“Love My Library Month is the time of the year when we remind the community of all that a 21st century library has to offer. We’ve added so many great programs and services this year,
the assistance of the Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library, Inc. and the
New Braunfels Public Library Foundation. February is a month for patrons to
reconnect with us,” said Library Director Gretchen Pruett.
For Love My
Library Month the New Braunfels Public Library (NBPL) will offer patrons a
chance to express their love for the library in a variety of ways. Patrons can
leave messages about why they love NBPL on paper hearts in the Children’s Room.
These will then be displayed in the windows of the Children’s Room.
also be able to write why they love the NBPL on a large poster with the
hashtag, #lovemyNBPL. As the poster fills up with comments, the library will
regularly post the progress on all their social media platforms.
One last way
that patrons can show their love and appreciation for the library is by
entering an item (an essay, painting, poem, scrapbook page, song, etc.)
describing why they love NBPL in a special contest. Entries must be submitted
by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th. At the end of the month,
the best and most creative entry will win a red Amazon Fire 7 Tablet.
“To show our
love for our patrons, the library will have a Blind Date with a Book
display featuring books wrapped in Valentine’s Day paper with a brief
description of the book,” Pruett noted. “Patrons can check out these
books and unwrap them to reveal their ‘date’ at home. Inside each book will be
a ‘Rate Your Blind Date’ page, so patrons can leave comments about the book or
their experience. While all participants will receive an interesting book/date
experience, one lucky blind-dater will also win an Amazon Fire 7 Tablet.”
popular Food for Fines is also back in February. If overdue charges are
preventing anyone from using the library, this program reduces overdue fines by
$2 for every non-perishable food item received. The items will be donated to
the San Antonio Area Food Bank for distribution. Non-perishable food items needed include canned goods,
fruit juices, baby foods and formulas, powdered milk, cereals, pasta, rice,
beans, tomato sauce, pasta sauce, peanut butter and jelly.
may also donate pet food, which will be given to the Humane Society of New
Braunfels, Inc. Patrons who do not owe fines but just wish to donate items may
do so at the library during February, as well.
for Fines allows library patrons to restore their membership by decreasing
overdue fines through food donation, while helping those less fortunate in our
community,” said Ms. Pruett. “It has been a successful program for us and we’re
happy to be able to offer it again this year.”