Library continues to serve the Middlebourne community
BY ED PARSONS
Under the direction of Rosanne Eastman, the Tyler County Public Library, located at Main and Broad streets in Middlebourne, continues to provide services to young and old.
The mission of the library is to provide residents of all ages with access to materials and services, which can improve their minds and fulfill their cultural, civic, educational, and recreational needs in order to become life-long learners.
Eastman said they now have five computers with internet access and wireless internet service is available. She also said they offer many online resources that are provided by the WVLC-EBSCO, Grolier Multimedia, Learning Express, Etc. The staff at the library, which consists of Eastman as director, one Foster Grandparent, and two sub-librarians along with President of the Board Carol Ann Kucharski, help patrons with computer questions. Patrons are also given basic computer classes if they ask.
Craft night at the library was started back in October 2005. Students ride the school bus to the library. The students are given a snack and make a craft that goes along with the story that is read by the library staff. Students also check out books to read at home. Parents pick up the students at the library. Craft night has served around 370 students per year since 2012.
The library also offers homework help. Students from Boreman ride the bus to the library after school then work with Eastham and staff on any subjects with which they are having trouble.
Another popular program offered is the Summer Reading Program. Children read books for prizes. Every Monday for six weeks there is a program for the children: the library staff reads a book related to the summer reading program theme and the children are given a snack. The Sistersville Elks is the sponsor for these programs.
During this time children also enjoy making and launching rockets with a representative from NASA.
The library also offers story hour for pre-school children who come to the library once a week for 45-60 minutes. Stories are read, snacks are given, and a craft or coloring page are done.
The Tyler County pre-school classes visit the library once each month. There are two classes and they come separately, during this time they are read a couple of books by the library staff and then they participate in a craft to go along with the reading. This has continued to go and many more children are coming to the library with their parents.
As a means to help with the cost of running the library, fundraisers are often held. They have had the brick fundraiser, the used book sale, and the friends of the library group the (Maples) will be doing fundraisers throughout the year such as raffles, dinners, bake sales, etc.
The library has a large variety of print and audio books, and e-books. There is always a knowledgeable and friendly staff available and waiting to serve your needs at the Middlebourne Public Library. The library is open on Mondays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information on any of the activities at the library or any related events can be answered by calling the library at 304-758-4304.
New activities are being planned and Library Director Rosanne Eastman said she is working hard to develop a theatrical program in conjunction with students at Tyler Consolidated Middle School.