Library News

Something NEW!

Exciting news! Tomorrow is the first day of our multi-lingual story time for the preschool story time! We will be having this the final Wednesday of every month to start! I’m really excited to start this for the kids.

Tomorrow, Wednesday February 26th at 10:30am, Lisa Ledbetter will be sharing a story in Spanish and English with our preschoolers. The book is called “Mix It Up!” or “¡Mézclalo Bien!” by Hervé Tullet. This is a great opportunity to get children hearing and becoming more familiar with other languages. We’ll also do a craft that is related to the story.

So come on out tomorrow morning at 10:30am to the library and join us for the first of many of these story times. I’m also looking to include sign language and as many other languages as we can possibly incorporate.

If you or anyone you know is multi-lingual and would like to help with the program, PLEASE contact me via email, telephone or even just pop into the library to talk with me. I would love to also be able to share this with the older group eventually and the more people who can share different languages, the more we can give to our young patrons!

Ready for HIIT?

We are ready to start our morning HIIT class! There was a GREAT amount of interest in all 3 days I offered and I’m really looking forward to starting!

First the details:

I will have waivers that need to be signed prior to the first class. You can do this the first morning, or stop in the community center/library on Monday to sign it ahead of time. This class will be taken with the understanding that you are releasing me, the library, the community center and the city of Tioga from ANY liability. You are participating at your own risk.

Class will be held in the gym at the community center. Because we are having class prior to the center opening, you will need to enter through the NORTH ENTRANCE, off Signal Road. Please bring the shoes in which you plan to workout…do not wear them outside as we don’t want to track snow, sand, water, salt, etc onto the gym floor. There are cubbies in that entry way for you to store your belongings while you’re working out. There are also locker rooms available for changing. Please keep in mind that I need to drop my kids off at school prior to coming to the community center, so I will not be arriving more than about 5-10 minutes prior to the start of class.

This class is open TO MEN AND WOMEN! All fitness levels are welcome, but you are responsible for your workout intensity. HIIT tends to be a higher intensity, faster paced workout. You can modify as needed, but as the instructor, I will be presenting to the class in what is the higher intensity level.

This class will be Tuesday and Thursday morning, starting at 8:45am. We will be done by 9:30am . I’m going to have a warm-up, cool-down and between 30-35 minutes for the actual HIIT section. For HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING, that’s really all the time you need for a fantastic workout!

I’m also going to do a Saturday morning class. We will start this class at 8:45am the first week. We can discuss the first week whether or not those of you on Saturdays would prefer an earlier start time…this class can be a little more flexible, but I’d like to try an earlier start time so we can be done and get on with our Saturdays. Saturday is also a day that I may not be able to keep regularly, as child care issues could occasionally be an issue. Ii will post notice of cancellations as early as possible.

I do need to address the subject of bringing your children. For now, we are not able to allow this. We are meeting before the community center opens, and there is no chaperone for the play area and they are absolutely not allowed to be in there alone. The rest of the community center is off-limits…this is a non-negotiable rule of the community center. I understand this could mean some people are unable to attend but for now, we just cannot allow children to come along. We could potentially find a way to make it happen in the future but at the beginning, it is not going to be doable. I appreciate your understanding!

Here is the LINK for the sign up:


Please sign up, and I will email/text you with the definite start date. I’m about 99% sure it’ll be Tuesday, but we might have to start Thursday instead! I’m excited to get started with everyone!

WEEKLY SCHEDULE : 10/28 – 11/2

I have a special request – If you, or anyone you know, is able to knit and/or crochet and would be willing to teach a small group, would you please get a hold of me at the library? You can email me at, call me at (701)664-3191 option 2, or send me a message via the library’s Facebook page. Thanks in advance!

MON: open 10-7
TUE: open 10-7
WED: open 10-6 
** preschool story/craft time - 10:15am

**K-2nd story/craft time – 3:50 – 4:45pm
+++PARENTS: you do not need to stay with your kids during this activity. However, you will need to pick your children up IN THE LIBRARY afterwards, and they will not be allowed to be in any other area of the community center unless you are there and take them yourself. Please be aware of this and plan to pick them up as soon as our activity time is done.+++

THU: open 10-7
FRI: open 10-6
SAT: CLOSED...they will be setting up for the Halloween events on Sunday!

**I am still waiting on the next items for our new STEM/STEAM club activity…it will be soon!

**ADULTS – I am planning for our first book club to begin late next month, provided all the books get here. I will make another post this week about the details, and with a sign up sheet!**


The weather certainly changed fast this year. I feel like summer slipped away before we knew it and today there is snow in the forecast. Thank you, North Dakota!

As the weather changes, let’s address a few changes that are happening in the library:

I am slowly acquiring DVDs and audio books…SLOWLY. Please be patient. This is not a simple task, and it’s actually more challenging (in my opinion) than choosing new print books for the library. It is going to take some time, and I appreciate your patience as we add different materials in an effort to meet the many, ever-changing needs of the community. With this comes the need to make some changes to our circulation policies:

1. ADULTS: you may now check out 15 TOTAL ITEMS on your card. This is 15 combined types of materials: books, DVDs (2 at a time), audio books (2 at a time), book bags (only one per card at a time). This will be strictly enforced. I’ve been allowing more, and it’s now to a point where *some* have abused this. The fact that there are 65 items overdue right now…most overdue by several weeks…is proof that something isn’t working. If you have reached your limit, you will not be allowed to check out more.

2. CHILDREN: I’m leaving this total at 7. Again, TOTAL ITEMS to include any combination of books, DVDs (1 at a time), audio books (1 at a time) and book bags (again, only one bag per card at a time).

