Burnsville Public Library
Patrons Your Library Serves:
Share a transformation at your library that you are most proud of.
Our library is expanding the programs that it offers to the community. We have started our Higher Education Corner, participated in Money Smart Week and America Saves Week, held an International Games Day program, participated in Take Your Family to the Library Day, held a beginners computer course, started our Library Passports program for the students that visit from the local elementary school, started an elementary aged reading program on Saturdays called Hands on Reading, and maintained or expanded our Preschool and younger Story Hour Program. We have also added New to the Library sections in each age area of our library. As well as creating a reading nook for patrons to use. Plus we have our Summer Reading Program each year.
Describe your library’s most innovative or most successful service or program.
We have had success with our Hands on Reading program. They meet on Saturdays at noon and do projects that require them to get dirty or use their hands. We have made origami balls, a paper mache volcano and had a marshmallow battle using levers that the participants made with plastic spoons and paint tubes. Although this program is just starting I believe that we have a great base and it will continue to grow.
How does your library connect with your community?
We participate in community functions, such as parades and festivals. We invite the public to attend all functions by placing articles in the newspaper and on Facebook. We also psot flyers around town to notify the community about things happening at the library.
What is your library’s vision for the future?
We would like to expand the programs that we offer to each age group of our community. We want to develop programs that will draw in those hard to reach members of our community. Our library received a Rural Gateways grant which will allow us to offer adult STEM programs. We are extremely excited about this opportunity to get adults involved in STEM activities.
How do you stay inspired?
I have 3 children and I just look to them for inspiration. I know that if we don’t provide programs and things for the community to do we will not see the potential that could be reached, by anyone.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
Hang in there. Don’t get discouraged if you try something new and it isn’t well attended the first time, or even the seventh. Keep on chugging. Maybe reevaluate the time of the program, or the way the program was marketed, but don’t just give up on something that you think is a great opportunity. It takes time for new programs to catch on.