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Director’s Report
September 2019
Book Swappin'

The Library hosted another installment of the popular, semi-annual All-Ages Book Swap on Wednesday, August 21. 

The concept is simple: take home as many books as you bring to trade. The Library always seeds the swap with a healthy collection of books from patron donations. Add to that the 99 people who attended with all the books they brought, and we had ourselves quite the book trade! 

We used to do separate swaps for youth and adults, but once we merged we found that patrons were even happier. They brought so many books, we had 32 boxes filled and leftover at the end of the swap! Those will go to seed the next event, or to our Friends and Foundation for their book sale. 

We were lucky to have six youth volunteers for this event. Four teens signed up prior to the swap, and two joined in when they learned they could work in exchange for books. We just love to see people reading!

More August events:

Opus School of Music: a big thanks to the Opus School of Music for once again bringing various musical instruments out for our Summer Reading participants to try. It's a great way for people to be introduced to different kinds of music. August 17th. 

Teen Make Me: Only treasures found in these junk journals made at the August 27th Make Me.

Kid $ense: Wells Fargo helped youth learn how money works now and in the past. The kids in attendance pretended they were historic prospectors, panning for gold while also learning the role of gold in U.S. history, banking, communication, and of course, traveling west by stagecoach. August 27th. 

    Photos from all of our August events
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    camaspubliclibraryStop by and see the Picnic in Color creation from Camas Days, on loan to us from @ilovedowntowncamas. It’s HUGE and it’s glorious! #camaswa #camaswashington #camaspubliclibrary
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    camaspubliclibraryAn incredibly generous patron gave our staff a Burgerville gift card. What a way to wrap up a super summer. Milkshake day! Thanks to all our patrons who show their #librarylove on a daily basis. #camaslibrary #camaspubliclibrary #camaswa
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    Half-Yearly Report

    Great news! Many areas have significantly increased when compared to the same time a year ago.  A sampling:

    Visits: Up 12%

    Borrowers: Up 15%

    Service Desk Contacts: Up 27%

    Checkouts: Up 24%

    Checkout of Teen Materials: Up 55%

    Event Attendance at Teen Events: Up 59%

    New Social Media Followers: Up 25%

    The full report is on our website.

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    Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges in 30 Days to Become the Leader You Would Follow, Ellen Miles

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    Outsmart Your Fat Cells, Debbie Chevron, Christopher Knipes, and Connie Urquhart

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    Upcoming Events

    Library card sign-up fun! September 23-28.

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