The beginning of a new year is often a time when we both reflect on what is in the past and look forward to what is yet to come. 2020 marks the end of the second decade of the 21st century. Many of us can probably remember when we leapt into this new millennium, and it seems impossible that 20 years have fled by. For someone who had a child in 2000, it is shocking to think she will celebrate her 20th birthday this year. However, we embrace the passing of time and the changes that it brings, even here at the library.
In early December we learned with regret that Literacy for Life would be closing its doors at the end of 2019. This meant the end of the preschool literacy programs and computer classes that this organization had put on at the library for a number of years. Recognizing the value of these programs, and not wanting to lose them, the library sprung into action, to look for additional funding to have the programs continue in their current format with Elone and Janine as Facilitators. As this goes to press, the Friends of the Sheep River Library Foundation is awaiting word from AGLC, to use casino funds to keep the programs going. If all goes well, Toddler Time, Movers & Shakers, Rhythm and Rhyme and Natured Kids will start on January 29. Please register at the library. We will keep everyone posted as soon as we have some news.
In addition to funding from the Friends, the Library Board made the decision to raise the cost of the library cards for the first time in anyone’s living memory. The extra money raised will go towards supporting these programs. From January 1, a single membership will be $15 and a family membership will be $25. If you ever wonder about how much your card is saving you in book purchases, just peruse the bottom of your check-out receipt. It tells you how much you saved on that visit and your accumulated total since you got your card. Many of you are well into the thousands of dollars. For families with children in the local elementary schools, please remember that you can get a free family membership between June and October of every year, through the generous sponsorship of Mark and Rachelle Muller at AG Foods in Black Diamond.
Our computer drop-in sessions will also continue with Norma Dogger stepping in to assist patrons with internet, social media and managing files. We are also offering classes on Word. Other new programs this winter include Zumba, Future Thinking, Mindful Eating, Sleep Basics and an information session on Radon gas. For the creative souls out there, Sharon Wagner is offering a mini abstract art workshop and Angie Simmons is hosting four evenings of poem-making. Mark Friday May 8, for an early Mother’s Day celebration. Join us for Movie and Mocktails as we dress up 1920s style and watch the Downton Abbey movie. For a full list of programs with dates and times, please see the 4-page inert in the issue of the High Country News or go to our website. Brochures are also available at the library.