By Kim Harriger
The Wellington Daily News
The Wellington Public Library is heading in some exciting directions. According to new director Sara Dixon, we can expect some changes and movement forward. "I feel like a lot of time people feel that the library is just about books, and it's not. We learn in every single interaction that we have, whether it's a Wii game or the person down the street that we haven't talked to."
Dixon is passionate about getting the community involved in this interactive learning process. "We're starting a book club, starting in November. We will meet on every third Wednesday of the month, holidays excluded."
The first book chosen is The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty, a local Kansas author. Dixon feels this is a good choice to gauge how a book club will work, and the preferences of those who would like to be involved. There are several copies of the book available for check-out at the library for those interested in joining the book club.
Dixon doesn't want to set an age limit for the book club. It is geared toward older teens through adults.
Another area being developed is teen involvement. A teen advisory council assists in many ways, including choosing books to include in the library selection. They even recently hosted an Art Reception and Poetry Slam, in which entries from Wellington and Oxford were submitted. Dixon hopes to make these a more regular occurrence.
One challenge Dixon is facing is getting more teens involved. "I'm not sure how many would want to read for fun, and they are
so busy. They have volleyball, and cheerleading, and jobs. Trying to find a place for the library in the midst of all of that."
Dixon is looking for suggestions from the community. "It's a community place, so it should have community input. Maybe we need technology classes. I would love to teach a class on Word, Facebook, or Twitter. I want to make this place a community hub. Wellington is a very close knit community and I feel like this could be so much more than just a place to come get your books."
Dixon says that people can ask for help with whatever they might need, whether it be computer programs, apps for different devices, eBooks or Web sites. If the library personnel don't know about something, they will learn with you.
Dixon is fired up about the possibilities in store for the Wellington community through the library and is looking forward to changing the reputation of libraries in general.
Openly enthusiastic about her role in Wellington, Dixon says "My mom always wanted me to be in the medical field. It wasn't for me, but in the same vein, I'm helping people. I just help people with information instead of stitches."