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OLA 2015: How Running a Winter Reading Program Will Boost Your Circulation
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Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Sponsor: Public Libraries Division (PLD)

Starting a new year doesn’t mean your library has to slow down.  Several staff at Western Plains Library System decided to offer an interactive Winter Reading Program to boost the traditionally lower circulation numbers of January and February.  The program has now been going strong for 4 years and has succeeded in increasing circulation and exciting people to use the library.  Our panel will discuss how the program is ran, how it is adapted, and what we plan to continue doing in order to keep this successful program thriving.  Let us share with you how a Winter Reading Program will work at any public library of any size.

Charlotte NanceCharlotte Nance is the Librarian at Minnie R. Slief Library in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, a branch of Western Plains Library System. Charlotte holds a BA in English from Oklahoma State University and an MS in School Library Media from Ft. Hays State University. Charlotte is also a National Board Certified Library Media Specialist in Early Childhood-Young Adult. Prior to coming to Western Plains, Charlotte was a school library media specialist for 18 of her 24 years in teaching. She has two children and one grandchild and lives on the family farm homesteaded by her Great-Grandfather in 1906. The Minnie R. Slief Library was her childhood library, and she has many fond memories of it.

Michael Hull is the Public Services Coordinator of Western Plains Library System in Clinton, OK.  Michael became a part of Western Plains in 2005 and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies program.  Prior to attending OU, he obtained degrees in English and History from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Michael is honored to be a leader at Western Plains and a part of the rapid growth experienced by the organization.  In recent years Western Plains has significantly grown its user base and increased library usage.  Michael loves to see the addition of new, relevant services and materials to the public.  Above all, he is thankful and excited to be surrounded by a wonderful library staff who share his passion and vision of sharing the love of reading and information with their communities. 

Kathy Atchley: I am the manager of the Clinton Public Library which is a branch of Western Plains Library System. I have been employed by WPLS for 12 years. I have completed about 75% of coursework needed to obtain my MLIS; hopefully in another year that will be complete.

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