A week in the life of a public library

We’ve had so much going on here at the public library this week! Not only are we gearing up for our Summer Reading Program, but we’ve also hosted three children’s programs, two books and lunches, and two book clubs. Not to mention the tea party this Sunday with Pete the Cat! Kudos to Head Librarian Laura Beth Walker, Children’s Librarian Nancy Opalko, and Youth Specialist Meridith Wulff for making this week happen. And of course we wouldn’t be here if it were’t for the constant guidance of library cats Scout and Atticus.

I was personally involved in hosting our teen comic book club yesterday evening and

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Alison Pelegrin demonstrates origami poetry

 

facilitating today’s books and lunch in conjunction with the Oxford Conference for the Book. Teen comic book club was a smash as we had a record attendance of fourteen people! Teens discussed the first volume of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and enjoyed pizza and snacks. (We’ve also had some interest from our younger crowd, so stay tuned for our upcoming kid comic book club.) This morning’s books and lunch poetry reading was equally exciting, although much more low key! Poet Alison Pelegrin read from her 2016 collection, Waterlines. Her gentle presence and strong voice carried her words like the origami poems she sets to sail in the shapes of owls, foxes, and other Louisiana creatures on the Bogue Falaya River.

We hope to continue to engage our community with programs like these for countless years to come. Sadly, public libraries and many other cultural and educational institutions are at risk now more than ever of losing government funding. To find out how you can help (it’s so easy, I promise!), please visit the American Library Association’s Legislative Action Center at http://cqrcengage.com/ala/. Thank you for your patronage, our community means everything to us.

— CF

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