The North Bend Eagle


Library to try low-cost program ideas

by Nathan Arneal
Published 11/27/13

Head librarian Amy Reznicek gave the North Bend City Council an update at its Nov. 19 meeting on new projects at the North Bend Public Library.

First, she informed the council that librarian Joyce Ruzicka will be retiring Dec. 30 after 23 years of service.

“Luckily she’ll just be a phone call away,” Reznicek said. “Having all that experience gone is nuts. It’s giving me high blood pressure.”

Reznicek, who recently took over as director of the library, had been attending certification meetings where she has picked up several low-to-no-cost programming ideas she would like to try in North Bend. Many of the ideas qualify as outreach programs that would help the NBPL maintain its accreditation.

Among the ideas are:

• Using a recently donated CD player to let cancer patients listen to audio books. Sometimes the cancer treatments make it difficult for avid readers to read, Reznicek said.

• Downloading a free version of Skype, a program that allows computer users to see and hear each other. Reznicek said the program could be used by people who have family members in the military stationed in remote locations.

• Using the library to display student art or the work of quilting clubs. Reznicek said she has been in touch with the NBC art teachers about displaying work in the library.

• Conducting basic computer skills classes, particularly for older patrons. The classes could be as basic as using a mouse.

Reznicek reported that the theme of the summer reading program will be “Fizz, boom, read.” Reznicek will talk to the NBC science teachers about doing some experiments with program participants using a little fizz and boom.

She also said that she is working on a new website for the library, provide free by the Nebraska Library Commission. She hopes to have it up and running soon.
There are a few other changes at the library, including new hours that went into effect Monday. On Mondays through Thursdays the library is now open from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Friday hours will be 10 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 2.

Reznicek said the library has 1,150 library-card holding patrons after adding issuing 17 new cards in October and 10 new ones so far in November.

“It’s funny that we add so many in our small town,” she said. “I looked at the stats and it looks like every month we add right around 20 or 15.”

In other council business:

• Ordinance 523, the nuisance abatement program, received its third and final reading before being passed on a 3-0 vote, as council member Emily Kirschenmann was absent at the time of the vote.
Tina Engelbart of the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District, the organization that will be executing the program, said the first round of nuisance inspections will happen in the spring.

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