POETRY AND PICTURES: SNAPSHOT DAY
IS COMING TO THE WHEELER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
On Tuesday April 8, The Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange will join libraries across the Commonwealth and the nation to provide a “snapshot” of what happens in a day in the life of libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? During Snapshot Day, the Orange Public Libraries will collect data and photos that help demonstrate the value of our libraries and raise public awareness that we are busier than ever.
Highlighting the day at 6:30 pm will be a free public event in the Community Room of the Wheeler Library celebrating National Poetry Month featuring the ten poems of the 2014 Common Threads poets. Special guest readers include participants from the Mahar Regional High School's Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. A brief discussion will take place after the readings led by Candace Curran, the Wheeler Library's own Poet Seat Laureate and a judge of this year's Massachusetts Book Awards in Poetry. An open mic will follow where writers are encouraged to share their work or the work of someone they admire. All readers will receive a special gift and refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries.
The day's festivities will also include an appearance by the Cat in the Hat at 4:00 pm. The cat will lead participants in the making of their own funny hats. Children are encouraged to dress up as Cat in the Hat look-a-likes. After the hat making, there will be a Dr. Seuss read-in, a chance to name a character from the “Foot Book”, and the opportunity to be the very first person to check out one of the library's brand new Dr. Seuss books.
Not into poetry or to old for Dr. Seuss? You can take part by simply coming into the library and doing the things you always do. Whether that means using the computer, reading the newspaper, checking out the latest DVDs or having your children participate in Rise and Read Storytime, there are a myriad of choices for every taste and every age.
Patrons can also use Twitter #snapshot14 to post comments about the ways they use the library. Many residents take advantage of all of the valuable resources libraries offer online, so even if you aren't physically in the library on April 8 you can still participate by checking out materials online or downloading eBooks and accessing newly digitized treasures from across the Commonwealth.
“We're looking forward to a fun, busy day that helps us show how much our residents use their library,” said Library Director, Walt Owens. Busy days are the norm at libraries across the state. Over the past decade, libraries in Massachusetts have experienced a dramatic surge in usage, including a 50% increase in library visits and a 29% increase in circulation.