Summer Reading Update

June 5th is just around the corner! We will do a sign-up day for the summer program between May 31 and June 4th, but after that initial day, you can still sign up…anytime before the end of the program.

If you’ve been on Facebook, you may have seen this sheet already:

SUMMER READING PROGRAM SCHEDULE

For the final block of events for 4th grade and older, I’m looking at Fridays at 4pm. There are so many other summer activities in town happening between Monday and Thursday – I want to give as many kids as possible the chance to participate in library activities as well. Barring any major problem, Fridays will be the day. You will need to sign up ahead of time for those activities, so that I can make sure I have enough craft supplies and that the group size is manageable in the library. Those sign up sheets will be available during the sign up day, and then will be available at the front desk after that.

One question I’ve had about LEGO club is if there will be a limit on group size. As of right now, the answer is no. I think we can make it happen BUT if the first meetings are too full, I may split those into two. Remember that Tuesday’s LEGO club is only for children up to 1st grade age. I want to give the younger ages a chance to participate without getting lost in a sea of bigger kids! The other two days – Tuesday and Friday – will be open to any age, including the youngest group. Parents of littles – please use your best judgement about whether or not your child is old enough to play with LEGOs. The policy at the community center is that any person younger than 14 must have a responsible older caretaker accompany them. I need to follow the center’s rules but I can adjust to say you do not need to stay in the library during LEGO club (except on Tuesdays!) I need you to be in the building – this can include an older sibling or babysitter if it applies. Thanks for understanding.

One more thing: library activities are just that – IN THE LIBRARY. If your child leaves the library, they are part of the community center activities and all the rules must be adhered to. I would appreciate your help in talking to your kids about library activities…that they should remain with the group until they have finished their craft or the event time has expired. Thank you again.

I’ll post our sign up day by the end of this week – stay tuned!

Summer Reading Update

The dates have been chosen and our summer reading program will run from June 5th until July 9th! 5 weeks of ocean fun…sounds great considering we’re looking at a lot of snow again this weekend. Bring me the beach!

Each week will have a designated theme and trivia question. As always, there will be prizes! Stay tuned for sign up time, which will be next month already!

Also, do you like our new logo? Just wondering what kind of feedback the patrons have on my newest design…

Summer Reading Program is coming soon!

The summer reading program is just around the corner. We’ve been working hard to come up with some good ideas, activities and projects to highlight our program this year. The theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”…you can probably guess that means a watery type theme! I’m excited to share this with you all once we kick it off. Until then, wait expectantly!

BOOK CLUB

The books have arrived and the plot summary has my interest piqued

Before I show you the book, if you’re new to this, the time commitment is minimal. Just read the book and we meet one time when everyone finishes to share opinions and discuss any areas of confusion. So don’t shy away from signing up because you think we meet all the time. I’d love to see all the books go out! There will be 9 spots available, and the sign up will be posted tomorrow. Watch for the link here or on Facebook!

Book #1 of the 2022 Book Club is…………

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Website Revival!

This is my weak spot. I’ve known that many people don’t utilize Facebook and could benefit from the library’s website; however, I’ve been terrible about maintaining it and keeping it up to date. Spring can be the new season of revival for our website.

What’s been going on at the library, you ask? Lots and lots of story times with the preschoolers. Right now this is the only program that we kept up with but that was mainly because some of the other events in the community center made afternoon activities difficult. But they’re coming back, I promise!

During story time this year, we’ve explored stories of dogs, cats, mermaids, worms, a grumpy groundhog, Pete the Cat (I love that guy!), a rainbow fish, unicorns, catching leprechauns, and goldfish. One day the participants got to meet and love on a puppy! It’s so much fun to read to this group, and often they just start handing us books to read. We’re raising readers!

Craft time after the stories is always lots of fun, too. A special thanks to all the adults who have graciously offered their assistance to the littles…I couldn’t do it without you. Here are some of the crafts we’ve done this year:

And here’s a cute puppy face:

The writing tree is still up and it would like some spring flowers to put on its branches. You can write whatever you would like and ask the staff to hang it on the tree for you!

Thinking back a little, our Christmas break craft bags were a huge hit this year! I made a total of 100 bags, and 99 of them came to you! (I needed to keep one for myself so I could make the how-to videos!) Thank you for making it a success and we’ll do it again at the end of the year!

So what’s next? The library now has its own supply of LEGOs and I would love to bring back our LEGOs Club. It was very popular both last summer and during the Christmas party, so I know I need to split it into age groups. On one day I had 35 KIDDOS in the library trying to build with LEGOs and that is just too many for me to adequately control! Plus, we just don’t have the room available right now to have that many playing and building with LEGOs…not enough table space or standing space even! It’s coming back!

Our next book club will be starting soon…any adult 18 and up is welcome to join! Linda does a great job reading and leading our meeting after we’ve read. It’s always nice to get the perspective and opinions of others. I’ll post the new book and a sign up list as soon as the books arrive.

