Love at the library: Valentines and ‘blind date with a book’

Kolleen Taylor BBPL Director

We are thinking about warm days and love at the library. This past week we put away most of the holiday decorations, dismantled the book Christmas tree and updated our displays and bulletin boards with hearts, flowers and our love of reading taking center stage. You can even come to the library to send the staff a valentine … expressing why you love our library.

It’s all part of the special efforts of our staff to make the library a bit more welcoming, offering a warm reception once you come through our doors. And if you are adventurous about reading, you can even go on a “blind date with a book,” choosing a book solely on the clues on the outside of a very pretty package.

I have to admit I don’t have the creativity or patience to go to the efforts that these displays sometimes take. It’s fun to find the talents amongst our staff, exploring skills and genuine abilities that help round out the library family. That talent stretches into the programs offered at the library, from the little ones in preschool to the grade school and tweens.

Adults’ programs are not nearly so creative, but when we offer them, we try not to tread on topics that are already being covered by other organizations in our community. Our regularly scheduled programs are the Bartlett Book Club at the library on the fourth Tuesdays at 2 p.m., and the Timberland Book Club at Timberland Village on the fourth Thursdays also at 2 p.m. And our “Knit Pickers,” who meet each Friday at 10 a.m., continually explore their own creative juices, creating works of art with needle and thread, yarn and clever hands. All these groups welcome new members every time they meet, just ask for more details at the library the next time you drop in.

So the hats go off to the ones who pull together the details that make the programs pop! Whether it’s an Escape Room for Tweens or a science experiment making playdoh for the little ones, the creative juices to bring people to the library makes this library unique. The purpose for these programs are three-fold. 1). They bring our young people into the library, providing unique experiences, and allow their brains to get more creative. 2). It introduces topics that they can learn more about by browsing through the books and resources on our shelves, and 3). We are a safe and positive environment, which allows positive interaction with people of all ages.

So come into the library to refresh your creative juices, rejuvenate by finding a new author to read, or just explore the depths of our collection to find something that will cheer your soul, and invigorate your spirit.