|CC: Jennie Faber|
Nope, I'm not on vacation (I... wish, actually).
Our public schools started back up August 6 and we take a break from programming during August. With the kids in school and no programs going on, you might think we're taking a break, but actually we're working just as hard as ever. August is a time to debrief and regroup... and get ready for all the programs coming up in the fall.
We're busy planning, ordering supplies, and prepping crafts for:
- Mother Goose on the Loose (our baby storytimes)
- Toddler Times
- Fall Storytimes
- Fantastic Friday (our monthly homeschooler programs)
- Harvest Homecoming Kids' Day at the Tent
- Our regular outreach visits to the YMCA Afterschool and local Head Starts and preschools
- Special outreach events like the local hospital's Baby Fair, a community resource fair for a local homeschooling group, and a Healthy Kids' Day put on by a local church
- Holidays at the Library (a holiday party thrown by our Friends of the Library)
In addition to all that, we're getting our ducks in a row for our teacher collections. We allow teachers at public and private schools, preschools, and daycares in our county to have a teacher card and request collections of up to 25 books to be pulled and checked out to them. We've been busy getting organized and trying to fine tune our procedures to make the process as easy as possible.
We've also been (finally!) setting up shelves and moving our children's media items into the Children's Room. We've been working on some weeding projects. And I've been poring over resumes and doing interviews for the new children's librarian we're hiring.
August may appear to be an "off" month to our patrons, but we finally have time to do the many, many things that it's impossible to do when the hustle and bustle of Summer Reading Club is going on.
And one of these days, I actually will take a vacation. :)