Good Things Happening at the Dormann

The Dormann Library in Bath, New York is experiencing all kinds of good things that we are so happy to share with our community. Since hiring our new director, LeighAnn Rumsey, we have been in the process of making some big changes to the library. One of staff had this to say about LeighAnn: “While learning the job, she has been able to refocus the library, develop her staff, grow the impact of the library, and define future goals.”

This quote was part of an essay contest that won LeighAnn one of ten book trucks that were awarded nationwide. That she was able to pick her favorite color (teal) for the book truck was just icing on the cake for this hardworking library director. LeighAnn had this to say: “I am thrilled to be chosen for this recognition, but I am even happier that I get to go to work every day with an inspiring, professional, and enthusiastic staff!

With a leader like this in charge, it makes sense that some of her staff have been busy in working towards the Dormann Library’s future goals:

· The Dormann Library has been selected as one of 300 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library survey local teens about their needs, create a Teen Advisory Board, and purchase new materials to support the vision and goals of the teens. Tara Didrence, the Youth and Family Services Coordinator at the Dormann, will be spearheading these efforts beginning in September.

· Through the efforts of Kathleen Caudill, Early Literacy Coordinator, the Dormann Library has launched a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. The program is a fun, free, national literacy program to encourage the love of reading and learning. Kids earn fun rewards and caregivers form a closer bond with their child while learning helpful tips to “grow a reader”. There are incentives being offered when a child signs up for a new library card, too!

· Kathleen’s program, Discovery Kids, has also been selected for an allocation of $500 Tyrtle Beach funds by the Steuben Youth Services Fund Board of Directors.

· The Dormann Library Book Barns, manned by Michael Stryker, sell donated and discarded books to raise money for the library. So far, for the 2021 season, Michael’s dedicated work and the community’s generous support has raised almost $2000! This money has been used to purchase items such as a huge inflatable movie screen, public charging station, a laminator, and many craft supplies for youth, teen and adult programming.

We hope that you will stop by the Dormann Library to check out for yourself all the changes that have been made to the library to better serve our patrons and the community. We are so glad that you can join us to enjoy all these new initiatives – let’s see where the journey continues to take us!

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