In 2013 the Fairfield Bay Library director, Sara Michael, resigned to move out of state, and Alice Chambers was hired as the new director. The transition went smoothly with the help of Sara and the staff volunteers. Mary Baker hosted a reception for both directors, and was a huge success.
“There was much to be learned, being the director is not as easy a task as it appears, and much to do” says Chambers.
The annual spring book sale went very well, in spite of the rain. The library will continue to coordinate the sale at the time of ‘Bloomin’ in the Bay’.
The ‘Friends of the Library’ did an outstanding job of coordinating the ‘Tee It Up For Literacy’ golf tournament and presented the library a check for $10,500. This was received with much appreciation. There was a reception held at the library for Mr. Lacey, from Baptist Health, and attended by residents and library patrons.
The summer reading program was a big hit with approximately 60 children from pre-school through 8th grade readers. Tommy Terrific brought humor, magic, and fun to readers and their parents, approximately 75 were there – with the help of a donation from the Rotary Club, and the use of their building from the Lions Club. A mobile book unit went to the Fairfield Bay mobile home park to distribute books to children who could not get to the library on a regular basis. The 4th of July celebration brought many children to the fun events the library held at the pavilion at Woodland Mead Park. There was also a book sale with children’s books. This event was a success to coordinator’s Seana Garrow and Doris Wilkinson, and the other volunteers who helped.
The numbers of guests from Wyndham Resort was up by more than 30% at the last inquiry. The guests are given a temporary library card. The card allows them to check out books, movies, audiobooks, and the use of computers while they are on their vacation. This has been a successful program for both Wyndham and the library. Wyndham is one of the contributors to the library and the library services are open to their guests. The library was busy enough to change their Monday hours to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer months.
The ‘Our Towne Productions’ presented a great performance of ‘The Odd Couple’, which was a big hit and the funds from the ticket sales were donated to the library. This is a great opportunity for the library to interact with the theater group and help with ticket sales and ushering the patrons. Members of the group helped with sales for the seating in the Our Towne Conference Center, as well as other theater supporters. Funds were raised for 125 seats, which were purchased for $100 each by supporters. The names of the supporters were attached to the back of the chairs on brass plaques.
Fairfield Bay Emergency Medical Services were supporters in 2013 and will continue in 2014. The library hands out the File of Life to each new patron or anyone who wants one. Once filled out the patron can put the magnetic holder on their refrigerator or another area where it can easily be found by the EMS team if they are called. According to Bob Chaloupek, this has been a successful joint venture and a lot more people have had the File of Life available.
The Fairfield Bay Community Club has continued to be a supporter of the library and that has helped the library tremendously.
The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held at Indian Hills Country Club, the meal was great, with most of the library volunteers, contributors to the library, and special guests-the lifetime members.
The year ended with a wonderful Christmas Open House hosted by Mary Baker. Patrons and visitors enjoyed the punch and cookies provided by Mary and the many volunteers. Mary Baker is on the library board of directors, a volunteer at the library and a great supporter.
The icy weather in December was the cause of closing the library and one person slipping and falling but he is okay and we are thankful for that. The rule for closure is when the Shirley School is closed, the library is closed.
In 2013, Xbox video games were donated and added to the library, we updated the Wi-Fi and it is faster, and the large print section was noticeably increased, due to popularity, and a place to buy them at a low cost.
What’s in Store for 2014?
In 2014 the library plans to continue with the great selection of new books as they are released, as well as some of the latest DVD movies, and audio books. The large print selections will continue to grow as well.
Some new developments for the 2014 will be a writers group that will meet at the library one morning a month. (More details to follow in the next week or two.) More outdoor programs are being considered and planned for the summer reading program. Tommy Terrific will be here again but at a later time. The golf tournament is scheduled for April 12th, be sure to sign up. ‘The Hallelujah Girls’ will take place February 6, 7 and 8 and tickets are available.
Be sure to ask about Club 25, a new project the ‘Friends of the Library’ will be revealing soon.