3. FINES: I’m still leaving books FINE FREE, for now. Please return your overdue materials. HOWEVER, DVDs and audio books will be assessed a fine of 25 cents per day, up to a total of $10.00. Then your account will be locked until you pay and return the item. These items are not a huge part of our collection and it simply is not fair to other patrons for the items to be allowed to remain overdue.

4. LOAN PERIOD: Books remain at 21 days, renewable ONE TIME. DVDs and audio books are 14 days and you may not renew them. If you need to renew a book, you may do so online (there is a page labeled CATALOG INFORMATION over on the right sidebar of this webpage that will walk you step-by-step how to get into your account to renew a book), you may bring the book in to be renewed OR you can even call or email me at the library.

QUICK REMINDER that preschool story time is EVERY WEDNESDAY at 10:15am unless there is a conflict, which I will post online in advance if possible. There is a date later in October where the entire community center will be closed for CPR and first aid training (in which I am included) and therefore we will be needing to cancel story time that week. I don’t always get on Facebook on Wednesday mornings to post reminders (although I do try!) so please plan for story time unless it’s been posted as cancelled. Thank you!

Patriot Day, 2019

Do you remember?

September 11th, 2001.

I remember the day vividly. I was leaving for work and my mom asked me if I had heard on the radio what had happened. It was one morning I hadn’t listened to the radio because I was running late. She had the TV on, and I remember watching in horror as the second plane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center at just after 9am EST. I remember every thing about that day: I remember what I wore, the feelings that coursed through me, how much gas I put in my car before I drove home. I remember praying many times with several people at work, knowing that the fear…

and dread…

and disgust…

and sadness…

and anger I felt…

it was nothing compared to the emotions that many were feeling as they learned that their loved ones were now gone from this earth. Nearly 3000 people perished. 3000 humans gone too soon.

Gone, but never forgotten.

We can never forget. We must remember those who lost their lives. We must remember those who were first responders, those who fought to save people and lives. We must remember the Armed Forces who fought and fight for the safety and in defense of our great country. We must remember and we must find ways to use the tragedy to unite us as a country. We must remember that in the big picture, we are all a lot more similar than we are different. We are humans, all worthy of love and respect.

We must always remember.

Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2019

Issued on: September 10, 2019

On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001.  With gratitude, we honor the brave first responders, resolute members of our military, and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day.  We will always be grateful for the heroic men and women of our Armed Forces who fought in defense of our country in the aftermath of the largest terrorist attack on American soil, and we will never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our liberty and freedom.

Many Americans vividly recall the precise moment when terrorists killed our fellow Americans at the World Trade Center in New York City; at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and on a quiet field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  A beautiful September morning was marred by stark disbelief, agonizing sorrow, and profound suffering.  America’s strength, courage, and compassion, however, never wavered.  First responders instantly rushed into harm’s way to save their fellow Americans from the wreckage of the attacks, the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 decisively fought back and saved countless lives at the cost of their own, and Americans from across the country provided aid, assistance, and comfort to those in need.  Against the backdrop of cowardly acts of terror, America once again demonstrated to the world the unmatched strength of our resolve and the indomitable power of our character.

This year, I was proud to sign into law the Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.  This bipartisan legislation, named in honor of New York first responders Officer James Zadroga, Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, and Detective Luis Alvarez, permanently reauthorizes compensation for victims and their families, first responders, and those on the front lines of rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero.  Through this legislation, our Nation is fulfilling our sacred duty to those who risked their lives for their fellow Americans on that infamous September day 18 years ago.

Our prayers will continue for the survivors who still bear physical and emotional wounds and for the families who lost loved ones.  We also pray for the members of our Armed Forces who risk their lives in service to our country and for the first responders who work tirelessly to ensure the safety of others.  Today, let us remember that our Union — forged and strengthened through adversity — will never be broken and that the immeasurable sacrifices of our patriots will never be forgotten.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107–89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2019, as Patriot Day.  I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance.  I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.


source: Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2019. (n.d.). Retrieved from

National Honeybee Day is Saturday August 17th!

QUICK UPDATE: Kids of ALL ages are welcome in the library events! We had to put an age limit on ONLY the painting classes in the afternoon!


Calling all kids, ages 5-15. National Honeybee Day is Saturday, August 17th and the library is once again working with the community center to bring you some activities.


Check out the flyer: the events at the library will be open to unlimited kids, but you’ll need to call ahead to reserve your spot for canvas painting. It’s sure to be a fun day.


We will provide a small treat on this day, but be sure to plan to eat lunch prior to, or during a break, in the activities!


Remember to call Sam at the community center — 664-3191 — to reserve a spot for painting, and we hope you will plan to join us on SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th!

Slime Fest!

Slime Day was a huge success! We had many more kids than we expected, but that is was EXACTLY what we wanted! Below are a few pictures from our story time!

THANK YOU to all the kids who came to the library for our story “Once Upon a Slime” and coloring slime monsters…the library windows are FULL of slimy monster awesomeness! Thank you to the parents/guardians/grandparents/older siblings who brought the younger kids and helped supervise.

Our story for the day!

Thank you to Sam (activities director for the community center) for collaborating with me to make this an event for that included both the library and the community center…I can’t wait for the next big event (YUP…we’re finalizing the details today!).
To the library assistants (Myra and Betsy) and the community center assistants (Kassie and Kelli) .. we couldn’t have done any of this without you! And to the awesome older kids who helped with teaching slime making…you guys are the best!