JULY LIBRARIAN’S LINES
Dr. Linda LeBert-Corbello
Gratitude! I am in complete awe of the amount of work and organization that went into the Summer Reading Program at Jefferson Davis Parish Library. With the assistance of Kay Hebert and the fantastic efforts of children’s personnel: Myra Spears, Lake Arthur Assistant Branch Manager, and Jean Stoute, Welsh Assistant Manager and with the help of Branch Managers: Kitty Marsh, Denice Sonnier and Deanna Lemaire, the programs were scheduled and organized to enrich the lives of all who participated. The office staff to include Tiffany Theunissen and Iris Hollier-Holland provided assistance as well by preparing the booklets and the refreshments for the summer activities. Joyce Hull took care of many details for the program with her energy and vitality. Headquarters Manager Suzanne Young and Wendy Prather, Assistant Manager, provided guidance in books and technology for the children of Jennings. I am grateful to all employees for a productive summer.
We all enjoyed great entertainers! However, there were so many other educational facets of the program. Some of the programs enjoyed include:
• Anti-Bullying from Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Department & the Jennings Police Department
• Protecting our Cranes & Other Louisiana Birds from Wildlife & Fisheries
• 911 Emergency from Acadian Ambulance
• Stranger Danger: Techniques to Escape Abductors from Elton Police Department
• P.E. Gym: Mixed Martial Arts/Anti Bully Program
• Drawing with Louisiana artist Ronnie Collins
• Caldwell’s Therapy Dog
• Moving, Grooving & Diet
The newspapers that provided coverage produced many a photo and news articles to keep the public aware of the programs. The children and adults that participated expressed deep appreciation for the planning and the outcome of the programs. I certainly hope that as you meet with your local librarians and any of our staff that you let them know the gratitude you have for their efforts. All efforts are provided with much energy and delight in the quest to provide children’s enjoyment and educational benefits.
Zinio! If you have not utilized our e-magazines yet, now is the time to do so. Originally we provided 31 magazines for our patrons. Recently, Tiffany Theunissen worked with the company to provide 67 magazines at a lower cost. How is that for efficient use of taxpayers’ monies? There is a comprehensive listing of the new magazines. A handout that explains how to create an account, browse, and check out magazines is also available in all libraries and on the Zino website..
For people in need of an updated resume, please visit any branch library. Cypress Resume is available for your use! Cypress Resume has been a valuable tool for so many. In just a short time one can type in one’s current information, select the title of a desired job, highlight talents and skills and simply copy and paste to the new resume. Cover letters and reference pages can also be created quickly. The capabilities to download, edit, save and update are all aspects of the Cypress Resume program. Our patrons especially like being able to choose from over 20,000 statements that enhance the quality and professionalism of their resume.
Final improvements on the second floor of the Jennings Headquarters building has been ongoing! The second floor houses the director’s office, the financial representative’s office, the book processing and cataloging area, the Interlibrary Loan personnel, the Secretary’s area and the employee break room. The changes were desperately needed. Care has been given to bring the second floor into a more organized area for the most efficient productivity. Appropriate wiring for the newest technology is also being installed. Every effort is made while keeping in mind the historic qualities of the building. Look toward September for the Open House so that the public can see and enjoy the renovations. If you see a Board of Control Trustee please thank him or her for their visionary view of the Jefferson Davis Library System. Their vision and leadership have led the way to all areas of our parish having new or updated buildings that house excellent collections. The library system belongs to you…the taxpayer. We also appreciate your continued support. If there are any suggestions contact me: Linda LeBert-Corbello at our library (824-1210). Yes, gratitude is a good thing. We all have so many wonderful experiences for which we should be grateful!