On 2/4/13 10:18 AM, Peggy Malley wrote:
> Our summer reading program has been very well attended. We hold our
> activities on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 pm it seems to be a good time
> for us.
> We are also experiencing lower numbers of YA and middle school
> readers. We have a wonderful collection of YA books as well and they
> are just not getting used. I have recently decided to cut down on the
> number of YA books that I purchase now.
> Peggy Malley
> Library Director
> Ludden Memorial Library
> Dixfield, ME 04224
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> -----Original Message----- From: Mary Anne Libby
> Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2013 7:30 PM
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> Subject: [MELIBS-L] Children's programming, and YA's in the library
> 1. We just finished our stats for the past year and see that our
> numbers for attendance at summer reading program were down. We seem
> to do much of the same type of programs as other libraries, but are
> wondering if there are just so many summer activities (mostly many
> many summer sports leagues now) that we should expect lower numbers.
> We have often done our programs on Saturday mornings, but are
> wondering if we need to change that -- what time of day, and what day
> of the week do other libraries schedule for this?
> 2. In very recent years (the last two years), our younger readers
> (middle school and high school) are not coming in, though we have a
> nice collection of current YA books, public access computers, and work
> with the school libraries regarding KVBA and MSBA reading. Anyone
> else seeing lower numbers? Because we are a very small library and
> aren't open many hours, it is hard to schedule convenient times for
> programming for this age group, but we'd like to hear ideas from other
> rural small libraries about this.
> Thanks so much,
> Mary Anne Libby, Lib Asst.
> Dr. Shaw Memorial Library
> Mt. Vernon, ME
Raymond Village Library
3 Meadow Road
Raymond, Maine 04071
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