Even though the summer reading program ended on June 28 for school age children, the fun activities did not. The month of July has been busy with children continuing to read and enjoy books, as well as the new automation system the library is using, thanks to a Tocker Grant obtained by library director Lanora Joslin. Joslin and her staff invite everyone to come in and pick up the instructions for using the system either in the library or in their home, if they have an internet connection. Patrons will be able to browse the card catalogue, put items on hold, or even renew items from their computer. They will also be able to use the Texshare link using only their library card number and the phone number with which they registered. With this link, they will be able to access several databases which the library could not afford alone, but which come with their state accreditation. "This is a wonderful tool which many of our patrons are already using both at home and in the library. We would love to show everyone how to use it. Much of it can be used by our school children on their school Ipads for research and also for anyone from 3rd grade through college graduate school entrance who need to study for testing. One program includes both the educational tests mentioned above, as well as GED in both English and Spanish, nursing entrance exams, and police exams. As long as we can meet the local proof of monetary support, these programs will be available along with many more on our website.

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I will continue to strive to get this support from our city and county governments so that we can realize the dream that Mrs. Ritchie and many other of our citizens had in 1979 to have a library that would grow in its services to the people," stated Mrs. Joslin. "The grant pays for the automation system which is used for cataloguing, circulations, and delivery of these programs for the next 5 years at a cost of over $8,000, none of which comes from local funds. In addition to the above changes at the library, the summer staff has also been providing activities for kindergarten and up and younger, if accompanied by an adult. Every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. is craft time. These activities have been well attended so far. Children have done crafts led by Mrs. Baugh, summer reading director who has a Poem Day, a Scrapbooking Day, and possibly a Sewing Day in the plans. Approximately 10-15 attended the first Craft Day making pictures of parrots from their hand prints and planting flowers and vegetables in their very own "planters." The Paint the Sidewalk Day had to be postponed due to the wonderful rain we received. Every Friday at 2 p.m., the summer youth volunteers have been showing movies complete with popcorn and a drink. So far this month 20 to 30 young children have shown up to see The Lorax and Puss and Boots. On July 26, they wll be showing the classic Steven Spielburg film The Goonies. The young and young at heart are invited to join the library staff for this oldie, but goodie.