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Update On Our After-School Progress

As many in our community know, the library has been dealing with a noise issue for several years, primarily related to junior high students coming to the library after school. The library maintains a clear policy on Patron Behavior. It is posted physically in several locations at the library and available for download below. This applies to patrons of all ages.

Recently, in order to deal with this noise and behavior issue, we were going to institute a procedure whereby junior high students would sign in and show identification (such as a school ID) when entering the library to establish more accountability on the part of those students. If a student did not have an ID or refused to produce an ID, they would still be able to use the library. Access was never denied. Our library’s mission is to allow access for everyone as long as standards of behavior are upheld.

Logistically, the sign in procedure was too burdensome for staff and was not undertaken. We decided to use the Helen Wilson room in the basement as an alternative venue for the junior high students. While downstairs in the Helen Wilson room, the students (under supervision by a staff member and a roving library monitor) would be permitted to listen to music, play board games, eat snacks, and participate in library programs. This is a procedure that another Chicagoland library in Lansing, IL had instituted with great success. The effect in that library was that noise and disorder were greatly diminished in the other open areas of their library.

Our after-school students will still be able to use the actual Teen area upstairs to do homework, make use of the computers, and utilize tutors if they so choose. They are now being offered an alternative if they do not wish to quietly work, study, or use the computers. However, I want to convey to all our patrons that our library Patron Behavior Policy remains in place, and will be strictly enforced throughout the library outside of the Helen Wilson room. Staff will follow the “three strikes” procedure that has been in place since the beginning of the school year. If the behavior continues, upon the third strike, the person will be asked to leave. If a person of any age does not follow our Patron Behavior Policy, staff will ask for an ID. The identification will be utilized in preparing an incident report and documenting the behavior.

We want our library to be a welcoming place for all of our patrons. We believe that the enforcement of our current policy regarding patron behavior, along with providing an alternative space for the junior high age patrons, will result in a great library environment for everyone.

In closing, I am thankful for the discussion our community has engaged in because it continues to give us opportunities to work together for the betterment of all involved. Please know that I'm always willing to listen and am very appreciative of the passion for the library in our community! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with ideas or questions you might have. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

Aaron A. Carlin
Library Director
Flossmoor Public Library
708-798-3600
carlina@flossmoorlibrary.org




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Are you a Flossmoor Library Cardholder?  Do you Love Music?
The Flossmoor Library will have a limited number of family passes available for selected performances of the 2017-2018 season of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO).
Click the image above for detailed information!


News and Events at the Library
 February 19, 2018 - February 26, 2018
 
Monday, February 19
LIBRARY CLOSED - President's Day

Tuesday, February 20
TUESDAY TALES - Ages 3-5 with Caregiver
10:30-11:15am in the ATTIC
Join us every Tuesday for stories, songs and a fun craft project!  Registration is required.
CHESS CLUB - Ages 8-18
3:30-4:30pm in the Inspiration Station
Check out our chess club!  Learn the basics of the game while making new friends!
Registration is required.
MILK and COOKIES STORYTIME - Ages 2 1/2-5
6:30-7:00pm in the ATTIC
A wonderful end to a long day!  Come join us for a story or two with a milk-and-cookies treat at the end!  Wear your pajamas for extra fun!!
Registration is required.

Wednesday, February 21
MORNING GLORY STORYTIME - Ages 3-5 with Caregiver
10:30am-11:15am in the ATTIC
Rise and shine, Morning Glory!  Be sure to join us every Wednesday in the Attic for stories and songs.  We'll end our story time with a fun craft project!  
Registration is required.

TEEN CRAFTERNOON - Ages 11-14
3:30-4:30pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
Let your creativity shine!  Learn to make different crafts each week.  All supplies provided. 
Registration is appreciated - Drop-ins welcome.

Thursday, February 22
READ, PLAY & GROW: A Storytime for Babies and Toddlers - Ages 0-3 with Caregiver
10:30-11:00am in the ATTIC
Please join us for fun activities that will develop and promote early literacy skills for babies and toddlers.  This storytime will introduce a love of books to our youngest library visitors by sharing stories, songs, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, playtime and movement.  Registration is required.
TABLETOP THURSDAYS - Ages 11-14
3:30-4:30pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
Did you know that games don't just come on computers?  Come and engage your competitive spirit playing games like Uno, Connect 4, Checkers and Jenga. 
Registration is appreciated.
SHANTA Storyteller - All Ages (young children with adult supervision)
6:00-7:00pm in the Helen Wilson Meeting Room
Shanta presents "Stories and Songs of the African People".  From the moment she moves onto the stage, Shanta encircles her audience in an unforgettable experience of creativity and culture.  Her performances feature not only stories, but also poetry, chants, and the spellbinding sounds of African and world instruments, including sitar, mbira, djembe, guitar, agogo, zither, call and response stores and songs.  Melding the work of her own creative spirit with African folktales and contemporary African-American perspectives, Shanta's stories stimulate imaginations and touch the hearts of people.
Registration is appreciated.

Friday, February 23
KNITTING SIT-IN - All ages and skill levels are welcome
9:30am-12:30pm in the Conference Room
Drop-in knitting group!  Teaching materials available to get started.

Sunday, February 25
SENSORY STORYTIME - Ages 3-13 with Caregiver
2:30-3:30pm in the ATTIC
Sensory storytime is designed at a primary level especially for children with special needs.  Join us for an interactive and inclusive program!
Registration is required and limited to 10 children per session.

Monday, February 26

ANIME-ZING MONDAY
- Ages 11-14
3:30-4:30pm in the ATTIC
There's more to anime than Pokemon and Dragonball-Z.  Come explore anime and manga while we watch movies and read books in this exciting and growing genre.
CRAFT CLUB - Ages 5-12
4:00-5:00pm in the ATTIC
Let's get crafty!  Join us each month as we make different crafts.  All supplies provided.
Registration is appreciated.
ART CLASS with Pat Moore - Part 3 of 3
6:30-8:00pm in the Inspiration Station
Registration is required and limited.  THIS CLASS IS CURENTLY FULL.

PLEASE CONTACT THE LIBRARY IF YOU REQUIRE SIGN INTERPRETATION
OR SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ANY LIBRARY PROGRAM.


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