The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 4, 2013

Increase in library visitors

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Little Saige Rodgers and her mother, Chantelle Tiatrakul, read a book together at Public Library of Enid and Garfield County early Friday afternoon.

Saige, a kindergartner at Hoover Elementary School, played with a stuffed sculpture, sat in a chair and examined the things she found in the area, while her mother read “Pumpkin Jack.”

“She got her shots today and she needed time to recoup,” Tiatrakul said.

Around the library, other school-age visitors used computers, listened through headphones, read books and searched bookshelves for the perfect book to take home.

As the long winter break from school winds down, the library saw an increase in young visitors over the last few days.

Jade Powell, supervisory librarian for public services, noted there were about 100 more visitors to the library Wednes-day and Thursday than typically are seen on those days of the week.

“They’re starting to gear up for school now,” Powell said. “The new is starting to wear off the toys now. Moms and dads are getting a little stir crazy, so this is where they are and we’re happy.”

Powell said some of the young library visitors are using learning software to review — or get ahead on — school subjects.

“We have our learning software, so they could get on our software and work on their spelling, their math or any type of learning activity,” Powell said.

Some of the youth were listening to books on compact disc.

“Some kids are auditory learners,” Powell said. “They can check those out.”

Ebooks for children and adults are another item the library offers. The library offers ebooks for checkout, and the patron doesn’t have to go to the library to check them out. Ebooks can be checked out on the library’s website.

“If they have an accelerated reading goal, that can help them,” Powell said.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the library offers E-Reader Setup and Explore E-Media classes.

Classes begin again Monday for Enid and Chisholm students.