with the library. She’s responsible for purchasing materials for the library, coordinating staff meetings, managing the library’s budget, and working with the Luzerne County Library System, among other things.
Asked if she feels technology has pulled patrons away from the library, Allison said it has not. “We’re still pretty relevant and the library offers a lot of services other than just books,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of ways people can use the library with changing technologies.”
The Kirby Library offers computer and internet access for patrons, as well as classes for seniors needing support in learning to use a computer. With a library card, patrons can also borrow e-books, Allison added.
Many children’s programs are offered at the library, including story time for various age groups and Furry Tales Reading Program, where therapy dogs visit the library each month and children struggling with reading can practice telling stories to the animals. The library also has an adult book club and reading groups for teens.
Several programs are scheduled for this fall by the library, Allison continued. A memoir writing workshop will be held every Saturday in October, given by Bill Schneider, associate director of creative writing at Wilkes University.
On Oct. 17, the 11th annual Fall Frolic and Silent Auction will be held at Theodora’s Restaurant in Drums, to raise funds for the library. Tickets, which can be purchased at the library, cost $65 for a dinner buffet, music, dancing, and the chance at various auctioned items.
On Oct. 21, adults can visit the library for “An Evening with the Ghost Detectives,” where paranormal investigators from the Ghost Detectives television show will talk about their craft.
“I’m excited to be in the area and I welcome anyone that wants to come and chat with me,” Allison concluded. “My door is always open.”