It’s time to ring out the old, but before we say goodbye to 2014 let’s take a quick look back at some of the highlights of this whirlwind year.
Our newly designed website premiered in late February, featuring a more eye-catching layout, more relevant search categories, more interactive features including on-line program registration, and easy 24/7 access to many library resources.
Despite libraries’ stodgy stereotype, we know how to throw a party. We threw some great ones in 2014. We celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday in style with celebrity readers and Seuss-tastical games, crafts, and treats.
Wimpy Kid fans had a chance to flaunt their smarts with Wimpy Kid trivia, make their own journals, and prove their skills in challenges like cereal box toilet toss.
This year’s Summer Celebration was the biggest yet. Over 800 people enjoyed Culvers’ sundaes, trolley rides, the music of Frogwater, games, face painting, balloons, and more.
Speaking of summer, our Fizz, Boom, Read summer programs were nothing short of explosive. More than 1,000 area kids, from tots to teens, participated in our reading programs. Nearly 2,500 people attended events for children and families.
Our annual Halloween Happening attracted record numbers of ghosts, goblins, monsters, super heroes and princesses. More than 180 boo-tiful guests showed up for tricks and treats.
This fall also saw the opening of the Play Learn Grow Early Literacy Center for infants through kindergarteners. The popular interactive playroom helps adults grow young readers while having lots of fun with their little ones.
Of course, we can’t forget about all the books, movies, music, and more that you can borrow from the library. During 2014, about 130,000 items from the Children’s Collections were checked out. A total of nearly 337,000 items were checked out from Children’s, Teen, and Adult Collections.
Thanks for helping make 2014 a blockbuster year. We have even more exciting offerings planned for 2015.