November/December 2012, Volume 4, Issue 10
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Why Didn't I Think of That?
Celebration of Reading at Colman-Egan draws readers young and old
By Marilyn Mendenhall, K-12 Librarian, Colman-Egan School District
The Colman-Egan library learning commons held its first Celebration of Reading early this fall. We were open from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. with a guest reader from 6:00 till 6:30 followed by prizes. We had 37 patrons from ages one through 80 participate in this family reading night opportunity. The adults loved the books just as much as the children.
The program is a partnership between the library and the Title 1 program with teacher Jane DeLay. More Celebration of Reading events will be hosted throughout the school year. October plans include popcorn as the theme and winning a prize by wearing a costume.
Plan now for building maintenance
by Nancy Sabbe, Director, Madison Public Library
Years ago, I attended a program on Library Building Maintenance presented by Dianne Lueder and Sally Webb. Up until then, I hadn't put much thought into building maintenance—it wasn't part of my library school education. These women clearly demonstrated that building maintenance required the same kind of attention and thought that I expended on collection development. I bought their book, Administrator's Guide to Library Building Maintenance, and began establishing a maintenance plan.
Of course, even with the best-laid plans for building maintenance, there continued to be those unexpected emergencies. The first time the Library Board asked that an "emergency" fund be created to cover these contingencies, the request was denied with the reassurance that if anything of this nature were to occur, we simply needed to make a request to the City Commission for the funds to cover the repair and/or replacement. You can guess what happened when such a request was presented. The commissioners looked at the library's budget and determined that there was plenty of money to cover the expense and didn't provide additional funds to fix the problem. The issue was taken care of with funds from the book budget.
Every year following that incident, we have included in our budget request an appeal that a reserve fund be set up for library maintenance. The Board of Trustees hoped that this fund would provide the capital to cover the unforeseen calamities that in the past had meant fewer resources for our patrons. Finally, last year, we were given the option of creating the fund with money from our budget allocation for 2012. We didn't hesitate. The fund was created. In just a few months, we had occasion to use the money from that reserve fund.
Besides providing the resources to deal with major, unexpected problems, it is the Library's Board of Trustees' intention that this fund will grow annually so that some money is set aside to finance the large, anticipated expenses such as roofing and carpeting.
It took years to get the reserve fund in place. The Library Board is convinced that the creation of the reserve fund is a real benefit to the continued maintenance of the building and an asset in long-range planning. The City and County Commissions are a little slower to come to that realization, but we're working on them.
Students read while "camping" in school
By Brenda DeHaan, K-12 Librarian, Andes Central & Wagner Community School Districts
The weather didn't matter while "camping" at Andes Central Elementary in Lake Andes. The kindergarteners had library story time inside the tent and listened to books about camping.
Other groups of elementary reading students also were able to read in the tent. It all started when the two Title I teachers, JoNell DeHaan and Jackie Miller, set up a large tent inside their classroom. They wanted students to be able to experience reading in a variety of environments. Some students had never been camping before, so they were able to get a taste of it at school. In fact, students even roasted imaginary hot dogs and marshmallows to complete their camping experience.