The Flora Library has been hopping with activity. Our community has been very involved with our services during the summer. Our intention is to plan exciting activities to keep their interest throughout the rest of the year and into the future.
The Summer Reading Program which continued into July, was terrific as usual, with programs that were joyful and facilitated learning. We had crafts and activities that were unique and inspiring. The “Find the Ninja” activity taught the children to locate fiction, non-fiction, biographies, reference, Early Readers, magazines and board books. We also talked about the Olympics and made Olympian torches and gold medals. Physical activity and healthy competition were stressed in programs about Karate and the self-defense (only) premise. There was a visit from “Animal Tales” which featured a snake, a rat, a falcon, a bat and a kangaroo! A corresponding book went along with the programs, with flash cards to ensure comprehension. We were so fortunate to have Maxine Owens-Carter to help with programs the past 2 years and the children love her! She was always helpful, happy and willing to do anything to make the programs successful.
In August, the schools rely upon the Flora Library to help with the last minute summer readers’ books. We also helped with poster projects and necessary forms to go with each book. The Flora Library also has a display of back to school books just for fun. This new section will have theme based books throughout the year so after “back to school”, we will showcase “Fall”, “Thanksgiving” and then “Christmas/Winter Holidays.” This section helps parents find theme books in record time and get on with their busy schedules.
September brought the new challenge for exciting outreach programs. Melba Johnson, Children’s Specialist, currently goes to the First United Methodist Church’s Day Care and Head Start programs weekly. When asked, she also gives programs and promotions at East Flora Elementary and Tri County Academy. Outreach is so important in our community. Oftentimes, the children bring the parents to the library, not the other way around.
We at the Flora Library have meetings regularly to discuss ways to improve and increase our many services for adults. In August, inventory was completed helping us get everything organized and ready to order new books throughout the rest of the year. Our genealogy room is popular and well-used. Presley Posey is especially helpful and knowledgeable about the history of this area. Our goal is to be an important hub in the community; offering fun and educational services to our neighborhood and all of Madison County. In the near future we would like to have a scrolling sign, strategically placed, to advertise programs such as in-house story time, basic computer classes, holiday bow tying classes, book club meetings and other gatherings. Our Friends of the Flora Library group would like to organize fundraisers, which are always successful. The last one raised enough money for the huge American flag at our entrance. In October we will host another Plant Swap which is always popular and we plan to have more adult programs in the coming months.
In closing, the Flora Library is a vibrant, changing entity. We are all proud to be a part of it and the community it serves. Many of our visitors come from Madison, Ridgeland, Canton and Camden libraries. When patrons are unable to physically come into the library, we have “curb service” to accommodate them. Our intention is to make all of our county (and visitors from everywhere) welcome and have them coming back again and again.
Head of Circulation, Melba Johnson