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October - December 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 4
 
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Marion Baysinger Library: Change Has Come

Jennifer Moton

"The season for enjoying the fullness of life -- partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth."

-Denis Waitley

Fall winds are sweeping in to the tune of growth and progress, especially at the Marion Baysinger Memorial Library. New staff member, Jennifer Moton, has joined the Baysinger team. She hails originally from Cocoa, FL and began her career in libraries planning programs in the Children’s Department. Her role has expanded to catering to Adult and Teen programs.

Branch Supervisor, Pam Goodson, has officiated the modernization of the library’s collection and appearance and successfully won a grant with funds that contribute to the purchase of six iPads and a large screen T.V. Pam and Robin Bridges have also shifted, weeded, repaired and added titles to the collection.

The library has already seen success with programs such as the Back to School community event planned by Maria Ramirez. Children attending the event received a free, fitted helmet, and handouts from varying community resource programs. There was also a raffle for a boy bike and a girl bike and 2 back packs.

Teen programs included Watermelon painted shoes, jelly soap, and clay bows. Adults were included in the fun with Snakes at the Library presented by Lake Louisa State Park Rangers, decorating light switch plates, no bake cheesecakes, and more. The library as a whole celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 in costume and character. Patrons received a bookmark with pirate definitions.

Future adult programs include Camping Tips, Planting and Maintaining Local Plants, Holiday Wreaths with Kim-E’s Florist Shop, Computer and I-Pad classes, A Mighty People presented by Felix Ramirez for Hispanic Heritage Month, and Holiday mini-photo Albums. Teens will have plenty to stay busy with sewing Spirit Hoods, making chocolate covered oreos, Steam-Punk mini-photo albums, and more. Children are also included in the fun with game nights, rainbow crayons as gifts to be distributed during the Holidays, musicals, brain trivia raffles and more.

Library staff welcomes four new volunteers for the Adult Literacy Program. Currently, there is one full class teaching advanced ESL with a waiting list. Training for adult and teen volunteers has started and there are a total of five volunteers shelving with others waiting for approval. The future is set to be busy at Marion Baysinger Memorial Library and the staff is more than eager to accomplish it all.