The Kearny Library Tea Party is turning out to be a bigger enterprise then we had ever anticipated. Eight ladies came to the first one in October, then in November we had 14, and in December we had 11, including one man and Gayle Carnes, from our local newspaper, who took pictures for the next week’s paper! Kim served two Tisane (dried fruit and leaves) which were a big hit. We informed everyone of the new Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center on our Web Site, as well as some of the other databases, as many didn’t know they were there. At least 3 (including the gentleman) in attendance are not library patrons, but were invited by someone who had attended before. This was particularly exciting, as this is the whole purpose of these activities.
We also told everyone about the historic work in progress here at the library. Years ago, someone donated pages and pages of the information on the people buried in the old Ray/Sonora Cemetery when it was moved there to Kearny in the 1950’s and we, along with Friends of the Library are working on transcribing the records so they can be uploaded for the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. These records have already been used by a couple from California to find the lady’s aunt who died at age 10 in Ray.
An interesting thing has happened to our story hour as well. Most of those attending are home schooled. In December we had 8 kids (7 home schooled) ages pre-k through 8 attend along with 5 mothers, and we know of at least 3 more families in town who home school. These kids and their parents are the ones who get the most use out of our library because they are in here at least twice a week, just for books. As a result we are gearing the activities to both pre-k and older. We were wondering if there is such a need in our little town, how much more in the bigger communities? We are also looking to ways to provide help and encouragement to the Home Schooling parents and families. Just something to think about.
Hope the rest of your 2011 is wonderful!