East Berlin Community Library: Reflections of an Awesome Year
In the two plus years I have been Director of the East Berlin Community Library, so many wonderful things have happened. Particularly in 2014, we have begun tremendous work on our Capital Campaign to expand and renovate the East Berlin Community Library to double its present size… More on that later! In terms of programming, we continue our very successful children’s programming and adult programs, but in 2014 we have also added regularly scheduled young adult programming to our busy schedule. Our big splash was our Teen Summer Reading Program, which proved to be very successful… more too on that later. Finally, we welcomed a new staff member, Kyla O’Hara, to our wonderful staff. Kyla is a professional librarian with her Master’s Degree in Library Science. She has become very involved in answering reference questions on the circulation desk while also taking over most of our new book ordering. Next time you are in, please welcome Kyla to our staff.
As I mentioned, our Capital Campaign is off to a wonderful start. With the tremendous support we have received, we very much look forward to spreading the vision of the plans in the coming years and starting construction at the appropriate time. Our goal of raising $1,200,000 is still a ways off, but we are confident support for the project will continue to grow. If you would like more information about the Capital Campaign or how your family, company, or foundation can participate, please feel free to contact Library Director Brandt Ensor at 717-259-9000 or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to working with the entire community to make this project a reality.
East Berlin area children had a tremendous time this summer with our “Fizz Boom Read” Summer Reading Program. Our programs, storytimes, and science sessions were well attended and children and adults alike loved our science in a bottle station by the circulation desk. For those who didn’t stop by this summer, science in a bottle is a way to bring science to children (and children at heart) without it being messy, too difficult, or too long of a project. We had a bottle that made it sound like rain, a bottle that had paper inside to stick to your hair with static electricity, and even a jellyfish (ok a shredded up sandwich baggy) in blue ocean water. Thanks to all for making these science in a bottle experiments a great way to celebrate the “Fizz Boom Read” science theme this summer. During summer reading 2014, the East Berlin Community Library held 41 children’s programs with a total attendance of 1,504 adults and children attending. That’s a crazy average of 36 people attending each program. All I can say is, the public has spoken and they need the expanded library with dedicated programming space! In terms of participation, 209 children ages Birth-11 read 92,050 minutes while 45 teens registered and read a combine total of 169 books. Thanks to all for making our Summer Reading Program the coolest time of the year!
Visit the library at 105 Locust Street, East Berlin or online at www.eastberlinlibrary.org for programming information or call 259-9000 for more information.