Director’s Corner

The Open Book

Robyn E. Vittek

Library Fall Programs are Back, and Better than Ever

Truman Capote once wrote, “Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.”

Although fall ushers in the end of our year, it has always felt like a time of new beginnings for me too. My birthday is in September, school starts in the fall, and the holiday season looms brightly ahead. At St. Clairsville Public Library, we start a new season of exciting programs for all ages.

There’s a lot going on at our library these days. We have a new face at the front desk, Elaine Wood, and a new Children’s Services Supervisor, Pam Robinson. We’re reorganizing the Children’s materials collection, as well as weeding books throughout the building, which is going to make our “Friends of the Library” Book Sale, October 15-17, even better than usual. We’re making room for new materials and experimenting with new formats such as graphic novels for adults and children in addition to the titles in our awesome teen collection, and Playaway Launchpads, which are tablets pre-loaded with children’s learning software that you can check out. We’re also purchasing some new games for the PS4 game system in the teen room. Despite the focus on the collection, we have awesome programs planned as well.

While our traditional Mother Goose and Storytimes will not return until after Christmas, we have planned fun events for children and families to attend. We are currently seeking an instructor for a Baby Yoga series, so that babies and their parents can have fun and relax together. The third Wednesday of each month, we will break out the popcorn machine and have Movie Night on the big screen in the meeting room for toddlers and school-age children. Build it! Lego Workshops are back on the first Saturday of every month for families. We have the holidays covered too; mark your calendars for Saturday, October 24th for our annual Halloween party, and Saturday December 19th for the Holiday party, including a visit from Santa!

Teens will find plenty to do at the library this fall as well. Fans of tabletop and electronic gaming will enjoy our Teen Gamers group, which meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. In addition to RPG’s like Pathfinder and fun board games like Ticket to Ride, King of Tokyo, and Catan Jr., we’ll be adding Wii and PS4 gaming on the big screen. Computer gamers will enjoy our Minecraft programs October through December; Anthony will go well beyond the basics and teach teens basic coding skills for the ultimate Minecraft experience. Lego Robotics Club will also return, with adventures in programming and building the EV3 model robots. Aspiring writers age 12 and up will want to check out our NaNoWriMo group, meeting Tuesday afternoons in November. NaNoWriMo is short for “National Novel Writing Month;” the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November!

Our adult programming has never been better. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley, we are able to offer a Job Seekers Series, with day and evening sessions, starting in September. Attendees will learn to write a top-notch resume and cover letter, to prepare for a job interview, to network and look for jobs, and to apply for jobs online. Professionals in Human Resources and experienced hiring managers from local companies and organizations will serve as guest speakers, and attendees will receive a USB flash drive on which to save their work.

We are fortunate to have been granted another year in the Guiding Ohio Online/AmeriCorps grant program through the State Library of Ohio, and our AmeriCorps member Anthony will return in late September with one-on-one computer help and scheduled walk-in sessions to help you out with all of your technology questions. We’ll be offering classes on using Microsoft Word, Cypress Resume software, eBay, and Cloud Storage as well.

Our traditional book club is moving from Friday afternoons at the library to weekday evenings at Panera Bread, with a new name; “Not Your Mother’s Book Club.” Book selections will be funny, risqué, appealing to guys and gals alike, and always give you something to talk about.

On September 24th, the library will host a plethora of Ohio Valley talent at our Local Author Open House. Writers of children’s, teen, and adult titles will be on hand to sell their books, sign autographs, and talk about writing and publishing. Great food, local musicians, and displays by local artists will round out the event; you don’t want to miss it.

Keep an eye out for our fall program flyer for more details and information about registering for programs.

The St. Clairsville Public Library is located at 108 W. Main Street. We are open Monday- Wednesday 10-8, Thursday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-2. We can be reached at 740-695-2062 or