Mark Schuster, Head Librarian at the Berryville Public Library
We ran into Mark Schuster, the head librarian at the Berryville Public Library and talked about some of the changes he's made since our old friend Carol Stubbs Engskov retired as Head Librarian a bit over a year ago.
Among the changes instituted by Mark are expanded hours to include Sunday afternoons. "So far, we've had a steady and positive response," Mark said. "We get an average of about 50 visitors each Sunday and we expect greater utilization once the word gets out.
"The library has also acquired lots of new media such as books on CD, films, music, and of course, books. We work hard at listening to what our patrons want and try to get the materials they ask for."
One of the popular initiatives started by Mark is a monthly "Nights at the Movies" series which are very well attended by families, and age-focused programming, like book talks and readings, for small children, adolescents, and adults. The response has been excellent.
"We're on track to having about 60,000 customer visits annually," he reports. "We're feeling good about the response and are going to do what we can to sustain it."
This week Mark appears on The Ozark Harvest Radio Hour and talks at length about what's new at the library--and introduces himself to folks who may not have met him yet. you can catch Mark's interview at the hyperlink just above.