Lostant students enjoy visits with and from their local library
LOSTANT — This year, Lostant Grade School students have enjoyed regular visits to the Lostant Library. And librarian April Jording has not only been enjoying their visits, but she’s reciprocated by visiting them at the school.
Students visit the library on the first Wednesday of the month, and Jording visits them at the school on the third Wednesday.
“It’s worked out very well because while the school has a library of its own, we obviously have more variety here. Plus, I’ve been able to sign up several kids for their library cards,” Jording said.
Students visit in staggered sessions. Kindergartners visit along with the first- and second-graders; then grades 3-5, and finally grades 6-8.
With each group, Jording checks in their returned books while also helping them find certain titles on the shelves, as well as taking down their requests.
“I like coming here because I love reading, especially fiction and action books, and there’s a lot here to choose from,” 4th-grader Sarah Wiesbrock said.
Jording said the visits have helped both the library and the school.
“I think it’s made many of the students more comfortable with coming in after school,” she said.
The visits have also had a significant impact on the library’s circulation. Without the visits, the library had 106 visitors who checked out 52 books in September. With the student visits, there were 250 visitors who checked out 202 books.
She’d also like to use the visits to help create an after-school program.
“I’d like to have something like that for during the winter, especially since Blue Giggles closed down,” she said.
Blue Giggles is the recently closed sweets shop that’s just around the corner from the library. It’s where many students used to congregate once school let out, and Jording hopes they start visiting the library instead.
Some ideas include video and board game competitions, contests, themed events, and escape room games.
“We’re still working on what we’ll do, but kids here really need someplace they can go after school, and the library would be a great choice for them,” she said.