Carol Wohlford, Director of the Eudora Public Library
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Stop in the Eudora Public Library and you’ll see that there is a lot more going on than just books being checked out, especially since Carol Wohlford became the library director a year ago. She has brought many new programs to the library and made it an even more welcoming place for people of all ages.
Wohlford came to Eudora from Andover, KS where she was the library director for ten years. One of her biggest accomplishments there was getting a new library built. Before that she worked at the Smithsonian’s Slavic Library and for the White House Conference on Information Sciences. Coming to Eudora was like a homecoming for Wohlford as she and her husband both graduated from KU.
While the list of programs available at the Eudora Public Library is too long for a single newspaper article, a few will be highlighted here. You’ll have to visit the library at 14 E. 9th to learn everything that is going on.
Children are a high priority at the library, with programs for them starting at birth. The Infant Story Time (birth – 2) and Preschool Story Time (2 –K) are based on a statewide early literacy program called 6 by 6. The program focuses on six important pre-reading skill areas that children should develop before they learn to read at around age 6.
A summer reading program and Snow Cone Wednesdays keep children reading during the summer. The old card catalog has been converted into a toy box for educational play, and there is an educational computer especially for children.
One of the most exciting programs is the cooperative effort between the library and Eudora Parks and Recreation: Summer Adventure Camps. With the help of a grant from Friends of Kansas Libraries the team provided four themed units in art and science for the children in daycare at the Rec Center this past summer. It was so successful that it is being spotlighted at the Kansas Library Conference next week.
“Parks and Rec has served as a wonderful partner for the library,” Wohlford said. “As have the schools.”
Of course, not everything at the Eudora Public Library is for kids. There are books, E-books, graphic novels and an Adult Winter Reading Program. There are computers available for patrons to use. Online holds and re-checking services simplifies things, and inter-library loans help secure books that can’t be found at the Eudora library. There is even an informal Wednesday knitting group. Adults also have the opportunity to volunteer at the library, and for the first time formal volunteer training is being offered.
One thing Wohlford hopes to implement in the future (besides building a bigger library!) is a partnership with a Eudora civic group to develop an outreach program for people who are unable to get to the library. After determining the kind of books the patrons like, volunteers would deliver books right to their door.
If all of that isn’t enough to float your boat, how about this: you can check out cookie cutters at the Eudora Public Library. It’s true! They come complete with recipes and decorating instructions. What more can you ask from your local library?
For additional information about the Eudora Public Library, visit them online at www.eudorapubliclibrary.org.