Wide Awake Club Annual Report to the Community

During 2022,the library strived to serve our community in as many ways as possible as we emerged out of pandemic years. In 2022 we saw our circulation increase as well as the number of patrons coming in to use our services. Even more exciting is the number of people who attended our 2022 programs more than doubled this year! We are the 2nd highest circulating library in all of Allegany County, just below Wellsville’s library. We are currently open 42 hours per week for those who want to come in to check out items, use our public computers, send or receive faxes, make copies, scan and use our Wi-Fi. Our wifi is available in our parking lot 24/7 with no password needed.  We now have 6 new WiFi hotspots available for circulation: able to connect up to 10 WiFi enabled devices at a time; providing free internet service with unlimited data as long as you are not in a “dead zone”.

  Hours of Service:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-5pm

Tuesday & Thursday 10am-7pm

Saturday 10am-1pm

In 2022, at the Wide Awake Club Library:                                   

            •           39,393 materials were circulated

            •           15,462 people visited our library

            •           228 Adult/Children’s programs were offered with a total of 3,062 attending. This is more than DOUBLE the number of attendees than last year!

            •           31 memorials, gifts or donations were given.

            •           “Digital WAC Library users” checked out 5,287 digital audiobooks and eBooks through Overdrive/Libby.

The 2022 Summer Reading Program: “Oceans of Possibilities”.

  • 97 children registered for the program and read for a combined total of 658 hours!
    • 36 young adults registered for our Tween/Teen Summer Reading Program to “Read and Rate a Book” and read a combined total of 87 books.
    • 49 adults registered for our Adult Summer Reading Challenge and read a total of 124 books.

*Special thanks to Shop n’ Save, and Nevy’s for donating Slush Puppies and pizza slices as reading incentive prizes!

Volunteers choose to invest their time connecting and supporting the library and we are extremely fortunate to have a fantastic group of volunteers who help support our library in a variety of ways. Thank you!

Karen BarberKim Cockle Pat Ricketts
Amy WolskiSadie HartungKaren Williams
Gerry McGlynnCarole McGlynnLynn Barry
Melissa MillsDon BarberKathy Breuer
Amy ChiuRachel FrancisJim & Brenda Heckathorn
Sarah SandersJim SandersBill Breuer
Tyler Johnson

Programs we offered in 2022 and continue to host in 2023:

WIGGLES and GIGGLES Toddler Time with Miss Tonya is for babies and toddlers. This is held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 10:30-11:15. Caregiver(s) must attend with the child. Besides reading books, there will be songs, movement, games, crafts, and playtime. This is for babies and toddlers who are on the move!

Lil’ Bookworms meet every Wed. from 3:30-4:30, this is for children in 1st-3rd grade. Join Miss Tonya as we read together, create crafts, science experiments, escape rooms, make (and eat!) snacks and more! 

 Paint Along with Bob (Bob Ross, that is)!  We supply Bob, the canvases, paint, and easels, and you supply the snacks, conversation, and willingness to play.  As Bob says, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”  This is FREE, supplies are limited and first-come, first-serve, so come early to claim your spot!

The 3rd Wed. of every month at 7:00pm join us for a Crafty Night Out (for ages 18+)We’ll be making various seasonal crafts throughout the year.

NEW: Creative Circle meets the 2nd Tue. evening of each month. Stop in anytime between 6:30-8:30pm with whatever craft project you are currently working on. This is a time to get together with other crafters and spend time together crafting!

Every Wednesday evening at 6 pm join Sarah for Stretching in the Stacks– Sarah is a certified yoga instructor who specializes in storytelling and slow, deep, mindful flows.  She will lead you in breath-work, a gentle warm-up, and a story-inspired flow suitable for all levels.  Well behaved kids and teens are welcome to join in too!  

We now have a new EVENING BOOK CLUB: Cover to Cover Book Club meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6pm. We have several copies of each months book selection available at the desk, just ask!

COOKBOOK CLUB If you like to cook (and EAT!) then please join us on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm. We choose a different cookbook each month, everyone picks a recipe to make and brings to our gathering for a potluck dinner. You can even bring a guest! 

Preschool Story Time with Miss Bonnie takes place every Tuesday at 11:30. Join us for fun stories, snacks and an easy crafts! If your child attends FCS Pre-K 3 or 4 consider bring them after the morning session or before the afternoon class.

Beyond Books for Homeschoolers Crafts, STEM activities, books for kids, seasonal escape rooms, and MORE! This is also a time and place for parents to connect while the kids have FUN! Join us twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month at 10:30am. Fun for ALL AGES!

The Allegany County Creative Writers Group now are meeting again at the library the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm and will occasionally have guest speakers and local authors. They also meet every Saturday from 11am-1pm via Zoom to share their work, free-write and support one another.  Check out their Facebook page for more details or contact the library.

Our Monday Morning Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 10:30am, check out our website for the title of the book we’ll be discussing each month. All are welcome!  This is a fun and welcoming group…please feel free to join in at any time!

Our Allegany Angel Gown Project continues. These gowns are given to families in our surrounding areas for babies that never make it home from the hospital. We are in need of sewing volunteers to help with this, only very basic skills are needed. We’re always looking for donations of wedding gowns and pink and baby blue prom dresses. Contact the library if you are interested.

Board meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. The public is always welcome to attend.

Board of Trustees who generously donatate their time and talents:

Rodney Bennett, President

Carole McGlynn, Vice-President

Bradley Wilber, Secretary

Karen Williams, Trustee

Pat Ricketts, Trustee

Shawn Hotchkiss, Trustee

Rebecca Rowley, Trustee

Judy Robertson, Trustee

Library Staff:

Roxanne Baker, Library Director

Joan Tavernier, Library Manager

Tonya Hartung, Programming Coordinator

Sarah Trumpp, Library Clerk and IT

Marriah Propert, Treasurer

Bonnie Leigh, Children’s Story Hour & Summer Reading

Don Barber, Janitorial Custodian

Gordon “Junior” Johnson, Mowing and Shoveling

Town of Hume Bicentennial Celebration

Come check out our 200 year Town of Hume Anniversary display!

Thanks to Kathy Breuer for this awesome creation! And thank you to the Hume Town Museum for letting us borrow some interesting items for our display case! Thanks to Katie Burton and Jasmine Bentley who made the signs for the display case.

We also have local history trivia questions with small prizes if you are correct!