Public libraries are known for providing materials, they also support their communities through a variety of programs and services. Public libraries must listen to their communities by providing the programs that they want. “With renewed focus in the 1950s, US public libraries began extending their core services to community programming.” (35) This is still true today; the Manchester City Library hosted many different programs over the years. Table One shows the number of programs and the number of people that attended these programs at the Manchester City Library. This table covers a ten-year period.
Table One shows the variations throughout the years, but having these programs is important to the community. Library staff should focus on programs that are well received by the patrons, eliminating those that are not, and continuing with those that are. At the Manchester City Library, some patrons’ favorite programs are holiday floral decorating with Jacques Florist, various book discussions, Dr. Seuss Party, Teddy Bear Picnic, Life-Sized Candyland, and Halloween Scavenger Hunt in the Valley Street Cemetery. But, public libraries should be aware of growing trends in the community and adapt to meet a new-found interest. When adult coloring became a trend in 2015, the Manchester City Library offered a coloring party for adults. This party was offered once a month with different themes for the different seasons. Another trend, was the reinterest in Pokémon, and the development of Pokémon Go. When Pokémon Go came out in 2016, the library had a Pokémon Go Walkabout, for all ages. The Manchester City Library has created a Pokémon Club, geared towards children. This program offers the use of videogames and the opportunity to swap trading cards. The movies Despicable Me and Minions, became a popular trend for many children. The Manchester City Library has met this need/want, by organizing several Minion parties through the years, and it is still popular today. These parties are usually held during school vacation and in the summer. Sometimes, the library staff will hide Minion figures around the library, encouraging the children to look for them. This scavenger hunt for the Minions, helps children to become familiar with the whole library not just the children’s room. This hunt for the Minions gets the whole family involved, not only the children.(37)
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