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January - March 2014     VOLUME 18 ISSUE 1
 
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Happy New Year Everyone!

Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library
Jennifer Moton

January
January opens
The box of the year
And brings out days
That are bright and clear.
And brings out days
That are cold and gray,
And shouts, "Come see
What I brought today!"

Leland B. Jacobs

Happy New Year! Every day is a gift, especially the past few in 2013. November was full of bountiful gifts. Publix donated a turkey and did a turkey carving demonstration and the teens made PB&J sushi rolls. Then the Rainbow Loom craze came to visit and it hasn’t left since. It’s quite amazing to see the variety of age groups enticed by tiny rubber bands in every shade imaginable. Children, tweens, teens, and adults all display similar symptoms: eyes light up, speech becomes rapid, the anti-social suddenly starts socializing out of the blue, and a “wait, wait for me” is sung if we have already begun. We even celebrated the Day of the Dead by painting sugar skulls on neon bags. And then the biggest gift of all was the library’s first Fall Festival. It was a success with over 200 patrons whooping it up and having a great time. We are also grateful to all the library’s that helped to make it a great success. East Lake loaned us their popcorn machine and stand. Mount Dora loaned us the carnival games and Tavares loaned the treasure chest. Friends of the library donated baked goods for the cake walk. And Linda Goff with her husband brought a van load full of carnival games and an sno-cone machine . It was a total wow experience, over 20 volunteers showed up, teens and adults, and helped man the different games and craft booths. Kim E’s Florist did demonstrations of fall and winter wreaths with a raffle at the end. DaVida Guitar group came and performed live for everyone. Yes, it was a true gift and we are very, very grateful.

Then it was already December. Every day that we received a Christmas card from fellow libraries and patrons was an extra special gift. Of course they went immediately on display in circulation as a delightful swag. Practically every day that the library was opened we were able to offer a program for our patrons. Alongside the regular children, teen, and adult programs we were able to offer iPad classes in the mornings and evenings and a tween program. Then a surprise popular program was offered separately for teens and adults. It was a Clothes and Gadget Swap. Individuals brought in a bag of gently used items such as shoes, Wii games, and books then swapped those items for other gently used items. January 2014 will surely galvanize our patron’s interests. Book clubs are starting at the Marion Baysinger Library! For the adults we are reading Stephen King's, Joyland, and for the teens we are reading Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron. School will be out on the 17th and we’re watching a movie and sippin on smoothies. Plus, we’re holding a Bridal Show for future brides and celebrating Chinese New Year. Our iPad classes will also feature a new class called, Business Writing. We’re helping job seekers improve their writing skills in the work place.

Overall, we have received so much and out of sincere gratitude we are prepared to offer our patrons and peers more and more. Happy New Year everyone!