KEYSER - Connie Sutton, director for the Keyser-Mineral County Public Library, gave an update at the recent Mineral County Commission meeting, and shared good news by saying, “We did get our match,” referring to the annual operational funding source.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Connie Sutton, director for the Keyser-Mineral County Public Library, gave an update at the recent Mineral County Commission meeting, and shared good news by saying, “We did get our match,” referring to the annual operational funding source.
She said the match was made possible through the generosity of the Mineral County community, and, “We are grateful for this community.”
Sutton added that in times past, visiting the local library was for the purpose of research and study, but now she said, “It is for reading and entertainment.”
She said that throughout the past year, a total of 291 programs were presented for children and their families, and 4,243 were in attendance for the programs, adding that the number reflected repeat attendees.
Sutton gave another number of 193, and that is the amount of those “involved in the summer reading program.”
She said that often she hears, “There is nothing for kids to do,” saying that the Keyser Library is the place for kids to gather and be involved in various programs.
She gave an example of activities for not only the Keyser Library, but also for those in Fort Ashby and Burlington.
Sutton said, “Fort Ashby Library has added movies” to their schedule, and Burlington recently held an activity where the children tied bubble wrap around their feet, then stepped in paint, and danced on paper to create a design.
She said that two of the libraries were involved in tie-dye events, plus an environmental protection program, and Critters and Conservation happening, “Where kids were able to pet the animals.”
“We always have a variety of surprises” for our patrons, and those attending the events “do not get bored,” she said.
“I think the library is an important part of the community,” Sutton added, saying that for instance going to the Red Cross or to a food pantry, “There is only one focus,” however, “The library works on a broad spectrum.”
She said that every child can attend public school and receive a free education, and “coming to the library is the same.”
Mentioning that Keyser has programs for adults, she said that one of those is assistance with income tax preparation.
Sutton named the other county librarians, including April DeWitt of Fort Ashby, Paula Boggs of Piedmont, both who were in attendance, and Heather Haynes, of Burlington.
The youths of the Knobley Church of the Brethren were present at the Mineral County Commission to make a presentation to the county’s four libraries.
The small glass houses, created by commissioner Roger Leatherman and decorated by the youths, will be used as a donation box in each of the libraries.