundraisers in the last month, and has several others in planning stages, which it hopes will be interesting as well as fun. FDPL seeks money, but it wants to give its donors something in return.
FIFTY POUNDS OF PENNIES
For example, Friends wants to help members of the public get rid of those unwanted pennies. At the same time, it offers to let the public help gather 50 pounds of pennies just to see what that looks like.
Everyone knows pennies are heavy. People collect them, not on purpose, but because businesses insist on giving them to us in change. We have them in jars and drawers and perhaps underneath couch cushions. They are considered a nuisance. They get no respect. FDPL wants those poor, sad pennies. It will take them off your hands and give them new life. Bring them to the library.
Every week Friends will weigh the pennies and post the weight. If the goal of 50 pounds is reached before the end of the month, FDPL go for 60 pounds. Ten pennies weigh about an ounce. Sixteen ounces make a pound. Do the math.
EASTER EGG SURPRISES
Friends is celebrating Easter with surprise-filled eggs. Members of FDPL have prepared a basket of plastic eggs for sale at the library. Each egg contains some sort of surprise, and several eggs contain $5. Visitors to the library can purchase an egg for $1.00 at the front desk to find the surprise inside. Unlike the lottery, Friends guarantees you’ll win something, even if it’s just candy.
READING PHOTO CONTEST
The Friends’ April fundraiser needs a little preparation, and FDPL has asked the public to help. FDPL needs photos related to reading or books. Children and pets always make cute pictures. Photos that represent reading in an artistic manner are welcome, too. In April, library patrons will pay to vote for their favorite photos. Prizes will be awarded to the top three vote-getters. It’s like American Idol except with book-related photos.
To participate, put your name and phone number on the back of a photo and bring it to the library. Anyone at the front desk will be happy to take the photo. FDPL will post the photos in the library in April and the voting will begin.
Keep an eye on the library website and Facebook page for future Friends fundraisers. FDPL wants to keep donors wondering, “What will Friends do next?”
Stop and think what the Drake Public Library has done for you and how it has enriched your life.
My life has certainly changed and benefited in many ways since the day I received my Drake Public Library card. One of my first stops in Centerville after retiring and moving here was to visit the library. There was a sign hanging from the circulation desk asking “are you interested in becoming a Friend of the Drake Public Library?” When I inquired I was told there just happened to be a meeting of Friends that day. I attended that meeting and the rest is history.
To many of you this will be redundant as I have been encouraging library patrons and area citizens to support the library for nine years.
Do you and your family enjoy the availability of audio books, movies, story time, after school programs, on-line E-Books, and magazine subscriptions? Perhaps you enjoy large print books. Are you delighted when you are able to borrow a book by your favorite author or discover a new one? If you answered yes to any of the above then you can thank Friends of the Drake Public Library for their support in all of these things. Chances are if you are reading this you are already a ‘Friend’ and you can be proud to be part of a winning team! If not, please consider becoming a ‘Friend’ and or ‘Sponsor’.
What can you do?
• Be sure your membership dues are current or become a member (dues are payable each year in January for only $5 for individuals and $10 for families)
• Be an annual sponsor: PLATINUM $500 or more, GOLD $200-$499, SILVER $100-$199, BRONZE $25-$99
• Buy a book and donate it back to the library (check with our Director on how to do this)
• Volunteer to help with fundraisers
• Donate a raffle item
• Tell your friends and family about Friends of the Drake Public Library and encourage them to join
• Let your librarians know how much you appreciate them
We need the library and the library needs us!
President of Friends of the Drake Public Library
The library has over 90 magazine subscriptions. The Friends of the Drake Public Library pay for the annual renewal notice. Magazines are not cheap! News stand magazines cost between $3.50-$14.99 per issue.
The subscriptions cover many topics of interest such as finance, diet, exercise, fashion, and the automobile world. Magazines may be checked out for two weeks at a time, new issues can be checked out for three days at a time. We don’t limit the amount of magazines that one patron can check out at a time.
Catch up on celebrity gossip in US Weekly and People magazine, research a big ticket item in the Consumer Reports magazines and annual buying guide. Magazines come out weekly and monthly. Save money and use the library’s publications.
The children’s section has several issues available as well. Boy’s Life, Girl’s Life and American Girl Doll Magazine are just a few on file. Magazines are a way to get reluctant readers to read more. Magazine articles are short, have lots of pictures, and interesting content.
Stop in and browse the selection. We have something for everyone!
2014 is almost a memory, and we are facing a new year. Television shows are running year end summaries, and people are pledging to make permanent lifestyle changes on January 1, 2015. This is a time for reflection. How does a library define the past year? As Library Director, I look at statistics, program numbers, and building challenges of 2014.
In 2014, the library circulated 93,038 items. This doesn’t include ebook circulations. That number is pretty impressive! In 2013 items circulated totaled 81,811. The library strives to increase that number every year. In this age of electronic information, the fact that the Drake Library can circulate 93,038 books, magazines, and DVDs is impressive. I could go on a long winded rant about how libraries are still relevant to the world and needed by everyone, but I will save that for another blog post!
This year the Summer Reading Program was a raging hit. Participants read over 2,330 hours, a record number of children finished the program. The theme was “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and was fully supported financially by the Friends of the Drake Public Library.
The library also started monthly movies at the library. Positive feedback has ensured that more movies will be shown in 2015. Watch for posters and publicity. Family oriented movies for everyone to enjoy is the main focus of the movie nights.
The American Girl Doll program is successful. Five dolls are available for check out and several parties were held at the library with the American Girl Dolls being the main focus. In December, Mariah Clawson, 2014 Miss Pancake Day, came to the Christmas Tea Party and posed for pictures with attendees.
