|Weirton Library's Page Writer Project is Underway
Awarded by the United Way of Middle Tennessee and the Dollar General Foundation, the Mary H. Weir Public Library's $17,322 Page Writer Workplace Literacy Project provides an employment experience and work skills to Community Work Experience Program (CWEP) Participants while providing a needed community service.
The Page Writer Project has 9 partnerships whose main objective is to help provide employment opportunities and public awareness of the need for training, education and chances for employment experiences for adults desiring to seek employment. The Page Writer Project's Partnerships provide support and educational opportunities, GED Achievement, reading and writing support, job searching readiness workshops, resume writing, mentoring and awareness to the community's information materials, resources and services for Project employees needing and wanting to prepare for employment.
The Partnerships are West Virginia Department of Human Services, Weirton United Way, West Virginia Northern Community College, Regional Education Service Agency (RESA VI) with Change, Inc., Personnel Temporary Services, Weirton Area Literacy Council, Weirton Business and Professional Woman's Club, Weirton Lions Club, and City of Weirton's Mary H. Weir Public Library. The application was also supported by Senator Edwin Bowman.
The Page Writer Project development was influenced by the Library's experiences with the traditional Library Page employees. Most of the Library's Pages went on to college and entered medical, legal and financial fields. The Page Writer Project will provide CWEP Library Employees this same experience working in the Weirton Library maintaining more than 3,000 shelves of books, tapes, CD's and learning Dewey Decimal and other organizational skills necessary to maintain access to public materials. All library departments will interact with the CWEP employees. The project will also emphasize the need to be able to write. The Weirton Library Technology Center's computers will be used to provide employees instruction. Employees will be taught how to write brief annotations of books and other new materials available at the Library from information located on book covers and jackets and from tapes and CD's. These writings will be published on the City Library's World Wide Web Page at http://weirton.lib.wv.us for all users to know what's new at the Weirton Library! The employment experiences and documented performance will be useful for the employees' resumes. For some this may be their first resume and also their first employment experience.
Tanya, Dawn, Emma, Patricia, Troy, Bob, Holly, John, and Eric have been employed for over 663 hours writing about new books, re-shelving returned books, and helping maintain the City Library's 3000 bookshelves! And, the Web Page of the library's new books with their writings is scheduled to be placed online in February!
Interested Community Work Experience Participants (CWEP) in the Page Writer Project should contact their local representative of the West Virginia Department of Human Services located at Three Springs Drive in Weirton.
Bethany, West Liberty and the West Virginia Northern Community Colleges have five computer science students working with library patrons, organizations, and staff with technology and electronic information. The students provide assistance and instruction with technology, hardware, specific software questions from library patrons and the community. the students help maintain the Weirton Community Information Network Page answering questions on how to set up a server, build a Web Page, as well as offer assistance understanding technology books, software concepts, or typing to remember what you might have forgotten in a computer introduction class. Students Greg Slaby, William Mungai, Andrea Middleton, Jeff Wyatt, and Yvette Hoyos welcome the chance to represent their colleges' technology programs to assist the public while providing them opportunities for future job interviews in the technical fields. The students are available in the Weirton Technology Center of the Library. The College Computer Science Internship Program is funded by West Virginia Legislature with special thanks to Hancock County Delegate Tamara Pettit.
Weirton City Council has provided additional funding for this fiscal year 1998-1999. With this additional help, the Library is able to continue to provide services and public service hours for Weirton Library Patrons. Thank you Weirton City Council for the opportunity for Weirton residents to have access to books and programs!
In this new year, the community extends its appreciation to bring new books into our new year of 1999. A $3.00 donation lights a crystal lamp on the Library's front lawn for the Holiday Season honoring a child, loved one, maybe to honor a friend or relative not to be forgotten, a sweetheart, mom or dad; or a good neighbor. This year's fund provides books for young adults. Next year's Brighten the New Year with books will brighten the Millennium. Our lamps honored the following: Linda Rivera, Julius Rivera, Julian Rivera, Leah Campbell, Kumar Amin, Vaishali Desai, Shaan Desai, Cottilli Family, Courtney, Christian, and Colin, Michael A.. Starvaggi, Shannon Varner, Kaitlin Varner, Rick John Kucan, Paul M. Sadler, Kenneth D. Campbell, Joseph W. Yanacha, Iola Gorshy (Mother), Iola Gorsky, Reg Dietz, Billie Dietz, Jerry Cutright, Lucy McDougal, Jim Eyestone, Ed McFadden, Russell W. Firman.
Over 1,339 people registered for a Mary H. Weir Public Library card last year. A public library card gives you access to books, music, recorded literature, large print books, children's books, Internet access and instruction and other materials. A driver's license and other proof of Weirton, West Virginia residency is need to register for library card.
Last year, over 153,000 books, tapes, CD's, videos and other materials were checked out into the community on a Mary H. Weir Public Library card.
Children's Services of the Library provides a story hour program for children 3-5 years of age. "Future readers" of this age group listen to stories, classical literature, hear music, watch motion picture films, attempt craft projects on their way to learning about and sharing literature for the very young.
Registration begins February 16, 1999 with the first session March 2nd and ending May 5th. Sessions are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00 to 2:00, and 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Contact the City's Children's Librarian, Mrs. Sandy Reardon during registration.