“It would be a nice way for children to use the library and an opportunity to reach those who are not currently patrons,” said Susan Lacky, library board treasurer, during a recent gathering of the community facility’s governing body.
Inquiries from the public placed the idea in children’s librarian Keisha Parks’ head.
“I did some research to see who else in the world is doing birthdays, and others libraries do host them,” Parks said.
She said a birthday party at the public library would be more than just story time.
“I thought this would appeal to parents who just want to come with their presents. We would provide food, decorations, activities and cleanup,” Parks said. “All you have to do is come and be a part of what we are doing.”
Parks created a layout of the services offered and what the library would charge for a birthday party package. Potential birthday themes include, but are not limited too: “Tiaras and Tutus,” “Whodunnit” and “Build a B-day.” A motion was made by the board for Parks to continue research and building the project.
In other library news, Lackey said there are currently 40 adult programs offered. A total of 147 participants have taken advantage of the various programs. There are also 44 youth programs which have had a response of 933 attendees.
Andrew Hunt, director, said strides are going to be taken to address all public library safety concerns.
“We would like to make sure everyone knows what their job is in the case of an emergency situation,” Hunt said. “It is sort of an overall check, even for inclement weather.”
“One of the things we are doing is, during our staff training days in February we will go through drills and possibly have Officer [Scotty] Hernandez here as well.”
Beth Mercer, director at the Ocoee River Regional Library, said the Firefly Courier service is now running. The service is designed to make loans between libraries easier by providing an effective middleman.
Hunt said the public library often only borrows 10 books per year. On the other hand, the library loans about 500 every year. Hunt said the discrepancy is due to the library’s tendency to buy requested materials.
He said Firefly gives the library another option, especially in the case of older materials.
Board members mulled over the future of the public library. Patrons can expect a survey to question their needs and what they expect from their library.
The library is hosting a County Commission and a City Council meeting in February. The meetings will be separate with the Commission coming on Feb. 11 and the Council meeting on Feb. 25.