The library is a constantly forward-moving institution, even though many people don’t think of us in that way. We aren’t just books and card catalogs anymore. We’re technology and books and people. It’s always changing. So, for today’s blog post, I’ll talk about Five Things that We’re Doing at the Library Today.
#1. Blog posts, Twitter & Facebook
If you’re reading this, you might know we’ve been blogging for almost five years. That’s a lot of posts. Not only do we blog to keep you up to date on things going on in the library, but we also aim to entertain and educate. Our posts are about language, books, reading, writing and so much more. It’s something we enjoy doing, and it has made a real mark for us as a Public Library. And for the last few years, we’ve also had a Facebook page and we’ve added our thoughts on Twitter. We’re looking into expanding our online presence into Pinterest and other social networking sites in the future, so keep your eyes here for more information.
#2. We’re adding to our Genealogy Room.
Did you know we have a Genealogy room where we keep local history, microfilm and many bits of information about Carleton Place and the people who have lived here? We have a dedicated computer where you can search Ancestry.com for a few hours, or you could use the microfilm machine to search through old issues of the Carleton Place Canadian and more. Order in a microfilm from Library and Archives Canada to do more focused research on your family tree or ask us how to get started. We have a quick quiz to help us help you focus on what you’re looking for. And we’re always adding to the room, getting more local history documented in book form or on disk, so ask us what we have available. Even if we don’t have it ready now, it might be in the works!
#3. Expanding Our Collections
Did you know we don’t actively purchase paperbacks? We rely solely on the donations from our generous patrons who drop off their gently used new books and allow us to add them to our shelves. You’ll always see new books, whether it’s in fiction, non-fiction or in the children’s area. We put more than 150 new books each month into our collection, which also means that we have to constantly clean our shelves of older books to make room (otherwise, we’d be bursting through the doors!). You can often find “new” books on our sale table, so don’t forget to check for a great deal when you come in!
#4. Preparing for Summer Programs
Even though it’s only May, we’ve been preparing and thinking about our summer programs since about February. A lot of work goes into the process, and we hope the kids enjoy it when the time rolls around. This summer is no exception. We’re in the process of hiring our summer student and getting our decorations and programs ready. It’ll be different this year, with posters and booklets aimed at both the middle grade readers and our youngest set (based on our Ready for Reading program). It’s going to be a fun summer, with lots of crazy events and programs. Keep watching in mid-June for our summer Calendar. Just imagine what we’ll be doing this summer!
#5. Keeping up with technology
Yes, we’ve had eBooks and audiobooks available at the library for a while now, but you probably didn’t realize that we are constantly learning. With the development of many new devices, our initial training has had to be expanded. We’ve offered a workshop early this year to help new eBook users and we have a kids workshop in the works as well. While many people are still trying to work their way around the idea of eBooks, we’re here to help with the questions. It isn’t easy, and with the development of wireless devices, it makes downloading eBooks both easier and trickier at the same time. Hopefully, the publishing companies will continue to work out ways to allow libraries to offer eBooks to their patrons and more authors and publishers will make their books available. We’d love to have every book available to our patrons whenever they want it, but for now, placing holds and making wish lists will have to do. It’s an exciting process and just another way we can offer books to the public. We’re looking forward to seeing where this will go in the future!
So, you can see, we always have plenty of new things on the go at the library. It’s an exciting place to work!