Youth Services doing well at PCPL

Friday, July 28, 2017

Youth Services Director Krista Mullinnix reported things are going well with Youth Services at the Putnam County Public Library.

“The most prevalent was our STEAM Mondays,” Mullinnix said. “These were a huge success with our patrons. We all know science is important for kids, making kids into science innovators, and the library is a perfect place to do that because we can incorporate the arts into that. We are continuing that into the school year.”

She also reported that Youth Services attracts many homeschooled children and their parents, which has inspired her to start a homeschool book club. She also plans to start the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program in the future.

“You’re doing a wonderful job,” Diana LaViolette, who had recently taken her grandchildren to a Youth Services program, said. “It was wonderful. I think you’re doing a good job.”

The library is looking to hire a second Youth Services assistant in the near future.

In other praise for PCPL, the library has received cards and letters complimenting the archives and archivist Anthony Barger.

“With each visit, I only have more of an interest to return,” one letter read. “Tony has been wonderful and takes such an interest in the town. I feel you are very blessed to someone that cares. Rick and Diana are also very helpful.”

Another letter read, “(Technology Director Mike Acsbok) is invaluable to the online community and his daily services certainly add to the bounty of services that the library provides to the Putnam County community.”

In other developments:

-- Claims: The board approved claims at a total of $73,034.28, a decrease from last month of $42,375.11 and of $5,218.77 from the year’s average.

Claims this year so far have totaled $547,771.35. The highest claim was $115,331.31 in May, and the average claim is $78,253.05.

-- Officers: The board approved the following officers: Current president Alan Zerkel was named president; former secretary Lisa McCoy was named vice president; and Kayla Flegal was named secretary.

-- PALS: The Aug. 4 deadline for Putnam Adult Literacy Services (PALS) has been postponed pending the hire of a coordinator.

The PCPL Board’s next regular meeting is set for Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Kiwanis Conference Room.

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  • I would have to disagree with the assessment some of the youth services at the PCPL. Losing Lesley Stimpert made a huge impact in the quality of the youth services. We've almost nearly stopped partoning the childrens library. The current staff seem often seen bothered and disengaged from many of the patrons. Nothing like watching them selectively walk around the childrens library and speak/promote actvities to those in which they feel comfortabale approaching.

    -- Posted by jorge on Sun, Jul 30, 2017, at 1:24 PM
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