By Jeffie Nicholson, Reference Department
What is a Friends of the Library group? They are outstanding individuals who value the services a public library provides to a community. They are willing to volunteer their time and talents plus dedicate themselves to the promotion and support of their local library.
To recognize and celebrate the volunteer and fundraising work of Friends in local community libraries, the United for Libraries division of the American Library Association designates one week in October as the National Friends of Libraries Week.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 16-22, 2016, as Friends of Libraries Week in Tennessee and encourages all citizens to join in this worthy observance.
Our own Friends of the Williamson County Public Library group was established in 1961. They held their first meeting on December 3 at the War Memorial Public Library. Over the years, they have contributed thousands of dollars to our library. Nearly $15,000 for books was raised this year. They also provide support for staff training and education, and other endeavors as they arise.
Our Friends raise these funds via membership fees, their book sales and events such as the Special Children’s Book Sales and by selling t-shirts and book bags. Members volunteer to help out with these and library events plus special Friends events like October’s “Boo Books” on October 24.
“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Debbie Eades. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!”
Our Friends of the Library are truly priceless and our library system would be bereft without their contributions. Did you know that the value of a volunteer hour is now assessed at $20.56? It leaves you speechless when you think about all the time our Friends give to the library.
“Our library would be much poorer without the Friends,” said Library Director Dolores Greenwald. “The funds they raise are such a valuable contribution to our community. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how much support is provided by our local Friends groups.”
By Jeffie Nicholson, Adult Services Manager
Book List by Julie Duke, Youth Services Manager
The first day of school is an exciting time for parents and children. Many of us experience different level of anxiety as the summer ends and the school year approaches. Make the beginning of school an easier transition for first-timers and returning students with some of these easy tips!
1. Practice the morning and evening routine. Give yourselves a week or two before school to ‘reset’ your internal clocks and on a sleep to rise schedule that will be the norm for the next 9 months.
2. Let them pick out a school supply with you that will help them get excited about the school year. It can be anything from unique pencils to their backpack. It’s fun to have something special and gives one a sense of control over events.
3. Remind them that everyone is nervous and excited even the teachers! First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg is a funny picture book that illustrates this point perfectly.
4. Visit the school before the first day. Lots of our local schools have an evening opportunity to visit before the first day so everyone gets to see their classroom and meet each other. You can still visit the playground and walk around the outside of the school. Returning students could have a playdate on the school playground as several are open to use year-round.
5. Talk about it. Be realistic and optimistic. For some, it can be disappointing if the first day isn’t as wonderful as they thought so temper enthusiasm with realism. Be prepared to deal with ‘the teacher didn’t let me lead the line’ disappointments with the fact that there are still 270 days of the school year so plenty of opportunities are left to be had.
6. Read about it. A book about the first day of school is a great gift. The library also has several to choose from to help prepare for the big day. Our favorites include:
o The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (Parents may need a box of tissues when reading this one)
o The Ticky-Tacky Doll by Cynthia Rylant
o Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
o Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
o I Don’t Want to Go Back to School by Marisabina Russo
o Amelia Bedelia Goes Back to School by Herman Parish
o Arthur’s Back to School Day by Lillian Hoban
o The Berenstain Bears Go Back to School by Stan Berenstain
o Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
o How do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen
o First Day of School by Anne Rockwell
o Emily’s First Day of School by Sarah, Duchess of York
o Clifford’s First School Day by Norman Bridwell
o Biscuit Goes to School by Alyssa Capucilli
7. Take lots pictures and give lots of hugs. Make time that evening to talk about the first day with your child, their work and any special moments that they had on the first day of school.
By Jeffie Nicholson, Adult Services Manager
How you ask?
Everyday… but specifically May 12 -May 18, 2014
Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.
It started in 1919 due to Franklin K. Matthiews’ belief that children’s books and literacy can change your life. He was the librarian for the Boy Scouts of America and he started promoting higher standards in children’s books in 1913. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week to publishers, booksellers, and librarians.
You can participate and enjoy the week by reading a children’s book today!
Want to have more fun after reading?
Visit http://www.bookweekonline.com/puzzles to get a puzzle based on previous winners of the Children’s Choice Book Awards which are voted on by parents, young people, and librarians. If you have a Fancy Nancy fan, you may want to order one of the free Children’s Book Week poster http://www.bookweekonline.com/poster.
Bookmarks are available to print for free online too at http://www.bookweekonline.com/bookmark.
Visit http://ccbookawards.com/ if you’d like to vote for your favorite children’s book or see past winners and runners up.
Need a book? Then come see us at Williamson County Public Library, we’d love to see you in our Children’s or Teen rooms and help you find the perfect book or books to enjoy this week.