Many families are struggling. With high unemployment, and millions of students enrolled in the free and reduced meal programs, many parents are unable to provide the basic school supplies their children need to be effective.
Our summer reading program, “Can’t Stop Summer Fun” is going strong this year. We had 43 take part in the fun the first week. The book was "Elephants Guide to Hide and Seek" by Kjersten Hayes. The story told us that elephants are great at many things...playing hide-and-seek is not one of them. The book offers sympathy, support and superior hiding solutions to elephants who long to overcome their size disadvantage when playing hide-and-seek.
Tomorrow our "Can't Stop Summer Fun" reading program begins. It will run every Wednesday morning at 10am and Thursday afternoon at 4pm for the month of July. If you haven't signed up yet, don't delay, call today!
Gently Used Book Sale....$2.00 a Bag Full!
We have an abundance of wonderful, gently used books right now, especially children's, both chapter books and picture books. For the month of July you can take home as many books as you can fit in a bag (like the one in the picture) for just $2.00. Need a book for the beach? Going on a trip? Stop in and get a bag full today.
There is a new display up at the Library. “Plant a Seed, See What Grows” is the title of it. The display has a variety of gardening books available to check out, and we also planted a “seed” of kindness. Stop in and see what has grown from that! We are fully open our regular hours now, and are once again able to place reserves on books from other libraries. This week email notices telling you that your items are due, and hold notices telling you something is in for you, should start being sent out as well. Slowly service is returning to normal.
COME IN, WE ARE OPEN! You can once again come into the library. Curbside service will continue for anyone who wants to use it. Social distancing of 6 feet is still in effect, and we will strictly follow guidelines for disinfecting both the library building and its materials.
We are changing the name of our fundraiser. At our recent board meeting we decided to change the name to “Safer at Home is For the Birds” as we sat 6 feet apart from each other, with face masks on. The silent auction will now be held Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, June 6th. We will plan for the worst and hope for the best, meaning we hope that by the end of the month libraries will be back open to the public (even if it’s under restrictions). If, however, we are not open to the public we still plan on doing the silent auction. How?
We have a new display in our front window. It was inspired by a group that was seen on Facebook called Heart Hunters. Their opening lines say this…”In this time of social distancing, we are all trying to spread a little love and compassion. This page was started by a mom in Galesburg, IL who saw a post about placing hearts in windows for kids to see while out walking. She thought it sounded wonderful and Heart Hunters was born.” So the library came up with a window made up of hearts that you can look for the next time you drive or walk through Kingston. Stay healthy!