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Librarian Robin Quinn gave her annual report at the Grant City Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 10, describing updates and new features at Hastings Memorial Library.

The library has created a Facebook page and has also added a Bestsellers Club. Another big change made over the year is the phasing out of checkout cards in the library’s material. Before, people had to sign their names to the cards to track his or her checkouts. 

“Now, with the complete automation of the collection, the cards are obsolete, and removing their presence has streamlined the checkout process,” said Quinn.

Several large donations of gently used videos and DVDs have been added to the library over the past year. 

Services and Programming

A major goal continues to be providing community members with a variety of materials to assist in their personal growth and development. 

The Summer Reading Program has reached many young people and has helped to fulfill that goal.

The 2010 program was called “Make a Splash at Your Library.” In the month of June and July, nine programs were presented pulling in a total attendance of 246 which is up 90 from last year.

The program ended on July 8 with an end-of-the-year party in the park. 

Snacks and prizes were handed out, and children were able to glaze a ceramic tile provided by the Perkins County Area Arts Council. 

“The kids had a blast and we had some awesome little artists in the group,” Quinn said.

Arts council members plan to fire the tiles and permanently place them in the library at a later date.

“Programming is important to the library’s mission and brings people into the library who might not visit otherwise,” Quinn said. “The library hopes to continue to provide programming through regular story times, special and themed programs and continued participation in the Summer Reading Program.

Library Aid Provided

Grant’s library received $761 from the Nebraska Library Commission and the State of Nebraska. 

Aid was received as a part of the Library Commission’s Library Accreditation program, which the library has been accredited with since fall of 2008.

This spring the library, along with 138 other libraries across the state, applied for a federal stimulus grant for technology upgrades and improvement. If awarded, the grant will provide $3 million to support libraries across the state.

With a federal stimulus grant, the library would be able to replace all of the public access computers, purchase printers, scanners and projectors, and upgrade the broadband internet speed.