Czeching Out the Czechs
by George Mikiska
Lonsdale Public Library
Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the Czech Heritage Club
George Mikiska will lead a program about genealogy. Topics will include how to start your family tree; where to look for information locally, nationally and worldwide; important Czech words used in genealogy, and helpful websites. Bring your questions and he can help you get started. Find more information on the Czech Heritage club on their website.
The October meeting of the Lonsdale Public Library has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 pm. All meeting are open to the public.
Did you know that we have a book group at the library? We meet once a month on a Wednesday at 1:00 pm. We read a wide variety of books, fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, etc. You can order the books through the library, so there’s no cost, and we take turns bringing snacks! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 24th. We will be discussing Bossypants by Tina Fey. Come join us!
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our community survey and/or the strategic planning process. We have put a lot of thought into coming up with a plan for the next three years that addresses the needs of our community. Please take a moment to check it out, and remember that we are still and always open to your thoughts, needs and suggestions.
Lonsdale Public Library Strategic Plan
2018 – 2021
Community Engagement Focus Area
Goal: Increase awareness of library services and build community partnerships
- Boost community awareness of library and its services
- Expand outreach offerings to meet community needs
- Increase community partnerships
- Create a Friends of the Library group
- Grow opportunities for volunteers
Operations Focus Area
Goal: Amplify the library as place and staff as resources
- Review and revise library environment to maximize its potential for patron use
- Establish best practices for staff development
- Maximize library funding and resources
- Enhance and/or expand public service hours
Programming Focus Area
Goal: Cultivate program offerings to meet varied ages and interests
- Grow adult programming
- Increase tweens and teens programming
- Expand children’s programming
- Build family-friendly services and programs
Collections Focus Area
Goal: Evolve the collection to meet diverse community needs and interests
- Enrich collection offerings
- Expand alternative collection offerings
- Develop a local history collection
Banned Books Week is September 23-29. It’s the time every year when libraries and other book lovers celebrate our right to read!
Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Lonsdale Public Library is celebrating by inviting you to a blind date with a banned book. Check out your book, unwrap it, and enjoy reading!
Parents of pre-schoolers, don’t forget that we have Hands-On Science the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 am. Kids can play, explore and not even realize that they’re learning along the way. September 5th will be a cooking theme and October 3rd we will learn about fall.
We will be suspending our bedtime storytime (Tuesdays at 6:30 pm) until May. Friday morning storytimes (10:30 am) will continue year-round!
Stay tuned for ongoing information about new programs for all ages!
The library will be closed, Monday September 3rd in recognition of Labor Day. Thank you to all the workers that keep our community moving. Enjoy your day off, everyone!
The Library Board will have a work session on Wednesday, August 29 from 6-9pm. If you are interested in participating in this strategic planning session, we would be glad to have you.