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Director’s Report
October 2019
National Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, and we did it right this year. Throughout the month, we reminded our Instagram followers about the myriad ways you can use your Library card. We posted "25 Ways to Use Your Camas Library Card" with suggestions such as:

  • Check out a book club kit
  • Use our printing services
  • Reserve a meeting room
  • Charge your mobile device

And so many more!

We also instituted our first ever Celebrity Sign-Up Week, with prime photo opportunities for families. I've included just a few of those photos below, but there are many more in the albums on our Facebook page. They are adorable!

Thanks to all staff who happily registered new patrons for their Library cards, and to the members of this year's Library Card Sign-Up committee, who truly went all out: Debbie Chevron, Karen Nicholson, and Kaysie Taylor. 

The complete Celebrity Sign-Up Week in photos below.
Monday: Forky craft and Toy Story cut-outs.  

Tuesday: Police officer visit. 

Wednesday: Camas mayors (both human and dog!).

Thursday: Firefighter visit and stories.

Friday: Elsa from Frozen

Saturday: Petting zoo. 

    Photos from all of our September events
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    camaspubliclibraryWe had a spectacular Celebrity Sign-Up Week for #librarycardsignupmonth. Thanks to all who came out! ...... β€’ @voknows Met Elsa. Also, the kiddos got their own library cards from our awesome, small town library. First ever library cards for the Beans! But most importantly, met Elsa. πŸ’™πŸ‘ΈπŸΌπŸ’™πŸ“šπŸ“– #theseguys #mykids #mylittles #mygirls #hazelbean #rowebean #myboy #duncanwilliam #myniece #eleanorrosely #Elsa #Elsaatthelibrary #dreamscomingtrue #starstruck #rowesfacetho #toofunny #ourlibraryrocks #camaspubliclibrary #librarycardsignup #librarycardsignupmonth #happygirls #Frozen #elsaeverything #lifewithoneplustwins #pnwlife #thisisthelife
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    camaspubliclibraryβ€œThe library is like a candy store where everything is free.”- Jamie Ford. Be sure the check the bottom of your checkout receipt to see how much you've saved by using your library! #librariesofthepnw #librariestransform #frugalliving #camaspubliclibrary #camas #librarylove #librarycardsignupmonth
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    Camas Public Library Meeting Rooms

    This month, we're taking a snapshot of meeting room use. During the month of September:

    67% of meeting room use was allocated for programs and events, open to the public (hosted by the Library and also by community groups);

    24% provided meeting room space to not-for-profit groups, including HOAs;

    9% gave Library and City staff a place for private meetings

    A big thanks to Christopher Knipes for his work with all of these groups in scheduling their needs for the meeting rooms. 

    Big Kids' Sleepover

    The annual Big Kids' Sleepover was Friday, September 27. The kids and their adults played games, did the limbo, and slept anywhere in the Library they wanted! It was another fun night, followed by donuts and juice in the morning. Thanks to Ellen Miles and Hannah Deslatte for the work they put into it.

    Professional Development

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

    Community Engagement

    β—˜ 7 Keys to Successful and Enthusiastic Volunteer Involvement at Your Nonprofit, Connie Urquhart

    β—˜ Getting Gen Z and Millennials to Give, Connie Urquhart

    β—˜ It's Never Too Early: Media Literacy in Children's Programming, Karen Nicholson


    β—˜ Leadership and Supervisory Workshop, hosted by the Washington State Library, John Goaring and Kaysie Taylor

    Content Delivery

    β—˜ Beyond Our Doors: Connecting for a Broader Future Symposium, Connie Urquhart 

    β—˜ Designing for Human Behavior, Danielle Reynolds

    β—˜ Promoting Your Collections: Messaging, Merchandising and More, Danielle Reynolds, Kaysie Taylor, Connie Urquhart

    β—˜ Public Library Insights: Managing Technology, Danielle Reynolds

    β—˜ WorldShare Interlibrary Loan: Borrowing, Connie Scott

    Professional Growth

    β—˜ Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD, Connie Urquhart

    β—˜ How Craving Attention Makes You Less Creative, Connie Urquhart

    β—˜ How the Worst Moments In Our Lives Make Us Who We Are, Connie Urquhart

    β—˜ How to be Heard by Julian Treasure, Danielle Reynolds

    β—˜ Loneliness and Social Isolation in Today's Society, Christopher Knipes

    β—˜ No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, Kaysie Taylor

    What We're Reading

    From our Current or Just Read piles.

    Upcoming Events

    Our Saturday Spooktacular on October 19th kicks off our annual Haunted Happenings Week.

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    The Director's Report is a monthly report made to the Library Board of Trustees to keep them apprised of Library business.

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