I visited the Sunnyside Library Wednesday night and was surprised to see one of the library clerks playing Mexican Bingo with a group of what appeared to be happy boys. I learned that this Wednesday game night is one of the new programs instigated by our fairly new branch manager, Francisco Garcia-Ortiz from Spain. From 7 to 8 p.m. families are invited to come in on Wednesdays and have an hour of fun together. If kids show up alone, the library staff pitches in as board game participants, I was told.
Francisco has scheduled a teen night/family night on Thursdays at 6 p.m. This past Thursday the movie Pink Panther II was shown. A story and craft time is the offering on Fridays, with the story getting underway at 10 a.m. Those who want to make a craft may drop in at any time between 10:30 and 3 p.m. On Saturdays a family movie is shown at 2 p.m.
The most recent program our new librarian has started is called Let's Talk. It's held on Tuesday evenings, and its purpose is to give people, whose first language is not English, a chance to practice their new English language in a group setting with a moderator who keeps the conversational ball rolling.
Francisco and his staff are also willing to help library users learn how to check out their own books on a newly installed express system, something I have yet to take the time to do.
I think Sunnyside is fortunate to have this Ph.D from Spain living in our community and making our library so lively. I know I am enjoying the change. And, the library is now open seven days a week!
/s/ Frances Potts, Sunnyside