Valentine’s Day is coming soon! Although we are open to the public again (Yippee!), we are not doing in-person programs yet. So, we will be putting together packets of fun for pre-readers and readers. Each packet will have coloring pages, worksheets, a craft, a recipe to try at home and some candy! You can pick them up in the lobby of the library starting at noon on Friday, February 12th. They will be there until we run out.
Check out Susan’s “under the snow” storytime on our Facebook page. Then make her cool hedgehog craft using this super-easy recipe for play dough.
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup of salt
- 1/2 cup of water
- 3-5 drops of natural food coloring
- Mix together the flour and the salt.
- Mix together 1/2 cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring. (We tried to get brown by mixing red, blue and yellow, but the results were not great. Basically, pick a color you like and go for it!)
- Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.
Adopted from a recipe at diynaturals.com.
This week’s science project is a fun mix of craft and science. This project from Scholastic has kids gluing pasta or glue shapes in a recurring pattern, a chance to learn about geometry and make something beautiful.
The library will be reopening to the public on February 1st! We are looking forward to seeing your faces!
Restrictions will still apply:
- Limit of 10 patrons at a time
- Masks required for everyone age 5 and up
- Please maintain six foot distance when possible
- Computer use limited to one hour
For those of you still wanting it, we will add one hour before regular opening just for no-contact pickup. You can order no-contact pickup during open hours as well, but with people coming and going we can’t guarantee you won’t meet someone in the lobby.
Hello, friends. We miss seeing you and are doing our best to provide you good and safe service. We’re keeping a close eye on COVID case statistics to determine when we can open to the public for browsing again. The trend is encouraging. As soon as we have an opening date, we will let you know.
Meanwhile, we would like your opinion: Should we have an hour before the library opens specifically for no-contact pickup? We don’t want to deny access to those who prefer not to interact with staff and public.
Don’t forget that you can order books and movies online or by phone and pick them up with no contact. And we keep getting new materials all the time, like these new titles for grownups and young people.
No-Contact Pickup Hours
Today’s experiment is pretty easy to do. All you need is milk, dish soap and food coloring. Follow these instructions. Even younger kids can do this one with a little supervision. Just remember not to drink the milk afterwards!
We are saying goodbye to 2020, a tumultuous year to say the least, and welcome 2021. Let’s take a quick look back.
With the COVID-19 epidemic, we were closed for part of the year and did no-contact pickup for part of the year. Like many in the community, several members of the staff contracted the disease, but we all recovered. We greatly appreciate all of you who use the library; you have been great sports. Thanks for hanging in there with us!
We checked out 14,438 physical items in 2020, which is not bad, all things considered.
For comparison we checked out 21,576 in 2010. Final numbers for e-book checkouts are still pending, but are expected to be much, much higher than past years.
Our most checked out books were a little more diverse than in previous years, including a board book, easy readers, a juvenile non-fiction book, a chapter book, and even a grown-up mystery.
Before COVID hit we squeezed in a Harry Potter-themed escape room, which was conquered by kids and adults alike.
Shortly after that everything changed, and the rest of the year was all about connecting in different ways. Summer reading became a take-and-make affair. We put together packets each week for pre-readers, readers and teens/tweens. In the end, we distributed 650 over six weeks. The staff created videos to introduce the contents of each packet and demonstrate the crafts.
Our annual Halloween party also became a take-and-make affair. We gave out 100 or so packets with fun activities, coloring pages, toys and candy. Luckily, many of our friends showed up in costume to pick them up. We love to see those great costumes and big smiles!
The community also played along with our in-person and online favorite candy bracket. After 250 votes, we determined that Lonsdale’s favorite candy is Twix!
We embraced social media more than ever, producing virtual storytimes for kids and book chats for grownups. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, so you don’t miss anything.
Here’s hoping we get to see a lot more of you next year!
Here’s a fun experiment for grade school and older kids!