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November/December

Just think, raking leaves is just Mother Nature’s way of getting you in shape for shoveling snow…

As I sit at my desk writing this, I think of Halloween tomorrow and the snow we’re supposed to be getting.  It’s too early for snow and I dread what this winter will be.  Fortunately we’ll be inside planning for the future of the library.

We’re finding and applying for grants to help tackle the outside in the rear of the building.  We’re planning and applying for grants to change some areas of the prairie to a three gardens:

  • Butterfly Garden
  • Community Garden
  • Sensory Garden

We’re also planning for the redesign of Youth Services to be more inviting for kids and bringing back the Teen area that was formerly in the KP Study Room.   We’ve formed a Design Committee to explore this project for the coming year.

As the library moves forward, we realize that there needs to be an inviting, comfortable, and user-centered space which area essential in:

  • Meeting the needs of all teens
  • Transforming the role and image of the library
  • Contributing to successful community development.

Libraries are essential informal learning spaces within communities that provide the connection  between the classroom and afterschool, and they provide an ideal atmosphere for all teens to engage in connected learning activities—hands-on, teen-driven activities that enable teens to learn while exploring their passions and interests.

Finally, with the dwindling amount of Patrons including circulation, computer usage, overall usage of the library on Sundays, the approaching Minimum Wage Mandate, and the uncertainty of future funding for the library; the library will be closed year-round on Sundays beginning January 1, 2020.  

As always, thank you to everyone who comes to the library to checkout materials, attend programs & events, and/or to catch up with friends.

Regards,

Brian Vagt
Library Director

Updated: October 30, 2019

 

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