This summer the Huntington Memorial Library will be expanding our reach into the community by initiating a Twitter and Facebook account. We would like to invite you to participate. Our goals in creating social media channels are to increase the visibility of the good work we do, educate people about information resources, promote library services, encourage the support of our services and programs, and to facilitate the open communication between the library and its community.
According to Pew Research Internet Project, of those adults who use social networking sites, the vast majority have a Facebook account. It’s a friendly, relatively safe site with a minimum of spammers and trollers. For the library, it offers the ability to have conversations with our community in a multi-media format. If you have a Facebook account simply search for us by name. If you “like” us, you’ll see our posts in your news feed.
Twitter is a social media tool that is used differently than other tools because of the limited size of the messages. There are advantages to short messages though. People who follow the library will quickly be able to see if the link we post is something they want to open. In addition, the library will have the opportunity to post on Twitter when there is a short, immediate information need.
This summer, Twitter will focus on the Writer’s Group which meets as a part of our new Adult Summer Reading Program. Look for us on Twitter at @HMLOneonta.
The official start to our Summer Reading Program is today. You can pick up adult and children reading logs at the library or download them from our website. Start recording the books you read beginning today. Most of the library programs are full but there are still a few spots in Lap Sit on Wednesdays, Tiny Tots on Thursdays and Parent/Toddler on Wednesdays. During the first week of the program, our children’s coordinator will be away, so Kate and I will be running the show. We’re excited to be part of the children’s programs. Remember that reading throughout the summer is instrumental to maintaining reading level for school age children. Children ages 3 to 5 that are read to at least three times per week are two times more likely to recognize all letters, have word-sight recognition and to understand words in context.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Monday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.