The gears are switching at the Amherst Public Library from summer reading fun to back-to-school preparedness.
“When it comes to school mode, we’re doing back-to-school story times to get kids acclimated and having fun and ready,” said children’s librarian Cheryl Ashton.
Demands on library services change each August and Ashton said the shift is already visible on the shelves.
There’s been a sudden surge in returns of “reading for fun” books that got poolside and beach use in the past two months. Now there’s a rush to check out summer reading list books for last-minute English class reading assignments.
Parents have also shown interest in the Bedtime Math program by the American Library Association. The all-ages push uses story problems to jump start critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Ashton said the goal is to show that with strong comprehension skills, all school subjects become easier to manage.
Expect busy hours at the Amherst Public Library also to change.
The after-school rush will make 2-6 p.m. on school days the most popular time of the day to visit the Spring Street library, especially for those walking directly from school to tackle homework and projects.
Tutoring is quite popular at the library as well, Ashton said.
Later this fall, the second floor of the library will get a reorganization to make room for more seating space, she said.
In the meantime, computers will be in high demand not only for primary and secondary school children but those returning to college and seeking jobs.
To give everyone a little extra time to use its resources, the library will expand its hours starting Sept. 13 to be open 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
And don’t miss out on the annual textbook-covering event set for 3-5 p.m. on Aug. 19-21 and Sept. 1-2 at the library, which will make covering and decorating supplies available.
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Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Kids were treated Monday to a back-to-school story time at the Amherst Public Library.