Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kimball Library News 12/13/11

The youth services department at the library is in the midst of an overhaul. This will require some need on our part to ‘ignore’ our regularly scheduled programs while we recreate ourselves. We are asking for your patience through our transitioning. Except for teen and tween book discussions, there will be no children’s events offered from Dec 27-Jan 17. This gives you a chance to revive and regroup after all the holiday hoopla, and it gives us a chance to plan 6 weeks of activities and introduce you to some new classes for children at the library. There will be multiple offerings for all ages of preschool from birth to age 6 in six week sessions, and after we pick up steam there will be more opportunities for elementary age children also. Take care to note that regularly scheduled preschool story times as well as the Friday Night Read & Feed will take a rest over the vacation week and a bit into the New Year. Do not take a rest from getting some books for everyone. You’ll just have to do the reading and prepare the craft for a few weeks for your little ones. Not to worry, we think you’ll do a great job.

Part of our re-organization revolves around the retirement of our long-standing Children’s Librarian-Carolyn Birr. Carolyn is known and loved by many children and adults and her full-time dedication will certainly be missed. She has served in children’s lives at Kimball Library for 26 years. She also has been a dedicated part of the ‘Friends of the Library’ and was instrumental in her input in the building project. Mrs. Birr is a name that many children first associate with when coming to the library for stories and books. Even the littlest of children quickly learn to say ‘brrrrrrr.’ We are incredibly fortunate that she will remain with us as a part-time member of our staff. Please take time out of your schedule to help us honor and celebrate her presence on Wednesday, December 28th, from 11:30-2:30pm. There will be celebratory cake as long as it lasts. (Sweet-tooth folks should come early!) Do drop by to congratulate her on her wonderful years of service and to thank her for sticking with us.

Stepping up to the plate (but certainly can’t fill her shoes!) is Kathy Watson who will now not only oversee the teen life, but also children’s events and classes as well. We’ll also be adding a new staff member to pitch in for the implementation of some children’s services. Stay tuned for future announcements regarding new staff. Once again, we appreciate your patience in the interim.

Make time for yourself this season by stopping in to check out a book, music, or movie or by jumping online to check out an ebook or audio book just for you. Take time for quiet by dropping by to read the paper or peruse a magazine. We have a lot of new holiday movies that are family friendly as well as dvds that are just for adults on our shelves. Here is just a little sampler: Holiday Collector’s Set Volumes 2 and 4, The Smurfs, Snow Men, Christmas Mail, Dear Santa, Beethoven’s Christmas, The Night Before the Night Before Christmas, A Golden Christmas: The Second Tail, All-Nighter Before Christmas, The Santa Incident, and Christmas Lodge to name a few. These titles and more may be just the quiet breath of fresh air that you need.

We’ll be closed for holiday hours at the end of the month of December on Saturday, December 24th and on Monday, December 26th. We will also be closed on Monday, January 2nd. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to everyone!

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