The past month has been one of firsts.
As a new director, I recently completed my first Library of Michigan State Aid report. It wasn’t as cumbersome as I anticipated and I even found myself rather enjoying digging into some of the numbers in order to get the percentage of funds contributed by the specific municipalities within my library’s legal and contracted service area. I had several preconceived notions which were challenged and later laid to rest. I’ve had a few conversations with library folks, based on the data, and they too had their ideas challenged. Overall, the process has been very enlightening and I plan on presenting some of the data at the next library board meeting.
This past week, the library hosted my first adult program since taking the reigns. A dear friend, Melissa Brown-VanSickle, presented an introduction to essential oils which focused on the various health properties and uses of different types of oils. Each person in attendance was given an oil, of their choosing, in a cute little bottle to take home and enjoy.
On Friday, the library participated with other local business in the Deckerville Dickens of a Christmas. We offered two story/craft sessions — one in the morning and the second in the evening. The evening session had excellent attendance! Story of choice was Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean and Eric Litwin.
The group decorated snowflakes (which I cut out prior to the program — for simplicity) with: crayons, glitter glue, faux bling, and sequins.
It was three years ago, when I was turning 30, that I decided to tour 30 libraries for my birthday — the 30 Years and 30 Libraries project. One of the libraries in which I toured, Moore Public Library, won a new AWE early literacy station at our library cooperative’s annual meeting. After conferring with their library board, MPL donated their used AWE station to Deckerville Public Library! The new-to-us AWE station is sitting upon a cute little antique desk which was just donated by a member of the library staff — her husband even sandblasted and repainted it.
Earlier this year, I was asked if I’d be interested in revamping the Village of Deckerville’s website. I wanted to get settled into my position before undertaking any projects outside of the library. The project started in November and went live during the last week in November. It’s still a work in progress as I’ll be adding ordinances and permits as well as doing something a bit different for the public notices page, but it’s out there and people seem pleased thus far.
Now I just need to finish my library’s new website…