Vicksburg Library Shares Big Plans for the Fall

Librarian Rachel Freeman
Librarian Rachel Freeman

Vicksburg Library Shares Big Plans for the Fall vv By Kristi Zeluff The Vicksburg District Library had a successful summer reading program with high attendance right up through the final parties. The Library reports that 516 teens and children registered for summer reading, and 277 readers read for 310,430 total minutes over the course of the summer reading contest.

By Kristi Zeluff

Crafters and quilters programs will continue in the fall, and the monthly morning book club will be discussing the works of Harlan Coben on Thursday, September 5th.

The Library will also be introducing a new adult book club called “The Brown Bag Classics Club”. The first meeting will be at noon on Monday, September 23rd, and the book Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, and Frank Gilbreth Jr. will be the topic of discussion. Multiple copies will be available behind the Library’s circulation desk. Teens looking for something fun to do after school will find the Library’s teen programming resuming on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm beginning on September 10th. The Library has lots of great teen events coming up this fall, including a back to school trivia challenge, a Banned Books poster contest, delicious science experiments, a pizza and movie party, an Anime Day, and a Food Fear Factor challenge just in time for Halloween. The teen and children’s librarians are also introducing a new “Pizza and Pages” book club for tweens and teens. The first selection is “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio. Multiple copies will be available behind the Library’s circulation desk.

Teens looking for volunteer hours for school, church, other organizations or just looking for a way to spend time wisely, the Library is looking for teens to join their Teen Advisory Board – TAB. Members get to help plan programs, assist in picking out books and movies to add to the Library’s collection, and make other important decisions facing the Library’s teen and children’s areas. TAB meets on the last Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. The first meeting is Thursday, September 26, from 3-4 pm.

The Library has regular weekly programs for kids between the ages of 9 and 12, (Tweens), beginning Thursday, September 12th, from 4-5 pm. Tweens will dig out board games that have been languishing all summer (“Am I KETCHUP?!”), rediscover the Legos, read the first book for the teen/tween book club and do a special joint contest with the teens to acknowledge banned books week. There are three separate story times for babies (birth to 18 months), toddlers (18 months to 3 years) and preschoolers (3-5 years), each designed to deliver fun and enriching activities that are developmentally appropriate for each group. All story times are open to everyone. No registration is necessary.

The Library has made some schedule changes from last spring to accommodate a new format for the baby time story time. The toddler story time is still on Monday mornings at 10:15 am, and the preschool/family story time (formerly known as Library Lions) is still on Wednesdays, but at 10:30 am instead of 10:15. There are significant changes in the structure of the baby time story time, to more accurately reflect the interests and abilities of the Library’s youngest patrons. Baby story time will begin before the library opens, at 9:30 am on Wednesday mornings, and will be in the basement, rather than upstairs in the children’s area. All of the story times will start up the second week of September, with the toddlers on the 9th and the babies and preschoolers on the 11th.

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