2016-10-20 / Editorial

Library: Is anybody out there?

By Bob Cochran

I just finished giving some used books a good new home after purchasing them at Libby Library’s book sale. It was a beautiful autumn day, just perfect for browsing for books. I was surprised to find only a few others felt the same way. Staff and volunteers put a great deal of effort in preparation for the event, only to see it poorly attended. This led us to wonder what methods should we be using to better inform the community about our various programs and events.

We use a variety of means to promote upcoming events, including pamphlets and posters displayed throughout the library. We also have a large community bulletin board available onsite. We also use more hi-tech methods to spread the good word. These include our website, ooblibrary.org. You can also find us on social media, either by liking the Libby Memorial Library Facebook page, or by following us on Twitter, where our username is @ OOBLibrary. Details on upcoming library events are also included in the community news and events email issued by the assistant town manager. If you don’t subscribe to this email, you can subscribe at oobmaine.com/subscriber. Soon we’ll broadcasting information about our fun and educational programs on local access Channel 3. Any suggestions for improving our community outreach efforts you can give us would be greatly appreciated.

Speaking of fun and educational events, we have a metaphorical boatload of them coming up almost literally as we speak. Friday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. is Family Movie Night. This time it’s the 2015 film, “Into the Woods,” featuring Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt. To make things even better, we have free popcorn.

If your mobile phone, tablet or laptop has been acting like it’s been possessed by one of the season’s ghouls or goblins, you may want to bring it by the library 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. Our tech savvy staffers Kim McLaughlin and Eric Freeman will be available to assist in solving the problem or offer suggestions. No appointments are necessary.

If your tech issues are more of a more organization nature, with pictures and documents strewn about your device’s storage space like a basement that’s been rearranged by a bear that’s loopy from eating fermented boysenberries, you may want to attend that evening’s Let’s Get Organized session, which is centered around organizing digital clutter. That session starts at 6:30 p.m. and runs for an hour.

On the following day, Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10:30 to 11 a.m., we’ll offer another of our Medicare Minutes. This month’s topic is “Understanding Medicare Part D.” Also, Medicare open enrollment is fast approaching. As a service to our community, we’ll be offering onsite enrollments at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. If you are unable to make that date, you’ll have another opportunity enroll on at those same times on Friday, Nov. 18th. Appointments are required. You can schedule an appointment by calling the library at 934-4351.

This month’s program of events wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 29 with a Children’s Halloween Party from noon to 2 p.m. There’ll be crafts, games and more, along with the opportunity to behold our staff in full Halloween regalia.

I’ll wrap up by going back to the subject of social media, specifically Twitter. You’ll definitely want check your Twitter feed Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the tweets of a lobster. Not just any lobster, it’ll be Libby Lobster, our new mascot. He’ll make his online debut on that date. You’ll get your first chance to meet Libby Lobster 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at an intertidal buffet. This knowledge buffet will give children a chance to see and touch some of Libby’s aquatic friends like crabs and sea urchins.

Bob Cochrane is a volunteer at Libby Memorial Library in Old Orchard Beach.

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