‘Summer Sleuth’ program underway at library

The “Summer Sleuth” reading program at the Emo Public Library is running through to Aug. 16 and co-ordinator Christine Schulzki said 60 children are registered.
Children received free posters, stickers, and activity books to help put the fun of reading into their summer. For Schulzki, it also involves creating a display and listening to book reports.
Schulzki, a summer student at the library this year along with Melinda Hawkins, had just arrived back from the Peace Gardens, where she was enrolled in the music section program, taking piano lessons.
This was a first for Schulzki. “I enjoyed every minute of my classes, which included technique and harmony, [and] especially meeting new friends who had the same interest.”
Schulzki had received the Musical Camp scholarship from the Festival of the Arts committee this past spring. She has been taking Grade 10 piano lessons for eight years from Stephanie Hawkins of Emo.
She will continue to be in touch with the music department while taking her Grade 11.
Meanwhile, head librarian Shirley Sheppard said the EPL will implement, on a trial basis, fall hours for Saturday to get the public’s input on how it agrees with them.
She did note the circulation of library materials is quite well received and supported by the public in general. “We have circulated over 18,090 [items]–an average of 2,297 per month,” Sheppard said.
“This does not include the usage of Internet computers, which includes printing, tutorial, scanning, and information searches for the public,” she added.
The Internet service is available at the cost of $2 per half hour. Among other services there, the fax machine is $3 for the first page and $1 for each succeeding page.
Photocopying may be done at the cost of .25¢ per copy and .35¢ per two-sided copy. No discount for bulk copying, and no use of personal paper.
Kathy Leek, the assistant librarian and computer co-ordinator, is the professional development and trainer at EPL.
“This year, the library continued its training and teaching on the Internet computers,” noted Sheppard, adding their CAP grant, which runs over a three-year period, has allowed the EPL to train the public on the usage of computers–even if it’s only the basic elements.
The computer co-ordinator (Leek) is available for personal tutorial by appointment for $5 per half-hour on Tuesdays between 1 and 3 p.m.
“EPL has also been able to help the public in scanning old family pictures and historical items for future preservation,” noted Sheppard.
The Internet also has been very helpful to the public for info that may be available in the library and any personal research. e-mailing is popular on the Internet, as well, which is available to the public on the library computer.
All the above services are charged a minimal fee to support the project.
As for Schulzki and Hawkins, much of their work this summer involves circulation desk duties, overall responsibility for the library in other staff absence, cleaning shelves.