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Library Director's Report
David Berry

The summer solstice is here, which means in normal times the library would be packed full for author readings, community groups and Summer Reading activities. It’s not quite that busy this year, but I’m happy to report that life is picking up again. The shelves are open for browsing (by reservation), and we even saw some kids in the building recently. Curbside pickup and computer use remain in hot demand.
 
There’s also good news for the library’s infrastructure. Within a couple of months the library will have a high-powered wireless transmitter installed on the west side of the building, providing wi-fi coverage of the parking lot, public plaza and covered entryway. We’re working on various other technology upgrades which should hopefully come online by the fall, depending on funding. The staff is also discussing improvements to the library’s website to make it simpler, easier to use, and more interactive.

If you came into the library often, you might have noticed the displays that go up from time to time, featuring items about specific holidays, topics or just general interest. We're trying to replicate those displays online now, by creating social media posts that feature staff selections. After a lot of experimentation, I think we've gotten the hang of the process.
 
Happy July 4, everybody. Spend it with your loved ones. May the holiday be as fun, and as safe, as in past years.
 

Love Homer? Love your library?
 

Put that love into action by joining the Library Advisory Board (LAB). If you are a Homer resident, you could fill an open seat on the LAB to work with the Library Director on operational policies, budget, and recommendations to the City Council concerning top-quality library services in our area. You also will be an advocate to the community to ensure strong support for the library, the most public of public services.  Homer has an award-winning first-class library. Join us to keep it that way and to help it grow into the future.  For a modest commitment of one meeting nine times a year, you can make a big difference in our quality of life. Full details are available at https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/lab. Apply at https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/bc/commissions-boards.


 

Youth Voice & HPL Kids Write

 

What inspires a story? Is it a hero, a drawing, an object on a shelf? HPL Kids Write connects young teens with each other while they respond to fun storytelling prompts created by Jason Reynolds, author and the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. HPL Kids Write is an opportunity for kids & teens to craft stories in a fun, casual experience; helping them become stronger writers, using their unique voice, and appreciate the writing of others. 

The Write.Right.Rite prompts Jason has created are short, but intimate, reflecting Jason's charm, humor and intelligence. The prompts include everything from designing a new tattoo or medal to writing the first line of a story. Teens ages 10-13 respond to a specific response, which changes every two weeks, and then meet up with other writers at a Zoom session every other week (hosted by librarian Claudia Haines). Projects will also be uploaded to Padlet, an online community gallery. Program is free and registration is necessary for the Zoom meetups. Find information here: https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/library/hpl-kids-write.

 

Come by the library and take a stroll through the newly renovated Story Walk.  The Story Walk was funded through a grant from the KLEP Fund of the Homer Foundation.

COME WALK A STORY! Bring your whole family to the library’s trail , read and interact with a new, fun picture book posted along our storywalk each month. Here are this summer’s titles, which people of all ages will enjoy:

July: The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt
            “Long ago in the Kingdom of Backyard, there lived a warrior named Rock,” begins the legend of this favorite children’s game.  He wanted to desperately find worthy opponents.  In his search he found two warriors, Paper and Scissors, who were also in search of battles against worthy opponents. Epic and hilarious clashes occur, and the rest is history.  Replete with dialogue and expletives, this is another humerous story that begs shared reading. When done telling the legend, play a few games of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

 August: Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
This nonfiction picture book explains how animals use their eyes to take in information about their world.  Steve Jenkin’s beautiful illustrations accompany a text explaining how animals over the last billion years have evolved a wide variety of eyes as well as a wide variety of how to use them.  The illustrations alone are worth viewing. I learned a lot of new, surprising information from this book, which will appeal to all ages.

September: TBA

 
BOB the Bookmobile will be open on Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be parked in the Library Parking Lot. During these trying times, masks are required.

While we focus on books for children’s and young adults, we also have lots of lovely books for adults as well.   Stop by and see what we have. 

Have a small child or a baby on the way?  We have free copies of Ann Keffer and Lyn Naden's beautiful Homer ABC books to hand out to every patron (get a jump on that upcoming baby shower gift basket!)

 
Reading Between the Lines
Reviewers Wanted


Reading Between the Lines plays each Sunday morning at 9:35 a.m. on KBBI 890 right here in Homer.
 
Have you ever wanted to promote a book, a recorded book, or other resource from our library?  We are looking for a few new voices to participate and round out our already outstanding group of RBL participants for the Reading Between the Lines program. The RBL is a weekly review segment which airs at 9:35 a.m. Sunday mornings on KBBI 890 AM radio. We are looking for people who are passionate about our library, library resources, and who like to share that passion with our friends and family in the Homer area.

 
The Friends of the Homer Public Library
sponsor the RBL program.
 
Things you might want to know…
  • Segments are recorded in advance, so if you are nervous about having to do this live on air, no worries! Matt at KBBI will work with you and re-record until you are happy with the results.
  • You can sign up for a one-off, or to become part of a regular rotating schedule of reviewers.
  • Need summers off, or are you gone snow birding for the winter? No problem!  We can accommodate your schedule.
  • At the moment with the Covid 19 virus we need to record our segments at home and send them as an email attachment to Matt. (I can walk you through this process)
If you would like more information or a copy of the RBL guidelines and general information notes please contact Jacqueline E. Peterson at RBLHomer@gmail.com
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