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Hello, friends!

August is a busy time of year for all of us -between the end of our summer learning program and the start of the school year (and all that entails), it's hard to keep track of anything else - and this is in a normal year! In 2020, we are also grappling with questions about school, health, and safety, as well as how to create and deliver virtual and take-home programming that works for you and your family without adding to the screen burnout many of us are feeling.To this end, we will not be offering any virtual or in-person children's programming during the month of August. This will not only give us a break from the busyness of Summer Learning, but allow us time to plan and create the best programs we can given this year's circumstances. Starting in September, you can expect both virtual and screen-free take and go programs, including trivia, bingo, virtual field trips, storytimes, social connections, STEAM Take & Go kits, and more. 

In the meantime, you can still visit the library for books and take & make crafts, or you can take advantage of our ongoing curbside book pickup. We also encourage you to visit the Kids page of our website, where you can find resources for both learning and entertainment, as well as make suggestions regarding programs and materials. And don't forget to check out our Downtown Story Walk

Upcoming Events
Wed, Aug 19, 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Register for your Take & Make Friendship kit by Wednesday, September 2

Fri, Aug 21, 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Register by 9/4 to reserve your Take & Make kit!

Wed, Aug 26, 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Register for your Take & Make Friendship kit by Wednesday, September 2

Fri, Aug 28, 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Register by 9/4 to reserve your Take & Make kit!

Tue, Sep 01, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Do you have questions about homeschooling?

Wed, Sep 02, 10:00am - 10:30am
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Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes!

Wed, Sep 02, 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Register for your Take & Make Friendship kit by Wednesday, September 2

Fri, Sep 04, 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Register by 9/4 to reserve your Take & Make kit!

Fri, Sep 04, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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Are you a Captain Underpants fan? Dog Man? Dumb Bunnies?

Tue, Sep 08, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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Join Miss Kelly for a variety of clapping games to help build some foundational motor skills while keeping rhythm.

Wed, Sep 09, 10:00am - 10:30am
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Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes!

Fri, Sep 11, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
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LEGO fun!

Your one stop for bookmark for storytimes, song lyrics, literacy tips, and more. Visit Storytime Central

Supporting Black Lives Through Books

Looking for materials to read with your kids to help them to learn and process current events (and the history leading up to them)? Perhaps you would simply like to expose them to diverse voices and perspectives.  Maybe you would like some advice directed at you - the caregiver - for engaging in tough conversations about race, racism, and prejudice. We want to help! We've put together a list of some of the books we have in our department that feature black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) characters, authors, and illustrators. Keep in mind that this is not a complete list - but it is a list of titles we recommend. You can check our catalog for additional titles. We have also included a link to further reading and resources for kids and caregivers, compiled by librarians around the country. 

If there are items we do not have in our catalog that you would like to see, please reach out to us using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Thank you for your support!

Whether you have chosen to homeschool, study remotely, or participate in a hybrid e-learning program this school year, we are here to support you. Visit our Homeschooling Services page to learn more about homeschooling, or explore our free online tools and resources. We also have a large collection of books about parenting, teaching, homeschooling, and other learning concerns between the children's special collection and the adult nonfiction collection. Finally, don't miss out on our virtual and take-and-do library programs either - they make a great supplement to your learning journey. If there are any resources you are hoping to see that we do not currently have available, please contact Lindsey at [email protected]

Please feel free to share with others - our goal is to support ongoing learning and enjoyment for the families we serve. 

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Homeschooling

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Everyone