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We’re batty for bats!

This week, our storytime focused on bats.   Did you know that many bats eat insects, including mosquitoes, up to 1200 per hour?  And many more are pollinators, helping grow many crops.  So, in their honor, we would like to share a couple of yummy recipes brought to you by bats.  You can download these and more in this recipe book from Batweek.org.

Bat trail mix

  • 1 1/2 cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, etc.)
  • 1 cup raw seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit (cherries, banana chips, cranberries, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup yummy chocolate (chocolate chips, M&Ms, etc.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and/or pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. immediately or store in a plastic sealing bag or mason jar.  (Will keep for 2-3 weeks.)

Fruit Bat Loves Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup papaya pieces
  • 1/2 cup mango pieces
  • 1/2  banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries or blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • juice of one large orange
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  1. If you are using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw slightly.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve.

Next week’s storytime theme is shapes with guest star Ms. Lois.  The week after will be apples.  If you have a pre-schooler and can make it Friday at 10:30, drop in and share some learning fun.

Book Group

The book group for grown-ups is back! Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 7th at 6:00 pm at the library. We will be reading Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. If you would like to order a copy, you can give us a call or request online. Everyone is welcome!

Library update

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

Monday:         1-6
Tuesday:        3-7
Wednesday: 1-5
Thursday:      1-5
Friday:             1-6
Saturday:       10-2

Year in Review

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.

EVENTS

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!

 

Book Chats

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or YouTube, hopefully you have seen that we are producing book chats of recommendations for what to read next.  All of the videos are available on this playlist on our YouTube channel.  New episodes are posted every Wednesday at 3:00 pm.  What kind of books do we discuss?  You name it, we will probably get around to it.  If you have suggestions, let us know.  The schedule so far is:

8/19:  psychological thrillers

8/26: read alouds for the whole family

9/2: science-fiction

9/9: hot dish cookbooks

9/16: early chapter books

9/23: overcoming adversity memoirs

9/30: favorite elderly protagonists

New library app!

We’ve got a new app that will allow you to take the catalog with you wherever you go via a mobile app on your smartphone. The app makes it simple  to search for materials, place holds, manage your account and more.

The Lonsdale Public Library is part of the SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) regional public library system, which spans 11 counties and includes 36 public libraries. SELCO worked with a developer to create the region-wide app that will function similarly to the desktop version of the catalog. Users will be able to search the regional catalog as well as their own library’s, manage their account, place holds, renew materials, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, and find libraries near them based on their location.

The app is free and available on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. You can find it by typing “SELCO Libraries” in the search bar. If you have questions or need help downloading the app, please contact the library for assistance.

Virtual Storytimes

Hello storytimers!  We have missed you!  It’s not exactly the same, but Ms. Susan will be creating virtual storytime videos that will be shared on our Facebook page.  Each weekly episode will premiere Monday at 6:30, starting August 31st.   You don’t need a Facebook account to watch.

Our storytimes are designed for pre-schoolers, but feel free to watch at any age!

 

Something for everyone!

Fun for kids

We’ve got some new activities in our window.  You can do them without coming into the library.  Just follow the arrows!

Jazz up your walk with this Lonsdale scavenger hunt.  You can pick up a physical copy in the library if you prefer.

Fun for grown-ups

Book Chats:

Your library staff loves recommending books.  We do it in person when we can, but since we’re seeing fewer of you and spending less time together when we do, we’ve decided to go digital.  We will take a few minutes to share a few titles that we love and why we recommend them.  The videos will be available on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.  Up first, Marguerite talks psychological thrillers.

Because we can’t travel abroad, check out Get Your Guide for virtual tours and experiences.  There’s never been a better time to be an armchair traveler.

Family Fun:

Did you know there’s a drive-in theater just up the road in Elko New Market?  Check out the details on their website.

Take the kids camping in your backyard.  Make s’mores, tell ghost stories, listen to the birds.  You can even break out some scouting-style crafts like whittling, making lanyards,  or making leaf rubbings.  (Of course, not all activities are suitable for all ages.)

Want more ideas?  The Mayo Clinic has a list of safe outdoor activities.

Summer Reading Program Week Four

It’s week four!  This week our theme is royals and knights.  There are lots and lots of great books on that topic, so now’s a good time to check them out.

Additional Resources:

Pre-readers:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

Here are some sing-along versions of this week’s songs:

Frere Jacques

Are You Sleeping, Brother John?

Mahurdeeysaa

Readers:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

Fun Facts about Royals

Teens:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

More marshmallow and toothpick building challenges