Exciting news, the needs assessment has begun! This assessment will tell us how large of a library we need, where the ideal location should be, what areas of the library greatly need expanding plus, what is needed to fulfill the library’s comprehensive plan to be a lifelong learning provider to our community. Therefore, to start, the library is handing out a new survey that will help in the first phase of the planning process of this new building.

Many of our patrons say they like where we are and they like what we do but in reality, we are too small, we cannot meet the expectations of our community with what we have now. Even as hard as we try by weeding (removing old books) daily and adding new books everyday, our community has grown so much we cannot keep up with the demand for more books and space for more computers. 

We need to hear from you, your voice means a lot to all of us! So here’s your chance to let your voice be heard. The surveys are in several locations around Town. Please fill one out and drop it off at the library at the corner of Main and South streets at the book drop box, the front desk, or any of the book baskets throughout the library – or in front of the Smyrna Town Hall in the utility bill drop box. Have your voice heard!

Garfield’s birthday – On June 19, Garfield will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Come see the display case featuring this cool cat!

Summer Reading Program starts – The Library will begin its kick off for the 2008 CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM on Monday, June 2. Our theme this year is “Catch the Reading Bug!” Join us in discovering the amazing world of insects. There will be programs, prizes, drawings, story hours, and more.
This FREE fun-filled program is open to everyone. Sign-ups will be available at the front desk.

Tiny Tots Story Time – The children’s room is just “BUGGY” these days! Just a reminder, our Tiny Tots Story Time” an interactive program is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. This program is free and open to families with children birth to less than 3 years of age. 

On Wednesday, June 4, at 10 a.m., Tiny Tots Story Time will present BEES!  Join the toddlers as they listen to a reading from “Are You a Bee?” by Judy Allen.
ITSY-BITSY LADYBUGS will be the theme for Tiny Tots Story Time on Wednesday, June 11, at 10 a.m. Join the toddlers as they listen to a reading from “The Grouchy Ladybug!”

Tiny Tots Story Time will present INTERNATIONAL PICNIC DAY on Wednesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. Join the toddlers as they listen to a reading from “McDuff Saves the Day” by Rosemary Wells.

On Wednesday, June 25, at 10 a.m., Tiny Tots Story Time will present A BUGS LIFE!  Join the toddlers as they listen to a reading from a bug’s life, “What a Team” by Disney.

Story Time for ages 3-6 – Regular story times with craft are every Friday morning at 10 a.m and again at 2 p.m. These programs are free and open to families with children 3 to 6 years of age. For school groups or other larger groups please call ahead for scheduling a special story time.

On Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m., the Library will present Ms. Diane Delaney’s “BUGS AND CREEPY CRAWLEY THINGS.” Ms. Diane will share songs, stories and movement activities. This program is free and open to families with children of all ages.
On Friday, June 6, at 2 p.m., Story Time will present BUZZING BEES.  Join the children as they listen to a reading from “Beekeepers” by Linda Oatman High.  Following the story, we will make a busy bee craft.

Story Time will present LADY BUGS on Friday, June 13, at 10 and 2 p.m. Join the children as they listen to a reading from “Ladybugs” by Barrie Watts. Following the story, we will make a cute ladybug to take home.

PICNICS will be the Story Time theme on Friday, June 20, at 10 and 2. Join the children as they listen to a reading from “Please Do Feed the Bears” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Following the story, everyone will decorate a paper picnic basket.
On Friday, June 27, at 10 and 2, Story Time will present GRASSHOPPERS. Join the children as they listen to a reading from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. Following the story, everyone will make a silly caterpillar craft. 

These Story Time programs are free and open to families with children ages 3 to 6 years old. For more information, please call 653-4579.

Cascading Carlos program June 3 – On Tuesday, June 3, at 2 p.m., the Library will host “CASCADING CARLOS.” Carlos has a high energy interactive style of juggling with an educational theme. Carlos performs for all ages and is geared for the entire family. The audience will be drawn into the set with humorous dialog and audience participation.

Magic show June 10 – On Tuesday, June 10, at 2 p.m., the Library will host Magician Mike Rose’s “MAGIC & WIT & BUGS.” This show features interactive comedy magic, quick wit, off the wall mind reading stunts and amazing sleight of hand. This program is free and open to all summer reading participants.

Storyteller June 17 – On Tuesday, June 17, at 2 p.m., the Smyrna Public Library will host an award-winning storyteller, GARY LLOYD.  Gary will perform “Come Into My Parlor, Please?” Watch Gary turn into Anasi, who just happens to be a spider! This program is free and fun for the entire family.

Miss Spider’s Tea Party – On Friday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m., the Smyrna Public Library will present “Miss Spiders Tea Party” from the BRANDYWINE ZOO. This program is free and open to families with children ages 3 to 6 years old.

Music and magic – On Tuesday, June 24, at 2:30 p.m., the Library will host “Monkeys in the House,” performed by JOHN HADFIELD. John’s show features original music, comedy, amazing magic, and a couple of really cool juggling tricks. This program is free and open to all summer reading participants’ plus its fun for the entire family.
Victorian program for adults – On Tuesday, June 3, from 6 to 8 pm, the Library will host an adult program, “UNLACING THE VICTORIAN WOMAN.” Ms. Barbara Darlin will present Victorian Women’s Fashion from the inside out. This program is free and open to the public.

Adult focus group – On June 9, the adult focus group will meet at the Smyrna Health & Wellness Center across the street from the library in room 214 from 7 to 9 p.m.
For more information on these programs, please call the library at 653-4579.