Library programs taking hiatus in August, Sept.
Just like it’s difficult for a mechanic to work on a car while it’s going down the road, it’s not easy for librarians to evaluate and improve the programs they offer to the public while still putting on multiple events every week.
That’s why Rolling Hills Library is taking a programming break in August and September. Except for two eclipse programs on Aug. 19, the library will not offer public programs from Aug. 1 until mid-September.
“A lot of stuff happens in a public library that the public never sees,” Library Director Michelle Mears says. “When it comes to programs, the people who attend usually don’t know how much time and effort goes into planning and preparing for them. Right now, our programs are relatively successful, with adequate attendance and good reviews from patrons.”
The break will be used to gather information, to discuss ideas and to make plans for improving programs. The library is updating its strategic plan and wants to align programs with that plan and is also considering how to take programs outside the normal space of the library.
“Taking this short break will give us the time we need to become more efficient and to offer even more creative and meaningful programs to our patrons,” Mears says.
Programs will return in mid-September with the opening of a traveling exhibit for children and families in the Belt Branch Upper Story. “The Amazing Castle” is an early-learning exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum that allows children to play in a medieval setting with costumes and props to learn about communities and enhance their imaginative play.
The exhibit will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from Sept. 22 through Jan. 5 for families, daycare centers and schools to visit. Other library programming, such as Storytimes and reading groups, will resume the week of Sept. 24.