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Spotlight on: Evesham Library

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“I'm fortunate to work with an amazing staff who really do care about people. They are dedicated to helping customers get what they need.” 

Branch Manager Sue Szymanik

Pay a visit to the Evesham Library, the second largest library in the system, and you may find youngsters sitting in rapt attention during storytime, teenagers gathered around a challenging puzzle and senior citizens browsing the stacks for their next great reads. Open and expansive while offering cozy seating throughout, the library is a welcoming space - and there’s much to explore!

Situated in the heart of the community, Evesham Library is located on the first floor of the township municipal building adjacent to the bustling Memorial Sports Complex, making it a convenient destination for busy families and residents. In addition to a children’s department and dedicated Teen Zone, visitors will find three private study rooms, a multipurpose room and a media center featuring a generous selection of DVDs to borrow. There’s even a cozy break area with vending machines for those who want to grab a light snack.

Families Love it Here!

A young patron plays with toys available during the library's Stay & Play event

During the popular Stay & Play event held every Monday morning, preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to enjoy some unstructured fun. Children enjoy socializing while they explore the library toys set up that morning just for them. The rotating activities include a climb-through play tunnel, building blocks and a coloring station. All toys are sanitized between sessions, per COVID precautions. Kids also have their pick of the library’s Stortyime-to-Go Bundles. Each includes several picture books selected by our librarians for reading at home, a coloring sheet and craft. With fun new themes featured each week such as trucks or bugs, the bundles are especially popular, according to Youth Services Librarian Holly Hoskins who is used to seeing them scooped up soon after they’re set out.

Youngsters will also find more than half a dozen computers, including two AWE Early Literacy computers, reserved for their use. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten section features a nice selection of picture books as well as VOX books that enable kids to listen to an audio recording of the printed story as they follow along. And the library’s Play-and-Learn Special Needs collection features a generous selection of toys and manipulatives that help develop fine motor skills, like tying a shoe, language skills and more.

Not Just for Kids

Grownups will find a world of opportunity awaits them as well. Adults are invited to take advantage of one-on-one technology classes to brush up on their skills, as well as a variety of other events scheduled each month. Naturally, booklovers won’t be disappointed and, according to Branch Manager Sue Szymanik, mysteries are always a popular choice in Evesham. There’s even a monthly book discussion group for those who want to share their thoughts.

Teen Art Projects & More

Tackle a community coloring project or help solve a jigsaw puzzle while socializing. And if teens are looking for some reading inspiration, they can discover a display of Book Pairs compiled just for them. Youth Services Librarian Chelsea Michelfelder noted the book duos, which share the same theme, such as Disney Villains or Time Travel, are handpicked by library staff each month.

Audience: All Ages
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Library Fun Facts
  • There’s a Jigsaw Puzzle Swap for adults available at the reference desk. Stop by to trade your old puzzle for a new one, then take it home to tackle a fresh challenge.
  • Be sure to check out the mosaic map of Evesham affixed to the wall at the library entrance. Handmade by local school children and comprised of individual tiles, you’ll find roads, buses, historical sites and local points of interest depicted in the artwork. Can you find the library?
  • The volunteers who collected books from local porches more than half a century ago became the dedicated Friends of the Library, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit volunteer organization that continues to support the library to this day. 
  • The Friends offer a selection of books for sale during library hours, with most items priced at just 50 cents or a dollar. Want more choices? Visit the Friends’ library Book Store when it’s open to the public.
  • A fish tank with live fish can be found near the children’s department.
  • The library’s foreign film collection is popular while its literacy collection for new readers is a valuable resource that’s often overlooked.
  • The I Spy Tank in the Children’s Department is a glass aquarium featuring a themed display of items that children are encouraged to spot scavenger-hunt style, and then check off on slip of paper. The theme, such as Winnie the Pooh, changes monthly.
  • There are five book displays in the library with titles handpicked by our hardworking librarians. The displays change monthly.