Thursday, August 27, 2009

The numbers are in!

Hi All,
Just a quick line to thank you for all of your help and, for literally, making this the biggest summer yet!

And what a wonderful summer we had!

The numbers have been counted and here is how it breaks down:

# of programs for Be Creative: (includes kick off, story times, craft events, performers etc.): 70
This number includes Friday Morning Live!, storytimes, special events

# of total children attending all program listed above: 2340

# of total adults attending all programs listed above: 350
Parents, caregivers and all who fall in between: you ALL rock!

# of programs for Express Yourself: (includes book discussions, craft events, gaming etc): 16
This is a huge increase from last year!

# of total teens attending Express Yourself programs: 128
This includes writers group, the classes and craft times.

For both programs we had a total of 2,694 books read.
In addition to this, a total of 21,016 minutes were also read!
You guys all deserve a huge hand!

As you can see, public libraries are a proven smart investment of public dollars and an invaluable resource for learning. Public libraries are working hard to sustain high-quality services and resources as students, parents and teachers head into a new school year. But budget cuts in Harrisburg threaten to reduce drastically and, in some case, shut down libraries. Find more information at:

Additional cuts proposed to other library programs could eliminate the widely used services such as POWER Library which is available in public and school libraries. Find more information at:

Please take a few minutes to write a personal note, place a short phone call, or send an email to your state representative, your state senator, and to Governor Rendell. Urge them to make libraries a priority for level funding in the next state budget. Or write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper in support of library funding and your library’s role as a vital lifeline in these difficult economic times.

We are still working on the fall calendar; it should be available early next week. In the meantime, check out our blog: or visit the library's website:
The new programs begin the week of September 20th.
Stop by and see me or comment on the blog.

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