You’ve heard people say time goes faster as we grow age. That’s the way this year went at Pleasanton Library. To wrap up the year, we thought you’d enjoy knowing what kept us busy the last 12 months. Employees participated in training webinars and workshops provided by the Southeast Kansas Library System in Iola. In addition, their technical support employees visit to update our computers and help us with issues. Youth Coordinator Sandy Wilkerson visited during our Summer Reading Program, helping with crafts and serving cake during our Harry Potter Party. Library Consultant Kim Rutter visited to see progress we’ve made and give us guidance.

Our Music on Main! Jam Sessions took place monthly and reached a one-year anniversary of this gathering of talented musicians. We hope their December chili supper becomes an annual event, and we look forward to Morgan Brown’s signature beef chili. We set up the space for the musicians, but audience members are welcome as well. Around the circle musicians each choose a song to play while others join as backup.

Since 2010, I’ve represented the library on the statewide board of Friends of Kansas Libraries. I’m currently secretary of the board, and write and produce their quarterly newsletter. Several of my talented friends visited the Kansas Library Association conferences as FoKL luncheon speakers. This October, Pleasanton’s Ken Robert Baugh talked about his book, “Just Passing Time,” and shared the importance of literacy. I gathered photos of Kansas Carnegie libraries throughout the state to produce a PowerPoint presentation shown at FoKL’s booth during the conference.

Beginning in 2011, members of the Friends of Pleasanton Library volunteered to help with projects and fundraising. Last February, they held a bake sale to raise funds for the library, and they donate Scholastic books from their annual sale in the school’s annex.

Since December 2012, I’ve visited the pre-schoolers on a monthly basis to read stories, help them make crafts and enjoy snacks. I had to take a break this fall, but missed them and hope to pick back up this Spring.

In March, the board chose to pay off the lease/purchase loan, and now own the library. Mortgage payments and interest fees will now be available for repairs and upgrades to the 40-year-old building. This year we replaced all the ceiling fixtures with LEDs that now save $50 a month in electric costs.

April found spirited 7th and 8th graders back at work in the library’s garden, providing community service. In spite of drizzle, they accomplished a lot and had fun despite muddy conditions. Friends of Pleasanton Gardening continue to meet monthly the last Tuesday evening in our meeting room. They take a winter break, but resume meetings in February.

Summer raced by, with two or three programs each month. Our kickoff event at Mine Creek Battlefield was a Story Walk and salsa garden planting with a program by Abbie Powell from K-State extension office. Erica Kern shared recycling information using a game, and we visited Jason Johnson at Mid-State Rental to “operate” equipment. We also held healthy cooking classes taught by Carolyn Cochran from the extension office. LeeAnn Davenport’s “Fun with Money” where participants got to purchase items from her “store.” Our end-of-summer party included an art show and fashion revue, complete with paparazzi, Courtney McConico of Glamour Girl Essentials. We had so much fun, we’re planning for next summer’s reading program, Libraries Rock! and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!