The newly built Salisbury Library is home to a plethora of asset building opportunities for youth in the area, offering everything from yoga, to baby massage, to reading with therapy dogs. Terry Kyrios, Director, Joan Cox, Children’s Librarian, and the library staff provide educational and empowering programs for young people. Staff work hard to support young people, and do especially well in servicing the infant to 5 year old age range. The Salisbury Public Library staff are working hard to build assets in their community. Recent data showed that only 19% of youth in our region regularly read for pleasure. By supporting youth and shaping youth into life-long readers and learners, they are promoting one of the 40 Developmental Assets®, reading for pleasure. By running programs that engage youth and families the library is also an opportunity for youth to find positive peer influences, build relationships with other adult role models they might not have otherwise met and feel that they are valued by the community. Creating opportunities for youth never builds just one asset, but builds many, and creates strong community connections that will help youth and family feel supported.
Upon walking into the Children’s Activity Room, I was immediately aware of the warmth and openness of their programming. Joan Cox is constantly brainstorming new ways to increase access and exposure to the library. Since the library has received its new location, the staff have been working hard to draw people in and continue to grow their membership. In the Children’s Room, Joan Cox provides a wide range of activities to families and children. She runs a Baby Drop-In Program to help connect young families. She also runs a 2 & Under Story Hour and a Story Hour for all children. Her Children’s Room is colorful and filled with children and young families. One of her popular programs called “Sit, Stay, Read” involves a therapy dog named Prince who listens to stories read by children. Kids can sign up for 15-minute time slots, helping them to gain confidence in their reading skills and practice reading aloud. Prince visits the library most Thursday afternoons.
The Salisbury Public library also provides outreach during the summertime! Beach StoryTime is located at the beach Center on Broadway (near the carousel). Stories and a craft will always be provided. This year, Joan is adding a new element to the program and bringing their therapy dog, Prince, for Beach Story Time! Prince is excited to make new friends! The first beach story time is Tuesday, July 17th from 10-11am. The ECAB Network is excited to support the efforts of the Salisbury Public Library in their strong asset building and ability to connect families within the Salisbury community. Their efforts to instill confidence in youth through programming is truly admirable. We can’t wait to see how the Salisbury Public Library continues to build assets in the future, and we look forward to future partnerships.
To learn more about programming at the Salisbury Library click HERE!