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March Library Board Meeting 2014

Headquarters and Community Services

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New Hire

Circulation hired Androniquea Arnold (Jonesboro) for the Library Aide.

Vacant Position

April McQueen resigned the full-time Library Assistant position at Information desk. This position is posted and we are receiving application. One position at Circulation for Library Aide replacing Jeremiah Foster.  

Adult Programs

Our Adult programming team is set to have regular meeting  to discuss and share various adult programs which can be used throughout the system, while sharing resource during our meeting,  and planning  future events.

We have started offering classes in the Headquarter computer lab. Here are a few classes we have started training:

ü  Introduction to Windows and Microsoft Word 2010 with Job Hunting and Skill Building

ü  Genealogy Workshop

Additional training classes will be added.

A representative from SafeLink Wireless is here to sign patron up for a free cell phone which offer 1,000 text and 250 minutes every month, based on income.

Regularly Tax Assistant sponsor by United Way is at Headquarter every Saturday, February 2 – April 12. Frist come First serve 9-4:45pm in the Board Room.






Youth Services Programs

Youth Services Programs

Personnel

·         2/22 Konstantina Bankhead (PT Youth Serv. Asst.) filled the full-time position vacated by Diane Flores.

·         Diane Flores retired, she in that position for 16 years

·         Ginny VanOrsdale switched from working an average of 18 hours weekly to 24 hours weekly.

·         3/3, Kimberly Oliver will start work filling 18hr a week position

·         Darla Rance, Youth Services Asst. at Forest Park, accepted a position as the Youth Services Coordinator at the LaGrange Memorial Library

Summer

Reading

Preparations

·         January:  Marsha Parham, Flint River Regional Library System, and I co-sponsored and supervised (13th annual) South Metro Performers’ Showcase, hosted by the Fayette County Public Library.

·         Rosalind Lett attended and approved the hiring of several of the presenters for Summer Reading Program

·         Staff  assisted with registration at the Showcase: Bea Mengel, Lyndon Batiste, Darla Rance, Sandy Rutkowski, Jennifer Pelt, Konstantina Bankhead, Xavier Scott, and Amanda Corbitt

Community

Outreach

·         February:  I attended Head Start’s Eligibility and Recruitment mtg. which focused on reaching out to , and serve the low-income families eligible for Head Start

·         Federal budget cuts eliminated transportation to and from Head Start this school year.  Darla Rance( Forest Park) and Sandy Rutkowski ( Morrow) read to the Head Start children, totaling over 41 off site story times September 2013 to date with a total attendance of 1,602 children and teachers.

Standard

Operations

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County

Collaborations

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Teen

Mentoring

Teen

Mentoring

·         Part-time Youth Services Library Asst., Erica James, presents story times to off-site child care centers daily on weekday mornings reaching over 20 child cares monthly

              Youth Services staff continues to work with Clayton County Parks and Recreation to provide public programs to which the recreation centers can bring “campers” on days no school is in session. The majority of these programs are either presented by, or supervised by, Bea Mengel, Headquarters Youth Services Librarian

              I worked with J.J. Jenkins of Another Way Another Chance to schedule a six week series at Headquarters of once weekly, mentoring sessions teaching life skills to teen males, ages 12-17.

              Martha Caldwell, Forest Park Branch Manager, worked with him to schedule the same series at the Forest Park Library.

              All locations are serving as volunteer opportunities for 6-10 middle school volunteers each from the Jeryme Brown/Mitchell Smalls Foundation Passport Program, http://www.jbmsfoundation.org who run after-school programs at Mundy’s Mill Middle, and Sequoia Middle.

·         Youth Services staff continues to work with Clayton County Parks and Recreation to provide public programs to which the recreation centers can bring “campers” on days no school is in session. The majority of these programs are either presented by, or supervised by, Bea Mengel, Headquarters Youth Services Librarian

·         I worked with J.J. Jenkins of Another Way Another Chance to schedule a six week series at Headquarters of once weekly, mentoring sessions teaching life skills to teen males, ages 12-17.

·         Martha Caldwell, Forest Park Branch Manager, worked with him to schedule the same series at the Forest Park Library.

·         All locations are serving as volunteer opportunities for 6-10 middle school volunteers each from the Jeryme Brown/Mitchell Smalls Foundation Passport Program, http://www.jbmsfoundation.org who run after-school programs at Mundy’s Mill Middle, and Sequoia Middle.

Weather

Related

Cancellations

Our Ringling Brothers Clown program had to be cancelled due to ice-day closures, and since he was touring, we were unable to reschedule. Due to weather, we also had to cancel Jonesboro’s January Clayton County Firefighters program. The Utopian Academy for the Arts, a state charter school due to open in fall 2014, is holding information sessions at Riverdale and Headquarters Libraries.

Partnerships

I have reached partnership agreements with Scholars Academy/Caribbean American Advancement Foundation, Clayton County Parks & Recreation South Clayton Center, and the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro’s ROC (Recreation Outreach Center) for these locations to serve as host locations for Summer Reading Program 2014 professional performance programs to be sponsored by the library.