By Alisa Boswell
A new program at Clovis-Carver Library is offering summer fun to area adults.
Adult Services Librarian Sarah Lewis hit the ground running when she started in her position in February by immediately putting into action a plan to offer a summer program to adults.
The library has offered a children’s reading program each summer for years.
“Ultimately, my goal with the summer program is to bring in the community and let them know that there’s other things in the community for adults to do, because you hear a lot in Clovis that there’s not a whole lot to do,” Lewis said. “So my goal is to start getting the community involved in the library. We offer a lot more services than just checking out books.”
Lewis said so far in the program, she has had events that entail someone from Paradise Market coming to talk about healthy eating, a Pinterest program in which she did projects from Pinterest with people and showed them how the website works and a representative of Lifechanges Counseling & Consulting, Inc. came to talk about things that are good for a person’s mental, emotional and physical health.
She said due to the program being so new and started so quickly, she has not had as good attendance at the events as she would like.
Lewis added that no one showed up for an event in which someone from the Curry County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) came to talk about what to do in severe weather, such as tornadoes.
“It was kind of bad people didn’t come because that weekend, the tornadoes hit,” Lewis said. “A lot of people don’t know that you’re not supposed to hear sirens inside. He probably would have covered that in the meeting.”
Library Director Margaret Hinchee said Lewis has fully embraced her job at the library with “high expectations and a positive outlook.”
“I appreciate her enthusiasm,” Hinchee said. “And I hope I provide the support she needs.”
Lewis said the next events planned include a Downton Abbey bingo event on Monday in which participants will watch a Downton Abbey episode while playing a game of bingo and will have the opportunity to win prizes and a July 14 flea market event in which she hopes to show people how to turn household items into something else.
“Stuff you can do yourself. I’m going to show them how to make something out of old keys. That type of thing,” Lewis said. “Once I get a bigger base and get people more involved, hopefully, I’ll get a budget where I can have these types of things all the time.”
Lewis said she hopes to turn things like the sewing event (where people learn to sew) and the Pinterest event turned into clubs that can meet regularly throughout the entire year.
“A lot of it is to help get some of our people involved and maybe get them a little more educated in some areas,” Lewis said.
Lewis said the final event for the program will be held on Aug. 1 and will be a murder mystery-type event.
Upcoming events for the Adult Summer Reading Program:
• July 7: Downton Abbey bingo at 7 p.m.
• July 14: Flea market style and upcycling presentation at 7 p.m.
• July 19: Bring your lunch and watch a free movie at noon.
• July 21: Family game night at 7 p.m.
• July 22: Riders on the Orphan Train at 7 p.m.
• July 29: Forensics learning discussion group at 7 p.m.
• Aug. 1: After hours grand finale at 7 p.m.