To re-new interest in the WSH Library, we began the year by participating in ILS Snapshot Day 1-11-11 and all branches shared stories and pictures on the State Library website. A month later, a WSH Library newsletter was introduced on campus to highlight the collection’s offerings. Starting mid-year, classes at the hospital treatment centers were entertained with a weekly show-n-tell—poetry—storytelling format library programming. District #28 Rep. Troy Kelley accepted an invitation to visit the library and WSH history museum. The Library is a major supporter of the hospital’s historical heritage and hosted a WSH Museum open-house in September.
In the spirit of thrift, Eastern and Western State Hospital staff wrote to certain publishers to seek in-kind donations. The donations received were shared with all 12 ILS branches. The Forest Institute donated good quality psych education videos to the WSH Library. Branches shared equipment and materials to maximize shelf-life. WSH Staff and patients donated books, DVDs, music CDs and artwork throughout the year.