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Fall 2021 Community Letter

Posted on 08/17/21 by in Quarterly Program Guide

Dear Residents,

By the time this fall program guide reaches you, we hope that local conditions will allow us to maintain the substantial offering of programs planned for this fall. While we celebrate this reopening milestone at Wadsworth Public library, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, remaining poised to alter our course in the coming cold months ahead, as needed.

That said, we are pleased to present our first full-fledged program guide since the pandemic shutdown. In it, you will find an active fall season of in-house programming approaching the level and breadth of our pre-COVID offerings. Our team is excited to welcome patrons back to our many tried and true book groups, story times, clubs and workshops this fall. In September, we will restore full-service evening operating hours for the first Friday of each month coinciding with Main Street Wadsworth's popular event series and will be offering themed programs and activities.

For music fans, our partnership with Ohio Regional Musical Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) returns this August with Concerts in the Courtyard, outdoors in the Library's backyard. Monthly concerts will remain outdoors, weather permitting, moving indoors to the meeting rooms as the cold creeps in. The October 30 concert, a special event at O.J. Work Auditorium, will be the culminating performance in ORMACO's 2021 World Music Tour. All concerts are free and open to the public. Registration is preferred. See page 7 for concert and registration details. This ORMACO concert series is made possible by the generous financial support of the Friends of the Wadsworth Public Library.

Speaking of the Friends, this fall will bring an end to the book sale by-appointment model and the return of the pre-COVID book sale format, running October 14 through 17. The Friends continue to welcome donations of gently used books and audiovisual materials. Funds raised through the Friends book sales go toward supporting programs like our concert series partnership with ORMACO and our Summer Reading Club. You can learn more about the Friends, volunteer opportunities, and their upcoming sale on page 23.

In addition to the buzz around restoring our full complement of programming, we are also in the process of planning enhancements to both our children's area and the layout of our first floor. With the generous support of the Wadsworth Public Library Foundation, we are working with The Burgeon Group, designer of our children's area early literacy interactives, to double the number of those interactives for our littlest patrons and their caregivers. Beyond this work, we are also exploring changes to furnishings, service desks and shelving that, if implemented, will improve the browsing and customer service experience for our patrons. You can learn more about these developments by visiting www.wadsworthlibrary.com/interior-improvements.

Finally, we are here for parents whose students are struggling with reading. As you continue to work with the able teachers, tutors and administrators of our local schools to help your child tighten up their literacy skills after the disruption of the pandemic shutdown, please consider us an additional resource. Often the greatest challenge is finding the right author, genre and storyline that will catch your child's interest and imagination. Our children's and youth team specialize in this reader's advisory work for children, teens and their caregivers. Call us or stop by today so we can help you to reach this achievable goal.

We look forward to seeing you this fall and wish you and yours good health and resolve.

Sincerely,
Daniel Slife
Library Director