Summer reading programs at the Herrick Memorial Library are all wrapped up and now library staff is switching gears to prepare for the upcoming school year.
Library director Janet Hollingsworth described August as the library’s “breather” month.
Librarians are creating and scheduling programs for the fall. The adult reading program is cut back to activities once a month and the teen program will have activities once or twice a month.
Janet Frye, who helps create reading programs for children, toddlers, and babies, said each of those three groups will have a story time and a big program one Saturday a month.
“We step back a little bit because their main goal is school but we still want them to come have fun at the library,” Hollingsworth said.
The library has done trivia and “I spy” contests that young adults can pick up and do outside the library.
“Theirs is more of a static program where they don’t have to be in the building because if they’re readers and they come in here they’re usually in and out,” Hollingsworth said.
Other than having the monthly programs for the various age groups, the library also helps teachers throughout the school year: “We will do teacher pulls if a teacher is working on a particular topic and calls us ahead of time and requests books on a certain topic,” Hollingsworth said.
She also pulls and provides sets of books if teachers wants their classes to read the same book at the same time.
Hollingsworth said a major difference between the summer months and school year is children don’t always get to pick what they’re reading while in school.
All three summer reading programs saw an increase in participation compared to last year. The adult group saw a 44 percent increase, the teen group saw a 184 percent increase, and the children’s program saw a 21 percent increase.
The fall also is a time for library staff members to tackle projects such as analyzing books to determine whether they’re worth keeping or too old.
The August slow-down also gives staff time to start discussing and planning changes they’d like to see happen at the library.
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Janet Frye and Janet Hollingsworth of the Herrick Memorial Library use the month of August to plan for fall programs and improvements at the library.