The Morton-James Public Library director updated the Nebraska City Rotary Club on Wednesday afternoon.
Donna Kruse discussed some of the library's new programming for 'tweens this summer, as well as the upcoming Chautauqua Youth Camp, which began yesterday (June 19) at the library and will conclude Friday night at Nebraska City High School with a presentation by the Young Chautauquans that will highlight what they've learned during their week of research.
Another Chautauqua-related event is the current art exhibit, “The Homefront,” in the Kimmel Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through July 28.
Kruse is also conducting a survey of adult library patrons to determine the level of interest in programming to supplement the monthly book club.
Surveys are available in the library's June newsletter.
The June newsletter also contains an updated code of conduct for library patrons, which Kruse and her staff recently completed.
Kruse said the library campus will soon be a non-smoking area after some patrons expressed concerns about exposure to second-hand smoke after walking into the lower level of the library past smokers who were finishing their cigarettes before entering the building.
Kruse also discussed the many online offerings library patrons can take advantage of, both in the library and from their home computers.
These include:
Overdrive, which allows patrons to reserve or check out e-books and e-audiobooks;
Mango Languages, which allows users to learn a new language (including pirate, according to Kruse);
NoveList, which allows readers to find new authors and books based on their interests; and
Lynda.com, which allows users to perfect their skills with computer software programs they may need to learn.
Looking forward to the fall, Kruse said that volunteers will be needed to assist with the traveling children's museum that will visit Nebraska City Oct. 6 through 8.
She also said that the library may be able to obtain a temporary maker's space that will offer crafters and small business owners the opportunity to use equipment that they might not be able to otherwise afford to move their projects forward.
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has a permament maker's space, Innovation Studio, that has allowed businesses that craft items as diverse as furniture and keychains to grow, said Kruse.
Kruse is currently applying for a grant that will bring the temporary maker's space to the library.
She is also applying for a grant that will help the library replace its boiler and chiller, as well as a grant that will help maintain the library's historic exterior.
The topic at tomorrow's (June 21) Rotary meeting will be “Meet the Chautauquans.”
Actors from the upcoming performances at Nebraska City High School that begin tomorrow night will be on hand to provide more information about the Chautauqua programs.