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DILLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS
By Norma Herrera
As we begin to rally our resources and our renewed energy to start the 2021-22 academic year, we are pleased at the library to report that July’s visitor totals reached 200 for patrons and circulation of books was at 235.
Seventy-one patrons used the internet at the library, and ten took advantage of our wi-fi access.
Forty-one students made a total of 55 library visits during July, which is encouraging, as it demonstrates how many of our community’s younger population views the library as one of the premier resources for academic enrichment as well as reading enjoyment.
We strive to make the library a safe and welcoming environment for the children of the community to enjoy. The children also color and have activity sheets related to the stories they read. Children can also utilize the educational computers and have STEM kits to work with when there is supervision.
Children continue to visit the library and check out books; parents bring their children to utilize the library’s educational resources and to read to their little ones.
With regard to the safety precautions and other protocols associated with maintaining a public facility during the coronavirus pandemic, the library staff work hard on high standards of cleanliness for our common areas, continually disinfecting all those areas that are used by patrons and the fixtures and fittings that our patrons touch. The library doors are also wiped down several times a day to help prevent the spread of germs. The library’s computers, keyboards and mice, and tables are wiped and chairs are disinfected daily and after every use. Patrons are encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering the library and leaving.
The computers are spaced out to enforce a six-foot distancing recommendation.
In addition to these measures, library staff have begun using masks again while on duty, and we recommend that all patrons likewise observe essential health and safety measures by wearing masks.
Simon R. Pena, from Simon R. Pena & Associates/SRP Consultant for pipeline safety compliance recently visited us at the library and donated a book to add to our collection, “The Inspiring Life of Texas Hector P. Garcia” by Cecilia Garcia-Akers. We very much appreciate the donation and are honored to receive the book, which will be added to the library’s collection.
Twenty children from the Li’l Pups Daycare Center visited the library on Tuesday July 27. They used the library’s educational computers and enjoyed having stories read to them. Refreshments of cookies and juice were served, and each child received a goody bag containing a book to keep, candy, and a small prize.
One of the elements os a children’s group visit is the question-and-answer session that we all look forward to and in which the youngsters are always excited to participate. We much appreciate the support of supervisor Sylvia San Miguel and her staff for helping monitor the children’s behavior, which was excellent.
We look forward to sharing our resources, our knowledge, our stories and the many adventures in reading that can be found at the library, and we believe that helping our community’s youngest residents appreciate the value of their public library will help them to develop into avid readers, broaden their vocabulary, fuel their imagination, and exercise their academic abilities.