Monday, December 21, 2015

Wrapping Up 2015

It's hard to believe that 2015 is coming to a close. It has already been over a year since my family moved to Sleepy Eye, and found ourselves in a new life.

The library has become another place that we consider home, and additions to our family have blossomed from the staff. We are so thankful to have them in our lives!

This time last year we were in the planning stages of the 'switch-up' that we executed over New Year's Eve into the early hours of New Year's Day. Many people were surprised, to say the least, when they entered the library for the first time in 2015 and saw the changes.

You may have heard the saying, that "what you are doing as the New Year begins is what you will be doing for most of the year" rang true for us!

Storytime has been an amazing hit since the start in February, and we are not slowing down in the coming year! Every Friday at 10 am, I welcome children of all ages to come in for a few stories! Our total attendance for the year was 750!

Clubs have been a trial and error process trying to figure out just what our Sleepy Eye youth are into, but as we close the year out we have found that Art and Lego Clubs are what work the best! Both clubs are for children ages 5 and up and occur on the 1st Wednesday (Art) and 3rd Wednesday (Lego) of every month! Over the entire year, we have had an attendance total of 150 to our clubs!

Movie Night has been a fun addition to our monthly events this year! We have watched Monster University, Frozen, Paddington, Big Hero 6, Home, Wreck It Ralph, Star Wars, Inside Out, and quite a few others! The new year will hold more movies! Typically we hold movie night on the last friday of each month with the show starting at 6 pm! We serve popcorn and punch! As always, the entire event is free of charge and all ages are welcome! Our total 2015 Movie Night attendance was 165!

Summer Reading Program was themed Every Hero Has A Story, and we put on a weekly program that involved stories, charities, activities, playing, movies, and even crafts! Our total SRP attendance was over 300! Next years program is already in the works with the theme 'On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!'

During the summer program, we went with the Hero theme and did quite a few donation collections. Those included Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Lions Club, Capes 4 Kids, Project Linus, Sleepy Eye Food Shelf, Brown County Humane Society, United Way Backpack Project, and Operation Paperback. We had an amazing response from the kids as well as the general public and plan on doing them again throughout 2016!

We had author James Rains, as well as local author Michael Wellner speak here at the library this year! We hope to increase our author visits, especially local authors, in the upcoming year!

Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone for taking advantage of the various events that we put on this year! Some of the events that were very popular include the Easter Egg Hunt, the Sleepy Eye Police Program, our Story Walk in South Park, Music by Justin Roberts, and the Pockets-Full-of-Fun Puppet Show! We hope to have another successful year of events!

So here's to 2015! A year to remember!

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