Summer Reading Program to begin in June

The Alva Public Library is preparing for the Summer Reading Program which will be held in June. Information was sent home with students and signups are open. Information is available at the front desk of the library and online at the library’s Facebook, Instagram and website connections.

Lynn Wilt conducted the meeting of the library board Monday afternoon since Patty Harkin was absent. Board members Lennie Reed, Marilyn Clyne and Chris Eckhardt were present. In addition to Harkin, April Ridgway was also absent.

Interim Library Director Angela Courson told board members there will be two groups for the Summer Reading Program. Those going into first or second grade will be the Adventure group while third through fifth grades will be the Quest group. Prizes to be earned during the program are on display in the entry to the library.

The new card catalog kiosk has arrived. It was purchased through grant funds. Courson said the kiosk contains an iPad mounted inside for searching books and materials available but not the internet. A lot of kids have been using it.

The library received six new iPads with lots of new games installed. The tablets have lock pads that connect them to a sturdy cord attached to the table. Courson said one of the lock pads came loose, and she is experimenting with glues to find one that will secure it.

Regular programming for younger library patrons will begin in July after the Summer Reading Program ends. Courson said students may sign up for those. Many of them have limited spots. Little Explorers will also require signups for the summer so they know how many are coming.

The library will employ Ashley Brinkley during June while Emily Smith is gone to compete in Miss Oklahoma. Brinkley had been in the library at Washington School but will start teaching fifth grade at Lincoln School in the fall.

Courson proposed a change to the code of conduct policy for the library. She passed around a sheet showing the change. She said it came to her attention when someone in the library offered a substance to another person, not tobacco and not illegal, but not appropriate for the library. The new wording will ban illicit substances, not just tobacco.

At the end of the meeting, Courson showed library board members a picture of the plaque being made to honor the late Larry Thorne who was library director for many years. The plaque, paid for by Friend of the Library, will go on the door of the Larry Thorne Genealogy-History Room.


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