Registration for Children’s Programming

01-11-23-280_640Registration for Little Listeners, Baby Time, and After School Club begins on Monday, August 31st!

Little Listeners is a literacy based program for 2 1/2 to 5 year olds. It is offered on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and begins on September 21st. Little Listeners is also offered on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 am and begins on September 23rd. Little Listeners consists of book reading, song singing, craft making and meeting puppet friends.

Baby Times, for all babies from birth up to age 2 1/2, is offered on Thursday mornings from 10:00 to 10:30 am. and begins on September 24th. Baby Time programming is designed to encourage the development of literacy skills and is filled with simple books, nursery rhymes, knee bouncing learning games and finger plays.

Our After School Club is a bi-weekly program offered to students in kindergarten through 5th grade and is held every other Friday beginning on September 25th. This program consists of books, crafts, games and snacks.

All of these programs are open to children without charge and are held at the Crossroads Branch in our Story Time Rooms.

Request for Public Input

Our world today is so active that the term, “busy” almost describes a new lifestyle choice! Thanks to social media, we have more ways than ever before to connect with family and friends. Facebook (which the Library participates in) and Twitter are two ways which come to mind quickly.  It’s possible to find out what our neighbor had for supper last night and where they plan to travel for vacation just by “friending” them online and reading current posts. And yet, even with this new level of intimacy added to society, there is something lacking. The speed with which we connect is so instantaneous that it sometimes lacks the depth needed for true conversation. And this may just be my personal opinion, but communication without “face-to-face” interaction can be lacking in substance.

For me, understanding the true meaning of a conversation requires some visual input. To hear and understand the whole meaning of a conversation, I find the following type of data helpful. In other words, what are the listener’s facial expressions when I speak? Does the open yawning indicate boredom? Do the individual’s crossed arms tell me she is resistant to my new idea? Sorry ladies and gents but “emoticons” just don’t accurately convey the entire range of human feelings. So what, you might ask, is all of this rambling leading up to? Well, this is my attempt to convey the message that communication is a critical component of day-to-day life. And it is also critical to the relationship between a business and its customer.

I’ve introduced this topic because I want to open up the lines of communication between the Library and our community. I consistently try to promote the Library’s programming and services offered, by advertising on the radio and social media. This column has provided a unique way to share information about the library industry as a whole. My sincerest thanks go to The Jeffersonian and its fine staff for providing the space necessary to accomplish this task. But as I’ve stated before, communication shouldn’t be a one-way street. So I am requesting input from the community. This includes users of our system, along with possible future customers.

A portion of the Library’s mission statement says that part of our goal is to “provide library information, services and materials to meet the needs of citizens in the 21st century”. So I ask myself if the needs of our modern patrons are being met. Of course the standard reference resources we are all familiar with, such as the World Book Encyclopedia, are still available for students to use. Books and periodicals are still available for checkout with a valid library card. The Library still functions in the traditional way. But are there other ways that we could, and should, be serving the public? Are there services that our community would take advantage of, and appreciate, if offered?

So this is my request to you dear reader. How may the Library serve you? If there are ways that you would like to see the Library expand its services, please let me know. And share this thought with your family and friends! I would appreciate the opportunity to sit down with patrons and chat awhile and get to know you better. Your valued ideas are an important part of keeping us vital well into the future. My office is located at the Crossroads Branch, 63500 Byesville Rd. Cambridge Ohio and visitors are welcome any time! However, I split my time between our various branches and wouldn’t want to miss your visit. So please call the branch at 740-432-7536 to make certain that I’ll be there when you stop by. Those who are unable to stop by may send a thought or request to my email address melissa@guernseycountylibrary.org. Let’s have a heart-felt discussion and together we can make our future library system great!