What else would you like to see? Let me know…you can leave a comment on this post or even shoot me an email or Facebook message.

CHANGE IN HOURS OF OPERATION

Hey everyone! We have changed our hours just a bit from TODAY going forward. We are closing at 3pm on Thursdays. This is because of the farmer’s market / vendor market that will be taking place every Thursday starting with July 30th. It’s much easier for me to get the hours under control now 🙂

Also, we are going to be closed on Friday and Saturday next week…JULY 24th and 25th. Tioga High School has rented the community center for their prom, and they will be setting up all day Friday. We will reopen MONDAY JULY 27th at 10am. Thanks for understanding!

BOOKMOBILE INFO!

Hey everybody…GOOD NEWS! The Williams County Bookmobile is starting to come to Tioga again; HOWEVER there are new guidelines in place that must be followed:

1: The Bookmobile is TAKE-OUT only. This can work as follows:

  • You can call the Bookmobile director (her name is Montana) at her work number (701) 713-0063 between the hours of 10am and 6pm. Up to the day prior to her visit here in Tioga, she can pull ANY ITEM from the Williston Library! This puts over 60,000 items at your convenience to check out. You can go online to their online catalog to see everything available.
  • If you show up at the Bookmobile and haven’t reserved anything, you will not be allowed to go onto the Bookmobile to browse. Montana will ask you what sorts of books or genres you are interested in/looking for and she can bring things off the Bookmobile for you to see.

2. The Bookmobile is following the same procedures as we are regarding quarantining and sanitizing materials. This means that after anyone returns a book, it is quarantined for 3 days before we sanitize it. Only after the 3-day quarantine and sanitizing is the book returned to circulation. So in relation to #1 above, if you have Montana bring items off the Bookmobile and then decide not to take it, it has to be quarantined. Please keep this in mind when thinking about books, and it really is a great option to call ahead!

3. The Bookmobile staff is taking all necessary precautions to maintain a clean and safe environment for both the patrons and themselves. This means frequent sanitizing of everything onboard, and it also means only the 2 staff members are allowed on the Bookmobile. Please understand this is for everyone’s safety and health.

4. Overdue fines are being waived indefinitely. You still must return the books! If our library/community center is open, you are welcome to put your Bookmobile books in the teal tote in between the two sets of outer doors on the east side. If we are closed, please feel free to put the books in our own brown book return outside the front entrance. (Please…library materials ONLY in the book return. It’s not a garbage can.)

OK, I think that’s all for now! Feel free to call Montana at (701) 713-0063 anytime between 10am and 6pm with questions, or you can call me at the library here in town and I’ll get the answers you need!

The Bookmobile will be in Tioga again on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12th from 1pm-2pm!

We have REOPENED to the public!

Please take a look at the two pictures below: first is our summer hours of operation. These are subject to change at any time if we feel the need to either add or eliminate any hours.

Second is a general list of recommendations that we are providing. Again, these are subject to change at any time.

Please understand that this is new for all of us, and we are all in unfamiliar territory in terms of what we should do in order to make our reopening as comfortable as possible for everyone involved…everyone from library patrons to library staff to other community members using the community center. Please keep in mind that each and every individual is going to feel differently about situations and that’s okay…we can all work together to help each other feel at ease during this time by simply considering the emotions of one another and then reacting with compassion and understanding.

Thank you!

~Sandy, Library Director

SUMMER READING TRACKING FORMS!

They are FINISHED! The summer reading tracking forms are created and ready for you!

I will post a picture with this post; tomorrow after I get home from church, I will make a bunch of copies of the tracking forms and will leave them in our “drop box/book return totes” outside the front doors of the community center. Watch FACEBOOK for the “go ahead” to pick them up in the afternoon. WE START MONDAY!

You don’t NEED the form…you can just keep track of it on paper if you’d prefer – or you can message the library and I can email you a copy for you to print. Me printing them is just saving you INK and providing a copy for those without printers!

KID’S PROGRAM is for any age, but mostly geared toward the “really littles” to about 4th grade. Youth and Adult forms are about 5th grade and up! Parents, you can look them over and see if your younger child is able to complete the youth/adult program…totally up to you!

You only will need ONE FORM for the entire 4 weeks, unless you plan on reading A WHOLE BUNCH (more than 15 hours total for the littles, and more than 50 hours for the older group).

You don’t need proof for any of the activities listed…I’m just using the honor system 🙃!

Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Feel free to post on the Facebook page with any fun activities you do that you’d like to share.

Hope to see everyone in early JULY…at the actual LIBRARY!!!

***QUICK NOTES: minutes are CUMULATIVE. So if you as an adult read 60 minutes the first time you read, you would X-out the 30 and the 60. The next time you read, say for 90 minutes, you would X-out the 90, 120 AND the 150.

The SMILEY FACES are for multiple completions of each activity. There are only 4 on some of the Kid’s template because those are once a week activities on Facebook, and we are only doing this 4 week challenge to start.

Any questions? Feel free to email me at library@cityoftioga.com or send me a message via Facebook Messenger!