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Hello, all! Guess winter is sticking around for a little bit longer, eh? Hopefully it warms up (and stays warm) soon! I’m slowly figuring out my way around this updated WordPress editor, but it sure is a pain! Pictures definitely won’t look the same with the posts anymore, and even making the posts has become kind of ridiculous.
Make sure to check out our Facebook (necessitynotluxury) for more continuous updates and pictures of the happenings within our library!

Our foreign exchange student patron, Viva Jitcheun, has decided that she would like to put on presentations and slideshows here in the auditorium, to teach everyone about the exchange student program and about her home country, Thailand! On February 2nd, we learned about the program, and on February 16th, we will learn about some of the history of Thailand! She is doing a presentation every other Sunday, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm, inside the auditorium. She’s using the library’s new projector and projection screen to do it! Come on down and learn about a whole new country!
February 16th: History of Thailand, part 1
March 1st: Education in Thailand
March 15th: History of Thailand, part 2
March 29th: Religion in Thailand

Our Club Nights have changed a little bit! In January, Alex Nuno, former resident of Snyder (and now serving our country!) came into the library and asked about our old D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) club. I told him that I hadn’t been able to figure it out, and changed it into Board Game Night instead. He then offered to help me learn how to run the game sessions, help all of the patrons and me build characters, and then run a session so we could all play for the first time! It was a lot of chaotic fun, and we learned that it’s better to work together, and that the roll of the dice can change EVERYTHING! The kids loved it so much that they voted to make it into a club, and thus, D&D Club has replaced Chess as one of our main four clubs. Luckily for them, Chess Club was supposed to be right after the D&D session Alex ran, so they got to play it two weeks in a row. The second session was just as chaotic as the first, if not a little clunky (we are all still learning), and the kids loved it and can’t wait to play it again on February 26th! D&D Club Night is an extended one, running from 4:00 – 7:30 pm instead of 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

BINGO Night still remains our top Club Night, with seven attending last month and eight attending today! We’ve got lots of great prizes for all ages! Gym Day had seven attend last month, and we played kickball, as always. We always have a popsicle and water break in the midst of playing. Board Game Night was Alex’s D&D session last month, and eight people came to play, and my D&D session had five come to play. Hopefully all of our clubs continue to do well and get even better with time! Gym Day this month is on February 12th, Board Game Night will be on February 19th, and D&D will be on February 26th!

That’s about all for now – we’ve mostly been busy with our weekly clubs for the last couple of months, and that’s okay! The patrons all love them and have a lot of fun while attending. The next big event isn’t until May, which will be our Dr. Seuss party. Otherwise, my board and I will be discussing and planning other things for you all!

Liz the Librarian, signing off. <3

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Turning the Page to a New Year

Hey, everyone! Welcome to the new year! We’re going to make it a great one, right? Of course we are! 🙂
(WordPress has changed, and I am unable to upload pictures at the moment 🙁 good thing we made a Facebook!)

The Patron Only Party went wonderfully! We had over 30 people attend, and almost all of the food was consumed – the remainder of it was donated. Everyone had a great time talking and eating and looking over our amazing little library! Thank you so much to everyone who came, to anyone who has ever donated anything, and to every single one of you patrons who make our library great! We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Last month, we only had two Club Nights, but they both were hopping with activity! Gym Day had six attendees, and we played kickball and basketball the whole hour. BINGO Night in December had seven attendees, and the BINGO Night today also had seven attendees! Almost everyone always gets a BINGO, and with every BINGO, you get a prize! It remains our patrons’ favorite Club Night so far, with Board Game Night and Gym Day close behind and both vying for second place. Please remember that every single Club Night is open to patrons of ALL ages, and you are always more than welcome to join us!

My library board ladies and I are going to be starting up a new event soon – I will add details for that as they come together. We also have a young patron named Viva who wants to start doing learning lectures about her home country, Thailand! More details on that as it develops, as well. I will update this post and make posts on our new Facebook about the new programs as they come along! We still have our weekly Club Nights and lots of awesome things for you to do at our little library! 🙂

Make sure to check out our policy – we have changed a few things. Patrons 17 and under can now read off their fines, and fines have been lowered to 10 cents a day. We wanted to make it so it’s hard for a patron to accumulate a fine at all, and we want to work with our patrons more about it. Full details are outlined in our policy! I’m also handing hard copies of it out at the library if you would rather read it on paper! Thank you!

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season, and I hope to see you here at YOUR Snyder Public Library soon! <3

This is Liz the Librarian, signing off.

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Read & Be Merry!

Hello, all! It’s that time of year again – we’ve all been sick at least once by now, it’s really cold, and there’s some snow on the ground. The perfect time to curl up in a warm spot and read a great book! 🙂 Well, anytime is the perfect time to read a book, but you know what I mean.

We’ve got lots of new books and media here at the library for you to enjoy! I just added bunch of new movies – some holiday ones, like the newest Grinch movie and Elf, and some new ones, like The Lion King, A Star Is Born, Yesterday, and John Wick 3 (yes, we have the first two!). And we’ve got 450 other movies for you to choose from! Come on down and check one out – you can even use one of our computers to watch the movie! I also have our holiday books on display for you to browse. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, The Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are among the many I have out!

We also have a new clock! Thank you, DEMCO! It has made everyone smile!

If you are a patron, or if you have ever donated anything to our library (whether it be your time, labor, money, books/media/decor/prizes/etc), you are invited to our Patron Only Party! It will be held inside the library, next Wednesday, December 18th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. You will be able to mingle with other patrons and donors and munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres made by my library board ladies and me! We hope to see you there!! 🙂

Speaking of Wednesdays, our weekly club nights are still going strong! November’s Gym Day had six attendees, and yesterday’s Gym Day also had six! The patrons’ favorite game to play is kickball, with our awesome red soccer ball! They also shoot hoops and play tag, and we always have a popsicle break! It’s lots of fun. Board Game Night in November had seven patrons there, all having fun playing all kinds of games, like Clue, UNO, dominoes, and more! Thank you to everyone who has ever donated games to the library! The patrons (the kids, especially) just love them! There was no Chess Club last month, as we were closed due to weather. Bingo Night this month was a hit, as always, with seven patrons playing BINGO and winning lots of neat prizes!

The library board and I have decided to make some changes to our policy, particularly when it comes to checkout, checkout length, and how we handle late fees and fines. The changes will be effective starting January 1st, 2020, and I will be sure to highlight the changed policies with a blog post, so all of our patrons know what’s expected of them when they use their library’s services! We hope our changes will make things easier for our patrons (and me!), and make their experiences at our library even better. 

Thank you all for being a part of our little library!!! <3

That’s all from me for now. This is Liz the Librarian, signing off!

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