Bringing people to the library
By Bob Arnold
Local Friends of Library (FOL) continues to search for new ways to bring people to Wesson Public Library resources.
Starting September 1, it launched a food-for-books promotion to incentivize library use and reading.
On November 15, it will present gift certificates valued at $25 each for menu items at Dumps Barbeque and the 51 Diner to two prolific readers who checked out books at Wesson Public Library during September, October and the first two weeks in November.
At the beginning of September, the library will begin tracking book check-outs by patrons, tally the traffic and select winners of the restaurant gift certificates.
“It’s a one time promotion which may continue depending on the public reaction,” says FOL’s Marilyn Britt. “Building traffic to the library and use of its resources is a top priority for us.”
In line with that mission, FOL also has a plan to turn local art connoisseurs into loyal library patrons. FOL member Dr. Steven Liverman is working with local artists to begin displaying their works on a regularly scheduled basis at the library.
“Again, the idea is to build traffic to the library for thing, providing an opportunity to discover the wide array resources available there to meet other needs,” says Britt. “Whether it’s winning a popular book in monthly drawings, a restaurant meal in our food-for-books promotion or viewing the creation of our art community, we’re working to bring people to Wesson Public Library.