Reconnection and outreach are focus areas for Rocky River Public Library heading into summer and beyond.
“We could all use a refresher after the pandemic,” says Stacey Hayman, outreach coordinator. “We are trying different methods of connecting with the community.”
That includes unleashing a new podcast called What’s the Story @RRPL that will showcase the library’s services and starting a welcome wagon-esque offering for new residents to share what’s “on the shelf,” from training to digital services.
“The podcast will feature four staff members, and we’ll talk about services, materials like books and music and different programs taking place,” Hayman says. Patrons can access the podcast through the library’s blog, Read It or Weep, and it will be available on iTunes and Google Play.
For those who might not fall in the digital native camp, the library is amping up its one-on-one training opportunities. Already, the reference desk provides troubleshooting tips. “But, let’s say you are having trouble with an e-reader. You can set up an appointment with our training department, and they can sit down with you,” Hayman says.
With a goal to reach a wider audience and diversify programming, the library is rolling out additional inclusive, adaptive offerings. “We want to reach people who might not have felt like we had something for them, so we are offering some English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, along with American Sign Language,” Hayman says.
The library received a grant from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities to deliver new programs for adults and children, such as life skills and sensory friendly offerings. “We are also looking to reach people who are homebound and may not realize that we can bring materials to them,” Hayman says. “We are making sure that no one is left behind and trying to touch everyone in a positive way.”