Interview with Elaine D. Fike, Director of the Georgetown Public Library
The Georgetown Public Library was established by the New Century Club, a women’s social and service organization, in 1899. The library was housed in a separate room in the New Century Club meeting house in 1926. Eventually the entire clubhouse was deeded to the library and served as the library building until August of 2010 when the new 29,400 square foot library facility was opened. The Georgetown Public Library is an independently governed library that shares a library system and catalog with all the other public libraries in Delaware. One library card for the whole state allows patrons to borrow materials from all the public libraries in Delaware. Sussex County, the State of Delaware Division of Libraries, and donations provide support for the operation of the library. The library was incorporated in the State of Delaware as a non-profit Section 501 (c) (3) corporation on December 3, 1990.
The library serves the Town of Georgetown and the surrounding unincorporated area with a service area population of approximately 15,000 residents. The library has a staff of 2 full time directors and 7 part time library staff. The library also has an active volunteer program which includes teens and adults. The volunteers help with shelving, cleaning, children’s programming preparation, book repair, monitoring special collections, and yard work. The library collection includes the standard circulating items. We also have a pilot e-book collection through our state library. The Georgetown Public Library also has a Delaware Room with non-circulating books about the town of Georgetown, the state of Delaware, and local history.
Library Services & Upcoming Programs
The library offers weekly story times for preschool children, game time for after school children, and twice a month programs for home-schooling families. The library offers programs 2 -3 times a week during the Summer Reading Program for preschool ages through teens. Summer Reading Programs include musical performers, art &crafts, and movies. For adults, we offer free knitting instruction class, a scrabble club, monthly book discussion group, programs on history, saving money, theatrical performances, and other special interest programs.
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Involvement with the Job Center@Delaware Libraries
Our library’s governing board was offered the opportunity to host a job center due mainly to two factors: library location (Georgetown is the county seat of Sussex County and is physically located in the center of the county.) and the availability of space in our building. Our board felt that hosting the job center was another way for the library to serve our community. The Job center is housed on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library and is funded by a BTOP grant. The job center opened in the summer of 2011.
The job center has partner agencies that offer classes on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, college funding, job skills for senior citizens, and basic computer skills. These classes are held at the job center. The job center has a computer lab with open times for people to apply for jobs online or work on creating their resumes. The computers offer unlimited time and the job center coordinator gives individual help to people.
Project’s Impact on Your Library and its Community
We are seeing more foot traffic coming to our library. Many people are coming to the library for the first time as information about the services of the job center becomes known in the community. More people are getting library cards to access the public computers as well as borrow items. The library has made more contacts within our Hispanic community as a result of the job center. We have made some new partners with the business community in the area of entrepreneurship as a result of the job center.
In a poor economy the library is the best bargain that you already pay for through your taxes.
For more information
Job Center Coordinator Dean Dey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (302) 270-4829.
Website: www.lib.de.us/jobcenter Facebook page: Job Center@Delaware Libraries
About the library and its involvement in the job center program you can either email Georgetown.email@example.com or call (302) 856-7958.