Pastor Charlotte and I visited with Gregory Hill, branch manager of the Lawrence Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. We went with the intention of studying far more about the applications they supply, the solutions they present, and who they serve in the neighborhood. It was an energizing conversation as we dived into the possibility of deepening our partnership in the future.
The Lawrence Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library sees about 180,000 folks stroll by way of their doors yearly. They loan out 365,000 things per year. They present a wide variety of applications that attain young youngsters to older adults. For the duration of the week, they present a Story Time for youngsters up to Preschool age. They hold book discussion groups on Tuesday mornings and hold a travel log system when a month. They have attempted to do applications for youth and most not too long ago held cooking classes for students.
In addition to these applications, the library has offered applications to assistance the folks who use the library. At the request of some of the patrons of the library, they have held laptop classes that assist folks find out how to use Microsoft Word and Excel. For the duration of the summer season break, they continue to hold a summer season reading system to encourage students to study all through the summer season.
As we talked to Gregory Hill, he shared with us the rise of Spanish speaking neighborhood members who now make use of the sources of the library more than the previous 4 years. He nevertheless hopes that the library could do applications with youth to empower and enrich their lives.
For the duration of our conversation, Gregory shared with us that the Lawrence branch would be closed for six months for renovations. The library will be closed from October to the starting of April. Patrons will nevertheless be capable to choose up their holds and drop off books, but the library will be closed. With the library closed, Gregory asked if Faith Presbyterian Church could be open to hosting 15-20 members who attend book discussions on Tuesday morning. In addition, he will be sending the congregation a list of volunteer activities that our congregation could contribute time and power to.
Our conversation was fruitful and it became clear to us that there are tangible strategies that Faith Presbyterian Church could deepen our partnership with the library down the street. We will open our doors to them in the fall so that they can continue to hold their book discussion in a place close to them. And possibly, just possibly, the library may well be prepared to companion with Faith Presbyterian Church so that we could host our Lifetree Café there and extend our hospitality to folks in our neighborhood looking for a spot to connect and hold meaningful conversations.
I am personally excited by the possibilities that had been produced in this conversation. Please continue to pray for them and their patrons as they present an invaluable service to our neighborhood.