2018 brought a number of changes to our library. Our Curated Fiction collection was refreshed, new digital services were introduced (including Acorn TV, Kanopy Video and the Libby eBook App), and we made major improvements to our marketing and communications (including a lovely new library card design by local resident Stuart Vance).
One of the highlights of the year was the community-based Afterschool Process. During this process we, in collaboration with members of the community, spent several months reviewing the challenges posed by the afterschool period and our services to pre-teens in general. As a result of this process we have made a number of improvements to the Library. We have increased the number and variety of programs offered for young adults. During the afterschool period we have introduced multiple zones in the Library (collaborative, quiet and silent) to create a space that works for all of our patrons. I am happy to be able to report that both of these initiatives have proven to be very successful.
The success of the new layout during the afterschool period was enhanced by the purchase of new tables (funded by the Friends of the Library) and new chairs (funded through a grant secured by State Senator Terrance Murphy).
In addition to providing funding for the tables needed to create the new zones, the Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library also provided funds to support a series of Saturday programs for children, a range of new programs for teens and the purchase of all the passes in our ever more popular Museum Pass Lending Program.
While we do not yet know what 2019 has in store for us, we would like to thank you all for your patronage and continued support of your library. We strive to provide services and materials that are of value to you, and are happy to hear any suggestions you might have. While we may not be able to respond to all suggestions, we do value your input and hope to make your library a great resource for the residents of the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Village of Pleasantville.