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Director’s Report
July 2019

The Library Board of Trustees does not meet in July. The next meeting is Thursday, August 8th at 6:30pm. 

Blast off to Summer Reading!

Summer Reading kicked off on Saturday, June 22 with Presto the Magician in the house. Patrons who pre-registered with their Beanstack app, and those who registered on the spot, were ready to go for a summer full of fun. 

While Summer Reading has traditionally belonged to youth, don't forget that in recent years we've opened it up to adults. It's so easy for adults to track their reading this year on their smartphones. The program is mobile-friendly, with fun challenges, secret codes, badges, book recommendations, and more!

Photos below (from left): Presto the Magician mystifies; Debbie Chevron and Kaysie Taylor welcome volunteers in the second of two summer trainings. 

Photos from all of our June events

Like many libraries throughout the state, we teamed up with the Washington Center for the Book this summer to bring adults their own Book Bingo challenge. Print your own bingo board here, or pick one up the next time you're in the Library. Should you need suggestions for any of the boxes, please visit our catalog and look for the list titled Summer Reading Book Bingo.

The Library was thrilled to welcome three new community partners this month: Community Sewing, Bloodworks Northwest, American Red Cross, and Clark County Green Neighbors. 

Led by Evelyn Esselstrom, Community Sewing kicked off with a mission we fully support because it so closely aligned with ours. The idea was simple: invite patrons to meet once a month at the Library to sew together for charitable organizations. In June, they created bibs, blankets, and quilts out of cute and cuddly flannel for the organization Babies in Need.

While Bloodworks Northwest and American Red Cross have been hosting their blood drives here for years, each are now an official community partner. At the Bloodworks Northwest drive on June 10, Bloodworks registered 15 donors and collected 11 units. That means that together we helped save roughly 33 patients in the community!

Our third new community partner is Clark County Green Neighbors. This program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Members from this program were at the Library on Thursday, June 13, creating masks, costumes, and decorations for The Procession of the Species, which is an annual Recycled Arts Festival in Vancouver.  The festival featured a parade of costumes, floats, music, and dancing with animal and element themes.

What is a community partner?
When the Library takes on an official community partner, this means that we now agree to allocate resources (personnel, hours, and materials) to assist in promoting an organization, group, or individual's events at the Library. In return, the Library receives:

  • More people coming to the Library.
  • Goodwill throughout various groups in the community.
  • Experts sharing their wisdom with our patrons.  
  • More programs than we'd be able to offer with our current staffing model.
  • A winning combination!

Some of our community partners include AARP Tax Aid, American Red Cross, Bee Club/Preservation Beekeeping Council, Being Unnormal Podcasts, Bloodworks Northwest, Community Sewing, Crochet Club, English Conversation Group, Master Gardeners, Mindfulness Gatherings, Simply Write, and Stitching in the Stacks. For an exhaustive list, please ask Library staff.

Pictured below: Community Sewing hard at work.

Professional Development

Webinars, workshops, TED Talks, and conferences to help Library staff serve our community better.

Community Engagement

Counterintuitive Lessons from Disney, Danielle Reynolds

Library Card Sign-Up Month, Karen Nicholson


Are You a Giver or a Taker?, Connie Urquhart

The Crisis of Leadership, Danielle Reynolds and Connie Urquhart

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator, Danielle Reynolds

What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work, Connie Urquhart

Content Delivery

Picture Book City: using your ILS to reorganize picture books by subject, Judy Wile


10 Mindful Minutes, Danielle Reynolds

Cravings and Weight Gain and the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster, Christopher Knipes

Professional Growth

Flag Page workshop, All Staff
The Happy Secret to Better Work, All Staff
How Generational Stereotypes Hold Us Back at Work
, All Staff
How Passion Becomes Purpose, Connie Urquhart
Living with Change, All Staff
Make Stress Your Friend, Danielle Reynolds
Psychology of Your Future Self, Danielle Reynolds
Should You Live for Your Resume or Your Eulogy?, Connie Urquhart
Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals, Danielle Reynolds and Connie Urquhart

Oh, Deer.
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Early Literacy at its Best
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camaspubliclibraryStorytime anytime! Little London’s mom spied her playing Ms. Karen, reading stories to her animals. #librarylove #earlyliteracymatters #camaslibrary
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It's been six months since we split catalogs from FVRL, so it's a good time to see how things are going.  We pulled the numbers below from our ILS from January 1 through the end of June, with the exception of the MIX statistics; those we get from one of our partner libraries. We did have comparable data for the MIX stats; however, we are starting relatively fresh with the other data so we don't have comparative numbers. 

What We're Reading

From our Current or Just Read piles.

Upcoming Events

Open July 5. Come in for First Friday!

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