The library has a brand new website! The site is fabulous and friendly to use! We are using Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) to get our message out into the world. The library is very grateful to a local donor for funding this website! Our website features news, pictures, and links to various online resources.
The Drake Library was opened in 1903 and is still open 111 years later! The same building now provides internet connectivity via wireless and wired computer labs. The smoking rooms and vinyl record collection are gone and in their place, patrons use computers to search for jobs, read the news, and stay in contact with friends across the world. The steam heat radiators are gone, replaced by seven furnaces and central air units. Keeping a building like the Drake Library open and operational is no easy task. This year was an easy year for maintenance. The new waterproofing system in the basement kept the floors dry and the lower walls mold free. New carpet and paint was a spring upgrade in the Children’s section of the library.
The windows are still/always an ongoing project for the library board. This year a window study was conducted by an architectural firm. The findings from that study are now being investigated and plans made to either preserve or replace the massive library windows on all three floors.
2014 was a positive year for the library! Lots of people are using the library and the programs we provide! The library building received a mini facelift in the basement and the board is still considering window solutions. The library staff looks forward to 2015 and wishes you a Happy New Year!
The holidays are a time for giving. This year why don’t you consider giving a gift to Drake Public Library. After all, giving has always been an integral part of the library’s history. Its very creation was made possible by a gift from Gov. Francis M. Drake in 1901.
Our library has a reputation for excellence. Its reputation has been earned … through the hard work of the library staff, the support of government agencies, and the support of individuals within the community. But excellence doesn’t just happen. It takes the right materials and personnel to make the library successful. In order to maintain the quality of the services the library currently provides, additional funds are needed.
Throughout the years the operating expenses of the library have been generously cared for via public funds. However, more recently, public funds no longer even cover day-to-day expenses. So the library needs our donations just to remain open. All donations to help our library are tax-deductible and 100% of all donations go to support the library. There are several ways to give to Drake Public Library.
First, you can give directly to the library by purchasing books or other materials in your name or in honor or in memory of a loved one. Contact our Library Director, Jami Livingston for details. Book plates can be placed in the books to indicate your donation if you desire.
You can also give by becoming a member of the Friends of Drake Public Library. Memberships are just $5 for an individual or $10 for a family. Giving a membership to another person would be a super gift. Consider giving a little more and become a Friends’ Sponsor. The Friends do so much for the library. Please click on the “Friends” tab on the menu bar above for more information about this organization and how you can help.
Finally, the Library Board is excited to announce the establishment of the Drake Public Library Foundation in January 2015. This private, tax-exempt, charitable organization has the support of our library as its sole purpose. Its board is made up of local volunteers and all donations are tax-deductible. The foundation is set up to receive any bequests and other planned gifts. The most rewarding part of making a planned gift is the knowledge that generations of children and adults will be transformed by the library thanks to the resources you have accumulated during your lifetime. For the new year please resolve to name Drake Public Library as a beneficiary of your will.
So, for the holidays, why don’t you relax, put your feet up and enjoy a good book – from the Drake Public Library, of course.
As Children’s Librarian for Drake Public Library, one of my favorite jobs is the outreach program. I visit Zylpha Price group home for disabled adults twice a month to read books to them and color or create crafts. I visit the Preschool and 3-4 year old classrooms at Kids World Childcare once a month for story time. I schedule Reading Night events here at the library and visit several classrooms for the Centerville School District throughout the school year. I have recently begun an outreach relationship with the Parents as Teachers program through our local SIEDA office, doing story times and hosting events for them here at the library on occasion. I am always excited to attend to these outreach opportunities, getting to know the children of our community and helping them gain an appreciation for reading.
As we move into the holiday season at the Children’s Department, things are getting busy. We are looking forward to our American Girl Christmas Tea Party, which has become very popular. I will also be participating in the Breakfast with Santa event, sponsored by I Am Main Street by doing a Story time with the children in attendance. In January, we will be holding another of our Doggie Days so that the kids can read to our local “celebrity dogs”.
I will continue to host our programs each week throughout the school year. School Age Story time is on Mondays at 4pm, Toddler Time is on Wednesdays at 11:30am, and Game & Craft Group is on Thursdays at 4pm. Children are always welcome at these events without needing to pre-register.
I am also eager to chat with our kids about the books that they enjoy reading, books that they need to find for school and books that they would like to see here at the library. It is through these conversations that I realized how much our Board Book interest and circulation has increased in the last year. With that in mind, our Director, Jami, and I were inspired to request funding from Friends of the Drake Public Library to purchase $1,000 worth of brand new Board Books and an additional storage display for these new books. How exciting is that! The books have started coming in and they are already flying off the shelf!
So, come see me at the Children’s Library for a program, a special event or a book. It’s a fun place to be and we look forward to meeting you.
Drake Public Library
Welcome to our new Drake Public Library website! We will be using our website to provide timely information, access online materials and answer any questions you may have about our library.
Spend some time getting to know your way around our new site. You will find lots of pictures of our beautiful building, our active ‘Friends of the Library’ group, and toddlers at Story Time in the various website photo galleries.
The site is easy to navigate and full of information, but please do not hesitate to call, email or visit the library in person. We are here to help you meet your life goals – whether you’re perfecting a resume, reading a classic novel or finding the perfect recipe for a roasted chicken.
Thanks to technology, libraries are different these days – but our core mission statement remains the same. We are here to help our patrons! So feel free to browse, search, click, “like,” and certainly bookmark this website for future use!
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