Philipsburg Jubilee Library to adjust its opening hours


PHILIPSBURG–Philipsburg Jubilee Library has announced a change in its opening hours for 2018. The new schedule will be introduced from Monday, February 5.

  To facilitate general staff meetings on Monday mornings, the Library will now open at 10:00am instead of 9:00am. As of Monday, February 5, the Library will be open on Mondays from 10:00am to 5:00pm; from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

  Library management and staff said they are happy to continue providing their services to their loyal customers. The temporary solution of using the entrance hall has brought back some ambience to the Library since the passing of Hurricane Irma and the devastation to its structure in the aftermath.

  Customers still have access to a wide range of library materials: the children’s book collection, a small selection of adult fiction and non-fiction, the Internet Café, DVDs, photocopying, a lounge area, and a newly-improvised study area in the garden under the tent.

  “Our space is very limited. However, we did our best to try and accommodate most everyone’s needs,” the Library stated.

  In addition, the Library has been providing outreach services to day-care centres and afternoon schools in the form of Reading-with-Reading related activities and reading games, such as Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers, Story Time, Puppet Theatre for pre-schoolers, Readers Theatre and Mobile Media Lab for primary schoolchildren.

  Qualified staff members tell stories and engage pupils in educational activities. This programme focusses on the importance of familiarising all ages with reading readiness and assisting with improving comprehension skills and performances at school.

  The programme will be carried out on a larger scale this year, involving all day care centres.

  Since 2013 Library members can also borrow almost 900 e-books which are provided by the US-based company Overdrive. Overdrive recently launched its newest app “Libby” by which users can download books via the Library to read on any Android device free of charge.

Source: The Daily Herald