December is coming to a close, now is the time to reflect on the past year at the Drake Public Library. Here are some highlights of our year.
Scholastic book fair in March had profits of $1,717.41. Library received many books with the Scholastic dollars that were raised.
Friends of Drake Public library held a penny drive with the hopes of collecting fifty pounds of pennies. They netted over two hundred pounds of pennies! That is no small feat!
The Summer Reading program was a success. Over 300 local kids registered and counted reading hours. Yard signs purchased by Friends of the Drake Library dotted the landscape all over town. The theme for the annual event was “Every Hero has a story”. The library hosted a Veteran’s Appreciation program. Participants also had a visit from the Science Center of Iowa, Blank Park Zoo, and took a field trip to the Appanoose County Historical museum. A finale program wrapped things up with an outdoor evening movie and a Make your own Minion treat bar.
Circulation of library materials from December 1, 2014 to December 1, 2015 totaled 89,359.
The Kiss a Goat contest raised $438.77 for the library. Contestants Pete Lind, Mark Waits, and Jan Spurgeon were edged out by write in candidate Greger Barth. He puckered up and kissed George the Goat on September 11, 2015.
Friends also held a raffle and a Christmas boutique.
Two new book clubs were started by staff member Crys McKissick. Genre Shifters Book Club for adults and D3 for avid young readers.
As always the library offered free wireless internet, copy services, public access computers, e-books, faxing, DVD rental, audiobooks, large print rental, test proctoring, meeting room availability and the book nook.
Thank you for all the Christmas candy plates, sugar cookies, chips, fudge, homemade bread and other goodies! The library staff is overwhelmed by our patrons’ generosity.
2016 will be a great year!
Let Friends of the Drake Public Library help you with your Mother’s Day gift. For $30, we’ll fill a basket with gift items appropriate for mothers, and all you have to do is pick it up and deliver it.
Here’s How It Works –
Fill out a gift card and pay $30.00 at the front desk.
Pick up the gift basket Friday, May 8, between 10 A.M. and 6 P.M.
We’ll do the rest.
Orders must be received by Friday, May 1. Payment is required at the time the order is placed.
All proceeds benefit Drake Public Library.
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