New & Improved this June at Benson!

June is the beginning of an exciting period at most libraries across the U.S.: summer reading! Summer brings with it fun new games, challenges, books, and patrons of all ages.

At Benson, we run both a children’s summer reading program and an adult summer reading program. “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” is our children’s theme which focuses on health and exercise. Our adult program, “Home Run Reading,” looks at health and exercise through the lens of baseball.

Charlotte & I are the creative directors for adult summer reading and have conjured up a few displays to market our program! We figured we would share some of our work to show everyone what’s new and great the library.

Summer Reading Display
Summer Reading Display

This adult summer reading display is located in the middle of Benson Memorial Library. I created the front poster and Charlotte picked out four categories of books to display to get the adults started on their 2016 gamepiece.

Summer Reading Sign
“Home Run Reading” Hand-Made Sign

Charlotte designed and I created this almost four-foot tall baseball field made out of cardboard and hand-painted by yours truly!

baseball display
Summer Reading Prizes

Charlotte created this awesome hanging banner to entice readers to sign up for our program. Above, we have displayed some of our prizes. They include: a prize pack from True Value Hardware of grilling implements, a Kindle Fire, a giant food basket from Sav-a-Lot, and a bicycle!

Summer reading-related improvements are not the only additions to the library this summer. We have also spruced up our children’s area, our monthly book displays, and our signage!

minion display
A “Minion” ways to be Fit and Healthy

Our wonderful library mom, Sharon, created this fabulous “Minion” display in the children’s area that fits with our healthy summer theme!

new books
New Children’s Books Display!

Sharon also put up this display of new books in the children’s area. Look at that nose! Now, who wouldn’t want to pick up a book from that display?!

LGBT display
LGBT Pride Month

Every month here at Benson, I put up a new display of books relating to a theme. Being a student of history, I usually pick a historical topic (e.g. March was Women’s History Month) or a social issue to champion for the month. June is national LGBT Pride Month. We celebrate in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. Furthermore, after national Marriage Equality was made law in 2015, President Barack Obama proclaimed June LGBT Pride Month.

Over the past 6+ months, the Benson Memorial Library staff has been adding more diverse items to our collections. We aim to represent and aid the Titusville community and Oil Region in understanding social issues and providing many different types of information, entertainment, and guidance. Both fiction and non-fiction help in attaining these goals.

Some titles we have featured include: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak out by Susan Kuklin, It Gets Better by Dan Savage, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, Queer: the Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kathy Belge, & Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan.

New Hand-Drawn Waymarking Signs

Finally, we have also been improving our stacks through weeding, new additions, shifting, and now, new waymarking signs! Each shelf now has the Dewey Decimal numbers it contains, as well as a guide as to the subjects in each aisle. Each sign was hand-drawn by myself and laminated by our laminating queen, Lisa.

We are always looking to improve and broaden our reach here at Benson Memorial Library in the small town of Titusville, Pennsylvania! If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to leave them below, send us an email, or contact us on Facebook. We would love to hear from you!

Summer 2016 is off to a great start!


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