By Carole Kelly
A schedule of children’s activities and the return of the first-of-the-month book sales are positive signs that the Clinton-Quisenberry Library staff and its support organization, the Friends of the Library, are working toward days once more filled with special events and programs.
“We are still urging our patrons to enter the library wearing protective masks for their safety and for the safety of our staff,” said Susan Delmas, branch librarian.
The fifth book sale this year will be Friday and Saturday, December 3-4, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friends members report that the December sale will be enhanced with door prizes and seasonal subject tables for book shoppers.
Jami Pittman, heading the children’s department, reports ongoing plans for making the library a memorable part of young people’s lives. Programs to celebrate fall months have included focusing on community helpers, a spooky story contest, outdoor games, and collaboration with the Mississippi Animal Rescue League for a November 17 live-pet time.
In addition to elementary school tours of the library to acquaint young patrons with library procedures and protocol, the observation of designated weeks and months offer themes for informational programs for the young audiences, according to Pittman. Collaboration with the various organizations serves to enlighten the children about the mission of those groups. Native American Appreciation, story time, and arts and crafts activities, as well as a few surprises, are the focus for the fourth week of November. As programs are finalized and posted at the library, patrons may call 601-924-5684 to confirm dates and times.
Proposed activities for the December activity calendar include an interactive Christmas display for boys and girls. The library departments will be enhanced with seasonal displays.
Outdoor patio programs, puppet shows and story time events are planned, with the new year ushering in a reading competition to promote literacy, along with the possibility of a young theatre group.
COVID-19 restrictions have curtailed Friends’ book sales and all-age programs, as well as the circulation and computer usage that has made the library one of the most active in the Jackson-Hinds Library System. Return of the first-weekend book sales four months ago was welcomed by patrons, who made the two-day sales successful in raising funds for items not included in the library budget.
“We appreciate the patience shown by our patrons throughout these past months,” said Delmas. “Although we could not schedule the library’s popular Christmas tree gala that in past years has featured over fifty uniquely decorated trees, we hope that next year will include the festive trees that represent so well the participation and support of our city’s businesses and organizations.”