During the summer of 2020, our publishing company hosted an interview series with popular bookstores and libraries across the country. Our founder, Maria Dismondy, hosted the interviews. We got to take an inside look into these creative spaces that house our favorite things—books and books and readers!
Covid-19 caused a lot of heartache and disappointment in the world. But it couldn’t take books away from readers. Find out how these professionals in the industry used creative thinking to present out of the box ideas to offer programming and more to their readers.
In this interview, we heard from Matthew Bushong at the Lancaster Public Library.
- Lancaster Library is one of the oldest library in the country at 260 years old and keeper of the some of the oldest and rarest book collections under lock and cage. To check out these old and rare books, you need to make an appointment with the library, especially for research purposes.
- During this current state of Covid 19, Lancaster Public Library, allows curbside pick ups for their patrons via a call or an email for the list of books they need. Pick up is usually the following day. The libray also hosts virtual storytimes at this time.
- The library’s children’s section is a circular reading area for storytimes for kids and schools that come in for a visit. Storytimes would normally consist of a craft activity or a song from library volunteers and play with so many toys they bring out for such occasion.
- One of the library’s pride is their art gallery where they showcase art works of their patrons. Selection of art pieces to showcase vary from either highlighting a number of artworks from single patron or a series of different artworks from various people.
- The Worst Book Ever: A funny, interactive read-aloud for story time
- The Book No One Wants To Read
- Spencer’s New Pet
Read this blog post if you want to know more about what we learned at the Summer Library & Bookstore Tour!