Friday, August 31, 2018

Saying Bye to Summer

I can't say we are totally sad to see summer go. It was a bit of a rough one here at RML. Between the road work for the new grocery store in town, and the paving of our driveway, I think some of our patrons decided to avoid the center of town altogether! But we did have some highlights:


Working with the summer reading theme of music, Ms. Patty offered some fun ukulele classes that were so popular, she had to add more sessions of lessons! We now have a bunch of ukulele's available for checkout that go out with the case and a lesson book - donated by the Friends of RML. Try one out!


While the upgrade was a little inconvenient for a week or so, the new computers we have are worth it! Not only are they shiny and new, but it's much easier for patrons to scan and print documents, and they are faster!

The only good thing about the times we were closed or slow was that it gave the staff time to weed a lot of materials that weren't circulating or in bad condition. While it can be a sad process, getting great new titles is the reward! Here are some of the fun, new non-fiction titles we've recently acquired:


Our latest statistics show that circulation of children's materials has been up! That's evident by the families that we saw week after week, checking out their stacks of books to prevent the 'summer slide'. We had an awesome group of kids participate in the Summer Reading Program by completing our Challenges and attending programs like Lunch Bunch with Ms. Nancy, Juggler Bryson Lang at the Blish Park pavilion (co-sponsored by Marlborough Park & Rec), Food Explorers, and our kick-off Dance Party with DJ Red Supreme!


After a few patrons requested it, we brought back our traveling friends in the form of cave people this summer. Six friends, including Bruno Marbles and Katy Quarry had some fun adventures around the state, country and world this summer.


We had a HUGE increase in the number of teens taking part in Summer Reading this year. We also had great fun at Teen Trivia Night and were treated to a performance by local group Modern Riffs, which features some teen patrons and brought out many of their friends to the show! Also shown are our Teen and Elementary winners of our Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party Essay Contest!