Merry Christmas, everyone!
Opened from 10-1pm only today because of increasing bad weather, but still had some hardy souls who ventured out on slippery, snowy streets to keep me company and ask reference questions. I'm glad that there are few who can't be at home without a book in their hands like me!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
If you have a few minutes during this hectic and blessed Christmas season, please take time to give yourself a treat. Find some light reading on our home page created by our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. It will warm your heart!
I am looking forward to my library lady activity of the day: reading 80+ Christmas and winter stories from the busy pens and pencils of the 2nd-5th graders! The lucky winner for each grade will have their creation printed in the local newspaper. The difficult task is choosing just one great story from each level. Some even include delightful illustrations.
I am thankful for the partnership with the wonderful teachers at our school and the Gregory Times-Advocate for granting us news space for our big winners. If anyone is available on Tuesday, December 16 from noon to one, please come and listen to the 3rd grade students read their entries at the library...there also may be Christmas cookies involved at some point!
The intrepid and faithful six members of the Teen Advisory Board got together for their Christmas party yesterday and managed to finish making cards for our shut-in patrons. Very creative art work completed quickly as these folks are often on to other areas of responsibility! We had pizza, pop, cookies, chips and Christmas tunes while we met and worked on our activity for the day. Grace and Shelby also managed to make book trailers for titles that they had recently read. Not bad for a one hour meeting. Adults could benefit from their example!
Thank you, Grace, Ashley, Hunter, Shelby, Parker and Bryan!
Cheryl Smutny has been appointed to another three year term on our Gregory Public Library Board of Trustees. Now here's a gal that I hope to emulate when I retire. I can't remember all the offices she holds and the projects that she takes on in service to her community and church, but there are a lot of them! Wonder Woman, indeed!
I'm so glad that she will be with us for another term as trustee. Thanks for your willingness to continue to serve, Cheryl!
The Gregory Public Library has been faithfully serving the needs of the city of Gregory since 1910 when a group of volunteer women formed a club and began donating and sharing books to the community. However, there was no official vote noted in the city's records in 1926 when the women turned the library over to the city to fund, as noted in their club minutes. No matter how hard we searched old records, we could not find an ordinance or resolution making us official. In 2011, the city passed a general resolution stating that we were a city library, but did not include many necessary details about the responsibilities of library trustees, director or city.
Thanks to the invaluable help of our intrepid city reporter, Colleen Flynn, together we were able to construct Resolution 2014-01 to present to the city council last night. The resolution was mainly a restating of SD Codified Laws pertaining to public libraries, with all the "whereas" and "therefore" words properly placed (we hope!) and specific details included that pertain to our public library.
The Trustees and staff are thankful that the city council took the time to read and vote positively on the resolution, finally making us officially LEGAL after 100 years!!