Last fiscal year (July 2013 – June 2014), the Children’s Room offered 572 programs, and 24,020 children attended those programs. From six different weekly story times to Lego Play Days, creative writing workshops to book clubs, author events to read-alouds, and hands-on science to craft programs, we are incredibly fortunate to offer such diverse programming for kids. Programs and services like ours would not be possible without the hard work of so many who have contributed to their success.
The Mill Valley Library Foundation, Storybooks and the Friends raise funds so that we can offer a wide range of programming and services for ages zero to 13. They provide funding for performers, instructors, part-time staff, supplies, equipment, books, and publicity. Without these funds, we would not be able to offer the high quality entertainment for our Sunday Special series throughout the year and Wednesdays on Stage during the summer. After-school series such as Stories & Science for Kindergartners and Picture Books & More for first and second graders would not be possible. The robust programming we offer during the summer would be scaled back dramatically. Our collection would suffer, and its relevance questioned. Thank you to them, and thank you to those of you who support these groups.
While the funds for the programs are so important, it takes the dedicated, creative and talented Children’s Staff to development, promote, and staff the many programs we offer. Lauren, Molly, Sarah Beth, Jenny, Toni, Courtney, Serianna and Yolanda: thank you for bringing the Roll up your sleeves, What’s next, How can I help you become a passionate reader attitude to the Children’s Room each time you work. Thank you, also, to Circulation, Adult Reference, Technical Services and Operations Staff who all contribute to the success of the Children’s Department and ensure everything runs smoothly. And, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all the kids and parents who come to the library to participate in our programs and use our collection. Without you, being a librarian would not be much fun. Thank you for your willingness to learn, your openness to our suggestions, and your can-do attitudes. We look forward to continuing to offer new items in our collection and expanding our program offering. I feel grateful to head the Children’s Department and to be a part of the full-time staff at the Mill Valley Library. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places to work, but also among the most innovative and rewarding. Happy Thanksgiving!