Our July Board meeting provided a great reminder of why we are Friends of the Glendale Public Library! Hala Shonouda, Library Manager for the Pacific Park Branch and Library Connection @ Adams Square hosted our meeting at Pacific Park and gave us a detailed overview of the programs and services offered by the two branches.
Shonouda also showed us the Book Nook II, Pacific Park’s added retail location for our donated book sales. Shop there for used books at great prices! Our main book store will re-open in a few weeks.
Highlights of her report:
Library Connection @ Adams Square
Staff are developing a new service model, and exploring programming possibilities which would help support families who have newly immigrated to the U.S. and come to Glendale. Partnerships with community organizations led to workshops offered at this branch over the past year, including a monthly parenting program presented by GUSD during the school year, a monthly drop in sessions with DPPS staff, and various presentations by Neighborhood Legal Services, Didi Hirsch, Department of Consumer Affairs, and USCIS. In addition, the International Rescue Committee hosted a very successful citizenship workshop series which will be offered again later this summer.
The Communitas Initiative also sponsored a fiscal literacy series with topics such as budgeting, personal banking, credit cards, insurance, and taxes. The Regional Lanterman Center is also now offering a monthly parent support group for Armenian-speaking families.
Overall, the branch hosted 50 workshops and class visits with 678 attendees. Says Shonouda, “The support of the Friends of the Library has made all the difference in helping establish this branch as a welcoming community space within the neighborhood. It also greatly enriched our family programming offerings which included Art Cart, Lego Play, Tween Time, Family Movie Nights, Family Game Days, Story & Craft programs, Friday Fun for Teens, and special Art in the Park events.”
Special summer performances included magic and puppet shows which proved to be very popular. Classes from Verdugo Headstart and Muir Elementary School were also invited for story time and craft fun. The branch offered 66 preschool programs with 1491 participants, and 146 school age program with 1858 participants this past fiscal year.
In the coming year, the priority will be on expanding adult and children’s programs and more outreach efforts within the community.
Pacific Park Branch Library
Over this past fiscal year, the Pacific Park Library offered a variety of family programs including a weekly Toddler Storytime & Craft program, a Chess Club, Train Time, Lego Play, Art Cart, Scavenger Hunts, Barks & Books, Family Movie Nights and Board Game Days. Special performances have included mad science programs, magic shows, puppetry, and balloon/bubble extravaganzas.
Children’s Librarian Kristine Markosyan coordinated book club programs during the school year, with one focusing on bringing chapter books to life through science-related activities and another that incorporated both reading and drawing graphic novel art.
“The Friends have greatly supported Library staff in putting on 111 toddler and preschool programs with 3,764 attendees over the past year. In addition, there were 273 school age programs with 4,144 participants.”
One very popular program for children of all ages this year was a series of book character parties. Library staff also participated with information/craft tables at 13 outreach events reaching 1,889 community members. The branch held a successful 14-week Literacy Conversation Class for adults and efforts are underway to include more such classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions over the coming year.
Programming priorities for the coming year include collaborating with community partner organizations to develop more workshop offerings for adults with a focus on parenting and lifelong learning as well as exploring new program possibilities which can further enrich the library experience for children from the pre-literacy stage through the school years.