The youth department is also gearing up for the annual Battle of the Books, a trivia contest with questions based off of nearly a dozen books for students in fifth and sixth grade.
Tutoring is also available for elementary students. “Our tutoring program started in 1998,” said Osmon. “We have 16 eighth grade students as well as two high school students that tutor 27 elementary students each week.”
Students doing the tutoring often receive credit from clubs they are involved in such as Junior Beta or Key Club.
“The tutoring draws quite a lot of interest. The one-on-one setting with someone older and unrelated to the student can make a big difference,” said Osmon.
Youth services also offers several weekly programs including lapsit rhyme time for children under age 2 and Toddler Time for two and three year olds. A Lego club also meets once a month.
Heidenreich said the library has received a Daviess Community Foundation grant to cover the cost of the an outdoor beautification project and program that will take place later this year.
“We are really excited about the opportunity to have this program,” Heidenreich said. “We’ll be improving the library grounds while offering programs on the history of the library and how the library got the ground. We’ll have gardening and other environmental programs for patrons of all ages.”
Part of the grant will include the installation library history trail.
The library has also applied for a grant to improve the wireless internet in the building. “We will be adding another wireless access point so that all areas of the library will have better WiFi coverage. We plan to have the new access point up and running by summer,” said Heidenreich who added that there is a demand for wireless printing.
A document management system that would itemize records and other documents may be purchased with other grant money. The system would convert items, such as genealogical research documents, as well as other materials so that items would be key word searchable.