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Readers of all ages are benefiting from materials for book clubs and senior outreach kits purchased with monies from an American Library Association National Endowment of the Humanities grant awarded to the James V. Brown Library.

“We have purchased tons of materials for book clubs of all ages,” Dana Brigandi, marketing and programming director at the library, told the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting.

For the first time, 10 children as young as three will be participating in a book club conducted at one of the Storymobile stops.

“They will all get free copies of the book for their home library,” Brigandi said.

In addition to the book clubs, some of the grant money will be utilized for Senior Outreach kits.

“Another new project that we tried to implement right before COVID hit was the Senior Outreach kits. These will be bags that can be checked out by anyone,” she said.

“Inside will be materials that are specifically designed for seniors of various ages and abilities. Some will be puzzles-various sizes-anywhere from 24 pieces depending on the cognitive ability, all the way to 1,000 pieces since not everyone has access to different puzzles and things like that,” she said.

The kits also include such things as magnetic toys, tangrams and other board games.

“Just fun things. You know large print, word searches, things that would appeal to adults. They can keep some of the materials and then they just need to return the bag and then we can replenish it,” Brigandi explained. She noted that she is working to obtain funds to continue replenishing the kits.

In her report, Brigandi highlighted her efforts to obtain grants and funding for the Summer Learning Program. A kiosk has been set up in the Welch entrance using DipJar to allow patrons to dip their debit or credit card for $10 in order to sponsor a summer learner.

Brigandi also told the board that a local donor has provided $5,000 for enhancements to the children’s area as part of the “Family Place certification and goal to be more of a children’s museum destination.”

The area will feature a new train table, as well as a Duplo station in that corner of the area.

“We were going to do sensory wall tiles which are on the floor, but they actually work better as stepping stones, so we have installed those in the walkway when you go down the ramp into the children’s area. We also have a toy garage on order and lock boards,” she said

Actions taken at the Trustees meeting included the approval of an Information Security Policy and procedures.

Under community impacts last month, 7,311 in-person visits and 8,017 individual visits online were recorded. Barbara McGary, executive director, reported that 227 people obtained library cards.

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