Doing Things By the Book

•Kristy takes over as Librarian at Adams County Library

New Librarian LaNae Kristy (L) working with Jan Schauer (R) at the Adams County Library. Kristy took over as Librarian on Jan. 1, 2017. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

Libraries are quiet, but the new librarian at the Adams County Library plans to make some noise.

“I would like to get it really going again,” said LaNae Kristy, who took over as Librarian on Jan. 1, 2017.

Kristy, who has a Masters degree in Library Sciences, takes over the role from Patty Anderson, who submitted her resignation last year and finished her duties on Dec. 31, 2016.

Much of the staff has been at the library for quite some time, keeping it consistently open, but Kristy is hoping to bring that consistency back to the business end of things. Anderson was a resident of Minnesota, and would come back to work. But now that Kristy has been hired, she hopes to expand on some of the services already offered and give more attention to some of the back end of the operations, like clearing out some old book titles.

In a process called ‘weeding,’ Kristy is going through titles and making room for new books, because shelf space is very limited. She cited popular fiction books as an example of titles that lose their luster after some time.

“Very popular fiction loses it’s interest very quickly,” she said.

Currently the library has multiple titles for sale in a used book section.

Kristy currently holds the librarian position at Hettinger Public Schools, and was encouraged to apply for the county library when that position opened up.

“I want to see this library stay open, and I’d like to make it more relevant to the people in Adams County,” LaNae said when asked about her motivation for applying and accepting the job.

She’s starting off by surveying different groups in the community, to determine which services might fit around town. For instance, she was scheduled to go to Western Horizons on Wednesday, Jan. 25 to visit with the residents about what services they might like to have.

She also wants to bring awareness to the services already offered by the library.

Some of the more well-known services include books, newspapers, audio books, large print books, and movies. Some of the lesser-known amenities include an ancestry research service, as well as a computer equipped with Skype for families to communicate with deployed soldiers.

“There’s all those free services, and people always need to save a little money,” Kristy said.

Something she would like to improve, is the services offered by the state library, that residents of Adams County can take advantage of.

“The state library’s resources are probably the best tax money you’ve spent, you can get everything from there,” she said.

With a library card from the state library, that’s free, people can get access to a wide range of resources, including their online databases like the Encyclopedia Brittanica. People with access should be able to get magazines on their tablets too.

As she looks forward to the future, Kristy will continue the summer reading program and is excited to reinvigorate each aspect of what the Adams County Library offers and bring it out into the community.

“I’m excited, I think it will be good for me to broaden my horizons and meet more people,” she said. “I only know kids, and some of their parents, so this is a good way to be more active in the community.”

The library is currently open 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

More information can be found on their website at www.AdamsCountyLibrary.org.