September 2012, Volume 4, Issue 8
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Why Didn't I Think of That?
Jumpin' in Your Jammies for Joplin: a great collaboration in Chamberlain
A little more than a year after the tragedy in Joplin, Missouri, readers are receiving some help from children in Chamberlain.
Cozard Memorial Library was looking for a fun way to promote the summer reading program "Dream Big - READ" and was having a hard time finding something big that was affordable. One of the library board members also serves on the Mid-Dakota Reading Council and that group was trying to come up with an event to help the victims of Joplin. She suggested a collaborative project with the library. The board member had rented inflatables for a springtime activity in the past, and the library knew they wanted to do something with a pajama party. The two ideas became one with the "Jumpin in Your Jammies for Joplin." Both groups worked together to promote the event. The reading council supplied the funds for the inflatables from Palace Inflatables of Mitchell, and the library provided the space, the popsicles, the face painting, a toddler reading corner and the music.
Permission was received from the city to shut down the street in front of the library for the event which took place on Thursday, May 31 from 6:30-8:30. The rest of the week had been kind of rainy and cold, so a spot was reserved at the elementary gym in case the weather did not cooperate. The day of the event the weather was absolutely perfect. The sun came out and it warmed up just enough to be comfortable in jammies. The library staff, several volunteers and members of the reading council helped to set up, chaperone and clean up after the event. Over 250 children and adults enjoyed the event and five large boxes of books were collected to send to Joplin.
Big changes come in small packages at Wall
By Wendy Brunneman, Director, Wall Public Library
It doesn't take a complete renovation to turn your library into a community "destination" place. We recently spent a little over $2,000 for a new table with four chairs and three new lounge chairs. We spaced it over two fiscal years (although fairly close in actual time). It has really made the library look more "pulled together."
In the past we had an odd mish-mash of assorted, non-matching, donated items that were functional but ever-so-ugly. Patrons have commented on how welcoming and nice it is to have comfortable places to hang out in the library. I personally have noticed that it has increased the time that patrons spend in the library. We are trying to make the most of our small space for a reasonable amount of money. This in conjunction with other projects such as new doors, new vinyl in the tiny bathroom and a rug and beanbag chairs for the kid's area, have made a huge difference for us. I guess it's all in how you package it!