We only have two more weeks for the summer reading programs and I thought everyone would like to know some numbers.
Fizz Boom Read is for kids K5 - 5th grades. They have read 33414 pages and 1017 books.
Spark a Reaction is for 6th - 12th grades. They have read 242 books.
Literary Elements is for Adults. They have read 206 books.
I am so glad we invested in the online summer reading program for registering and logging books. We can now be more exact in our numbers for the program instead of estimating (or underestimating) what was actually read. Everyone has done a great job.
Our Wednesday programs have been a lot of fun. From balloons to bubbles to science to snakes it has been fun and we have learned a lot. We have two more programs for this age group: Blazer's Animals and our Skills Challenge for a chest of prizes.
On Thursday's we were a bit more hands on with our programs. We have built rockets, created art, built a catapult and had a LEGO day. Next week will be one more hands on craft and then the pizza party. Next year I will bring in a couple of outside programs to supplement what we are doing.
Random thoughts time. This has been an interesting summer here at the library. Our self check out quietly went out and then the next week our entire internet and phone system went down. To say it was a stressful time would be a bit of an understatement. We still don't have our self check but it is ordered. Our internet was restored after about 5 days and our phones after a week. So things returned almost to normal.
When people come in and ask how our summer is the answer that comes to mind is stressful; then I think challenging may be a more positive response.
I was sitting in my office today and heard some patrons talking and laughing together (that made me smile), Then I heard a young boy being tutored and he successfully read a challenging section and his joy and the praise of his tutor made me smile. I love that our city provides a space where people are welcome to come in and spend time with friends and chat and laugh. I love that teachers feel welcome to use our space and tutor students to be better prepared when school starts. I love to see kids excited about reading and learning about earning rewards and deciding whether to spend them right away or save them for the bigger prize.
So the next time I am asked how the summer is going I believe my response will be: Rewarding!
Wow! We are two weeks in to our summer reading program and I am amazed at all the reading going on around me! I thought that I would update everyone on how much has been read:
FIZZ BOOM READ - 15204 pages / 485 books (10 BINGO cards turned in)
SPARK A REACTION - 109 books
LITERARY ELEMENTS - 91 books
The participants in FIZZ BOOM READ have the option of counting pages or books.
The two programs that we have had for FBR have been the McWane Center and Bubble and Squeak. Go to our Facebook page to look at pictures of the programs both have been so much fun.
Spark a reaction has launched rockets and created art using a chemical reaction (powdered paint and vinegar).
Hope Trent won an Itunes gift card in the teen program and Jamie Broadus was the first winner of a goody bag in the adult program. We will draw again this Friday for another gift card and goody bag.
Next week DeWayne Reynold of DRMagical Balloons will be here. He does an amazing storytelling program with balloon costumes that he creates. We will need plenty of volunteers to act in the stories so let me know if you want to participate.
The teens will be building catapults and testing them out next week.
Remember there will be no program the week of July 4th. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July and don't forget the Big Kaboom on July 3rd.
Quick what do the above 3 phases mean? Summer reading is almost here! We have been hard at work getting everything set up, the prizes, the programs, online registration and logging. I think we are there!
Yes! We can now say yes to the phrase that is becoming more and more common each day: "Can you take a credit card?". We are now using Square to accept credit/debit payments for fines and also for book sales. Thanks to an LSTA grant we were able to purchase, among other technology, a new Ipad. This was purchased solely for the purpose to accept debit/credit cards.
I mentioned "other technology". We are replacing all 5 of our public access computers with new desktops. We are adding 8 laptops for checkout inside the library only. 3 of the laptops are MACS. We purchased 5 HP laptops for use in a very basic computer class. We realized we could use our reading space where the audios are to hold a 4 person class. We bought a 39" TV to use to project the leaders laptop onto a larger screen to make it easier to see what the instructor is doing. The classes are still in the planning stages so keep your ears open. Again the classes will start out as super basic. We will see what happens from there.
We also purchased a wireless printer for those using laptops to print black and white. The same charges apply as if you go through our desktops.
We hope to have our new computers in place fairly soon.
We are offering a Couponing Class on Thursday April 10 at 6:00pm. This class will be held in the council chambers of the Chelsea City Hall.
This class is being sponsored by North Shelby Library as a part of the grant SmartInvesting@yourlibrary that several of the libraries in Shelby county received to provide financial education. All are invited we just need to know that you are coming and how many are coming with you. You can register by clicking here or call 678-8455 #5 and let us know you are coming.
I look forward to seeing you.
If you have been to the library the last couple of weeks you will notice that there have been a few changes in the Children and YA Room. The biggest change is the addition of shelves to hold the audiobooks so we could free up space for the books on the other shelves. The audiobooks are now all in the right corner and spread across to the white cabinet. We have also put the Playaway Views in that same area. The hanging bags that held the book/cd combinations are now on the shelves in the middle of the room. Keep in mind that a lot of the audios that we have we also have the book that goes with it.
We have also made changes with the Beginner Readers. We have color coded the reading levels by adding a translucent label to the spine label. We have a card that shows what color is with what level. We have coded up to level 3. If there is no color on the label then it is higher than a level 3 or we weren't sure where to categorize it.
I am sure a lot of people think that once we put a book on a shelf it is only moved to be checked out and then replaced in the same spot. The thing about libraries is that they have to be fluid. We don't go in and out with the tide, but we are always changing and shifting to adjust to the demands that are made by you the patron. A stagnate library eventually disappears from lack of use. A fluid library, one that will embrace the changes in technology and more, will grow and prosper. There are exciting things in our future. Join us on the journey!
Chelsea Public Library
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
16623 Hwy 280
Chelsea, Al 35043
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday : Closed