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2019: A Recap

Sometimes a lot of the work we do is behind the scenes and might go unnoticed.  Such was the case for us in 2019, which was a very busy year for the Jeff Davis Parish Library.  So I thought I’d spend this last month to reflect on what kept your library bees so busy in 2019.

New faces joined our family!

Leah Harford, Tiffiany Cormier, Cynthia Fogleman & Laci Cormier joined the JDPL staff this year.  Along with their coworkers, these ladies revolutionized programs for youth in their branch libraries and brought tons of new energy and ideas. We can’t wait for you to see what they have planned for 2020!

We offered more programs!

Speaking of programs, your amazing JDPL crew offered over 600 programs this year.  That’s almost double the number of programs we offered in 2018!  Our total attendance went from 5,900 in 2018 to 7,900 in 2019.  We experimented with new program ideas and times — some worked, some did not — and we learned from them all.

We teamed up with others!

We all know great things come from working as a team, so this year we continued some long-standing partnerships and began some new ones.  We worked with the Registrar of Voters to coordinate voting machines for local schools participating in the Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award voting.  We provided free art classes at Council on Aging.  The City of Jennings and multiple local businesses provided coupons that we used as incentive prizes for our summer reading program.  We partnered with ASSIST to provide weekly programs for summer feeding program participants.  We collaborated with Carnegie Library and Jennings Kiwanis to offer a Super Summer Sign-Up event, giving families a chance to learn about summer camps and enrichment activities.

We got a makeover!

With a new director, it seemed fitting to update our look so we did just that.  We updated our logo, slogan, mission and vision statements.  Take a look and see for yourself:

MISSION: Enriching lives by bringing our community together through literacy, information and opportunities for growth.

VISION: A community connected by its shared desire for all to live happy, fulfilling lives, today and tomorrow.

…and coming soon in 2020, we’ll have a new website!

We learned new technology!

We updated to Office 365 and Windows 10, so our staff had to learn new versions of Microsoft Office.  We also began using Canva to design all of our marketing materials.  Thanks to a new partnership with InfoTech Solutions, our staff received regular online security training — we learned about ransomware, hackers, and how to keep our online data safe.  All this learning so we can better assist you with your own information and technology questions.

We brought the library to YOU!

This year we brought the library out into the community by participating in local events.  You may have seen friendly faces at any of these events:  Lake Arthur Art in the Park, ASSIST Resource Fair, Welsh 4th of July Old Time Festival, Elton Fall Festival and Christmas Parade, and Jennings Halloween on Main.  This was in addition to our bi-weekly Bookmobile visits to Topsy, Raymond, Lacassine, and Fenton AND our bi-weekly visits to homebound residents and all local nursing homes.  Whether it’s serving hot cocoa or giving people the chance to checkout materials from the Bookmobile, we are always seeking opportunities to get out into the community.  So expect to see us out and about in 2020. We also made new services available to you online, including the ability to renew and place reserves on items — all from your phone or home computer!

We spent a lot of time planning!

With your help, we created a 5-year Strategic Plan that will provide a road map for what we do and how we spend our resources in the upcoming years.  Through community meetings and surveys, we identified each community’s needs and wants and created a list of ways that we can meet those needs.  We’ll release the full plan in January, so stay tuned for more!

Thank you to everyone who supported us this year, by visiting our libraries, encouraging a love of reading in others, downloading our ebooks, attending our programs, using our computers and fax services, paying your taxes — and always doing so with smiles and encouragement.  You make it a joy and a privilege for us to serve you!

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