Library Service Memo
Service to Rocky Knoll
The Eastern Shores bookmobile began serving the Rocky Knoll Health Care Center in the town of Plymouth in September. At the two visits during the month, 424 items were checked out to residents, staff, and the public. The bookmobile had been making regular stops at the Sheboygan Comprehensive Health Care Center for many years. When that facility closed and the residents moved to Rocky Knoll, the staff requested that the bookmobile continue to serve them at their new location. To accommodate the additional customers from the enlarged facility, the bookmobile increased the time of the Rocky Knoll stop to 2 ½ hours. The Fall 2002 bookmobile schedule is on the ESLS web site at: www.esls.lib.wi.us/bookmobile/fall2002.html
Sheboygan County Crime
2002 is the 4th year that residents of the Sheboygan County Detention Center and Jail have had new materials available to them in their inmate library. In 1998, a GED Instructor at Lakeshore Technical College wrote a grant that requested $5,000 from the Sheboygan County Crime Prevention Fund. She stated that, along with increasing the quality of educational programming, an inmate library would “increase the likelihood of current and future inmates obtaining, retaining, and upgrading employment.” She and a staff at Mead Public Library volunteer their time to select the materials. The inmates assist with the processing of the materials. The correctional staff assumes the responsibility for getting the materials distributed throughout the facilities. The Eastern Shores Library System acts as the fiscal agent for the purchase of materials. The system receives a discount from vendors, which allows many more books to be purchased with the available funds. Approximately 600 books and educational videos are purchased each year with the funds. On any given day, as many as 290 inmates have the opportunity to benefit from the library service. The grant has been submitted and approved for each year since 1998 and will again be available in 2003.
ESLS Children Join “The Winner’s Circle
The thirteen public libraries in Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties and the bookmobile participated in the summer library program for children that had as its theme “The Winner’s Circle.” Librarians want to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer with the goal of making reading a lifelong habit. They also would like to have children view libraries as fun and exciting places to visit. Some of the libraries requested that the children count the number of minutes they read, others had them record the number of titles they read. All offered some type of programs, games, incentives, story hours, guessing contests, and final rewards. Children could either read the books themselves or, in the case of very young non-readers, have books read to them. Some libraries also provided programs for young adults. 7,629 children participated in the various summer library programs at Eastern Shores libraries. Eastern Shores purchased posters, manuals, bookmarks, plastic book bags, and paid for the paper and printing costs. The libraries also received informational flyers, calendars of events, mazes, word searches, contracts, reading charts, and achievement certificates from the system.
Items Borrowed from Public Libraries and the Bookmobile by Customers from Municipalities without a Library – April – June 2002
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