What happens in the library …
After writing over 320 library columns since early 2009, I wondered what readers might like to read about the library. For those who have never visited, or only stayed long enough to choose a few books or a couple of movies, you might wonder what else goes on there. Here’s a random sampling.
Our days begin just before opening at 10 a.m., Monday through Saturday. During the summer and on Saturday mornings, there are usually several pre-teens anxiously awaiting our arrival. They want to be first in line to choose their favorite computers and begin playing the wildly popular online game, Roblox. Roblox’s website calls it “the world’s largest social platform for play” … helping “power the imaginations of people around the world.” These young boys (and a few girls) are in the library all day, barely stopping to eat or drink. Our computer policy is 30 minutes per person, unless no one is waiting. They may get “bumped” by one of their friends, but can return to play at least two more times each day.
Meanwhile, we check the dropbox for books deposited overnight, call borrowers with overdue items, and process books requested by people at other Kansas libraries. Our library visitors request books through this system as well. Sharing materials allows us to access items we don’t have to purchase, process and shelve. Print as well as audio books, movies and even documents may be requested. Some of our regulars rely on us being able to find older books and movies this way.
Every six weeks, we receive an assortment of rotation books from our district office in Iola. They’re delivered in sturdy wooden boxes, but we shelve them throughout the library. Children’s books are placed on a shelf in the back corner of the children’s area, books for tweens and teens in the northeast corner, and adult books right inside the front door for easy access.
While some of our visitors stay only a few minutes, others spend an hour or longer in the library. They visit with us, order books, or sit in one of our many areas to read, relax, or check phone and e-mail messages. They might sign in to use our computers to do the same, or print documents for everything from concert tickets, to boarding passes for trips to other cities or even countries. They might apply for jobs, or take online tests toward advanced degrees. Or, they might keep up with friends and relatives on Facebook. We’ve even had several authors work on books while visiting our library. Visitors from outside of Pleasanton visit occasionally and have included bicyclists traveling from the East coast heading West, and a young woman following the Monarch butterfly migration.
Those who need a quiet space to work or study are able to utilize our meeting room at the back of the library. That space was created as a place for library board meetings. But since they only occur once a month in the evening, it opens the space to other groups that might need a space to meet. We don’t charge non-profit organizations for this room, but a minimal fee of $15 is required for sales organizations. Friends of Pleasanton Gardening meet there monthly during the season. The AARP tax preparers use the room on a weekly basis February through mid-April.
Adult programs have included book readings by authors, card-making, coloring, monthly jam sessions and even a baby shower since we opened in spring 2012. Summer Reading Programs have entertained children from birth to age 14. Our weekly programs occur begin when school ends and run through mid-August, and include entertainment, education, crafts and much encouragement to read.
We invite you to visit us as well. Stay awhile, enjoy hot chocolate or coffee, warm up, read the newspaper, a magazine or book while you relax in your library.
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