56 Books at a Time & Library News

screamingHello, I apologize it’s been so long since I updated our blog.  It’s been a busy couple of months here at DPL with cataloging and preparing our annual report to the state.  No doubt I’ve looked like this poor lady to the left here on more than one occasion recently!  But there is hope…the annual report is ready and the cataloging is almost done!

As you may have noticed, the carts and horizontal surfaces laden with books waiting to be sorted and cataloged are slowly thinning!  I often remind myself, while working through this massive project, that it’s been ’56 books at a time’, referring to the sheets of labels that I fill up with the correct call numbers and information, print and then stick to the spines of the books.  I’ve long lost track how many sheets I’ve been through, but the package of 100 sheets is looking mighty thin!

I appreciate everybody’s patience while we work through this messy, but necessary, process to better automate and update the library’s systems.

The goal is to have all the library cataloged and automated by the end of the 1st quarter.  Then, you’ll be able to go onto the state’s sharing site (called WISCAT) and see what’s in our collection!  I’ll train anybody who’s interested in learning about WISCAT in classes we’ll offer in April.  It’s a good resource for seeing what’s in our collection as well as what’s available throughout the state that we can borrow for you!  We’ll also have an in-house computer dedicated to searching our catalog and training will be offered for that as well.

ant digAlthough the snow and ice are ever-present, we are planning now for the summer reading program. This year’s theme is “Dig Into Reading”.  The first step is gathering volunteers to plan the weekly programs and then administer them.  I will be sending fliers to local schools looking for volunteers, but I want to stress that even if you don’t have school-aged children, you can help!

We need people to assist with these and other items:

  • Snack: planning, preparing and serving a snack weekly (costs covered by the library)
  • Set up & Clean Up:  help set up a shade tent in the parking lot and take-down after the program, clean up parking lot and put back tables/chairs
  • Crowd-control: yes the kids can get rowdy and we sometimes need extra adults to help calm them down and keep them focused
  • Craft helpers: help kids with their weekly make & take craft
  • Storytime readers
  • Check-in person: gathers the reading logs as the kids come in and keeps track of their totals for the prizes at the end of the year, keeps attendance
  • Check-Out desk helper: someone who’d be willing to run the check-out desk during the program if the librarian needs to be involved in other activities. This person also hands out the weekly ‘grab bag’ prize for attendance

As you can see, there is much to do to make the program a success and as we grow our attendance every summer, we are looking for ways to make things less chaotic during the program.  That translates into  MORE help!

If you’re interested in helping out during the summer program, ever Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. from mid-June to mid-August, please let us know!

Hope to see you soon!


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