LOSTANT — While books are the first thing to come to mind when thinking of libraries, they also serve as an important part of the community by giving people a safe and comfortable place to meet and relax.
April Jording became Lostant Community Library’s newest librarian in October, and there are several things she’d like to do in order to make the library a more useful and comfortable place for residents of all ages.
“I’d like to bring in some more simple, community-based aspects to our programs and other things we offer. Simple is what draws people in, at least initially,” she said.
Jording grew up in rural Tonica and has lived next door to the Lostant Library for the past two years. She also works as an emergency room technician at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Ottawa.
This is her first time working in a library, but she’s been an avid reader since the age of three and loves all kinds of books.
“I hate to have to get rid of them, but we’ve been cleaning out a lot of our older books in order to update our collection, and we’ll also be incorporating more technology into the library,” she said.
One of the biggest additions to the library since Jording’s arrival has been the implementation of Axis 360, the library’s e-book platform.
“This app allows you to directly download e-books through the library, and now you don’t even need to leave your house to get a new book. We’ve had a lot of interest in this, especially from teens,” she said.
She’ll also be planning to increase the amount of children’s reading activities.
Genealogy researchers will be happy to learn the library’s significant archive of local history will be gradually digitized.
Over the years, several people have donated their scrapbooks of old newspaper clippings, photographs, yearbooks, journals, school notebooks and more to the library.
When taken as a whole, the collection paints an informative and vibrant recollection of Lostant’s past.
Jording would additionally like to create a local history display case within the library.
“I’d also like to have a small meeting area with some comfortable chairs with a table so people can meet for some face-to-face interaction,” she added.
She’s created a questionnaire for patrons that asks about their favorite books, movies, activities, what’s enjoyed about the library, and the ways in which they think it could be improved.
Jording is also considering hosting board game events for local youths and families and will be hosting a family-friendly Valentine’s Day event, which will include games and a movie.
For more information, visit the Lostant Community Library Facebook page or call 815-368-3530.