This week’s Community Coffee was held at the Hempstead County Library – SWARK today

The Hempstead County Library, one of the city’s newest buildings at 500 South Elm, held community coffee this morning in its meeting room.

Served tortilla chips with choices of dip, spinach, nacho cheese, ham in a blanket, ham, cheese slider, veggie platter with ranch sauce, homemade chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, mini cinnamon rolls, kiwi slices with white grapes and freshly sliced ​​pineapple, for Anglophiles to laugh Mix of Lay’s Style Potato Chips and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Cookies.

When members of the community came forward, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and decor, which follows a summer of Oceans of Possibility theme, Courtney McNeil, the librarian, Jamie Formby, the associate director, and other service employees helped. . They wore pink T-shirts that read “Librarian on duty.”

McNeil, who grew up in Hope and took over as director in 2011, reports that the number of items pulled from the library has decreased recently, which she says is the result of potential patrons cutting car trips during the recent rise in gas prices. . But e-book recalls “have gone up dramatically”. She says that the literary genres of Thriller and New Adult fiction are the most popular at the moment.

When McNeil was asked what guides her when she orders new books, he said, “I only look for things that I find interesting. And I kind of go from there. And I still get things that don’t interest me. Because obviously I don’t share the same interest in everyone.” She also said she bases her orders on books that are requested by patrons. But if a library does not have a specific address, it can request it through interlibrary loan. An interlibrary loan is required in Arkansas for libraries to receive state funding.

McNeil says the library’s success is due in part to its home, a stunning modern building designed by architect Jerry Hollinsworth, the majority of whose funding came from a $1.5 million donation from the Campbell Foundation plus $1.1 million from the million library tax. The library opened in the new building in 2019. “It also helps that I and the staff are excited, and love decorating for our theme and participating in things like community coffee. This excitement is contagious.”

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Visitors to the Hempstead County Library will notice an abundance of new books and DVDs. This McNiel credits for “good budget”. This budget, she adds, also allows for performers to be paid for the Children’s Summer Library Program, which begins Monday, July 11 at 2 p.m. with a visit from Balloon Man.

Assistant Director Jamie Formby, a staffer for seven years, said what she enjoys most about her job is helping patrons, but especially helping children get their first cards and their first checked books. “We try to keep a lot of fun things for the kids to interest them in,” Formby said. In fact, Young Miss Hempstead County helped Kenzi Burns, a frequent coffee attendant in the community, get her first library card today. Formby also enjoyed making library decorations, which were on display in the conference room and around the serving tables.

The summer program, called Oceans of Possibilities, will take place on the following dates:

  • July 11, Balloon Man, 2:00 p.m.
  • July 12, Arkansas fish and fish game, 2:00 p.m.
  • July 18, Arkansas fish and fish game, 2:00 p.m.
  • July 19, Bright Star Theatre, 2:00 p.m.
  • July 28, Magic Mr. Nick 1:00 p.m.; Foam Party, 2:00 PM

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